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Interior Ministry: Dozens arrested in connection with school poisonings
Iran’s Interior Ministry says more than 100 people who played an effective role in the recent poisonings at schools have been arrested.
Iran rights body: Only 10 percent of poisoning among students were due to chemical stimulant
Iran’s Human Rights Council has said a small percentage of the recent poisonings that have happened in Iranian girl schools were due to a chemical stimulant.
Veteran politician Ghafouri Fard dies of illness
Hassan Ghafouri Fard, a university professor and the former senior official with Iran’s Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, passes away after enduring an illness for more than a year.
Iran announces first arrests over poisonings at girls’ schools
Several people have been arrested over a wave of suspected poison attacks targeting mainly female students in schools across Iran, a senior government official has confirmed.
Official: Non-toxic stimulant used in serial poisoning of Iran school girls
An Iranian official rules out the existence of toxic material in the serial poisoning of students in the country, saying the substance has been found to be a mere non-fatal “stimulant” that causes little damage to the body, and not a chemical.
Iranian lawmaker: School poisoning attacks ‘organized’ move
A member of the national security commission of the Iranian parliament says the recent poisonings of school children in Iran is an “organized” move.
Leader: Poisoning of students major, unforgivable crime
The leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has called the issue of poisoning of school girls a “major crime and unforgivable” and called on officials to seriously investigate the issue.
President Raisi: Schoolgirl poisonings ‘inhumane crime’
Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi says the issue of schoolgirl poisonings across the country amounts to a "crime and an inhumane act" committed by the enemies against the nation.
Poisonings happen again at several schools in Iran
Poisoning incidents on Saturday continued at girl schools in parts of Iran.
President Raisi: Serial school poisoning new enemy project to frighten, frustrate Iranians
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi describes the recent serial poisoning of students at schools a “security project” being advanced by enemies with the aim of stoking concern among families and frustrating the people.
Iran’s rights chief urges official to swiftly identify elements behind serial poisoning in schools
Iran’s human rights chief calls on the country’s security and judicial authorities to swiftly identify those behind the mysterious serial poisoning of students at schools in a number of Iranian cities.
Iranian Interior Minister: No clues yet as to what happens in girl schools, no arrests made
Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi says he has received no reports yet that a toxic substance was used to poison students in different cities.
President Raisi: Interaction with other countries must be aimed at transferring science and technology
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has said science and technology form the bedrock of any country’s clout.
Iranian official: Substances used for poisoning students not military chemical agents
Iran’s deputy health minister implicitly admits that the poisoning of female students in several schools in the city of Qom was deliberate.
Iran’s intelligence chief dismisses fake news about IRGC drill in Karaj
Iran’s intelligence minister dismisses “fake news” about a recent military drill held by the Basij Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in the city of Karaj, near Tehran.
Outspoken daily urges Iranian govt. not to trust Russia
An outspoken Iranian daily criticizes the government for abstaining from voting on a UN resolution against Russia’s war on Ukraine, warning that Moscow is untrustworthy and may betray Tehran in a similar occasion.
Iran’s Leader blames West for hijacking liberal democracy to dominate world
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei blasted some Western states for using liberal democracy to dominate the world, emphasizing, however, that Tehran brings democracy and freedom along with religion.
Iran’s Leader urges IRGC to build up military, moral power
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has urged Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) to double its efforts to strengthen its military and moral power with the goal of protecting the ideals of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Iranian Army helicopters helping with relief operations in snow-hit areas
The Iranian Army’s helicopters are helping with relief operations in some regions in the country that have been hit by heavy snowfall.
Raisi: Western sides walked away from negotiating table when unrest began in Iran
Iran’s President Ebrhaim Raisi says Western parties walked away from the JCPOA revival talks with Tehran and declared that they would pursue the issue with the Islamic Republic on the streets.
Support for Palestine root cause of enemies’ Iranophobia campaign: Leader
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei says Iran’s unwavering defense of the Palestinian cause against Israeli occupation is the root cause of a hostile Iranophobia campaign being waged against the country by its enemies.
Leader: Iran’s progress under sanctions has surprised foreigners
The Leader of Iran's Islamic Revolution says the progress of the country under the sanctions has surprised observers, but Iran, so far, lacks the required skill to publicize them and reflect them in media reports.
Mysterious poisoning sends 412 students to hospital in Iran’s Qom
Local health officials say the number of students who have sought medical assistance for poisoning in the Iranian city of Qom has reached 412.
President Raisi meets Iran’s Leader ahead of China trip
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi met with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Monday before heading for Beijing for a state visit to China.
Iranian internet television hacked while airing Islamic Revolution anniversary’s rallies
An anti-Iran cyber group has hacked the internet channel of the Iranian television known as Telewebion while it was showing mass rallies marking the 44th anniversary of the Islamic revolution’s victory.