Friday, August 19, 2022

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Iran in third place of medals in Konya Islamic games

On the 8th day of the Islamic Solidarity Games in Konya, Turkey, Iran ranked third among competing countries in terms of medals won so far.

Iran FM: New stage to start in Vienna if Tehran red lines met

The Iranian foreign minister says talks over the revival of the Iran nuclear deal will enter a new stage if Tehran's red lines are met.

Covid in Iran: 62 deaths, 4,500 infections

Covid has killed 62 more people in Iran in the past 24 hours, according to the health ministry figures released on Thursday. It also reported over 4,500 people have tested positive from Wednesday to Thursday nationwide.

Figures show 48% growth in foreign trade during 1st year of Raisi’s administration

During the first year of the 13th Iranian administration under President Raisi, the Islamic Republic’s foreign trade grew by an unprecedented 48%.

Advisor to Iranian negotiating team: Iran and other party made ‘great progress’ during months of nuclear talks

An adviser to the Iranian negotiating team in the Vienna talks says there are some issues that must be resolved before Tehran and the other parties to the negotiations can reach a deal, adding however they have made great progress in talks..

Bolivia independence marked in Tehran

A ceremony marking the 197th anniversary of Bolivia’s independence was held on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 in Tehran with Bolivian Ambassador to the Islamic republic Romina Guadalupe and some other foreign envoys and diplomats in attendance.

Iran’s rights chief urges US to free all innocent Iranians in its jails

Iran’s top human rights official slams the United States for keeping tens of Iranian citizens in jail and renewed the call for Washington to immediately release all the innocent nations of the Islamic Republic.

Journalist: Iran’s NPT withdrawal only guarantee for nuclear deal

Hossein Shariatmadari, a veteran Iranian journalist and Kayhan newspaper’s editor in chief, has termed Iran’s proposal to receive compensation from the US in case of a pullout from a restored nuclear agreement as ‘worthless’, saying the only valid guarantee is Iran’s withdrawal from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Russia: Final outcome of Vienna talks depends on US reaction to Iran proposals

Russia’s lead negotiator praises Iran’s “constructive” proposals submitted to the European Union aimed at paving the way for the conclusion of the Vienna talks on a potential revival of the 2015 nuclear deal, saying the final outcome of the negotiations depends on how the US will react to them.

Analyst: There are more signs to be optimistic than pessimistic about Vienna talks

A political commentator says there are more signs to be optimistic rather pessimistic about the future of the ongoing diplomatic process in Vienna aimed at securing a revival of the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers.

Official: 1,800 Covid patients in Tehran hospitals

The head of Iran’s Coronavirus Taskforce Committee says some 1,800 coronavirus patients are currently being hospitalized in Tehran province hospitals, 562 of whom are receiving special care treatment.

IRGC Navy combination of military might, strong faith: Chief cmdr.

The chief commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) praises the bravery of the elite military force’s Navy in the face of threats, saying it is unwavering faith that makes the country’s Armed Forces unbreakable against the enemies besides military might.

Morocco volleyball coach advises tourists to test Iranian cuisines

Morocco’s national volleyball team’s head coach, fresh from a trip to Iran, says Iranian hospitality and cuisines are exemplary among countries across the world.

US urges Israel to review army “rules of engagement” in WB

The administration of US President Joe Biden wants Israel to review its “rules of engagement” during military operations in the occupied West Bank after the killing of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, Israeli and US sources briefed on the call told Axios.

Palestinian youth killed by Israeli troops in WB

Israeli forces have killed another Palestinian youth during an incursion on a holy site near the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank.

Live Update: Russia’s “Special Operation” in Ukraine; Day 176

Russia, wary of NATO’s eastward expansion, began a military campaign in Ukraine on February 24 after the Western-leaning Kiev government turned a deaf ear to Moscow’s calls for its neighbor to maintain its neutrality. In the middle of the mayhem, Moscow and Kiev are trying to hammer out a peaceful solution to the conflict. Follow the latest about the Russia-Ukraine conflict here:

Iran wins U20 World Championships in Bulgaria

Iran’s national youth freestyle wrestling team have won the U20 World Championships in Bulgaria.

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry announces capture of terrorist who fought in Syria 

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry says its agents have captured one of the most dangerous terrorists who committed acts of terror outside of the country.

Iranian FM: Tehran must make sure its red lines are respected under any nuclear deal

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian says the Islamic Republic is looking forward to receiving a response from the United States to Tehran’s demands regarding the European Union's proposed draft in the Iran nuclear deal.

IRGC bans cooperation with Israeli group called “Close Up”

The Intelligence Agency of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps has banned Iranian filmmakers and cinematic institutes any cooperation with Close Up Foundation, which it said is an organization affiliated to the Zionist regime.

Official: Iran exported shipments of diesel to Afghanistan last week

The CEO of the National Iranian Oil Refinery and Distribution Company says the country exported shipment after shipment of diesel to Afghanistan at a price of 1,100 dollars per ton last week.

Parliament national security body: Iran, P4+1 not far from nuclear deal in Vienna

A spokesman for the Iranian parliament’s national security and foreign policy commission says Iran and the P4+1 group of countries are not that far from reaching a nuclear deal.

Iran Covid: 67 killed, nearly 5k infected in 24 hours

Coronavirus has killed 67 more people in Iran in the past 24 hours, according to the health ministry figures released on Wednesday. The health ministry also reported more than 4,820 people tested positive for Covid-19.

“Turkey and Israel agree to restore full diplomatic relations”

Turkey and Israel have agreed to restore full diplomatic relations and will exchange ambassadors following gradual improvement in relations, the office of the Israeli prime minister and Turkish foreign minister have announced.

Fencer grabs Iranian women’s 1st epee medal in history

A fencer won the first medal in the history of Iranian women's epee fencing in the 5th edition of the Islamic Solidarity Games 2021 in Turkey.