2020-10-03: News Headlines

Stephen Lendman (2020-10-03). Arms Control and the Dangers of Nuclear War: Russia Rejects Unacceptable Trump Regime New START Demands. globalresearch.ca New START is the last remaining Russia/US arms control agreement. | Expiring on February 5, 2021 if not renewed, the Trump regime rejected Vladimir Putin's offer to extend the agreement for another five years with no pre-conditions. | On September 28, Politico …

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-03). IranAir launches first Germany flight after six months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 03 (MNA) — IranAir has resumed flights to Germany after more than six months of hiatus due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-03). SP Phase 14 refinery to come online next year. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 03 (MNA) — An official with Pars Oil and Gas Company says that the refinery of Phase 14 will come become operational in the first half of the next Iranian calendar year (to start on March 21, 2021).

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-03). Police seize over 1 ton of opium in SE Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 03 (MNA) — Police forces of the Sistan and Baluchestan province, southeastern Iran, have captured over one tone of opium in a single operation in the province.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-03). Oct 21, last deadline for 16th Resistance Int'l Filmfest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 03 (MNA) —The head of Permanent Public Relations and Information Centre of Iran's 16th Resistance International Film Festival, Mohsen Javadi, announced the last deadline for submitting the works to the second part of this cinematic even.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-03). Iranian "Ojaq" wins at Religion Today Filmfest. in Italy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 03 (MNA) — Ali Bolandnazarzar, the Iranian filmmaker won an award for his documentary "Ojaq" at Religion Today Film Festival in Italy.

yenisafak (2020-10-03). Yemen army says over 1,000 rebels killed September. yenisafak.com A military statement cited by the September 26.net website said around 215 rebel commanders were among those killed last month.The Houthi-run capital Sanaa saw the highest rebel death toll with 285 Houthis killed, including 119 commanders.There was no comment from the Shia rebel group on the claim.Yemen has remained wracked by violence since 2014, when the Iran-aligned Houthi group overran much of the country, including Sanaa.The conflict escalated the following year when Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched a massive air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi gains and supported the country's pro-Saudi gover…

yenisafak (2020-10-03). ANALYSIS: Iranian media fails in Azerbaijan-Armenia tension. yenisafak.com It is noteworthy that some Iranian media outlets and journalists have been ignoring the 30 years of persecution in Upper Karabakh and criticizing Azerbaijan despite Armenia's aggressive policies.Some Iranian journalists and media outlets once again either remained silent or supported Armenia against Armenia's attack on Azerbaijani territories despite the United Nations (UN) resolutions.The Armenian army has recently launched attacks targeting Azerbaijani civilians and the infrastructures in residential areas, adding yet another to its 30-year-old violations.As it was 30 years ago, some of the Iranian media and so…

CFDIPR (2020-10-02). Sugar workers in Iran striking for wages and public ownership. peoplesworld.org September 2 marked the 80th day since workers of the Haft-Tappeh Sugarcane complex in the south of Iran came out on strike, on June 15. They are demanding their unpaid wages, medical insurance, reinstatement of dismissed colleagues, return of the industrial giant to the state sector, and the return to the workers of funds embezzled …

teleSUR (2020-10-02). UN Calls for Further Progress on Nuclear Disarmament. telesurenglish.net United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Friday called for the international community to return to the path towards nuclear disarmament. | RELATED: | During a high-level meeting at the UN General Assembly, Guterres pointed out that although nuclear disarmament has been a UN priority since its founding 75 years ago, the world continues to live in the shadow of a nuclear catastrophe. | "For our common good, the…

news.un (2020-10-02). Guterres: Only way to remove nuclear risk, 'completely eliminate nuclear weapons'. news.un.org The elimination of nuclear weapons is vital to the "survival of life on this planet", the UN chief told the final major event of the General Assembly's high level week on Friday.

_____ (2020-10-02). Why Is the British Press Sexing Up Stories on Hezbollah, Iran and China? strategic-culture.org

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-02). 'We're moving from subsonic to supersonic missiles'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 02 (MNA) — Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said the Iranian Navy has made tremendous efforts over the past years to modernize its arsenal.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-02). Foreign trade at above $30b in 6 months: IRICA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 02 (MNA) — The head of IRICA announced that Iran's trade with its top trading partners reached over $30 billion in the first six months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21- September 21, 2020)…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-02). Iran's policies not to be affected by US elections: FM spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 02 (MNA) — Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman says the US' internal affairs, including the presidential elections, have nothing to do with Tehran's overall foreign policies.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-02). Iran COVID-19 update: Death toll at 26,567. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 02 (MNA) — Iran's Health Ministry announced on Friday that with 187 patients losing their lives in the past 24 hours to the coronavirus, the country's death toll currently stands at 26,567 ones.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-02). Drug ring smashed in Khorasan Razavi by intelligence forces. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 02 (MNA) — Iran's intelligence forces busted a drug ring in the northeastern province of Khorasan Razavi.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-02). VIDEO: Mortar shells of Karabakh conflict land in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 02 (MNA) — Above 20 mortar shells from the military conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region have hit Iran's Aslandoz region in northwestern Ardabil province.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-02). Chabahar, Gwadar ports coop. could bring prosperity to region. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 02 (MNA) — The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Pakistan said getting Iran's Chabahar and Pakistan's Gwadar ports linked will strengthen bilateral trade and bring prosperity to the region.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-02). Iran ready for energy coop. with Europe. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 02 (MNA) — Iran's Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian expressed the country's readiness to initiate energy cooperation with the European countries.

