Category: Iran

Iran pushes out Afghans as regional power-play heats up

Ref:  Ghaus worked in Iran for five years but has nothing to show for it. All he has are memories of being jailed, beaten and sent home to Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s oil-rich western neighbour has for years been a destination for Afghans seeking work or fleeing war. Afghanistan and Iran share a language, and cultural and historical links.


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Iranian aid ships set sail to Bahrain

Ref: Two ships carrying 120 Iranian activists sailed for Bahrain on Monday in an act of solidarity with the island country’s Shia majority population.

Two ships carrying 120 Iranian activists had set sail for Bahrain.

Two ships carrying 120 Iranian activists had set sail for Bahrain.

The Iranian government ordered the two boats to return, while activists threw into the water letters they were carrying as “moral support” to Bahraini Shia, a journalist for Iran’s English-language Press TV reported live aboard the ships.
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Iran nuclear plans: Bushehr fuel to be unloaded

Ref: On Friday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it had new information on “possible military dimensions” to Iran’s nuclear plans, which Iran says are purely peaceful.

The IAEA will supervise the unloading of fuel from Bushehr, Iran’s nuclear envoy Ali Asghar Soltanieh said.

Iran began the Bushehr project in 1976.

Iran’s Fars news agency says the fuel is being removed for “technical reasons”.
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Iran warships dock in Syria, Israeli fears dismissed

Ref:Two Iranian warships have docked in Syria, a military commander said on Thursday, dismissing Israeli condemnations of the manoeuvre as a “provocation.”

Coinciding with political turmoil in Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab world, Iran’s decision to send warships close to Israeli territory has rattled politicians in the Jewish state. Read more →

Iranian reformists call for protest

Ref: Iran’s opposition has invited Iranians to attend a protest rally in Tehran and other cities on Sunday to mark a week since the deaths of two people in earlier demonstrations.

With organisers renewing calls for protest on Facebook and Twitter, the opposition website says the rallies on Sunday will be a “fight against religious dictatorship” in Iran.
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70 killed in Iran plane crash

At least 70 people were killed and 35 injured when an Iranian Boeing 727 passenger plane crashed in bad weather in northwestern Iran on Sunday, the head of the Iranian Red Crescent said.

Mahmoud Mozafar told Reuters that many of the injured were in a bad condition. He said 106 people — 12 crews and 94 passengers — were on board the Iran Air plane when it crashed. Read more →

Iran halts oil sales to India

Ref: An oil trading dispute between India and Iran has further escalated, with Tehran refusing to sell oil to India under new rules instituted by New Delhi.The Reserve Bank of India has said that deals with Iran must be settled outside the Asian Clearing Union (ACU) system used by it and other member nations’ central banks to settle bilateral trades.

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Deadly earthquake hits Iran

Source: An earthquake in southeast Iran has killed at least five people and destroyed homes, a regional governor has said.

The quake struck late on Monday in a mountainous region and was given a 6.3 magnitude by the US Geological Survey. Read more →

Suicide attack hits Iran mosque

Ref: A suicide attack has killed at least 38 people and wounded more than 60 others near a mosque in the southeastern Iranian city of Chabahar as Shias marked the climax of Ashoura.

The ritual commemorates the seventh century death of Prophet Mohammed’s grandson, Hussein.

Alireza Ronaghi, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Tehran, said that the governor of Chabahar, Seyyed Ali Baateni, confirmed Wednesday’s attack saying that there had been “two suicide bombers, one of whom has been arrested. The other detonated his explosive vest before being arrested”.
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Iran announces nuclear advance

Ref: Iran has produced its first batch of uranium concentrates to be used at a nuclear plant, a major step in cutting its reliance on imports of the key ingredient for nuclear fuel, state media has reported.

Ali Akbar Salehi, the country’s atomic chief, said on Sunday that Iranian experts would begin using domestically produced yellowcake, the raw material for enrichment, at the Isfahan conversion plant.
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