Wednesday, February 8, 2023


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.

Iranian presidents speaks with Turkish and Syrian counterparts following earthquake 

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi has called his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to speak with him over the massive earthquake in Turkey.

Covid death toll in Iran remains single-digit

The daily death toll from the coronavirus pandemic in Iran remains single-digit. The Health Ministry figures on Tuesday showed that 4 patients died of the virus in the past 24 hours.

US renews sanctions waivers for Iran’s nuclear program

The United States has renewed a series of sanctions waivers that will allow Iran and Russia to cooperate on civilian nuclear work at Iranian uranium enrichment sites. It comes amid stalled talks to bring Washington back into full compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, JCPOA.

Erdogan announces 3-month emergency in Turkey as death toll rises

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared a three month state of emergency in the country after Monday’s devastating quake and its aftershocks.

Iran unveils first underground airbase

Iran’s Army has unveiled the country’s first underground air force base, called “Eagle 44”. This is a tactical airbase and is capable of operating various fighter jets and bombers as well as drones belonging to the Iranian Air Force.

Major earthquake could affect up to 23 million in Turkey and Syria: WHO

Some 23 million people could be affected by the massive quake that has killed more than 5,000 so far, the World Health Organization has announced.

Iran security chief in Moscow for regional security forum on Afghanistan

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani has arrived in Moscow for the fifth regional security dialogue on Afghanistan that is scheduled to be held in the Russian capital on Wednesday.

Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian teen in West Bank raid

Israeli forces killed a 17-year-old Palestinian boy on Tuesday during a raid in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed.

Russia calls on IAEA not to make Iran-related documents public

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has urged the UN nuclear agency to refrain from disclosing any Iran-related documents not meant to be made public.

Nurses’ representative body: 200 staff emigrating from Iran every month

Director General of Iran’s Khaneh Parastar – Nurses’ House – a private representative body for nurses, says the number of goodstanding certificates that confirm a staff member had no misconduct show at least 2,500 to 3,000 nurses are leaving Iran every year.

Iran security chief Shamkhani leaves for Moscow to take part in regional security event

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani has left Tehran for Moscow to take part in the fifth regional security dialogue that is scheduled to be held in the Russian capital on Wednesday.

Death toll from quake in Turkey and Syria tops 4,000

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared seven days of national mourning, and Syria has appealed to the United Nations for help following devastating earthquakes that killed more than 4,000 people and toppled buildings across southeast Turkey and northern Syria.

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