2020-08-01: News Headlines

RT (2020-08-01). Iran says leader of US-based 'terror group' arrested in intelligence operation. rt.com Iran has nabbed the alleged ringleader of a group of Iranian exiles in California accused of carrying out terrorist attacks against the Islamic Republic, the country's ministry of intelligence announced. | The leader of Tondar (Persian for 'thunder'), identified as Jamshid Sharmahd, was captured in an intelligence operation, state media reported on Saturday. The US-based group seeks the overthrow of the Iranian government and the return of the country's monarchy that ruled the country prior to the Revolution and the fall of the Shah in 1979. | Sarmahd was apprehended while "leading armed and sabotage operation…

RT (2020-08-01). UAE becomes first Arab country to harness nuclear power following successful reactor launch. rt.com The United Arab Emirates has become the first nation in the Arab world to produce nuclear energy, following the start-up of a newly constructed plant in Abu Dhabi. | The Barakah Nuclear Power Plant's Unit 1 is now using nuclear fuel to produce energy after the facility successfully executed initial tests on Saturday. Three other reactors are still under construction and the plant still needs to be connected to the country's power grid, local media reported. | The

RT (2020-08-01). US 'working on nuclear non-proliferation agreement with Russia,' Trump says after discussing New START with Putin. rt.com US President Donald Trump has said that "it would be great" if Moscow and Washington agreed on a new nuclear non-proliferation deal. The admission comes after rare phone talks between the Russian and US leaders last week. | Trump has not provided any details as to the current state of the negotiations, which have been underway for quite some time. | Last Thursday, Trump held a rare phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which the two touched on a range of issues, among them the New Start Treaty, the last standing pillar upholding the nuclear arms control framework in…

yenisafak (2020-08-01). Kuwait bans flights to 31 'high risk' countries due to coronavirus. yenisafak.com Kuwait has banned until further notice commercial flights to 31 countries it said that it regarded as high risk due to the spread of the coronavirus, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said on Saturday.The countries include India, Pakistan, Egypt, the Philippines, Lebanon and Sri Lanka, which all have large numbers of expatriates in Kuwait. The list also includes China, Iran, Brazil, Mexico, Italy and Iraq.The ban was announced the same day Kuwait began a partial resumption of commercial flights. The authorities have said Kuwait International Airport would run at about 30% capacity from Saturday, gradually…

yenisafak (2020-08-01). Iran arrests head of US-based anti-regime group. yenisafak.com "Jamshid Sharmahd, the ringleader of the Tondar terrorist organization, was arrested by Iranian security forces," the Iranian Intelligence Ministry said in a written statement that did not contain more details of the arrest.Tehran accuses the US-based pro-monarchy organization, known in English as Kingdom Assembly of Iran, of conducting attacks and sabotage acts in Iran, including an April 2018 terror attack in the city of Shiraz that killed 14 people and injured 215 others.Sharmahd, who was based in the US state of California, was also reportedly responsible for anti-Iran media coverage. | * Writing by Zehra Nur…

sputniknews (2020-08-01). UK Wants US to Take Up Part of Spending Burden for Trident Missile's New Warhead, Report Says. sputniknews.com The Pentagon leaked the UK's plans to purchase a new generation of W93 nuclear warheads for its submarine-based Trident weapons system earlier this year, with the upgrade expected to cost in excess of £11 billion ($14 billion) for the warheads alone, and £31 billion ($40 billion US) total.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-01). Iran plays important role in Afghan peace as global actor. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 01 (MNA) — The Secretary-General of National Authority Party of Afghanistan said that Tehran has been Afghanistan's important neighbor in the past 40 years, stressing it will play a key role in securing the country.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-01). Iran dismantles US-based terrorist group. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 01 (MNA) — Iran's Ministry of Intelligence announced on Saturday that its forces have dismantled a US-based terrorist group.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-01). Enemies cannot believe Sharmahd arrested inside Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Iran's Intelligence Minister said that some enemies do not believe that Jamshid Sharmahd, the ringleader of a terror group supported by the US, has been arrested inside Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-01). IRGC's military exercise serious warning to enemies. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 01 (MNA) — Colonel Anatoly Tsyganok, a member of the Russian Center for Political-Military Studies believes that the recent IRGC's military exercise was a serious warning to the enemies of Iran, especially the United States.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-01). Deep Iran-Iraq bonds supporting implementation of agreements. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 01 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described deep bonds between the two neighboring countries of Iran and Iraq as supporting implementation of the agreements between the two countries in various fields.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-01). Iran to chair a council at UN Human Settlements Program. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 01 (MNA) — The Islamic Republic of Iran has become the presidet of Executive Council of the United Nations Human Settlements Program for one year.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-01). Iran COVID-19 cases pass 306,000. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 01 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has infected 2,548 people in Iran in the past 24 hours, increasing the total cases to 306,752, said Health Ministry Spokesperson Sima Lari on Saturday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-01). Iran's non-oil exports via SP Customs increase in 4 months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) – According to the Department General of South Pars Customs, 6,036,447 tons of non-oil goods, valued at $1,467,652,224, were exported via this customs office in first four months of the current year (from March 21 to July 22).

