2020-08-02: News Headlines

yenisafak (2020-08-02). Top Iranian aide praises Turkey's Hagia Sophia move. yenisafak.com A senior advisor to Iran's supreme leader on Sunday congratulated Turkey for reopening the Hagia Sophia Mosque after 86 years as a museum."We congratulate the Turkish people for this important Islamic success," Ali Akbar Velayati, an aide to Ali Khamenei told Iranian state television.Velayati also criticized US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for recent comments urging Ankara to reconvert the Hagia Sophia into a museum."His ancestors converted all museums of the world into churches. The Hagia Sophia, which has been a mosque for 500 years, will remain as a mosque until the apocalypse," Velayati stressed.Ankara has…

yenisafak (2020-08-02). Iran's stock market surges past key level to record high, as analysts warn of bubble. yenisafak.com Iran's main stock index broke through the key 2 million point mark for the first time ever on Sunday, state media reported, amid warnings that the market is overheating.The Tehran Stock Exchange's benchmark TEDPIX index gained 46,844 points in early trading, the official IRNA news agency said, up 2.4%.The index closed at 1,961,649 on Saturday after surging by over 57,325 points, or 3.01%, on the day, according to the Tehran Stock Exchange (TSE) website.Iran's clerical rulers have been encouraging ordinary Iranians to invest in local stocks to boost the country's economy, which has been hard hit by the reimpositio…

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Police seize over 631 kg of narcotics in central Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 03 (MNA) — The police forces of Isfahan Province have seized over 631kg of illicit drugs in Nain County.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Iran COVID-19 update: 2,685 new cases, 208 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has infected 2,685people in Iran in the past 24 hours, increasing the total cases to 309,437, said Health Ministry Spokesperson Sima Lari on Sunday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Govt. to set up work group to remove production barriers. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the government will establish a special workgroup for removing production barriers.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). 2nd round of Iran-Ukraine talks to be held in Oct. in Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Ukraine announced that the second round of talks between Iran and Ukraine over the issue of the Ukrainian aircraft's crash will be held in October 2020 in Tehran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Zarif stresses need to update document on Iran-Russia coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister in his meeting with with Chairman of the Russian Duma's Foreign Affairs Committee stressed the need to update the document of long-term cooperation between the two countries.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Austria seeking cultural, economic ties with Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Austrian Ambassador to Iran Stefan Schulz said that Austria seeks to expand cultural and economic relations with Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province in Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Sunflower farm in NE Iran. en.mehrnews.com BOJNURD, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Some 15,000 hectares of farms in North Khorasan province, northeast Iran, are under cultivation of oily seeds, producing some 70,000 tons of different seeds including sunflower and rapeseed on an annual basis.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Iranian Film Week to open in Japan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 03 (MNA) — The third Iranian Film Week, organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Iran in Japan, is set to open in the Japanese city of Minato.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Army Ground Force signs MoU to receive geographical data. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — National Geography Organization and the intelligence branch of Iran Army's Ground Force signed an MoU to develop cooperation in the fields of science, education, and research interactions.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Promoting missile capability, defense ministry's top priority. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Defense said that improving and promoting the missile capacity of the country is the main and top priority of his ministry.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Minister urges nation to observe health protocols in Muharram. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli has called on the Iranian nation to fully observe anti-coronavirus health protocols during Muharram rituals.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-02). Intelligence min. dismisses speculations on Sharmahd's arrest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) — Iranian Ministry of Intelligence has categorically dismissed any speculation on the arrest of the ringleader of a US-based terrorist group "Jamshid Sharmahd".

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). 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…

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

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…

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…

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). 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). 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). 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). 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 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). 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). 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). 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 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 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-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.

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.

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…

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.

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

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.'

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

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…

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). 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.

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