Iran feels heat as Riyadh opens up stadiums and fights against graft

Thursday, 8 March 2018

The operation of fighting corruption and implementing reforms in Saudi Arabia is no longer an internal affair. In fact, its echoes have gone further beyond the Kingdom’s borders to reach other countries. The actions taken in this regard have resulted in a positive response at both the official and popular levels in the world. This had led some Iranian media to try and distort the steps taken by Saudi Arabia. Nevertheless, Iranian civil and popular societies were thrilled with Saudi ...

Man shot at, detained in Iran as he tried to break into presidential office

Monday, 5 February 2018

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 white shroud, symbolizing his readiness to sacrifice his life. The incident happened around 11 a.m. (0630 GMT). “The assailant has been arrested and hospitalized. We are trying to identify the person and find out his motive,” the deputy governor of Tehran, ...

Trump denounces ‘brutal and corrupt’ Iranian regime

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

US President Donald Trump praised Iranian protesters on Tuesday for acting against Tehran’s “brutal and corrupt” regime after days of bloody unrest, while also lashing out at his predecessor Barack Obama.“The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime,” Trump tweeted, a day after calling for regime change in the Islamic republic.“All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and into their ...

Overall death toll in Iran protests rises to 20

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

As the protests continue in Iranian cities for the fifth day in a row, clashes between the security forces and the protesters led to the rise of the death toll to 20. The death toll, on Monday, rose to 20; 17 demonstrators and three security men. In the first official announcement of the deaths among security forces during the wave of protests, Iranian news agencies reported that a policeman was killed and three others were wounded by a bullet fired by a demonstrator in the city of Najafabad in ...

US President Trump says ‘time for change’ in Iran

Monday, 1 January 2018

US President Donald Trump said Monday it was “time for change” in Iran and that the country’s people were “hungry” for freedom, after days of deadly protests against the government in Tehran.“Iran is failing at every level despite the terrible deal made with them by the Obama Administration,” Trump tweeted, referring to the nuclear pact sealed under his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.“The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years ...

Smaller Iranian cities join protests as popular uprising enters day five

Monday, 1 January 2018

An Iranian uprising, which entered its fifth day on Monday, has become all-encompassing as smaller cities across Iran’s provinces joined popular protests. The small cities, which were not listed by activists and protest organizers two days ago, included cities like Izeh, Chabahar, Khoy, Tuyserkan, Shahin Shahr, Aligudarz and others like them in various parts of Iran. In the city of Aligudarz in the province of Lorestan, the people arrived hours before scheduled protests despite large ...

Iran’s Rouhani defends Houthi missile attack on Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Iran's President Rouhani said on Wednesday that Yemen’s missile attack targeting Riyadh on Saturday was "a reaction to Saudi aggression." "How should the Yemeni people react to bombardment of their country. So they are not allowed to use their own weapons? You stop the bombardment first and see if the Yemenis would not do the same," Rouhani was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency. A day earlier, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman described Iran’s supply of ...

Trump’s use of Arabian Gulf provokes Rouhani

Saturday, 14 October 2017

During US President Donald Trump’s new Iran strategy speech on Friday, he referred for the first time to the ‘Arabian Gulf’ and not the ‘Persian Gulf’ as the US administration has been accustomed to in the past. “The Iranian regime is hindering navigation in the Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea, and Iranian missiles are threatening US allies in the region,” Trump said. President Trump’s use of Arabian Gulf instead of Persian provoked the Iranian regime ...

Iran intelligence minister defends jailed nuclear negotiator

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Iran’s intelligence minister on Wednesday defended a nuclear negotiator imprisoned on spying charges in a rare implied criticism of the judiciary.Abdolrasoul Dorri Esfahani, a Canadian-Iranian, was given a five-year prison sentence this month, with the judiciary saying he had provided “information for foreigners and had links with two espionage services”.But the charges were dismissed by Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi in comments carried by multiple Iranian news agencies, ...

Iran: A look at the ‘dark past’ of those in the running for Rouhani’s cabinet

Friday, 11 August 2017

Anticipation is growing in Iran to discover Rouhani’s new proposed cabinet and the voters who elected him as their representative are interested to know who will aid their president in decision making during the four years to come. Rouhani nominated all male figures to fill 17 of 18 ministerial slots in his second-term government, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency, with no one yet put forward for science minister. Below are some of the most prominent and known faces, in ...

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