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Raisi ‘answer’ on direct US talks feeds confusion in Iran and abroad

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi speaks during a live interview in Tehran, Iran, broadcast on state-run TV, Oct. 18, 2021. (AP) January 26, 2022 A Press TV misinterpretation unleashed a media storm Tuesday after President Ebrahim Raisi gave a vague reply in a TV interview to a query on direct US talks. After noting [...]

By |January 26th, 2022|North America, USA|

US appreciates Kuwait’s support for mutual return to compliance with Iran nuclear deal: Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. (Reuters) January 26, 2022 US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US appreciates Kuwait’s support for a mutual return to compliance with the Iran nuclear deal. Speaking at a joint conference during Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah’s visit to the US, Blinken said [...]

By |January 26th, 2022|Kuwait, North America, USA|

Shares fall on Tehran exchange at plan to tax petrochemical exports

Iranian stock exchange in the capital Tehran, August 2018. (MEHR) January 26, 2022 The TEDPIX index in the Tehran bourse dropped 26,000 points Tuesday to 1.208 million points, and investors blamed President Ebrahim Raisi for their losses. Experts say government plans to tax petrochemical exports to curb the projected deficit in next year's [...]

By |January 26th, 2022|Iran|

US Senator calls for additional pressure on Iran

The White House in Washington, DC. (REUTERS) January 26, 2022 Republican Senator Jim Risch criticized the progress of negotiations with Iran in Vienna. In exclusive statements to Asharq Al-Awsat, he said that talks with Tehran continued to stumble, noting that officials in the administration of President Joe Biden “disagree about the American approach.” [...]

By |January 26th, 2022|North America, USA|

Opposition group estimates 500,000 COVID-19 deaths in Iran

Workers in Iran carry the body of a coronavirus victim to morgue to prepare it for burial. April 6, 2020. (Tasnim) January 26, 2022 An Iranian opposition group operating within and outside the Islamic republic has released figures claiming nearly half-a-million people have died from COVID-19 in the country. According to the People’s [...]

By |January 26th, 2022|Iran|

Blinken says ‘a few weeks left’ for Vienna talks

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a meeting of the G7 foreign ministers summit in Liverpool, north-west England on Dec 10, 2021. (AFP) January 26, 2022 US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has confirmed that there are only “a few weeks left” for the Iran nuclear talks in Vienna as they near [...]

By |January 26th, 2022|North America, USA|

Iran arrests 17 over social media horror pranks

Tehran’s cyber police said the candid camera videos were uploaded to attract followers and advertising on Instagram and Twitter. (AFP) January 26, 2022 Iranian police have arrested 17 university graduates on suspicion of filming candid camera horror pranks that boosted their social media followings but “sowed panic” in Tehran streets, reports said Tuesday. [...]

By |January 26th, 2022|Iran|

Scientific report: Governance, not climate change, the root cause of Iran’s water bankruptcy

The implementation of water transfer projects from the sources of Dez and Karun began from the government of the late Hashemi. (Supplied) January 26, 2022 A recently-published report examining decades of water resource management in Iran has made the most convincing argument yet that the political structure in Iran – not global warming, [...]

By |January 26th, 2022|Iran|

Iranian campaigner welcomed home after years in Prison

Atena Daemi Taken to Evin Prison’s Women’s Ward. (Supplied) January 26, 2022 Civil rights activist and political prisoner Atena Daemi was finally released on Monday, January 4 after seven and a half years of arbitrary detention. Pictures of the 33-year-old embracing her family were widely shared on social media last night. Daemi’s sister [...]

By |January 26th, 2022|Iran, Women|

Observers in Iran see shift in Tehran’s approach to direct talks with US

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, arrives at the Coburg Palais, venue of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action meeting aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal, in Vienna on Dec. 17, 2021. (AFP) January 26, 2022 The possibility of holding direct talks with the United States, and also the idea of [...]

By |January 26th, 2022|Europe, North America, USA|