yenisafak (2020-10-02). Albania, Kosovo to remove borders: Premier. yenisafak.com Albanian Prime Minister on Friday said the country will remove borders with Kosovo and use a joint port.Edi Rama added that the port city of Durres in the Adriatic Sea will become the "de facto port of Kosovo"."The agreement that we will sign soon to facilitate customs procedures between the two countries leads us to the destination, the transformation of the port of Durres into the de facto port of Kosovo," Rama said.Rama's remarks came during an official visit of Pristina delegation to the Albanian capital Tirana.Following the meeting, three customs agreements are expected to be signed in Durres, a railway line…

Andrew Korybko (2020-10-01). Iranian Geostrategic Calculations In The Nagorno-Karabakh Crisis. thealtworld.com Iran has an extremely rare opportunity to greatly improve its regional reputation by offering to host peace talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan to replace the failed OSCE Minsk Process, though it might experience intense Russian resistance if it opts for this course of action unless Tehran can convince Moscow that its proposal stands the credible chance of being just as successful as the Astana peace process in Syria which those two and Turkey are closely cooperating on and won't reduce the Eurasian Great Power's influence. | A New War On Iran's Northern Frontier | The intense fighting between Armenia and Azerba…

Manuela Solé (2020-10-01). Venezuela Announces New Fuel Scheme as Iranian Gasoline Arrives. venezuelanalysis.com The Maduro government also presented a new "anti-blockade" law.

sputniknews (2020-10-01). Two Iranian-Flagged Tankers Reportedly Arrive in Venezuela as Maduro Vows to Improve Gasoline Output. sputniknews.com In May, five Iranian tankers delivered more than a million barrels of oil to Venezuela, hit by a serious fuel shortage caused by US sanctions.

MEE staff (2020-10-01). Twitter removes 130 Iran-linked accounts during US presidential debate. middleeasteye.net Twitter removes 130 Iran-linked accounts during US presidential debate | Social media giant says accounts all appeared to originate in Iran and were identified based on FBI intelligence | Thu, 10/01/2020 – 17: 06 | Last year, Twitter removed almost 5,000 accounts it said were linked to Iranian government (AFP/File photo) | Twitter says it removed 130 accounts linked to Iran that were "attempting to disrupt the…

MEE correspondent (2020-10-01). Iranian press review: Tensions flare in Iraq and Iran over criticism of Sistani. middleeasteye.net Iranian press review: Tensions flare in Iraq and Iran over criticism of Sistani | Meanwhile, oil exports sharply increase despite US sanctions and three authors are jailed for 'propaganda against the state' | Thu, 10/01/2020 – 12: 58 | Mask-clad members of the Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitary force stand near portraits of Sistani, left, and Soleimani, right (AFP) |

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-10-01). The Idiotic Claim That Other Nations Are 'Disrupting The Public Conversation' On US Politics. thealtworld.com Twitter claims that it has suspended 130 Iranian accounts for "attempting to disrupt the public conversation" during the US presidential debate. | "Based on intel provided by the FBI, last night we removed approximately 130 accounts that appeared to originate in Iran," a

