Russian FM Lavrov warns US on Syria: ‘Dont play with fire’

:: Russia’s foreign minister on Monday warned the United States against “playing with fire” in Syria. Sergey Lavrov cautioned US officials to reduce provocations, saying the United States’ actions there have fractured More »

Iran’s Zarif says Israel’s “myth of invincibility” has crumbled

:: Iran’s Foreign Minister said on Sunday the shooting down of an Israeli jet after it bombed an Iranian site in Syria had shattered Israel’s “so-called invincibility”, reacting to a critical speech More »

Saudi Arabia backs new UN move to condemn Iran

:: Saudi Arabia on Sunday welcomed a draft United Nations resolution offered by Britain, the United States and France that would condemn Iran for failing to stop its ballistic missiles from falling More »

King Salman expresses support for El-Sisi’s fight against terror

:: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has expressed his support for Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in the battle against terror during a phone call on Friday. King Salman affirmed Saudi Arabia’s keenness More »

Kuwait to give $2 billion in loans, investments for Iraq

:: Kuwait’s Emir said it would lend $1 billion and commit a further $1 billion of investments to Iraq, joining a group of international backers that have this week pledged funds to More »


Category Archives: Iran

Tehran jails 15-year-old boy for pulling down Iranian flag

:: An Iranian member of parliament revealed that the Islamic Revolutionary Court sentenced a 15-year-old boy to five years of jail after being accused of dragging down an Iranian flag during the wave of protests against the regime. The head

Hunt for missing Iranian plane resumes in mountainous area

:: Iranian rescue teams resumed their search on Monday for a passenger plane that disappeared high in the Zagros mountains the previous day with 66 people onboard, local media reported. State television said the weather had improved after blizzard conditions

‘We do not work for you,’ Iraqi officials tell advisor to Iran’s Khamenei

:: Iranian politician Ali Akbar Velayati’s statements that Tehran will not allow liberals or civil society activists or anyone who does not fit Tehran’s criteria to return to power sparked Iraqi officials’ outrage. National Coalition bloc MP Abdul Karim Abtan

Iran’s Zarif says Israel’s “myth of invincibility” has crumbled

:: Iran’s Foreign Minister said on Sunday the shooting down of an Israeli jet after it bombed an Iranian site in Syria had shattered Israel’s “so-called invincibility”, reacting to a critical speech delivered earlier by Israel’s premier. “Israel uses aggression

‘Do not test Israel,’ Netanyahu tells Iran, brandishing drone ‘piece’

:: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Tehran on Saturday over aggressions by what he called Iran and its “proxies” in Syria, while showing what he claimed was a piece of an Iranian drone shot down in Israeli airspace. “I

Plane carrying 66 people crashes in Iran after disappearing from flight radar

:: An Aseman Airlines flight carrying dozens of passengers from Tehran to Yasuj in Iran has crashed in a mountainous area, according to reports that stated all 66 people on board had died. The plane crashed in a mountainous area

Iran says Iranian-Canadian passed information to CIA, Mossad

:: Iran’s official IRNA news agency reports that a dual Iranian and Canadian citizen who killed himself in custody was sending information to the US and Israeli intelligence services. The report Tuesday says Kavous Seyed-Emami, a university professor, was in

Iranian-backed Iraqi militia to back Hezbollah in any war against Israel

:: Akram al-Kaabi, the secretary general of Iraq’s Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba movement which is part of the Popular Mobilization Forces fighting in Syria, said on Tuesday during a visit to Beirut that his forces will fight alongside Lebanon’s Hezbollah in

Iranian intellectuals demand referendum to change regime

:: Iranian human rights activists, authors and politicians said in a statement issued Sunday that the Iranian regime has proved its failure and called for an internationally-supervised referendum “to specify the features of the future regime.” The statement, which was

Iran unveils new homemade nuclear-capable ballistic missiles

:: Iran has unveiled a series of new homemade nuclear-capable ballistic missiles during military parades held this week. The parades come after a confrontation between an Iranian drone and Israeli forces in Syria on Saturday. The arsenal included a nuclear-capable

Iraq militia commander Qais Khazali issues warning to American troops

:: Qais Khazali, a Popular Mobilization militia commander, threatened to target American troops in Iraq and voiced rejection of America’s military presence in the country after they eliminated ISIS. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said there was a

Iran arrests son of Shirazi cleric after calling Khamenei a pharaoh

Hussein al-Shirazi

:: Farsi sites reported that the Iranian authorities on Monday arrested Hussein al-Shirazi, the son of Sadiq al-Shirazi, the famous Shiite cleric in Qom, because of a lecture in which he described the Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei as

Iranian official: Tehran has ballistic missiles to target navigation

Hossein Salami

:: Hossein Salami, the deputy head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, said on Monday night that Iran possesses unique ballistic missiles that target navigation and international shipping, the Iranian news agency IRNA reported. Colonel Turki al-Malki, the Arab Coalition’s spokesperson, said

Iranian official says armed man arrested for trying to storm presidential office

:: A man wielding a machete was shot at and arrested in Iran on Monday after he tried to break into the presidential office building, Iranian news agencies reported. Tasnim news agency said he was carrying the weapon and wearing

Iran arrests 29 women as headscarf protests intensify

:: Tehran police have arrested 29 women for appearing in public without a headscarf as protests against the dress code in force since the Islamic revolution of 1979 intensify, Iranian media reported Friday. Those arrested were accused of public order

New protests erupt across cities and towns in Iran

:: Protests have erupted once again in scores of Iranian cities and towns on Thursday, according to the network of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK). According to the MEK Young people chanted “death to the dictator” and “death

Khamenei advisor: We will continue to support Hezbollah and Palestinian factions

Ali Akbar Velayati

:: A high-ranking advisor to Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei said that the country’s leaders do not intend on reducing their influence in the Middle East despite US pressure, the Fars News Agency reported. The advisor, Ali Akbar Velayati, said “Iran’s influence

Iran grants US citizen Baquer Namazi four-day release from prison

:: Iranian authorities granted a four-day leave on humanitarian grounds Sunday to Baquer Namazi, the oldest of a group of American citizens known to be held in the Islamic Republic. His lawyer Jared Genser said that Namazi, an 81-year-old former

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