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-01). Iran hopes inter-Afghan talks would lead to peace. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 01 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hoped that inter-Afghan talks with the centrality of the Afghan government would lead to peace.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-01). Ghalibaf meets chair of Russian Duma's Foreign Affairs Cmte. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 01 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf met and held talks with Chairman of the Russian Duma's Foreign Affairs Committee Leonid Slutsky on Saturday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-01). Toronto Intl. Filmfest. to host two Iranian titles. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 01 (MNA) — Two Iranian title, namely 'Bandor Band' and '180 Degree Rule' will take part at the 45th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-01). Iran's steel producing capacity grows: CEO. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 01 (MNA) — Chief Executive of Kaveh Pars Mining Industries Development Holding revealed the growth of steelmaking capacity in the country in the current year (started March 21, 2020).

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-01). Intelligence forces dismantle intl. drug smuggling band in NW. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 01 (MNA) — Iran's Intelligence forces have identified and dismantled an international drug smuggling band in West Azarbaijan Province, northwest Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-01). Iran-Russia coop. expected to be promoted: Ghalibaf. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 01 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf said that comprehensive cooperation between Islamic Republic of Iran and Russian Federation is expected to be enhanced.

Pablo Jofre Leal (2020-07-31). TO PUBLISH TOMORROW The US Sanctions Against Iran Worry the International Community. telesurenglish.net Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the unilateral policy of maximum pressure that the United States exerts against Iran causes health and economic difficulties which affect the Persian nation and which could also negatively affect the region, forcing Iranian authorities to take greater action to fight this disease. | RELATED: | Support and assistance to Iran is a global challenge, a situation that involves the U.S. all by…

Reese Erlich (2020-07-31). Trump's Desperate, Last-Ditch Effort to Hike Tensions with Iran. commondreams.org "I'm optimistic. Trump's policies are not working. The U.S. will have to change, and the change will be for the best." (Photo: CC) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-07-30_at_11.02.31_am.png

Press TV (2020-07-31). Syria: U.S. Move against Iranian Plane is a Terrorist Act. dissidentvoice.org Top Syrian diplomats slam harassment of Iranian plane as a double threat.

Juan Cole (2020-07-30). US Bases in Qatar, UAE Go on Alert as Iran Fires Ballistic Missiles at Mock-Up of US Aircraft Carrier. commondreams.org There are some 11,000 US Air Force personnel at al-Udeid, which has been a major launching point for missions against the Taliban in Afghanistan and ISIL in Iraq and Syria. (Photo: Al-Udeid Air Base, Qatar. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Alex Brandon) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/qa.jpg

Reese Erlich (2020-07-30). Foreign Correspondent: Trump's Desperate, Last-Ditch Effort to Hike Tensions with Iran. progressive.org This might be the final stretch for his failed policy of 'maximum pressure.'

Sina Toossi (2020-07-30). The Beginning of the U.S.-Iran Hot War? zcomm.org President Trump remains committed to escalating against Iran even as the U.S. battles a worsening pandemic, an economic depression, and internal discord not seen in decades…

Matthew Ehret-Kump (2020-07-30). China and Iran to Sign Comprehensive Economic and Security Deal. Reviving Atoms for Peace. globalresearch.ca With the new revelations of an impending

sputniknews (2020-07-30). Iranian Satellite Once Derided as 'Tumbling Webcam in Space' Snaps Pics of US's Largest Mideast Base. sputniknews.com The images were reportedly obtained amid the ongoing massive war games in southern Iran involving multiple branches of the armed forces, including elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) formations.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-30). Iran, Georgia discuss economic coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 30 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Tbilisi Javad Ghavam Shahidi met and held talks with Georgian Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Natia Turnava on the expansion of economic cooperation.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-30). Ummah, Global community require paradigm shift for survival. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 30 (MNA) — In a tweet on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote that Islamic Ummah and global community require paradigm shift for survival.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-30). 1st aquatic products shipment sent to Thailand via Chabahar. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 30 (MNA) — The first shipment of Iran's aquatic products has been shipped to Thailand via southeastern port of Chabahar.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-30). Over 388 tons of narcotics seized in Iran in 4 months: cmdr. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 30 (MNA) — The deputy head of Iran's Police said that over 388 tons of illicit drugs have been confiscated by police forces in the country in in the first 4 months of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 20, 2020).

