I that Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s new president, spent the first working day of his government visiting a cemetery, since he had helped orchestrate the mass execution of political prisoners in the 1980s. The setting also fitted the country’s glum mood. Since Mr Raisi’s victory in a rigged election on June 18th, cases of covid-19 in Iran have spiked.
Iran's health ministry on Sunday reported more than 680 daily Covid deaths for the first time, as nationwide curbs to contain the spread of the virus were lifted. The ministry said the deaths of 684 people in the past 24 hours brought the total number of fatalities to 102,038.
Iran on Sunday reported over 600 daily Covid deaths for the first time, ahead of tightened curbs to contain the spread of the virus. The country also registered 36,736 new infections in 24 hours, taking the total since the pandemic started to 4,425,821, the health ministry said.
Iran on Saturday announced new curbs to combat the spread of Covid-19 as deaths and infections surge and as the country tries to speed up its vaccination campaign. The Islamic republic is struggling to the contain what officials have called a "fifth wave" of the virus driven by the highly infectious Delta variant.
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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Iranians are suffering through yet another surge in the coronavirus pandemic - their country's worst yet - and anger is growing at images of vaccinated Westerners without face masks on the internet or on TV while they remain unable to get the shots.
According to threat intelligence researchers, the hackers attempts to conceal their origin was more likely an effort to slow down response efforts than actually frame Iran. A cyber espionage group from China masqueraded as Iranian hackers while breaking into and spying on Israeli government institutions, according to a new report by security researchers.
Earlier this week, Raisi, who has long been vocally anti-Western and is under U.S. sanctions for human rights abuses, was given the final approval for the presidency by Iran’s all-powerful supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Raisi was elected in June, in a vote many Iranians and Western advocacy groups say was rigged.
TENSIONS with Iran are at boiling point after Tehran's navy commandos attempted to hijack an oil tanker near the strategic Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday. Today, Israeli jets struck what they've said were rocket launch sites in Lebanon in response to two rockets fired towards Israel from Lebanese territory.
US aircraft saw suspected Iranian gunmen take something from a hijacked tanker during 7-hour incident: official
Suspected Iranian gunmen temporarily hijacked a tanker in the Gulf of Oman Tuesday. They forcibly boarded the ship, assaulted the crew, and departed after about 7 hours, a US official said. The official said a US aircraft saw the Iranians take something from the ship when they left.
The Asphalt Princess, which was this week centre stage of the Israeli-Iranian shadow war, was not your typical target It was late afternoon in the Gulf of Oman when the speedboat came alongside the red and blue painted hull of the MV Asphalt Princess. Seven heavily armed individuals clambered up the side and ordered the crew to sail for Iranian waters.
It’s far from an exact science, but if you want to get a sense of where the world is heading in terms of resource scarcity then you could do worse than considering the cost of a litre of oil versus a litre of water. These days a litre oil of crude is worth around 45 US cents (33p); a litre of bottled water in the UK will generally set you back around 65p.
Popular discontent is high following the recent election win of hardline presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi Iranian activists reported on Thursday that up to seven protesters have been killed in clashes with security forces in restive Khuzestan province, as demonstrations over water shortages continued for a seventh day. Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA), a Washington DC-based organisation with networks in the country, said it has received reported of seven protesters killed but has only been able to verify three due to internet disruptions in the southern provinces.
(Reuters) - Iranians facing a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines at home are travelling to neighbouring Armenia as tourists in growing numbers to get inoculated there for free, according to data from Armenia's tourism board. Armenia has approved three vaccines against COVID-19 - Russia's Sputnik V, China's CoronaVac and AstraZeneca's vaccine and initially offered all of them free to foreign visitors.
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — In Iran, the urgency of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is growing by the day. A crush of new cases fueled by the fast-spreading delta variant has threatened to overwhelm Iranian hospitals with breathless patients too numerous to handle. But as deaths mount, and the sense swells that protection for most citizens remains far-off, thousands of desperate Iranians are taking matters into their own hands: They’re flocking to neighboring Armenia.
WASHINGTON, D.C.: U.S. prosecutors charged four Iranian intelligence operatives on Tuesday with conspiring to kidnap a New York journalist and human rights activist who was critical of Iran, according to a U.S. Justice Department indictment. Though the target of the plot was not named, Reuters has confirmed she is Iranian-American journalist Masih Alinejad, who has worked with the U.S. government-funded Voice of America Persian language service and reports on human rights issues in Iran.