2020-06-27: News Headlines

en.mehrnews (2020-06-27). Iran, Iraq emphasize strengthening security, peace cooperation. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 27 (MNA) — The Islamic Republic of Iran and Iraq stressed the need for bolstering the development, peace and security cooperation between the two nations.

yenisafak (2020-06-27). Iran reports 125 more fatalities from coronavirus. yenisafak.com Iran on Saturday confirmed 125 more fatalities from the novel coronavirus, bringing the nationwide death toll to 10,364.A further 2,456 people tested positive for COVID-19, raising the overall count to 220,180, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said.She added that a total of 180,661 people have recovered and been discharged from hospitals so far, adding that 2,928 patients remain in critical condition.Over 1.58 million tests have been conducted in the country to date, Lari noted.Since originating in China last December, the pandemic has claimed over 494,400 lives in 188 countries and regions.More than 9…

yenisafak (2020-06-27). 'Existing tensions surfacing in new China-India row'. yenisafak.com The recent clashes between China and India are a manifestation of long-standing tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors, according to an expert on South Asian geopolitics."The Himalayan border problem between Pakistan, India, and China is not a new issue — it goes back at least 70 years," Umit Alperen, a researcher and professor, said in an online discussion with Cemal Demir, head of the Istanbul-based South Asia Strategic Research Center (GASAM).China and India's military clash can be seen as the surfacing of a tension that has been there for some time, and an escalation accelerated by domestic, r…

sputniknews (2020-06-27). Tehran Blast Took Place at Missile Production Facility, News Agency Claims, Citing Satellite Images. sputniknews.com A large explosion woke up the residents of the Iranian capital with a huge dawn-like blaze seen to the east of the city. The blast, officially attributed to an explosion of a leaky gas tank, shattered windows in some buildings, but ultimately resulted in no casualties.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-27). Police seize over 1.4 tons of narcotics in Iran's Saravan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 27 (MNA) — Police forces of Sistan and Baluchestan have confiscated over 1.4 tons of illicit drugs in Saravan County, said the police chief on Saturday.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-27). World Refugee Day: time for rally around Iran on humanitarian purposes. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 28 (MNA) — As I read the new Global Trends report issued last week from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, I cannot help but feel worried. 1 in 97 people worldwide has been forced to flee their homes. This represents 79.5 million people forcibly displaced in and out of their countries at the end of 2019 — an unprecedented number.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-27). Trump's talks offer with Venezuela, Iran doesn't mean policy shift: Argentinian Prof. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 28 (MNA) — The head of the International Relations Area for the Observatory of International Trade at the National University of Lujan in Argentina believes that US hostile policies toward Iran and Venezuela will continue despite Donald Trump's willingness to talk with Tehran and Caracas.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-27). So-called 'maximum pressure' to hit enemies themselves: Leader. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 27 (MNA) — Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said that enemies' efforts to bring the Iranian nation to its knees is futile.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-27). Iran accounts for 90% of global opium confiscation. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 28 (MNA) — Commander of the Border Guard of the Law Enforcement Force of the Islamic Republic of Iran (NAJA) Second Brigadier General Ahmad Ali Goudarzi said on Sat. that Iran accounts for 90% of global opium confiscation.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-27). US, Europe back crimes of MEK: Mousavi. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 27 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi described the United States and Europe as a supporter of the crimes committed by the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), that was responsible for assassination of Ayatollah Beheshti in 1981.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-27). Iran ranks second in plasma therapy: IBTO. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 27 (MNA) — CEO of the Iranian Blood Transfusion Organization said that Iran is ranked as the second country for conducting the Convalescent Plasma Therapy plan, while the US falls one step behind Iran.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-27). COVID-19 cases surpass 220,000 in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 27 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infected 2,456 people and claimed the lives of 125 patients in the past day, a senior health official said.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-27). Police seize over 161 kg of illicit drugs in SW Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 28 (MNA) — The anti-narcotics police forces of Iran's southwestern province of Bushehr have seized over 161 kilograms of different illicit drugs.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-27). Indian bank eyes non-oil imports from Iran to sustain rupee-rial trade. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 27 (MNA) — India's UCO Bank is exploring the avenues to keep the rupee payment mechanism with Iran alive, amid the challenges made by the US' unilateral sanctions.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-27). Leader holds video conf. meeting with Judiciary officials. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 27 (MNA) — On the occasion of the National Judiciary Week Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei held a meeting via videoconference with a number of Judiciary officials on Saturday.

_____ (2020-06-27). Now Is the Time to Shed Our Middle Eastern Burdens. strategic-culture.org Washington's decades-long obsessive hostility toward Iran has produced toxic results. It's apparent that the European allies increasingly chafe at that policy and want a change. Until now, the close U.S. ties with Saudi Arabia inhibited any chance of a meaningful policy change, despite European wishes for a more balanced stance toward Iran.

