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Twelve arrested as bus drivers’ strikes bring chaos to Tehran

Strikes by bus drivers in Tehran seeking a 10 per cent wage increase brought parts of the city to a standstill, May 17, 2022. (EPA) May 24, 2022 For the last nine days, Tehran residents wanting to get somewhere by bus were presented not with the usual service run by Tehran and Suburbs [...]

By |May 24th, 2022|Iran|

British-Iranian says was ‘forced to sign false confession’ before release

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her husband Richard and daughter Gabriella in Iran, undated. (AP) May 24, 2022 British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe said in an interview on Monday that she was forced to sign a last-minute false confession before she was freed after six years' imprisonment in Tehran. Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 43, returned home in March along with [...]

By |May 24th, 2022|Europe, Women|

Five dead, scores trapped after building collapses in Iran

Iranians gather at the site of a ten-storey building collapse in Abadan, Iran May 23, 2022. (AFP) May 23, 2022 Five people were killed when a 10-story building in Iran’s southern city of Abadan partly collapsed and rescuers were trying to help at least 80 people left trapped under the rubble, Iranian state [...]

By |May 23rd, 2022|Iran|

Ali Abbasi introduces ‘Persian noir’ to Cannes with ‘Holy Spider’

Iranian Director Ali Abbasi and his son (third- right) at The 75th Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, France, May 22, 2022. (Reuters) May 23, 2022 Iranian director Ali Abbasi premiered The Holy Spider, a true-life Persian noir story about a serial killer in the holy city of Mashhad, at the Cannes Film Festival on [...]

By |May 23rd, 2022|Arts, Europe|

Imprisoned Iranian activist taken to hospital following hunger strike, lawyer says

Farhad Meysami, a medical doctor who was detained for protesting against laws forcing Iranian women to wear the hijab. (Supplied) May 23, 2022 Iranian activist Farhad Meysami has been taken to the hospital following a two-week hunger strike protesting the threatened execution of Swedish-Iranian doctor Ahmedreza Djalali, according to Meysami’s lawyer. Lawyer Mohammad [...]

By |May 23rd, 2022|Iran|

Kuwait seizes Iranian ship with 240 tonnes of smuggled fuel

A support vessel flying an Iranian national flag sails alongside the oil tanker 'Devon' as it prepares to transport crude oil to export markets. (Getty) May 23, 2022 Kuwaiti coastguards seized 240 tonnes of smuggled diesel off an Iranian ship on Saturday, Kuwait's Interior Ministry has said. “As part of the efforts of the General Department [...]

By |May 23rd, 2022|Kuwait|

US holding firm against Iran’s demand to remove IRGC from terror list: Israel’s Defense Minister

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz speaks to a visiting delegation of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on Feb. 22, 2022. (Israeli Defense Ministry) May 23, 2022 Following meetings with top American defense officials, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Sunday that the US remains hopeful for a deal with Iran, [...]

By |May 23rd, 2022|Israel, North America, USA|

Iran and Oman agree to jointly develop shared oilfield: Fars news

Iran’s Oil Minister, Javad Owji. (Iran Press) May 23, 2022 Iran and Oman have agreed to form a committee to jointly develop the Hengam oilfield, which straddles both countries’ sea border, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported its oil minister Javad Owji as saying on Monday. In 2005, both countries signed a memorandum [...]

By |May 23rd, 2022|Oman|

Iran will ‘avenge’ killing of Guards colonel: president

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi speaks in a live interview with state-run TV, at the presidency office in Tehran, Iran, May 9, 2022. (AP) May 23, 2022 Iran will avenge the killing of a Revolutionary Guards colonel who was shot dead in Tehran, President Ebrahim Raisi warned on Monday. Col. Sayyad Khodai was shot [...]

By |May 23rd, 2022|Israel, North America, USA|

Iran’s Raisi talks about upcoming hard economic decisions

A street market in Abadan, Khuzestan province, where residents suffer from lack of water and jobs. (ILNA) May 23, 2022 President Ebrahim Raisi spoke at length about the economy first time after protests rocked parts of the country in response to government raising food prices. The official news agency IRNA reported on Saturday, May [...]

By |May 23rd, 2022|Iran|