2020-05-19: News Headlines

Gareth Porter (2020-05-19). Washington's tall tale of Iranian-Al Qaeda alliance based on questionably sourced book 'The Exile'. thegrayzone.com A disinformation campaign aimed to justify the assassination of Qassem Soleimani by painting him and Iran as willing enablers of…

Gareth Porter (2020-05-19). Washington's tall tale of Iranian-al Qaeda alliance based on questionably sourced book, 'The Exile'. thegrayzone.com A disinformation campaign aimed to justify the assassination of Qassem Soleimani by painting him and Iran as willing enablers of…

Scott Ritter (2020-05-19). US nukes in Poland would not be a deterrent, but a MASSIVE provocation for Russia. thealtworld.com The US has promoted the deployment of US nuclear weapons on Polish soil as part of NATO's 'nuclear sharing' arrangement. Such a move would only increase the chances of the very war such a deployment seeks to deter. | For the second time in little more than a year, the US ambassadors to Germany and Poland have commented on matters of NATO security in a manner which undermines the unity of the alliance while threatening European security by seeking to alter the balance of power in a way that is unduly provocative to Russia. | Richard Grenell, the US ambassador to Germany and the acting director of national intellig…

Sputnik News (2020-05-19). Israeli Operatives Behind 'Highly Accurate' Cyberattack on Iranian Port Facility — Report. iranian.com On 10 May, the managing director of Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization, Mohammad Rastad, confirmed in a televised statement that the county's port of Shahid Rajaee, in the coastal city of Bandar Abbas, was the victim of a cyberattack by an unknown foreign hacker on 9 May, bringing to a halt all shipping traffic in …

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). Only Palestinians can, should decide for Palestine: Foreign Ministry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA) — Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its twitter account on Tuesday wrote that only Palestinians whether Muslim, Christian, or Jew with a national referendum can and should decide for Palestine.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). Iran seeks peaceful coexistence with neighbors: amb. to Moscow. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA) — Iran is interested in maintaining peaceful relations with its neighbors and it does not seek expansionism, said Iran's Ambassador to Russia Kazem Jalali.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). Headlines of Iranian dailies on May 19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA) — Mehr News takes a look at the headlines of Iranian dailies on Tuesday, May 19.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). Unilateralism a 'lethal poison' for international community. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA) — The Head of Iran's Strategic Council on Foreign Relations deplored the US government's unilateral policies, saying such approaches have dragged the international community to multiple crises and challenges.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). US cannot extend Iran's arms embargo: MP. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA) — A member of Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission in a verbal notice said that the United States cannot extend Iran's arms embargo under the UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). Iranian border guards not having a role in killing Afghan nationals: Shamkhani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA) — The Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani said that Iranian border guards have not played a role in killing of Afghan citizens in a joint border.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). Iran tourism industry to rebound sooner than expected: deputy minister. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA) — The tourism industry of Iran will get back on the right track sooner than expected thanks to measures taken to tackle the spread of coronavirus, deputy tourism minister Vali Teymouri has said.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). Iran urges US to end occupation of Syria under disguise of fighting terrorism. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA) — Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Majid Takht-Ravanchi said that the United States should end its occupation of Syria under the excuse of fighting against terrorism.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). Ian's non-oil exports booming as corona fading away: CBI governor. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA) — Governor of Central Bank of Iran [CBI] Abdolnaser Hemmati said that Iran's non-oil export is booming as the coronavirus global pandemic is fading away.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). Police dismantle drug trafficking band in SE Iran. en.mehrnews.com ZAHEDAN, May 19 (MNA) — Iranian anti-narcotics forces have dismantled a drug trafficking ring and confiscated over one tone of drugs in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). World Health Organization must intervene in sanctions against Iran: Namaki. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Health and Medical Education Saeed Namaki said that The Islamic Republic has requested the World Health Organization to intervene in the sanctions against Iran.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). Iran receives approval from 8 countries for exports of coronavirus test kits. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA) — Vice President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari announced on Tuesday that Iranian knowledge-based firms have started manufacturing coronavirus test kits and they have received approval from eight countries to export their products.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). Iran achieves considerable success in fight against COVID-19 thru. unity, amity: Pres. Rouhani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Islamic Republic of Iran achieved significant success in battling the coronavirus global pandemic, also known as COVID-19, in cooperation and collaboration of people with the governmental officials.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). Iran sends humanitarian aid to Kyrgyzstan to fight pandemic. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA) — Iran delivered a cargo of humanitarian aid to Kyrgyzstan on Monday to help the country fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). Iranian company, executives charged with US sanctions violation. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA) — American prosecutors said that the US has charged an Iranian online financial services company and two of its senior executives with violating US sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). 88 rail fleets become operational in current year. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 20 (MNA) — The ceremony of second stage of operation of new rail fleets in the current year named after 'Surge in Production' was held at the venue of Central Building of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways on Tue. in the presence of Minister of Roads and Urban Development Mohammad Eslami.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). Tehran, Ansarullah call for speedy delivery of medical supplies to Yemen. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA) — An Iranian diplomat and the spokesperson for Yemen's Ansarullah Movement have called for efforts to accelerate the delivery of humanitarian and medical supplies to Yemen amid the outbreak of coronavirus.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). Front pages of Iranian intl. dailies on May 19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA) — Here are the front pages of Iran-based international newspapers on Tuesday, May 19.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). 2nd group of Iranians stranded in Ukraine return home amid pandemic. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA) — The second group of Iranian students and nationals stranded in Ukraine due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, arrived in Tehran on Tuesday.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). Iran COVID-19 update: 2,111 new cases; 62 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA) — Some 2,111 new cases of infection with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been diagnosed in Iran in the past 24 hours, increasing the country's total infections to 124,603.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). Pres. Rouhani issues regulations of 'General Soleimani World Award'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA) — President Hassan Rouhani has issued the regulations for the implementation of "General Soleimani World Award" in commemoration of the Iranian anti-terror commander, who was martyred by the US terrorists in January.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). Hamedan province's handicraft exports reach $35mn per annum. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA) — The exports of handicrafts from the western Iranian province of Hamedan amounted to 3.7 million tons worth $35 million during the last Iranian fiscal (ended March 19), a senior official said.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). US is not allowed to disrupt legal trade: Zarif. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that legal trade continues around the world, and the United States is not allowed to disrupt any legal trade.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). Tehran, Moscow, Damascus to continue their strategic coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker's Special Aide for International Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that Tehran, Moscow and Damascus will continue their strategic cooperation.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). Iran, Russia step up telephone diplomacy amid pandemic: envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA) — The coronavirus spread has not brought about any noticeable changes in bilateral cooperation in the sphere of civil nuclear power engineering, the Russian ambassador to Tehran said.