Telesur (2020-06-26). Iran Sets Conditions to Resume Negotiations with the US. globalresearch.ca Iran's President Hassan Rouhani announced Wednesday that Tehran will negotiate with Washington only within the framework of the nuclear agreement and under the condition that the U.S. side pays compensation to the Middle East country for the damage caused. | "We …

Peter Bolton (2020-06-26). Iran 'world's worst state sponsor of terrorism', says US. Here's why that's utterly absurd. thecanary.co The US has Furthermore, these three countries…

yenisafak (2020-06-26). Russia to build four new nuclear power units. yenisafak.com Preparations are underway in Russia to build four new power reactors, two in Leningrad and two in Smolensk, the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom announced on Friday.Rosatom Director-General Alexey Likhachev signed the agreement for the new generation VVER-1200 and VVER-TOI reactors, which are based on VVER technology developed by Rosatom, that Lihachev said "meets all current international safety requirements."The reactors are included in the country's scheme of electricity facility placement up to 2035, which was approved by the Russian government.Rosenergoatom, part of Rosatom, will be both the d…

en.mehrnews (2020-06-26). US desperately using economic terrors against Iranians: Foreign Ministry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 26 (MNA) — In a tweet on Friday, Iranian Foreign Ministry wrote that US is desperately leading a global campaign to use economic terrors against Iranian.

RT (2020-06-25). Iraqi forces raid HQ of Iran-backed militia as US coalition denies any involvement. rt.com Iraqi security forces have raided the headquarters of Kataib Hezbollah, capturing several leaders of the militia at the heart of US-Iranian conflict early this year. The US coalition rushed to distance itself from the operation. | Special forces from the Counter Terrorism Service carried out the raid in the early hours of Friday local time, at a base south of Baghdad, reportedly arresting nearly two dozen militiamen and several commanders. | Their fate remains unclear, however, as government officials insist they are in the custody of security services, while paramilitary sources claim all those detained have…

South Front (2020-06-25). Video: Infighting Among Idlib Al Qaeda Radicals Resumes with Renewed Energy. globalresearch.ca Late on June 23, the Israeli Air Force conducted airstrikes on alleged Iranian-linked targets near al-Sukhna and Kabajab in central Syria and near Tel Al-Sahn in the countryside of as-Suwayda in southern Syria. A second wave of Israeli strikes early …

RT (2020-06-25). MASSIVE EXPLOSION rocks gas storage facility near military & research site outside Tehran (VIDEOS). rt.com A major explosion outside Tehran has triggered speculation of an attack against an army base or a research site, but the Iranian military says it was an incident at a gas storage facility. | The blast did not take place at a military site. Rather, between 11pm and midnight local time, a gas tank exploded in the "public area" nearby, Defense Ministry spokesman Brigadier General Davoud Abdi told the media, adding that the blaze was quickly brought under control and there were no casualties. | Massive explosion east of

Almasdar News (2020-06-25). US Sends Powerful Message to Iran, Venezuela as Warship Sails Near Caracas. globalresearch.ca The U.S. Naval Command in the southern region announced on Wednesday, that a warship belonging to it sailed near the Venezuelan coast, hours after an Iranian tanker was docked in the port of Caracas. | According to the Southern Command's official …

Elijah J. Magnier (2020-06-25). The US "Soft War" on Iran and Its Allies Turns Against Washington. globalresearch.ca The US administration under Barack Obama drafted "Caesar's Law" in 2016 to subdue Syria but kept it in the drawer. President Donald Trump and his administration dusted it off and are now implementing "Caesar's Law". In fact, Trump's policy is …

yenisafak (2020-06-25). Iran's coronavirus death toll tops 10,000. yenisafak.com Iran on Thursday confirmed 143 additional fatalities from the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll to 10,130.A further 2,595 people tested positive for COVID-19, raising the overall count to 215,096, Health Ministry spokesman Sima Sadat Lari said.He said a total of 175,103 people have recovered and been discharged from hospitals so far, adding that 2,899 remain at hospitals in critical condition.Over 1.53 million tests have been conducted in the country to date, Lari said.After emerging in China last December, the virus has spread to at least 188 countries and regions.The p…

yenisafak (2020-06-25). Magnitude-5.4 earthquake hits eastern Turkey. yenisafak.com A magnitude-5.4 earthquake jolted Turkey's eastern province of Van on Thursday, according to the country's disaster agency.The Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) said the quake struck off the Ozalp district at 1.03 p.m. local time (1003 GMT). It originated at a depth of 6.9 kilometers.Van Governor Mehmet Emin Bilmez said some houses were damaged due to the tremors, and damage assessment studies are ongoing.No casualties have been reported so far.Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Twitter that further updates on the situation will be given to the public by Van Governorate and AFAD.Iran and T…

