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Iran bans women’s boxing in Khuzestan province

Two Iranian women make their way in a square while one of them wears the chador in downtown Tehran, Iran, Aug. 24, 2017. (AP) June 2, 2020 Women’s boxing in Iran’s Khuzestan province has been banned, the head of the province’s boxing board said on Sunday. “In light of a recent letter from [...]

By |June 2nd, 2020|Iran, Woman|

Senior Iran army commander criticizes IRGC

Iran's Navy Commander Rear-Admiral Habibollah Sayyari. (Press TV) June 2, 2020 A senior commander of the Iranian army implicitly criticized the political and economic activities of the country’s parallel military force – the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) – in a now-deleted interview with the official IRNA news agency. IRNA published and later [...]

By |June 2nd, 2020|Iran|

Iranian lawmaker says 230 killed in November protests

People protest against increased gas price, on a highway in Tehran, Iran November 16, 2019. (Reuters) June 1, 2020 An Iranian lawmaker said Monday that 230 people were killed in November’s anti-government protests in Iran, the official news agency reported. This is the first time a prominent Iranian lawmaker has given a death [...]

By |June 1st, 2020|Iran|

Iran’s new Parliament Speaker kicks off term by rejecting negotiations with US

Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf speaks after being elected as Speaker of Parliament in Tehran, Iran, on May 28, 2020. (AP) June 1, 2020 Iran’s new parliament speaker Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf closed on Sunday the door to any negotiations between Tehran and Washington, describing such talks a “futile.” In his first major speech to the conservative-dominated [...]

By |June 1st, 2020|North America, USA|

Canada continues pressure on Iran to hand over black boxes of downed airliner

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau attends a memorial service for the victims of a Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed in Iran, in Edmonton, Alberta, Jan 12, 2020. (Reuters) June 1, 2020 Canada and four other countries are still trying to pressure Iran to release the flight recorders from a Ukrainian passenger plane shot down [...]

By |June 1st, 2020|Europe, North America|

FIFA threatens Iran with suspension from world football

Iranian women cheer ahead of the World Cup Qatar 2022 Group C qualification football match between Iran and Cambodia at the Azadi stadium in the capital Tehran on October 10, 2019. (AFP) June 1, 2020 FIFA, the international governing body of football (soccer), has set a short deadline for the Football Federation of [...]

By |June 1st, 2020|Iran|

Iran says scientist jailed in US to return in days

Iranian professor Sirous Asgari, who was acquitted of stealing trade secrets. (IRNA) June 1, 2020 Tehran said Monday that scientist Sirous Asgari, one of more than a dozen Iranians behind bars in the United States, is set to return to the country within days. Asgari was accused by a US court in 2016 [...]

By |June 1st, 2020|North America, USA|

Two commercial flights make emergency landings in Iran due to technical issues

An Airbus of Iranian Aseman airlines taking off in Tehran's Mehrabad airport, undated. (Aseman) June 1, 2020 Two Iran Aseman Airlines (IAI) flights had to make emergency landings in Iran due to technical issues at Tehran Mehrabad Airport and Ahvaz Airport on Saturday and Sunday due to technical issues. Speaking to the Islamic [...]

By |June 1st, 2020|Iran|

Five Iran-backed fighters killed in East Syria strike

Fighters run for cover as a tank shell explodes during heavy fighting in Syria. (Reuters) June 1, 2020 An air strike in eastern Syria on Sunday killed five non-Syrian fighters backed by Iran, a Britain-based war monitor said. The strike targeted three military vehicles belonging to Iran-backed paramilitary fighters near the Iraqi border, [...]

By |June 1st, 2020|Isreal, Syria|

Iran says it is ready to continue fuel shipments to Venezuela

Iran foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi. (AFP) June 1, 2020 Iran will continue fuel shipments to Venezuela if Caracas requests more supplies, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday, despite Washington’s criticism of the trade between the two nations, which are both under U.S. sanctions. “Iran practises its free trade rights with [...]

By |June 1st, 2020|Latin America, Venezuela|