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-30). Police bust over 1 ton illicit drugs in Iran's Mirjaveh. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 30 (MNA) — The police forces of the Sistan and Baluchestan province have confiscated 1,105 kilograms of illicit drugs in the southeastern borders.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-30). Coronavirus death toll expected to drop in coming weeks. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 30 (MNA) — Iranian President said that the death toll and the number of infected people with coronavirus are expected to drop significantly in the coming weeks.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-30). Ghalibaf congrats Muslim counterparts on Eid al-Adha. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 30 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker congratulated his Muslim counterparts on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, stressing the need for unity and empathy with the aim of ensuring the health, security and welfare of of the great Islamic Ummah.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-30). Iran to give crushing response to any aggression : IRGC. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 30 (MNA) — Stating that Iran has never started a war, IRGC said that it will give a decisive and crushing response to any aggression against country's territorial integrity, security and national interests.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-30). Plasma donation by recovered COVID-19 patients. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 30 (MNA) — Plasma therapy has been taken into consideration in Iran as a solution to strengthen the body immune system of patients suffering from coronavirus. COVID-19 patients can donate plasma one month after their recovery.

Stephen Lendman (2020-07-29). Iranian Military Exercises Prepare to Counter Aggression if Occurs. globalresearch.ca Iran is the leading Middle East proponent of peace, stability, and cooperative relations with other countries. | It hasn't attacked another nation in centuries, threatening none now except in retaliation against aggression by a foreign power if occurs — the right …

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-29). Iran considers three-day Taliban ceasefire positive step. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 29 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said that Iran considers the three-day Taliban ceasefire a positive step towards peace in Afghanistan.

William Astore (2020-07-29). Killing Democracy in America. counterpunch.org The phrase "thinking about the unthinkable" has always been associated with the unthinkable cataclysm of a nuclear war, and rightly so. Lately, though, I've been pondering another kind of unthinkable scenario, nearly as nightmarish (at least for a democracy) as a thermonuclear Armageddon, but one that's been rolling out in far slower motion: that America's

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-29). VP urges Pakistan to help keep security at borders with Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 29 (MNA) — First Vice President called on the Pakistani government to seriously prevent any measure that undermines security at the borders with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

yenisafak (2020-07-29). Iran fires ballistic missiles from underground for first time. yenisafak.com Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards fired ballistic missiles from underground for the first time as part of an annual military drill, Amirali Hajizadeh, the head of the aerospace division of the Guards, said in a video posted online by YJC, a news agency linked to Iran's state TV.The video showed clouds of dust before the missiles streaked into the sky.ŸÅ€åŸÑŸÖ ÿ¥ŸÑ€å⁄© ŸÖŸàÿ¥⁄©‚ÄåŸáÿ߀å ÿ®ÿߟÑÿ≥&yu…

yenisafak (2020-07-29). Iran records 196 more deaths from COVID-19. yenisafak.com Iran on Wednesday confirmed 196 more fatalities from the novel coronavirus, bringing the nationwide death toll to 16,343, according to an official. | A further 2,636 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, raising the overall count to 298,909, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said. | She said more than 259,116 people have so far recovered and been discharged from hospitals, adding that 4,027 patients remain in critical condition. | Over 2.4 million tests have been conducted in the country to date, Lari added. | The alarming surge in daily fatalities has sent shockwaves across Iran as…

sputniknews (2020-07-29). Iranian Missiles Land Near UAE Air Base Where India's Rafale Jets Were Stationed: US Media Reports. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): The first batch of Rafale fighter jets are set to arrive in India's Ambala Air Base on Wednesday afternoon after covering the 7,000 kilometers from France. The jets were stationed overnight at the Al Dhafra Air Base in the UAE. The same air base houses US and French troops and aircraft.

sputniknews (2020-07-29). 'It Does Damage': Assembly of World's Largest Fusion Reactor Begins Despite 'Huge Problems' – Expert. sputniknews.com Assembly of the world's largest nuclear fusion reactor started at the Cadarache facility in southern France, despite the fact that the the reactor is not radioactive waste-free and costs huge sums of money that could instead be used to address urgent needs in the world, Kevin Kamps, radioactive waste watchdog with Beyond Nuclear, told Sputnik.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-29). US presence in West Asia detrimental to region. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 29 (MNA) — Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the US' illegal presence in West Asia is the main cause of destruction in the region.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-29). Iran registers 2,636 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 29 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has infected 2,636 people and claimed 196 lives in Iran in the past 24 hours, a senior health official said.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-29). Police seize 120 kg of narcotics in SW Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 30 (MNA) — The police forces of the Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province, southwestern Iran, have confiscated 120 kg of illicit drugs in a single operation.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-29). Baeidinjad reacts to British MP anti-Iranian remarks. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 29 (MNA) — Iran's Ambassador to UK Hamid Baeidinjad reacted to a request by a senior British lawmaker to impose sanctions on Iranian officials.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-29). Iran's Police bust over 1.5 tons of narcotics in Zahedan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul.29 (MNA) — Dismantling a drug-smuggling gang in Zahedan, police forces of Sistan and Baluchestan have seized over 1.5 tons of illicit drugs in a single operation.