sputniknews (2020-06-25). Videos: Large Explosion, Flashes of Light Reported in Iran's Tehran. sputniknews.com A large explosion occurred east of Tehran, Iran, late Thursday night, but it remains unclear what caused the event.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-25). Arab Parl. ratifies unified strategy against Iran, Turkey. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 25 (MNA) — In its latest meeting on Wednesday, the Arab Parliament approved a unified hostile strategy against Iran and Turkey and put forward various accusations against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-25). IAIO delivers 3 Kosar jets to Army. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 25 (MNA) — In a ceremony on Thursday morning, Iran Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO) delivered three Kosar jets to the Iranian Army.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-25). UAE claims it is looking for good ties with Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 25 (MNA) — In his latest remarks on Thursday, UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash has claimed that his country seeks good relations with Iran.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-25). Iran's information about Judge Mansouri's case limited to reports of Romanian media: spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 25 (MNA) — A spokesman of Iran's Judiciary Gholamhossein Esmaeili condemned Romania's lack of cooperation with Iran on the death case of Iranian Judge Mansouri, who lost his life in Romania, saying that the Islamic Republic has no more information about the case than what Romanian media have reported and a short quotation from Bucharest's Prosecutor.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-25). VIDEO: Locust attack on pistachio gardens on Kerman. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 25 (MNA) — Locust swarms have attacked pistachio gardens in Rafsanjan, Kerman Province, southern Iran. As desert locust infestations in East Africa and South-West Asia have intensified in recent months, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has provided an additional $200,000 to further strengthen Iran's technical capacity to control Desert Locust.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-25). Countries' independence not US' plaything: Vaezi. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 26 (MNA) — In a tweet on Thursday, Iranian President's Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi noted that countries' independence is not the US' plaything.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-25). Iran expresses concern about violation of CTBT by US, France. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 25 (MNA) — Addressing the 54th session of the CTBTO Preparatory Commission in Vienna on Thursday, Iran's permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, Kazem Gharibabadi reiterated Iran's support for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons and expressed worry about violation of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) by the US and France.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-25). UNSC calls for implementation of JCPOA: Iran's amb. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 26 (MNA) —Iran's ambassador to the UN said that the UNSC members states unanimously called for full implementation of the JCPOA.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-25). Iran COVID-19 update: 2,595 new cases, 134 fatalities in past 24h. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 24 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry announced 2,595 new cases of infection with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the past 24 hours, putting the total number of cases in the country at 215,096.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-25). Iranian sky's guards poised to deter any threats: Ari Force cmdr. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 25 (MNA) — The Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh vowed the Iranian nation on Thursday that the Air Force capable of and ready to respond any kind of threats.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-06-24). Video: The Social Impacts and Economic Dimensions of the Drug Trade. globalresearch.ca Being a neighbor to one of the biggest producers of drugs in the world has caused the Islamic Republic of Iran to shoulder a heavy burden as one of the main routes for drug transport. | Iran is at the forefront …

en.mehrnews (2020-06-24). US unilateralism poses serious threat to international peace, security: Ghalibaf. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 24 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf called the unilateral behavior of the US a serious threat to international peace and security and stressed the need for regional and international cooperation to counter the irrational actions of the White House.

Daniel Warner (2020-06-24). Mobilize, Organize, Legislate, and… counterpunch.org Millions marched across the United States in protest and celebration of Juneteenth on June 19. There have been localized million people marches, specifically in 1982 in New York for a nuclear freeze; in Washington D.C. in 1995 the Million Man March to "convey to the world a vastly different picture of the Black male;" the

yenisafak (2020-06-24). US sanctions five Iranian ship captains for bringing oil to Venezuela. yenisafak.com Speaking to reporters, Pompeo also said the United States continues to support Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido. Washington, which seeks the ouster of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and most other Western governments have recognized Guaido as the legitimate leader of the OPEC nation.

Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz (2020-06-24). US Sanctions Iranian Ship Captains as Russia Hosts Venezuelan FM. venezuelanalysis.com Russian FM Sergei Lavrov reiterated his opposition to US aggression in Venezuela.

Jamal Abdi, Ryan Costello (2020-06-24). Biden Can Reverse Trump's Failures on Iran. commondreams.org By January 2021, the U.S. is likely to have been in material breach of the JCPOA for 32 months and will have very little credibility or leverage to insist on changes to the agreement or a grand bargain addressing all of the international community's concerns about Iran. (Photo: Ron Adar / Shutterstock.com) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-06-24_at_12.36.13_pm.png

sputniknews (2020-06-24). First COVID-19 Case Registered at Chernobyl Nuclear Plant. sputniknews.com In mid-March, Ukraine introduced a nationwide quarantine for a month and subsequently extended it several times. The Ukrainian government decided to relax coronavirus-related restrictions starting 11 May.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-24). Fighting against terrorism requires global action: FM spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 24 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi on Wed. said that fighting against terrorism requires global action and that all countries must be committed to it.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-24). Army chief lauds defensive synergy with IRGC. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 24 (MNA) —Iranian Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi hailed the constructive cooperation between the Army and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in building a great defensive mechanism against the threats.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-24). Rouhani calls for expansion of border security cooperation with Pakistan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 25 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed hope that Iran and Pakistan would expand cooperation in ensuring the security of common border areas.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-24). UN Security Council to start talks on Iran arms embargo: report. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 24 (MNA) — The United Nations Security Council is due to hold the first round of talks under US pressure on Iran arms embargo on Wednesday.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-24). Israeli regime facing 'collapse from within': Parliament Speaker. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 24 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf said that the Israeli regime is declining while pointing to the need for continuing resistance against the occupation.