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Australian veteran loses defamation lawsuit over Afghan war crimes

An Australian court has found that war veteran Ben Roberts-Smith who was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery, probably killed unarmed civilians in Afghanistan. According to media reports, Roberts-Smith, now 44, had murdered at least six unarmed Afghan civilians when he was a member of the Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) in Afghanistan.

Amirabdollahian: Iran’s membership in SCO to be finalized soon

Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian says Iran, as a key player in Asia, has been pursuing membership in important regional bodies with seriousness, and that its membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation will be finalized in a matter of weeks.

Iranians lay to rest remains of military advisor martyred in 2015 anti-Daesh battles in Syria

Iranians bid farewell to Martyr Mohammad Jafari, a military advisor who had lost his life during a counter-terrorism campaign against the Takfir Daesh outfit in the Syrian city of Dara’a in April 2015.

Iran’s traditional ice cream tops Taste Atlas list of world’s best frozen desserts

Iran’s traditional ice cream, known as Bastani Sonnati, has topped the list of the world’s 50 best frozen desserts released by Taste Atlas, a popular encyclopedia of local food, traditional restaurants, and authentic recipes across the world.

Iran to soon gain quick access to $6.7 billion of its financial resources at IMF: CBI chief

Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Mohammadreza Farzin says the country will soon acquire quick access to $6.7 billion of its financial resources at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Foreign diplomats make tour of women’s prison in Iran’s capital

Envoys and diplomats of 28 countries besides representatives of international organizations in Iran paid a visit to a women’s detention facility in Tehran organized by the country’s judicial officials.

IRIB chief rejects calls for return of popular sportscaster Ferdosipour to state TV

The head of Iran’s Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) snubs calls for a return of Adel Ferdosipour, a popular sports commentator, to the state TV, due to “the positions he has taken against the Islamic Establishment.”

Moscow says CIA hacked iPhones of Russian diplomats, citizens

The CIA installed malware on thousands of Apple phones used by Russian diplomats and citizens, Federal Security Service (FSB) claimed on Thursday.

Tape recording reveals Trump kept classified Pentagon document on Iran: Report

US Federal prosecutors have obtained a 2021 audio recording of former President Donald Trump showing he kept a classified Pentagon document about a possible attack on Iran after leaving the White House, according to a CNN report.

Young Saudi woman sentenced to more than 30 years in prison over tweets on human rights

A Saudi woman has been sentenced to more than three decades in prison for anonymously tweeting about political prisoners, women's rights and unemployment in the kingdom, the UK-based rights group Alqst has told Middle East Eye.

Iran FM in South Africa to join Friends of BRICS meeting

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian has arrived in South Africa to take part in a meeting of the “Friends of BRICS,” an alliance of emerging economic powers.

US says Biden prefers diplomacy with Iran over JCPOA

US National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby says the White House supports a diplomatic solution in dealing with Iran's nuclear program. Tehran says the revitalization of the nuclear deal, JCPOA, is contingent upon a Washington's decision.

Imprisoned Iranian breaks all-time record of solitary confinement in Sweden: Report

Hamid Nouri, a former Iranian judiciary official serving a life sentence in a Swedish jail, has broken the all-time record of solitary confinement in the history of the Nordic country, according to a report.

IAEA confirms Iran nuclear site file over traces of uranium closed

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed the UN nuclear watchdog closed the file on traces of nuclear material at one of the “undetected” sites in Iran following progress in cooperation between Tehran and the IAEA.

Grandson of Imam Khomeini apologizes to reporter over bodyguards’ misbehavior

Hassan Khomeini, a grandson of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini, has apologized to a reporter with the ILNA news agency, who was assaulted by his security team as he approached the cleric to take a picture.

Live Update: Russia’s “Special Operation” in Ukraine; Day 463

Russia, wary of NATO’s eastward expansion, began a military campaign in Ukraine in February 2022 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:

Iranian Leader: Expansion of Iran-Turkmenistan ties serves interests of both nations

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the enhancement of relations between Iran and Turkmenistan will serve the interests of both nations, expressing Tehran’s readiness for closer cooperation with Ashgabat in various fields.

President Raisi: Iran’s envoys abroad must double efforts to boost ties with regional states, intl. organizations

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi urges the Foreign Ministry and heads of the country’s diplomatic missions abroad to double their efforts to promote ties with neighbors, regional states and Muslim countries in addition to international organizations.

‘Ukrainian officials’ hostile anti-Iran remarks may entail serious repercussions’

A news website close to Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) warns Ukraine against the dire repercussions of a Ukrainian official’s belligerent remarks against the Islamic Republic.

Situation in most Iranian cities return to normal as coronavirus subsides

The Iranian Health Ministry says the situation in most Iranian cities have returned to normal or ‘blue’ on the country’s coronavirus tracking map, as the number of Covid-19 sharply decreases.

5 Palestinian fighters killed, several wounded in Lebanon blast blamed on Israel

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine has blamed Israel for the killing of five of its members in a blast in eastern Lebanon, near the Syrian border.

Iran tourism: Spring face of nature in Tuyserkan

Tuyserkan is the fourth largest city in Iran’s Hamadan Province. It is a mountainous city with a moderate climate in western Iran.

UAE announces withdrawal from US-led maritime bloc

The United Arab Emirates pulled out from a US-led Middle East maritime security coalition two months ago after evaluating its security relationships, the Persian Gulf state announced on Wednesday.

Source says Qatar PM, Taliban chief hold secret talks on Afghanistan

Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani held secret talks with leader of the Taliban Haibatullah Akhunzada this month on resolving the ruling Taliban's tension with the international community, a source briefed on the meeting has revealed.

Iran deputy culture minister slams arrests of Hafezieh officials over viral proposal video

The Iranian deputy minister of cultural heritage, tourism and handicrafts criticizes the arrests of two cultural officials in Shiraz after a video went viral of a young man proposing to a woman without mandatory hijab near the tomb of the 14th century poet Hafez.