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Iran: Flash flooding after heavy rains kill at least eight people, thousands evacuated

At least eight people have died in flash flooding in Iran’s south due to heavy rains, state media has reported. “Following the floods and rains of the past few days in the southern regions of the country, we have seen an increase in casualties and deaths,” spokesman for the national rescue service Mojtaba Khaledi told […]

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Iraq: Thousands rally in Baghdad on anniversary of Iran general Qassem Soleimani’s death

Thousands of people rallied in the Iraqi capital to mark the second anniversary of the killing of a revered Iranian commander and his Iraqi lieutenant in a drone attack by the United States. Chanting “Death to America”, the marchers filled a Baghdad square to honour Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani, who headed the Quds Force, the […]

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Iran’s satellite launch fails to put payloads into orbit around Earth

Iran’s space launch on Thursday has failed to put its three payloads into orbit after the rocket was unable to reach the required speed, a defence ministry spokesman said in remarks carried on state television. The attempted launch, which came as indirect United States-Iran talks take place in Austria to try to salvage a 2015 […]

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Iran launches satellite-carrying rocket into space

Tehran launched a satellite-carrying rocket into space with three devices onboard on Thursday. The move comes amid ongoing talks and is expected to anger the United States, local media have reported. Previous rocket launches, including several failed attempts, have drawn heavy criticism from the US. “The satellite-carrying Simorgh rocket successfully launched three devices into space,” […]

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Sri Lanka to settle debt for past oil imports from Iran by paying off in tea

Sri Lanka plans to settle a debt for past oil imports from Iran by paying it off in tea, a government minister said. Ramesh Pathirana said his country hoped to send $5 million worth of tea to Iran each month to clear a $251 million debt. Sri Lanka is experiencing a severe debt and foreign […]

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Explosion at Iran’s main nuclear facilities in Natanz was part of controlled test

An explosion at Iran’s main nuclear facilities in Natanz was part of a controlled test, state media reported. The facility had previously been a victim of targeted sabotage attacks. A major explosion and flash of light in the sky were reported around 8:15pm local time on Saturday in Badroud, 20km from where the enrichment facilities […]

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Clashes erupt between Iranian soldiers and Taliban forces near Afghanistan-Iran border

Clashes erupted between Iranian soldiers and Taliban forces near the Afghanistan-Iran border, but appear to have led to no casualties and was later described as a “misunderstanding”. Multiple videos showed Taliban troops mobilising. Gunfire can be heard while one shows Iranian forces firing artillery shells in response to Taliban fire. The semi-official Iranian news agency […]

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Thousands of Iranian farmers protest against river drying up due to drought and diversion

Thousands of protesters converged in central Iran to voice their anger after the city’s river dried up due to drought and diversion. The massive protest, that drew in farmers and other people from across Isfahan province, was the biggest since demonstrations over the water crisis started on November 9. “Thousands of people from Isfahan, farmers […]

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India hosts talks on current Afghanistan situation without Afghan representative in attendance

India is hosting senior security officials from Russia, Iran and five Central Asian countries to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, but without an Afghan representative in attendance. Pakistan and China declined to attend the Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan held on Wednesday following the fall of the United States-backed government and the Taliban takeover […]

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Yemen: Houthi missile attack on mosque and religious school in Marib kills and injures 29 civilians

A Houthi ballistic missile attack on the Yemeni province of Marib has killed and injured 29 civilians, including women and children, according to the country’s information minister. In a tweet on Monday, Muammar al-Iryani said the two ballistic missiles used in the attack hit a mosque and a religious school. The Marib governor’s office said […]

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Yemen War: Saudi Arabia-led coalition claims to have killed more than 260 Houthi rebels

More than 260 Houthi rebels were killed in fighting over the past three days near Yemen’s strategic city of Marib, the Saudi Arabia-led coalition said on Sunday. The rebel deaths are the latest among hundreds the coalition claims have been killed in recent battles around the internationally recognised government’s last bastion in oil-rich northern Yemen. […]

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Iran: New censorship law bans TV makers from showing women eating pizza, sandwich

New censorship rules in Iran banned TV makers from showing women eating pizza on screen. Drama makers have been warned that men should not be shown serving women tea in scenes involving a workplace, while women must not wear leather gloves. According to IranWire, government officials have issued the new guidelines to broadcasters and film […]