sputniknews (2020-05-19). 'Enmity Towards God and Corruption on Earth': Iran MPs Ban Work with Israel. sputniknews.com Previously, the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission had prepared and approved a bill on "confronting the hostile acts of the Zionist regime against peace and security".

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). VIDEO: OPEC holds special ceremony to condole Kazempour's passing. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 20 (MNA) — OPEC officials gathered in its headquarters to express condolence over the passing of Iran's OPEC Governor Hossein Kazempour Ardebili.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). World doesn't tolerate bullying: Shamkhani to US. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA) — Referring to US officials' remarks to extend Iran's arms embargo, the Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani said that the world does not tolerate bullying, based on free and resilient nations.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). Two MPs sentenced to 61 months in prison on corruption charges. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA) — Two members of the Iranian Parliament have been sentenced each to 61 months in prison for disrupting the private cars market.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). Resistance, unity key to defeat Zionist regime. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA) — Bahrain's leading Shia cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Ahmed Qassim said continuing the resistance and avoiding division in the Muslim World are the key moves to overcome the occupying regime of Israel's atrocities.

sputniknews (2020-05-19). Six Pakistani Soldiers, One Civilian Killed in Two Separate Terror Incidents in Balochistan. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): On May 8, six Pakistani security forces personnel, including one officer, were killed after an improvised explosive device (IED) hit their reconnaissance vehicle while carrying out routine patrolling in Kech district's Buleda area in Balochistan, which is about 14 kilometres from the Iran border.

yenisafak (2020-05-19). Iran's death toll from coronavirus hits 7,100. yenisafak.com Iran on Tuesday confirmed 62 more fatalities from coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll to 7,119. | A further 2,111 people tested positive for COVID-19, raising the overall count to 124,603, Iran's state broadcaster reported, citing a Health Ministry statement. | The statement added that 97,173 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals so far. | In Iran, one of the countries in the Middle East hardest hit by the virus, COVID-19 was first detected in the city of Qom on Feb. 19 and then spread throughout the country.More than 4.82 million cases have been reported in…

yenisafak (2020-05-19). Iran's fuel shipments to Venezuela face US threat. yenisafak.com In a symbolic defiance to US sanctions, Iran has sent fuel shipments to Venezuela in a move that seems to be fraught with danger. | Five Iranian super-tankers carrying gasoline and other similar products, estimated to be worth $45.5 million, have sailed towards Venezuela, an ally of Tehran and adversary of Washington. | The tankers embarked on the long journey to Venezuela from Iran's coastal city of Bandar Abbas in the Persian Gulf region and traveled around the Arabian Peninsula through the Suez Canal before entering the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, according to data gathered from the ship's Automatic Iden…

