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Coronavirus variant runs rampant in Iran ahead of New Year holidays

Streets are buzzing In Tehran as social distancing rules are watered down. April 21, 2020. (ISNA) By Pouyan Khoshhal March 6, 2021 Coronavirus vaccination in Iran started late and is progressing at a slow pace. The start of the new Iranian calendar year, a time when Iranians traditionally travel on a massive scale, [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|Iran|

Iranian terrorists claim to have active cells in Washington, DC

U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Reuters) March 6, 2021 Iranian militia groups claim to have active cells of operatives stationed in Washington, D.C., and other U.S. cities, according to chatter in online forums used by these groups. Kawtheryoon Electronic Team, a Telegram network used by Iranian militia groups and supporters, claimed in a recent posting that Iranian "resistance cells [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|North America, USA|

Iranian firefighters battle blaze at Afghan border post

Smoke rises from fuel tankers at the Islam Qala border with Iran, in Herat Province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 13, 2021. (AP) March 6, 2021 Firefighters from Iran raced to a border crossing with Afghanistan after three fuel storage tanks caught fire on Saturday, officials told Iranian media. Iran sent 10 fire [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|Afghanistan|

Pentagon accused of giving Iran cover after Iraq attack as Joe Biden mulls retaliation

A bulldozer clears rubble and debris at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar, Iraq on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (AP) By David Brennan March 6, 2021 Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby has come under fire for his apparent hesitation to link Iran to Shia militias operating in Iraq and launching attacks against U.S. and [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iran jails Jewish-Iranian for 10 years for living in Israel

A security guard stands at the gate of Evin Prison in Tehran, undated. (Fars) March 6, 2021 Xiyue Wang, a Princeton graduate student who was wrongfully imprisoned by Iran’s regime between 2016-2019, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday he met an Iranian Jew in Tehran's Evin prison who was incarcerated for his stay in Israel. Wang [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|Israel, Minorities|

Turkey, Iran, Pakistan regional freight train soon to relaunch operations— officials

Turkey, Iran and Pakistan are finalizing details of the Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad (ITI) freight train. (Supplied) March 6, 2021 Turkey, Iran and Pakistan are finalizing details of the Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad (ITI) freight train that is soon to resume its operations after nine years to boost regional connectivity and increase trade among the three countries, officials told [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|Pakistan, Turkey|

US agrees to release frozen Iranian assets in Iraq

A shop worker arranges the cans of Iranian tomato paste at a super market in the city of Najaf, Iraq October 7, 2018. (REUTERS) March 06, 2021 Secretary-General of the Iran-Iraq Joint Chamber of Commerce Hamid Hosseini revealed on Friday that the US has agreed to release frozen Iranian assets in Iraq. "After [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|Iraq, North America, USA|

Report: Biden called off strike on Iran-backed militias in Syria

President Joe Biden participates in a virtual event with the Munich Security Conference, Washington, Feb. 19, 2021. (AP) March 06, 2021 President Joe Biden had ordered airstrikes on two targets inside Syria last month but the second was cancelled, The Wall Street Journal reported. “After 10 days of deliberations, President Biden had ordered [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|North America, Syria, USA|

How can we prevent hostage-taking states like Iran?

Nizar Zakka (R) in conversation in 2019, were held captive in Iran decades apart. (Supplied) March 6, 2021 In September 2015, the Lebanese-born IT expert Nizar Zakka travelled to Iran for a conference on the express invitation of the government. But in Tehran he was arrested, accused of "espionage" and ended up spending four miserable [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|Australia, Europe, North America, USA|

Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof on living under house arrest

Director Mohammad Rasoulof as he arrives for the Un Certain Regard prize ceremony at the Cannes Film Festival. (AFP) March 6, 2021 A member of the Competition jury for the online Berlinale, the Iranian filmmaker discusses his ”difficult and very specific” situation, connecting to nature, and the influence of Loach, Haneke and Herzog. [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|Arts, Iran|