2020-10-10: News Headlines

MEE and agencies (2020-10-10). Iran's rial hits new low against dollar as economy stumbles. middleeasteye.net Iran's rial hits new low against dollar as economy stumbles | Latest US-imposed sanctions on Iran's financial sector are another blow to the country's economy | Sat, 10/10/2020 – 11: 46 | Iranians gather inside the capital Tehran's Grand Bazaar in March 2020, as the Covid pandemic was starting to make an impact on the country (AFP) | The Iranian currency hit a new low against the US dollar…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-10). Iran registers 3,875 new COVID-19 infections, 195 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 10 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 3,875 COVID-19 infections and 195 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-10). Rouhani, Putin discuss Nagorno-Karabakh over phone. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 10 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held a phone conversation on Saturday discussing the latest developments in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-10). US sanctions not to affect Iran-Swiss financial channel. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 10 (MNA) — Chaiman of Iran-Switzerland Chamber of Commerce noted, "New sanctions of the US on 18 Iranian banks will not affect the Iran-Switzerland financial channel in terms of importing of cereals and pharmaceuticals."

Alan Macleod (2020-10-09). Critics Say New Iran Sanctions Designed To "Choke off Humanitarian Exports" Amid Pandemic. mintpressnews.com The Trump administration's new sanctions on Iran are so wide-reaching that many fear they are meant to directly harm the Iranian people as they struggle to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

_____ (2020-10-09). Trump Administration Imposes Crushing New Sanctions On Iran. popularresistance.org The Trump administration on Thursday imposed a new, crushing round of sanctions that virtually blacklists Iran's entire financial sector – raising concerns it will cut off the country's ability to import humanitarian goods like food and medicine. | Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said in a statement that the sanctions, which target 18 banks and penalize foreign institutions that do business with them, are part of efforts to cut down on "illicit access to U.S. dollars" and won't stifle humanitarian efforts.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-09). US sanctions complicate import of humanitarian items for Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 09 (MNA) — German Foreign Ministry announced on Friday that new US sanctions against Iran will further complicate the import of humanitarian items for the country.

Juan Cole (2020-10-09). With Crushing Sanctions on 18 Iranian Banks, Is Trump Trying to Leave a War Behind for Biden? commondreams.org So Iran gave up most of its latent nuclear deterrence and not only got nothing in return, it got the most crippling sanctions ever applied to one country by another in peacetime. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/no-war_with_iran_0_0.jpg

Ali Harb (2020-10-09). Trump says Iran is on notice not to 'f**k around' with US. middleeasteye.net Trump says Iran is on notice not to 'f**k around' with US | President Donald Trump says 'you don't see terror' in Middle East because of his sanctions against Iran | Fri, 10/09/2020 – 22: 36 | Atlantic Council's Barbara Slavin says sweeping sanctions against Iran show lack of imagination and 'real sadistic streak' (AFP/File photo) | US President Donald Trump talked up his Iran policy in a profanity-laden tirade o…

Nadda Osman (2020-10-09). Iranians mourn iconic musician Mohammad Reza Shajarian. middleeasteye.net Iranians mourn iconic musician Mohammad Reza Shajarian | Thousands of fans paid tribute to the singer and maestro, who died in a Tehran hospital at the age of 80 | Fri, 10/09/2020 – 12: 20 | The legendary singer was known for his distinctive voice and classical style (AFP) | Iconic Iranian singer and vocalist Mohammad Reza Shajarian died after a long illness on Thursday at the age of 80, leaving many Ira…

John Feffer (2020-10-09). Nukes and North Korea: a New Direction. counterpunch.org North Korea's acquisition of nuclear weapons has changed the nuclear balance in Northeast Asia. But it hasn't altered the way politicians and diplomats approach the question of arms control and disarmament in the region. The debate among influencers continues to revolve around two versions of "more of the same." Containment advocates argue that North Korea

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-09). Iran says fresh US sanctions on banking sector are an attempt "to starve its people" peoplesdispatch.org On Thursday, the US treasury department blacklisted 18 major Iranian banks in the latest assault as part of its so-called maximum pressure campaign against the country…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-09). Iran COVID-19 update: 210 deaths, 4,142 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 09 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 4,142 COVID-19 infections and 210 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-09). US new sanctions politically motivated: Rouhani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 09 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that US new sanctions on Iranian banks are politically motivated.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-09). Foreign Minister Zarif arrives in China. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 09 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in the southern province of Yunnan at the head of a high-ranking delegation on Friday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-09). US maximum pressure aiming at changing Iran's establishment. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 09 (MNA) — Iran's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi said that the US seeks to change Iran's establishment by creating social unrest in the country.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-09). Many in Zionist regime seeking to work with Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 09 (MNA) — The coordinating deputy of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps said that there are many people in the Zionist regime who have motives for cooperating with Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-09). US sanctions indicate Trump's failure in confronting Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 09 (MNA) — Iranian President's Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi said that new US sanctions indicate the failure of the US policy towards the Islamic Republic of Iran.