Phyllis Bennis (2020-05-18). Sanctions in the Era of Pandemic. zcomm.org From Venezuela to Iran, Washington's illegal and inhumane economic sanctions are putting millions of lives at risk…

Andre Vltchek (2020-05-18). Iran — Powerful and Determined. globalresearch.ca I refuse to describe Iran as a victim. It is not. It is one of the most influential and strong-minded nations on Earth. | When facing mortal danger, its people unite, harden themselves and get ready to face invaders, no matter …

Andre Vltchek (2020-05-18). Iran Is Not A Victim, It Is One of The Most Influential and Strong-Minded Nations on Earth. iranian.com When facing mortal danger, its people unite, harden themselves and get ready to face invaders, no matter how threatening they might be. Iran is home to one of the oldest and deepest cultures in the world, and it's precisely this culture that helps Iranian people to survive the most frightening moments. And one such moment …

Abdallah El Harif — Vijay Prashad (2020-05-18). The Bouficha Appeal: Universal Call for Humanity to End Militarism and Stop War. counterpunch.org On March 15, 1950, the World Peace Council sent out the Stockholm Appeal, a short text that called for a ban on nuclear weapons and that would eventually be signed by almost 2 million people. The appeal was made up of three elegant sentences: + We demand the outlawing of atomic weapons as instruments of

Lucas Koerner (2020-05-18). Iran Sends Fuel Tankers to Venezuela, Vows 'Decisive Response' to US Threats. venezuelanalysis.com Crippling US sanctions have caused severe fuel shortages in the Caribbean nation.

Karl Grossman (2020-05-18). The Coming Nuclear Menace: Hypersonic Missiles. counterpunch.org The United States is seeking to acquire "volumes of hundreds or even thousands" of nuclear-capable hypersonic missiles that are "stealthy" and can fly undetected at 3,600 miles per hour, five times faster than the speed of sound. Why so many? A Pentagon official is quoted in the current issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology as saying "we have to be careful we're not building boutique weapons. If we build boutique weapons, we won't—we'll be very reluctant to—use them." |

RT (2020-05-18). US may deploy intermediate & shorter-range missiles in Europe — Russian deputy FM. rt.com The United States may start deploying land-based intermediate- and shorter-range missiles in Europe after their deployment in the Asia-Pacific region, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Monday. | After the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty ceased to exist, Russia proposed that Moscow and the US, with its allies, exercise restraint to avoid an escalation in tension, he said during an online lecture covering key topics on US foreign policy for students at MGIMO University. | Washington has stated its intention to start deploying land-based intermediate- and shorter-range missiles in th…

Zero Hedge (2020-05-18). US Headed For Another 'Tanker War' With Iran — This Time Off Venezuela's Coast. iranian.com Iranian state TV has announced at least five least five Iranian-flagged tankers are transporting fuel to Venezuela through the Atlantic Ocean and plan to break the American blockade on the Latin American country. Iran has warned that any US attempt at intercepting its fuel tankers "would have serious repercussions for the Trump administration ahead of the November elections." State-funded PressTV underscores that "Iran is shipping …

David Hearst (2020-05-18). Revealed: The Secret US-Iran Deal that Installed Kadhimi in Baghdad. globalresearch.ca Tehran ordered Shia factions to back prime minister in return for Washington 'looking the other way' over release of assets targeted by sanctions, Iraqi officials tell MEE | *** | The nomination of Mustafa al-Kadhimi as Iraqi prime minister was the result …

Press TV (2020-05-18). US unable to block Iran gasoline shipments to Venezuela: Source. iranian.com A senior source within the Iranian petroleum industry says the United States would be practically unable to block shipments of gasoline from Iran to Venezuela at a time the two countries need to cooperate to mitigate the impacts of American sanctions on their energy sectors. Hamid Hosseini, who serves as the spokesman of the Iranian …

en.mehrnews (2020-05-18). Iranian mills produce 2.3mn tons of steel ingot in one month. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA) — Iranian mills produced over 2.3 million tons of steel ingot in the first month of the current fiscal (March 20-April 19), according to statistics.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-18). Iran's electricity export to neighboring states up 27% last year. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA) — The volume of electricity exported from the Islamic Republic of Iran to neighboring countries in the last Iranian calendar year [ended March 20, 2020] registered a 27.6 percent growth as compared to a year earlier.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-18). VIDEO: Russian envoy talks of Iran, Russia bilateral relation, regional issues. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA) — In an exclusive interview with Mehr News Agency, Russian Ambassador to Tehran Levan Dzhagaryan talked of Tehran-Moscow bilateral relations, as well as the recent developments in Syria and region.