Thursday, February 9, 2023

Latest News and Views from Iran and the World

Israeli soldiers killed 42 Palestinians in 2023: Report

Israeli forces have shot dead forty-two Palestinians, including nine children, since the beginning of the year, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

Iran FM slams Western media for ‘overstating’ number of arrests, deaths during recent unrest

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian has criticized Western media for “overstating” the number of those arrested during a recent wave of unrest and deadly riots in Iran and “playing up” the number of fatalities.

Israel ramps up demolition of Palestinians’ homes

Around 20,000 Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem are reportedly slated for demolition, according to watchdogs, with residents forced to pay up to $20,000 if they do not comply and evacuate their homes.

Iran says IAEA has given its nuclear information to JCPOA opponents

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has criticized the UN nuclear watchdog for the leakage of information about the country’s nuclear program to the opponents of diplomatic efforts to revive the nuclear agreement, JCPOA.

Turkey-Syria earthquake live updates: Death toll tops 17,000

Search operation continues for the possible survivors in quake-hit southeast Turkey and northern Syria.

“Put politics aside”, facilitate northwest Syria aid access: UN

A leading United Nations official has called for the facilitation of aid access to rebel-held areas in Syria’s northwest, warning that relief stocks will soon be depleted.

US lawmakers call on Biden to target Iran’s drone program

A bipartisan group of 60 US lawmakers have urged the administration of President Joe Biden to target Iran's drone program, claiming it has “far-reaching implications” for American interests in the region and beyond.

Earthquake death toll surpasses 15,000 in Turkey and Syria

The death toll from the catastrophic earthquake in Turkey and Syria has risen to at least 15,383, according to authorities.

Live Update: Russia’s “Special Operation” in Ukraine; Day 351

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 home entertainment products enter international festivals

Iranian home video series “The Actor”, released recently, has been selected to contest France’s Series Mania Festival, the most prestigious event in Europe.

Twitter restricted in Turkey following earthquake response criticism

The NetBlocks internet observatory says Twitter has been restricted in Turkey since Wednesday as online criticism mounted of the government’s response to the devastating quake.

Shamkhani: Iran-Russia should fight common threats

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council has called for closer Tehran-Moscow cooperation against common threats.

Erdogan visits disaster-hit region of Turkey as deaths continue to rise

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has visited southern Turkey to inspect the areas badly affected by the magnitude 7.8 and 7.6 earthquakes that hit the country earlier this week. Anger grew among local people over what they say was a slow Ankara's response to the rescue and relief effort.

Covid-19 in Iran: 222 patients in critical condition

The death toll from the Coronavirus pandemic in Iran reached 144,771 on Wednesday, according to official figures. 222 patients are in intensive care units nationwide.

Iranian nuclear chief calls on IAEA to keep acting professionally

The director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran says Tehran expects the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to keep acting professionally. Mohammad Easlami warned the IAEA against involvement in the campaign to exert pressure on the Islamic republic of Iran.

Damascus says US sanctions preventing delivery of aid to Syria after deadly quake

Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad has highlighted the country’s need for humanitarian assistance after the recent devastating earthquake. He warned that the US sanctions have worsened the circumstances as the illegal bans are preventing the delivery of humanitarian aid to the war-torn country.

Iran’s Leader sympathizes with those affected by fatal quake in Turkey, Syria

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei expresses sympathy with those affected by a horrific earthquake that wreaked havoc in Turkey and Syria earlier this week, promising more humanitarian aid to both brotherly nations.

Iran begins to review release of inmates guilty of role in unrest after Leader’s decree

Iran’s Judiciary begins the process of reviewing the cases of inmates found guilty of involvement in the recent wave of unrest in the country and releasing those whose cases are compatible with the conditions set in the clemency granted by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

Iran: Extra-regional meddling in Afghanistan fuels insecurity in broader region

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani warns against attempts by the US to fuel insecurity in Afghanistan, saying the meddling of extra-regional parties in Afghanistan will spread insecurity to the entire region.

Israel vows unabated continuation of settlement activities, despite worldwide outcry

A controversial Israeli minister from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's extreme-right cabinet has vowed that Tel Aviv's settlement activities in the occupied West Bank will continue unabated. This is while many countries including Israel’s allies, have condemned such plans, illegal under international law.

Turkey-Syria earthquake toll nearing 8,000, search operations continue

As desperate search operations continue for possible survivors in quake-hit areas of Turkey and Syria, the death toll from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the two countries has surpassed 7,900, authorities have confirmed.

Live Update: Russia’s “Special Operation” in Ukraine; Day 350

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:

Belgian Crane released in Owja Keleh wetland, northern Iran

The crane which was brought from Belgium to Iran’s Mazandaran Province to accompany another crane from Siberia, has been released in Owja Keleh wetland in Fereydounkenar, northern Iran.

Shamkhani: Iran and Russia priority is expanding economic ties

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani says the top priority of Tehran and Moscow is to expand their economic ties.

Iranian president to French envoy: Reflect realities of Iran to your govt.

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi has warned France about the danger of extremism’s domination in the European country.