sputniknews (2020-10-09). New Sanctions Will Further Washington's Goal of Blocking Iran's Importing of Medicine – Academic. sputniknews.com On Thursday, the US State Department announced new economic sanctions targeting 18 Iranian banks, claiming it was further depriving Iran "of funds to carry out its support for terrorist activities and nuclear extortion that threatens the world." However, the real effect will be to deprive Iranians of essential medicines, an expert told Sputnik.

commondreams (2020-10-08). NIAC Condemns New Iran Sanctions That Will Stifle Humanitarian Trade. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Suadad al-Salhy (2020-10-08). 'War is imminent': Iraq's Kadhimi moves to fend off US threat to target pro-Iran groups. middleeasteye.net 'War is imminent': Iraq's Kadhimi moves to fend off US threat to target pro-Iran groups | Iraqi government scrambling to head off threatened closure of US embassy in Baghdad amid fears move could lead to political and economic collapse | Thu, 10/08/2020 – 14: 07 | Iraqi security forces stand guard in front of the US embassy in Baghdad in January 2020 (AFP) | The United States has drawn up a l…

MEE correspondent (2020-10-08). Iranian press review: Revolutionary Guard equips speed boats with suicide drones. middleeasteye.net Iranian press review: Revolutionary Guard equips speed boats with suicide drones | Meanwhile, the Shahrvand daily interviews a former death row inmate and Iran sets new record for daily coronavirus deaths | Thu, 10/08/2020 – 13: 01 | This handout photo provided by Iran's IRGC official website via SEPAH News on 23 September 2020 shows speed boats carrying drones during a ceremony in Iran…

Ali Harb (2020-10-08). US elections: Four Middle East moments from Harris-Pence debate. middleeasteye.net US elections: Four Middle East moments from Harris-Pence debate | Kamala Harris and Mike Pence discussed US policy on Iran, Israel and Palestine in the first and only vice presidential debate | Thu, 10/08/2020 – 07: 11 | Plexiglass separated the two candidates on Wednesday amid coronavirus concerns (AFP) | If political debates were a sport, US vice presidential debates would be a game between the reserve teams.

RT (2020-10-08). US slaps new sanctions on Iran as FBI seizes 92 web domains allegedly used by Tehran to wage 'global disinformation campaign'. rt.com Washington has announced a new sanctions package against Iran, hitting the country's financial sector and targeting 18 major banks. Tehran has branded the move a "crime against humanity" and an attempt to starve the country out. | The new sanctions were announced by the US Treasury Department on Thursday. The move was made to further "isolate the Iranian economy from the global financial system," which the Treasury claimed is necessary to stop Tehran from advancing its alleged "malign agenda." | "Our sanctions programs will continue until Iran stops its support of terrorist activities and ends its nuclear prog…

Paul Haeder (2020-10-08). Eternal Impunity of Capitalism's Crimes. dissidentvoice.org The very idea of War Being a Racket penetrates so deeply into capitalism's flair for murder by a thousand cuts, a thousand miles in a Corvair, a thousand sips from diet Coke, a thousand sucks from Nestle baby formula, a thousand hours on the video screen, a thousand seconds inside the nuclear core, a thousand …

WSWS (2020-10-08). Turkey backs Azeri offensive on Armenia as Russia, Iran warn of escalation. wsws.org The war between Armenia and Azerbaijan threatens to escalate into a regional war involving Russia, Iran, Turkey and the entire NATO alliance.

_____ (2020-10-08). Fishermen Oppose 'Catastrophic' Release Of Fukushima Water To Ocean. popularresistance.org Tokyo – Japanese fish industry representatives on Thursday urged the government not to allow the release at sea of tonnes of contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant, saying it would undo years of work to restore their reputation. | Tokyo Electric has collected more than a million tonnes of contaminated water since the plant was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011. | The water is stored in huge tanks that crowd the site and it says it will run out of storage room by 2022.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-08). Non-oil exports to Oman via Sirik top 550 tons. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 08 (MNA) — Around 550 tons of non-oil commodities have so far been exported to Oman via the southern Iranian port of Sirik, Hormozgan province.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-08). Ilam province' handicrafts exports top $1 mn in 6 month. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 08 (MNA) — Director-General of the Ilam province Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Department announced that in the first 6 months of the current Iranian calendar, the Ilam province's handicrafts exports hit over $1 million.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-08). COVID-19 infects 4,392, kills 239 people in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 08 (MNA) — The daily count of COVID-19 infections in Iran reached 4,392 on Thursday, bringing the total cases to 488,236, according to the Health Ministry.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-08). Legendary Iranian singer Shajarian passes away. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 08 (MNA) — Iranian classical singer Mohammad-Reza Shajarian has passed away.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-08). Iranian documentaries shine at 5 Intl. Filmfest. in 1 month. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 07 (MNA) — According to Iran's House of Documentary, some Iranian documentaries participated in five international events within the time of early September to October 2020 and won awards.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-08). Iran's H1 aluminum output tops 200,000 tons. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 08 (MNA) — Iran's aluminum production reached 211,779 tons during the six calendar months to September 21, indicating a 71% hike compared with the similar span of the last year.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-08). Pence, Harris argue over Iran in US election debate. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 08 (MNA) — US Vice President Mike Pence and his Democratic rival Kamala Harris have clashed over a number of issues, including the US' policies toward Iran, in their only televised debate ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.

