2020-05-12: News Headlines

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2020-05-12). U.S. hand in recent assaults on Cuba, Venezuela. peoplesworld.org Secretary of State Pompeo loudly condemns Iranian border guards who abused Afghans crossing into Iran. He castigates China's supposed failings with the COVID 19 pandemic. He and President Trump rail against dictatorship they see in Venezuela. They protest Cuba's "slave doctors" — who actually "defend health care as a human right," according to Cuba's foreign …

Betsey Piette (2020-05-12). Sanctions = Health terrorism. workers.org A timely international webinar, sponsored by SanctionsKill.org on May 9, featured representatives from Cuba, Iran, Nicaragua, Syria and Venezuela, plus a statement from Zimbabwe addressing the deadly impact of U.S. sanctions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 1,000 people from nearly every continent, including multiple U.S. cities, viewed the event. The . . . |

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). Iran coronavirus updates: 1,401 new coronavirus cases, 48 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) — Iranian Health Ministry announced on Tuesday that 1,401 new COVID-19 infections have been identified in the country during the past 24 hours.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). Iran unveils nano-test kit for coronavirus. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) — In a ceremony participated by Vice President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari in Shiraz, Fars province, domestically produced nao-test kit for coronavirus was unveiled for the first time in the world.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). Israeli regime acting against Iran's interests amid Covid-19 pandemic: MP. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 11 (MNA) — Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mojtaba Zonnour said on Tuesday that while the world is distracted with the coronavirus pandemic, the Zionist regime is doing its best to put Iran's interests at risk.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). Iran, Pakistan discuss border security on phone. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) — Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri and Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army General Qamar Javed Bajwa held a phone conversation on the security of borders and latest regional developments.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). Front pages of Iran international dailies on May 12. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) — Here are the front pages of Iran-based international newspapers on Tuesday, May 12,…

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). Iran Parl. to address motion against Israeli regime's hostile measures. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) — An Iranian lawmaker said that the Parliament will address a double urgency motion today on the required actions against hostile measures adopted by the Israeli regime.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). Lebanon buys copyright of Iranian book 'Boxer'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) — The copyright of the picture book, "Boxer" was sold to Dar Al-Hadaeq, the Lebanon-based Publications.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). Serbian president calls for expanding economic relations with Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) — Serbian President received the credential of Iran's new ambassador to Belgrade Rashid Hassanpour on Tuesday and emphasized on promoting cooperation with the Islamic Republic in various fields, especially economy and trade.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). VIDEO: Inverted tulips in Zanjan. en.mehrnews.com ZANJAN, May 12 (MNA) — The fritillaria imperialis tulips, known as inverted tulips, have now blossomed in the mountainous areas of Zanjan, western Iran. The flower sprouts on the plains of Iran since the middle of March. The full bloom of this flower is spectacular, but the flower's lifespan is short.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). Iran sends 1st medical aid to Tajikistan to fight coronavirus. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) — Iran has sent the first medical aid to Tajikistan to help the country in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). Headlines of Iranian dailies on May 12. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) — Mehr News takes a look at the headlines of Iranian dailies on Tuesday, May 12.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). Need to be prepared for post-corona period by taking constructive plan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that "we should prepare ourselves for post-corona period and decisive and constructive measures should be taken in this field."

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). Envoy urges EU for 'practical support' to JCPOA, multilateralism. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) — Iran's Ambassador to Croatia called on the European countries for a change of approach and adopting practical support to multilateralism and the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). Trump administration's incompetence putting intolerable burden on nurses. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 10 (MNA) — The Iranian foreign ministry spokesman lambasted the administration of US President Donald Trump for incompetency in protecting its frontline nurses in the battle against COVID-19 pandemic.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). Iranian researchers attain knowledge of producing corona drugs. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) — An official with the Health Ministry said that Iranian researchers managed to attain the technical knowhow and knowledge of producing the novel coronavirus drugs.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). Eid al-Fitr prayers to be held in Tehran if permitted: governor. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) — Tehran Governor-General Anoushirvan Mohseni-Bandpei announced on Tuesday that the Eid al-Fitr (fasting feast) prayers will be held in the Iranian capital in case the National Committee on Combating Coronavirus issues the permit.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). UNICEF delivers flood relief cargo to Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) — The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has delivered a 32-ton cargo of flood relief equipment to Iran to help the country overcome challenges by heavy precipitations.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). Police bust 4.2 tons of opium in Iranshahr. en.mehrnews.com ZAHEDAN, May 12 (MNA) — The anti-narcotic forces of Sistan and Baluchestan province, southeastern Iran, have captured over 4,000 kilograms of opium in a single operation in Iranshahr.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). Arms embargo on Iran to expire on Oct.: Ulyanov. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) — Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mikhail Ulyanov said the restrictions on the supply of 7 categories of weapons to Iran will expire on October 18.