RT (2020-10-01). Russia's FSB detains Siberian nuclear scientist suspected of passing classified technologies & state secrets to China. rt.com A Russian physicist is being accused of divulging state secrets, after conducting research at a physics lab in China. He couldn't return to his work there due to Covid rules and had recently been working at Tomsk State University. | The Urals-based news site Znak identified the suspect as 64-year-old nuclear physicist Alexander Lukanin. Znak reported that Lukanin was arrested for disclosing classified information belonging to the Russian government, but there has been no official confirmation of this. The outlet also reported that the scientist is currently in a pre-trial detention centre, and that the FSB has…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-01). Headlines of Iran's Persian-language dailies on Oct. 01. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 01 (MNA) — Mehr News takes a look at the headlines of Iran's Persian-language dailies on Thursday, October 01.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-01). Mortar shells of Karabakh conflict injures Iranian child. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 01 (MNA) — Mortar shells from the military conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region has hit a village in the Iranian soil, injuring a 6-year-old child.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-01). Briefing on Iran's daily developments. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 01 (MNA) — The following are Iran's developments in the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-01). Rouhani felicitates Nigeria on Independence Day. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 01 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani congratulated the anniversary of Nigeria's independence from Britain, calling for increased cooperation with the African country.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-01). Nouri dismisses report of link with Esteghlal. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 01 (MNA) — Iranian-German coach Alexander Nouri has rejected reports of his initial agreement with Esteghlal or any other Iranian team.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-01). Iran ready to coop. with China on COVID-19 vaccine. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 01 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani felicitated the Chinese National Day and expressed readiness for increased cooperation with Beijing, especially in producing the COVID-19 vaccine.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-01). Harvesting, drying plums in NE Iran. en.mehrnews.com JAJARM, Oct. 01 (MNA) — The photos below depict the traditional harvesting and drying of yellow plums in a rural area near Jarjarm, North Khorasan province.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-01). Ghalibaf condoles passing of Emir of Kuwait. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 01 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf offered his condolence over the death of Emir of Kuwait Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-01). COVID-19 infects 3,825, kills 211 in Iran in 24h. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 01 (MNA) — According to the Iranian Health Ministry, the novel coronavirus disease has claimed 211 lives in the country in the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-01). Hundredfold increase of knowledge-based firms in 7 yrs. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 01 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday that the number of knowledge-based companies has increased a hundredfold since seven years ago.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-01). Front pages of Iran's English-language dailies on Oct. 01. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 01 (MNA) — Here are the front pages of Iran's English-language dailies on Thursday, October 01.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-01). 25-year agreement to open new chapter in Iran-China ties. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 01 (MNA) — First Vice President Es'hagh Jahangiri expressed congratulations to the Chinese officials and people on the occasion of the 71st anniversary of the establishment of Modern China which is celebrated on October 1.

sputniknews (2020-10-01). North Korea Showing Favoritism to Trump by Delaying Tests of Growing Nuclear Arsenal – Analysts. sputniknews.com The suspension of denuclearization negotiations and weapons testing by North Korea will likely continue until after the US presidential election, as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been able to covertly build up his country's nuclear capabilities during US President Donald Trump's term, according to new analyses from US-based think tanks.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-01). 2020 Right Livelihood Laureates Honored for Fighting 'Increasing Threats to Democracy' Across Globe. commondreams.org Human rights defenders in Iran, the U.S., Nicaragua, and Belarus were recognized this year for what is known as the "Alternative Nobel Peace Prize." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/rs9918_img_9060_1.jpg

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-30). Iranian MPs to escort humanitarian aid ships to Yemen. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 30 (MNA) — An Iranian delegation consisting of Parliament members will escort the ships carrying humanitarian aid to opressed people of Yemen.

Eric Walberg (2020-09-30). Cashing in on Russia's Woes. dissidentvoice.org I was always dismissed as a 'Sov symp' in the days of communism, attracted by the Soviet Union's great foreign policy: anti-imperialist, ant-zionist, pro-nuclear disarmament, pro-liberation movements, etc, etc. I could never understand why lefties didn't fall in love with the only real non-capitalist modern society. It worked, however badly. It had to be at …

Marilyn Bechtel (2020-09-30). International virtual webinars call for ending all nuclear weapons. peoplesworld.org On Sept. 26, the United Nations International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, two remarkable events spanning 10 hours of virtual programming by activists, legislators, artists and leaders of struggles around the world were presented by UNFOLD ZERO and We The Peoples 2020. The programs, divided into two five-hour segments, were timed for …

WSWS (2020-09-30). US strikes Iraqi targets from aircraft carrier in Persian Gulf. wsws.org The airstrikes from the USS Nimitz were launched as Washington steadily escalated threats to "liquidate" Iranian-aligned Shia militias in Iraq.

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2020-09-30). History: Britain's Complicity in 1953 Iranian Coup Revealed: The Smoking Gun, MI6's "Man of Mystery" globalresearch.ca After 60 years of foot-dragging and dissembling, the U.S. government

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-30). Foreign envoys visit Sacred Defense Achievements expo. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 30 (MNA) — As of its inauguration, several foreign ambassadors and cultural attaches have paid a visit to Iran's National Exhibition of the Holy Defense and Resistance Achievements.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-30). 17 Iranians arrive home from India after 7 months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 30 (MNA) — 17 Iranian citizens arrived in the country after 7 months of being stuck in India due to travel restriction raised by the coronavirus pandemic.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-30). VIDEO: An Iraqi old woman paying tribute to Gen. Soleimani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 30 (MNA) — An Iraqi old woman is paying her tribute to Iran's top commander Lt. Gen. Soleimani and resistance commanders on her way to Karbala for Arbaeen pilgrimage.