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Iranian Champion Seeks Asylum In France Calling His Country’s Officials Corrupt

Iran’s powerlifting silver medalist in Asia, Amir Mohammad Shahnavazi says, he has decided not to return to his country and will stay in France in protest to corruption. In a video published on Shahnavazi’s Instagram account, he has argued that since several officials of the Islamic Republic are “incompetent” and …

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Japan Won’t Join U.S. Coalition, But Will Send Own Escort Ships To Gulf Region

Japan says it will not join a U.S.-led coalition to protect shipping in vital commerce lanes in the Middle East but will send its own vessels to ensure safe delivery of oil to Japan. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on October 18 said Tokyo will still cooperate closely with Washington …

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Chabahar Port’s capacity quadruples in less than 2 years: PMO head

TEHRAN- The head of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) announced that through inaugurating the first phase of Chabahar Port’s development plan, the port’s capacity has increased four times in less than two years, IRIB reported on Monday. Making the remarks during a specialized meeting on development of Chabahar, Mohammad …

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Iran’s IRGC Says It Has Captured Exiled Opposition Activist

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says it has captured exiled opposition activist Roohollah Zam, claiming he was being directed and supported by intelligence officials from France, the United States, and Israel. The IRGC said in a statement read out on state TV on October 14 that its agents captured …

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NATO Officials To Discuss Afghanistan, Iran

The situation in Afghanistan and Iran are among the main issues on the agenda of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Annual Session, held in London from October 11-14, NATO said on it’s website. With over four days of debate hosted in Westminster, the parliamentarians will examine ways to respond to Russia’s …

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Pakistan PM Says Ready to Host Iran-Saudi Peace Talks

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan held talks Sunday with leaders in Iran to formally begin a diplomatic offensive he said was aimed at defusing the neighboring country’s escalating tensions with Saudi Arabia and the United States. Khan told a joint news conference after his “wide-ranging consultations” with Iranian …

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U.S. Says Iran Broke Promise Over Oil Tanker, Urges EU To Condemn Tehran

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged the European Union to condemn Iran, saying it lied over where oil from the tanker Adrian Darya 1 would be off-loaded. “Oil from the #AdrianDarya1 has been offloaded in Syria, proving that Iran lied to the UK and Gibraltar…EU members should condemn …

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Iran Says China Has Pulled Out Of South Pars Natural Gas Project

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh says China’s national petroleum company has pulled out of a $5 billion deal to help develop Iran’s giant South Pars natural gas field in the Persian Gulf.The development, announced by Zanganeh on the ministry’s SHANA website, comes amid economic pressure on both Iran and China …

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Efforts Ramping Up to Resolve Yemen Conflict Following Saudi Attacks

By: Dale Gavlak AMMAN – Efforts to resolve the nearly five-year conflict in Yemen are increasing following drone and missile attacks on Saudi oil facilities last month. Despite Houthi rebel claims of carrying out the sophisticated airstrikes, most Gulf observers believe the highly coordinated attacks on the Abqaiq and Khurais …

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Iranian security forces arbitrarily killed Baluch teenager

Iranian security forces in Sistan and Baluchestan Province Baluchistan killed a teenager after opening fire on his vehicle on Sunday, September 29.  The victim, Meysam Nodratzehi, 18, was porting fuel, near the border region of Saravan in Sistan and Baluchestan province. One of the witnesses said, “After security forces opened …

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