WSWS (2020-05-12). 19 Iranian sailors killed in live-fire exercise. wsws.org The Iranian military's accidental missile strike on one of its own ships came amid mounting tensions over US Navy deployments in the Persian Gulf.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). MPs chant 'Down with Israel' after initial endorsement of anti-Zionism motion. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) — Iranian lawmakers approved the double-urgency of a motion which, if eventually endorsed, will oblige the Iranian government to take certain measures against hostile measures of the Israeli regime.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). UNICEF ships fifth cargo of protective supplies to Iran amid COVID-19 outbreak. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) — The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has delivered the fifth consignment of supplies to Iran to help the country in the fight against the coronavirus, according to Iran's deputy health minister.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). Funeral processions of 19 martyrs of Iranian Navy. en.mehrnews.com KONARAK, May 12 (MNA) — Funeral processions of 19 martyrs of Iranian Navy was held on Tuesday in Konarak County, Sistan and Baluchestan Province. Iranian Navy announced Monday that the naval mishap for its light vessel in Konarak has led to the martyrdom of 19 and wounding of 15 personnel.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). EU must take decisive action to maintain JCPOA balance: envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Brussels Ghoamhossein Dehghani said on Tue. that the European Union [EU], as one of parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA] that benefits from all its aspects, must take decisive action to maintain balance of JCPOA.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). Iranian futsal winger Tayyebi on Benfica's radar. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — According to a report, Portugal's S.L. Benfica is trying to sign with Iranian futsal player Hossein Tayyebi for the next season.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). Iran urges US to correct its behavior instead of making excuses. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the US government should correct its behavior instead of making excuses.

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2020-05-12). US lowers threat perception on Iran. iranian.com The drawdown of US military presence in the Middle East, especially from Saudi Arabia, may not be an automatic open sesame — to borrow the magical phrase in the story of "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves"— leading to the hidden treasure of regional peace and stability, but it does open up a tantalising vista that is …

sputniknews (2020-05-12). NATO Chief Urges Berlin to 'Protect Peace and Freedom' by Stationing US Nukes. sputniknews.com The appeal comes as leaders from the SPD, Germany's second-largest party and member of Chancellor Merkel's governing coalition, demand the withdrawal of US nuclear weapons from the country's airbases.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). World Council of Churches calls for lifting US sanctions against Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) — In a letter to the chairman of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization Ebrahimi Torkaman World Council of Churches (WCC) Acting General Secretary Ioan Sauca said that WCC calls for the lifting of sanctions against the Iranian people.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). FM spox rejects US claims over Tehran's delay in prisoner swap. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman strongly rejected a claim put forward by a US official who had said that Iran is delaying the process of the prisoner swap.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). Coronavirus restrained in many parts of Iran: health min. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) —Iranian Minister of Health and Medical Education Saeed Namaki said on Tuesday that coronavirus has been restrained in many parts of Iran.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). Iranian police seize over 22 tons of narcotics in a week. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) — Iran's anti-narcotics police forces have busted over 22 tons of illicit drugs in the country in the last week, according to an official.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). Leader condoles on martyrdom of navy sailors. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) — Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Tue. offered his deep condolences on the martyrdom of a number of Navy members in the southern territorial waters.

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-12). A World Health Crisis? — So Ramp Up Confrontation and Deploy Nuclear Bombers. strategic-culture.org The Pentagon is excelling itself in its enthusiastic march to war. There are countless thousands suffering from the effects of the Covid-19 virus, including hundreds of members of the U.S. armed services, while the world's despots are relishing their freedom to persecute minorities, and the poor and downtrodden are dying in hideous misery because of starvation and lack of medical care. But the propaganda war against China continues, concurrent with ramping up of anti-China confrontation by Washington in its ongoing deployment of nuclear attack warships and bombers to the Western Pacific and the South China Sea.