sputniknews (2020-10-08). Apparently There Was a Vice Presidential Debate? sputniknews.com On today's episode host Lee Stranahan covers; The Vice Presidential debate, the Presidential debate is now scheduled to be virtual, 7 militiamen plotted to kidnap Michigan Governor, Democrats have rejected the airline bailout bill, Harris explained she and Biden are going to continue fracking, and Steve Mnuchin announced more Iran sanctions.

Staff (2020-10-07). Headlines for October 7, 2020. democracynow.org Stephen Miller Tests Positive for COVID-19 as Top Pentagon Generals Quarantine, Rudy Giuliani Coughs Through TV Interview While Awaiting Coronavirus Test Result, White House Refuses Contact Tracing Help as Trump Puts Residence Staff at Risk of COVID-19, Two Presidential Valets Who Carry Nuclear Launch Codes Test Positive for Coronavirus, Six States Report Record Hospitalizations as U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Nears 211,000, Trump Calls Off Stimulus Talks, Then Reverses Course in Erratic Series of Tweets, Facebook, Twitter Crack Down on Trump's False Claim COVID-19 Is Less Lethal Than Flu, FDA to Require Two Month Sa…

MEE and agencies (2020-10-07). Coronavirus: Iran reports record high death numbers as it grapples with third wave. middleeasteye.net Coronavirus: Iran reports record high death numbers as it grapples with third wave | Health minister says whole country on Covid-19 red alert as cases soar | Wed, 10/07/2020 – 15: 25 | Hospital admissions have reached record levels as entire country struggles with a rise in coronavirus infections (Reuters) | Iran on Wednesday reported 239 Covid-19 deaths, a record number over 24 hours, as…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-07). Iran has a straight line to Antarctica: Roads min. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 07 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development said that Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the rare countries in the region in terms of accessing to the sea and a straight line to Antarctica.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-07). Iran futsal team defeats Uzbekistan in friendly. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 07 (MNA) — Iran national futsal team beat Uzbekistan in a friendly match on Wednesday evening in the capital city Tashkent.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-07). Parl. consultation peaceful way to resolve Karabakh conflict. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 07 (MNA) — The Chairman of the Executive Council of the World IPU in Iran's Parliament, in his letter to the IPU President, named Parliamentary consultations as a proper way for a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-07). Agreement between Iran, IAEA, 'a shining moment in diplomacy'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 07 (MNA) — The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that recent agreement made between Iran and IAEA is a shining and brilliant moment in diplomacy.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-07). Iran records highest COVID-19 death toll since outbreak. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 07 (MNA) — Deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in Iran hit a high record on Wednesday as 239 new deaths were registered over the past 24 hours, the highest since the virus outbreak in the country.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-07). Asalem to Khalkhal, spectacular forest road in Iran. en.mehrnews.com KHALKHAL, Oct. 07 (MNA) — Asalem to Khalkhal Road in northern Iran's Gilan province is a spectacular and eye-catching road which enjoys a beautiful nature attracting many enthusiasts every year.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-07). 'Preserving JCPOA strategic to EU security'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 07 (MNA) — EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell said on Wednesday that preserving Iran nuclear deal (JCPAO) is strategic to EU security.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-07). 23 export brokers serving Iran's knowledge-based firms. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 06 (MNA) — An official in Vice Presidency for Science and Technology noted that 23 export brokers have been launched in more than 18 countries to pave the way for Iranian knowledge-based firms to export their products.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-07). Astonishing scenery of autumn in Hyrcanian forests. en.mehrnews.com GORGAN, Dec. 04 (MNA) — As the autumn comes, Hyrcanian forests in Golestan province, northern Iran, reveal part of their impressive beauties in a festival of colors.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-07). US keeps repeating empty offers of aid: FM spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 07 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that the US keeps repeating empty offers of aid and urged Washington to stop blocking Iranian people's right to use their own money frozen in Korea, Iraq, and Japan.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-07). Relating Yemen war to Iran, another American fallacy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 07 (MNA) — The chairman of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee of Yemen dismissed the speculations relating the Yemen war to the US' pressure campaign on Iran, saying this is transparently another fallacy by the Americans.