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Yemeni army seizes three districts in Hodeidah, Iran evacuates advisers

Monday, 11 December 2017

Following the progress that the Yemeni army made supported by popular resistance in Hodeidah, navigational sources in the port of Hodeidah revealed that Tehran vacated 40 military advisers from the area along with UN workers in Yemen. Prior to this, Tehran had evacuated its embassy employees from Sanaa following the intense battles between Houthi militias and the General People’s Congress Party (GPC) forces in the Yemeni capital last week. Meanwhile, Houthi militias are still being clamped ...

British foreign secretary raises detainee’s case in Iran talks

Sunday, 10 December 2017

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson raised the case of a detained dual national on Sunday when he met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a “worthwhile” two-day trip to Tehran. The British Foreign Office says Johnson raised the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 39, who is serving a five-year prison sentence for allegedly plotting against Iran’s government. The Foreign Office said both Johnson and Rouhani “spoke forthrightly” during their nearly ...

Hezbollah deputy says war in Syria helped fighters acquire new ‘skills’

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Hezbollah deputy secretary-general Naim Qassem praised his party’s role in “liberating Syrian cities” and spoke about the “skills” which Hezbollah fighters acquired while fighting alongside Bashar al-Assad’s troops, the Iranian news agency Tasnim reported on Saturday. While delivering a speech at the Imam Sadegh University in Tehran, Qassem said that before engaging in the fighting alongside the Assad regime, Hezbollah fighters only knew how to use ...

Crash of Iran’s riyal forces traders to stop selling foreign currencies

Thursday, 16 November 2017

According to Iranian agencies, the black currency market in Tehran has stopped the selling and buying of foreign currencies because of a sharp rise in the price of the US dollar, the euro and the pound to levels that existed before the nuclear agreement was reached. Financial websites, mainly Al Mithquaal, report that the price of one dollar now exceeds 41,000 Iranian riyals, which has caused panic and confusion in Tehran’s black market where exchange offices have stopped buying and ...

US to discuss with allies taking aggressive action against Hezbollah

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday that Washington would take deterrent action against Hezbollah militia. He stated that the US will discuss with allies taking aggressive action against Hezbollah in a speech at the Future Investment Initiative Conference in Riyadh Republican leaders in the US House of Representatives, revealed on October 21 that the Council will vote in a few days to impose new sanctions on the Iranian ballistic missile program and the Tehran-backed Hezbollah ...

Iran confirms nuclear negotiator imprisoned for spying

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Iran’s judiciary confirmed on Sunday the five-year prison sentence given to a Canadian-Iranian member of its nuclear negotiating team on spying charges.“Mr Abdolrasoul Dorri Esfahani... was among some who were accused of spying and providing information for foreigners and had links with two espionage services,” judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeie told reporters.Some reports have also said Dorri Esfahani has British citizenship.“The court sentenced him to five ...

Iranian prisoners on hunger strike for being kept in units for mentally ill

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

The Human Rights Activists Group (Hrana) reported that three Sunni Iranian political prisoners were undergoing a hunger strike due to being incarcerated along the mentally disabled in a special section of the prison of the city of Urmia. The rights group added that the three Sunni prisoners in question, namely Anwar Khadri, Kamran Sheikha and Khashro Bashart, were transferred from Rajai Shahr prison in the city of Karaj, near Tehran, to the central prison in the northwestern city of Urmia. ...

Qatar envoy back in Tehran to strengthen bilateral ties

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Qatar said on Wednesday it decided to return its ambassador to Tehran, more than 20 months after he was recalled in protest over the ransacking of Saudi Arabia’s missions in Iran by demonstrators angry at Riyadh’s execution of a Shi’ite Muslim cleric. READ ALSO: Chad to shutter Qatar embassy, expel diplomats The Qatari decision comes amidst a row between Doha and fellow Gulf Cooperation Council members Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, which together ...

Ahmadinejad compares Khamenei to Shah, launches blistering salvo

Monday, 14 August 2017

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has severely criticized Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei by comparing him to the former Shah of Iran, who was deposed in the country’s 1979 revolution.“No one is more important than the people,” Ahmadinejad gushed in a recorded clip, part of which was broadcast on his Twitter account. “Positions of power in any government are not inherited by a special group. We did not rise in a revolution against a family to replace it with ...

Ould Sheikh Ahmed: Military option will not solve the Yemeni crisis

Monday, 14 August 2017

The UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed said in his statements in Tehran that the military option to the Yemeni crisis is not a solution, and that the peaceful solution is the only solution. Commenting on the visit of Ould Sheikh Ahmed to Iran, Houthi leader Mohammed al-Bekhiti said that it aims to seek legitimacy to allow him to continue his mission, accusing him of not being objective and biased towards the alliance. Tehran was the fourth stop of the UN envoy to Yemen, without the ...

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