2020-05-13: News Headlines

RT (2020-05-13). US 'knocks on closed door' seeking to extend arms embargo against Iran — Russia's UN envoy. rt.com The US cannot demand the extension of an arms embargo against Tehran since it is no longer a party to the Iran nuclear deal, Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told reporters via a video link-up. | "I do not see any reasons why [an] arms embargo should be imposed on Iran. It expires on 18 October. It was temporary," TASS quoted Nebenzia as saying. "It was not in fact even an embargo. It is the provision where Iran is allowed to export/import armaments on the consent of the [UN] Security Council," he noted. | Two years ago, the US "proudly announced" that it withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Act…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-13). How Huxley's X-Club Created Nature Magazine and Sabotaged Science for 150 Years. strategic-culture.org Amidst the storm of controversy raised by the lab-origin theory of COVID-19 extolled by such figures as Nobel prize winning virologist Luc Montagnier, bioweapons expert Francis Boyle, Sri Lankan Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith and the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, an elaborate project was undertaken under the nominal helm of NATURE Magazine in order to refute the claim once and for all under the report This project was led by a team of evolutionary virologists using a line of reasoning that "random…

RT (2020-05-13). Pity they don't work against Covid-19: US drives RECORD global spending on atomic weapons, report shows. rt.com The world's nuclear powers are increasingly pouring money into their atomic arsenals, a new report shows, with Washington leading the way. The US has also exited a major arms control treaty and deployed a new tactical weapon. | Nine nuclear-armed nations spent an estimated $72.9 billion on their 13,000-plus atomic weapons in 2019, according to

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Iran, Georgia seek improvement of customs coop. amid coronavirus pandemic. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — In a trilateral video call among Iran's Ambassador to Georgia Javad Ghavam Shahid, Head of Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) Mehdi Mirashrafi and an official from Revenue Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia the two countries conferred on improving customs cooperation under the coronavirus pandemic.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Iranian embassy calls on Japan to support UNSCR 2231. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — Referring to the friendly and traditional relations between Iran and Japan, the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Tokyo called on the Japanese government to support the UNSCR 2231.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Trade exchange vol. between Iran, Germany to hike by 15% in coming months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — It is predicted that trade volume exchange between Islamic Republic of Iran and Germany will rise by 15% in the coming months.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Iran approves to grant a five-year residence permit to foreign investors: official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — Babak Dinparast Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs and Regional Development of the Ministry of Interior announced on Wed. that groundwork has been laid for the issuance of a five-year residence permit to foreign investors and depositors investing in the country.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). UNICEF dispatches dressings for EB patients in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 — The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has dispatched dressings for Iranian children suffering from Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Al-Kazemi calls for Iran's help to overcome Iraq' economic challenges: envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi said on Wednesday that the New Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazemi has asked Iran to help Iraq overcome its economic challenges.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Police busts one ton of drugs in Saravan County. en.mehrnews.com Zahedan, May 13 (MNA) — The anti-narcotic forces of Sistan and Baluchestan province, southeastern Iran, have captured one tone of different illicit drugs in a single operation in Saravan county.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). "World Telecommunication Day" to be held online amid COVID-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA) — Information Technology Organization of Iran said that "World Telecommunication and Information Society Day" will be held online this year due to the outbreak of coronavirus global pandemic, COVID-19.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Iran, Afghanistan to comment joint investigations on Herat incident. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — Afghanistan ministry of foreign affairs announced on Wednesday that Tehran and Kabul will start mutual investigations on Herat incident; the tragic deaths of a number of Afghan migrants near the Iran-Afghanistan border in Early May, as of Thursday.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Iran to give harsh response to any military escapade by US: Envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — Iran will give a harsh response to any military escapade that US President Donald Trump may resort to, Ambassador to Russia Kazem Jalali has said in an interview, commenting on Trump's veto of a congressional resolution limiting his ability to conduct military operations against Iran without congressional approval.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Tehran, Kuala Lumpur ready to exchange experiences on Covid-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — In a phone conversation between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin on Wednesday, the two sides discussed various issues including sharing experiences on the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). White House hosting worst US administration, Pompeo knows nothing about ABC's of politics. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — In his remarks during Wednesday Cabinet Meeting, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the White House is hosting the worst American administration and the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo does not know ABC's of politics.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Ulyanov reacts to US allegations of Moscow's support for JCPOA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov has reacted sarcastically to the US allegations of Moscow's support for JCPOA and prevention from the extension of Iran's arms embargo.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Conflict between Russia, Iran over Syria psychological war: Nasrallah. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — Secretary General of Lebanese Resistance Movement Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah told reports on the conflict between Russia and Iran over Syria is part of the psychological warfare against Syria and its allies.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Iranian, Turkish researchers carry out 22 joint projects. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — Iranian and Turkish researchers are conducting some 22 projects under the agreement inked between Iran's Ministry of Science, Research and Technology and Iran-Turkey Scientific Cooperation Working Group at Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey [TàúBƒ∞TAK].

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Iranian photographer goes to Kharkiv Fest in Ukraine. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA) — The Deputy of Art and Cinema in the Department of Culture and Islamic Guidance in Bushehr announced that the work of Babak Mansurian has reached the final stage of the Kharkiv International Festival of Arts in Ukraine.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Front pages of Iran international dailies on May 13. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — Here are the front pages of Iran-based international newspapers on Wednesday, May 13.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Iran, Russia stress coop. in fight against coronavirus. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Health and Medical Education Saeed Namaki and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Murashko held a videoconference on Tuesday, stressing cooperation between two countries in the fight against coronavirus.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Russia may start talks with Iran in future over selling armament to country: Kabulov. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Second Asia Department Zamir Kabulov said Wednesday that Russia may commence talks with the Islamic Republic over selling weaponry to the country after the removal of Iran's arms embargo, i.e. October 2020.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Iran delivers homegrown corona diagnostic kits to Germany: IRICA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — Spokesman for the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) said that COVID-19 serology diagnostic kits, made by the Iranian scientists, were delivered to Germany over the past two days.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). 89,428 Iranians recover from Covid-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — The total number of COVID-19 cases in Iran presently stands at 112,725 of whom 6,783 have lost their lives to the deadly virus but 89,428 have recovered from it.

The Commonwealth Club (2020-05-13). Nuclear Weapons: Stopping the War That No One Wants (livestream). indybay.org Online via livestream…

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 minister. …

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, 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.

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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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 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). 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). 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.

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.