The Commonwealth Club (2020-05-12). Nuclear Weapons: Stopping the War That No One Wants (livestream). indybay.org Online via livestream…

Prerss TV (2020-05-12). US must stop acting callously, let Iranian hostages go: Foreign Ministry. iranian.com Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman has urged the US to stop acting callously and release the Iranian "hostages" jailed in America and other parts of the world upon Washington's request. Abbas Mousavi made the remarks on Monday in reaction to remarks made by US Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli, who claimed the Iranian …

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-11). Geopolitical Corridors: Did Iran Inadvertently Sacrifice "The India Chabahar Corridor" for the Sake of Afghan Border Security? globalresearch.ca The recent political crisis that exploded between Iran and Afghanistan after the former's security forces were accused of forcing over 50 of the latter's illegal immigrants into a river on their shared border (where the majority of them are thought …

Zero Hedge (2020-05-11). Pompeo Likens Iran To Nazis On 2nd Anniversary Of US Nuclear Deal Exit. iranian.com Perhaps attempting to ensure the anti-Iran 'maximum pressure' campaign remains front and center, even in the midst of a pandemic and historic unemployment, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has resorted to the one of the most common — and we might note laziest — labels for America's 'enemies'. In official statements Saturday, and on the same day Russia and …

teleSUR (2020-05-11). Iran: Military Vessel Accident Leaves 19 Dead and 15 Injured. telesurenglish.net Iran's army confirmed on Monday that 19 people were killed and 15 injured after an accident on May 10 aboard the Iranian military vessel Konarak. | RELATED: | The ship was participating in a military exercise in the waters off the port of Jask in the Gulf of Oman. | Of those 15 people, 12 were hospitalized and three more, with minor injuries, received medical assistance. | "The circumstances of the incident are c…

John Krzyzaniak (2020-05-11). Nuclear Weapons: The Anatomy of a U.S. STRATCOM "Disinfographic" globalresearch.ca United States Strategic Command, the branch of the US military responsible for the nation's nuclear weapons, recently released an

Karl Grossman (2020-05-11). COVID-19 and the parallel nuclear war and climate change threats. nationofchange.org We can create a new and better world—but we must fully commit ourselves to it and work for it, "pressing, making changes."

Anne Khodabandeh (2020-05-11). Coronavirus gives Albanian PM Edi Rama unique opportunity to control MEK. iranian.com A petition addressed to Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama has reached over ten thousand signatures. The petition was created by estranged families who need help to contact their loved ones trapped in the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) cult's closed camp 'Ashraf 3' in Albania. The families are demanding that PM Rama ensures they get this contact. …

Tasnim News (2020-05-11). Iran's Chabahar Sees 15-Fold Rise in Basic Commodity Arrivals. iranian.com Iran's import of basic commodities in the current Iranian year —a period of around 7 weeks- via the southeastern port city of Chabahar has risen by more than 15 times compared to the corresponding period a year earlier, an official said. Director general of the Road Maintenance and Transportation Organization of Iran in the southeastern …

teleSUR (2020-05-10). Iran Slams Failed US Incursion to Overthrow Venezuelan Leader. telesurenglish.net The Islamic Republic of Iran categorically rejected the U.S.-led armed incursion into Venezuela, which was intended to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. | RELATED: | Iran's Foreign Ministry called on Washington to stop meddling in the internal affairs of sovereign nations, now and forever, while also ending their inhuman blockade of these countries. | "The terrible report on the failed U.S.-led terrorist plo…

Tasnim News (2020-05-10). Iran Planning Satellite Launch into Geostationary Orbit. iranian.com Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Force Space Division said the IRGC has plans to launch satellites into a geosynchronous equatorial orbit (GEO) 36,000 kilometers above the Earth. In an interview with an Iranian online magazine, Brigadier General Ali Jafarabadi highlighted the IRGC's success to launch the homegrown Noor satellite into space in …

IRNA (2020-05-10). Iraqi PM lauds Iran's assistance in fighting Daesh. iranian.com Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad Iraj Masjedi in a message referred to his meeting with new Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, saying he appreciated Iran's aid in fighting the terrorist group Daesh (the ISIS). During the meeting, Al-Kadhimi talked about mutual cooperation and the continuation of measures in the field of the Algiers Agreement 1975 Banking …

Faranak Bakhtiari (2020-05-10). World's Women in Mathematics Day: Mirzakhani, a genius who shattered stereotypes. iranian.com The second year of World's Women in Mathematics Day will be celebrated through video conferencing on May 12, which is the birthday of late Maryam Mirzakhani, the Iranian-born genius mathematician who shattered stereotypes about women's ability in mathematics. At 2018 World Meeting for Mathematics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Iranian Mathematical Society proposed designating …

Zero Hedge (2020-05-09). Iranian Hackers Targeted Gilead. Coronavirus Research Becomes New Cybercrime Holy Grail. iranian.com The same group of shadowy Iranian hackers who were caught trying to steal America's atomic secrets – a group that's known only by the nickname "Charming Kitten" – has been caught trying to hack into Gilead, Reuters reports in what the financial newswire billed as an "exclusive scoop". Just days after the US and Britain issued a joint warning …