2020-10-18: News Headlines

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-18). FM Zarif meeting with Abdullah in Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (MNA) — Head of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah met and held talks with Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran On Sunday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-18). VIDEO: Mustsee Tang-e KƒÅfarƒ´ in W Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (MNA) — Tang-e KƒÅfarƒ´ which is located in Ilam Province, west of Iran enjoys unique tourist attractions. It can be considered one of the most important habitat settlements of the Neolithic era up to now.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-18). Iran registers 3,890 new COVID-19 infections, 252 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 3,890 COVID-19 infections and 252 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-18). Iran to export, import weapons based on its defense policy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to UK Hamid Baeedinejad said that as of today, Iran will export and import weapons based on its defense policy principles.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-18). Iran's Zarif, Afghanistan's Abdullah hold meeting in Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh announced in a tweet that Foreign Minister Zarif has begun talks with Head of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-18). Enemy seeking to foment internal strife, conflicts: Rouhani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that enemies of the country are seeking to spread strife and conflict in the country, so that conspiracies of enemies must be foiled.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-18). Iran "Resistance" strategy defeats US " Maximum Pressure" en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (MNA) — Ali Rabiei noted, "Pushing back sanctions, reducing the effects of sanctions and increasing social resistance were the strategies of the Islamic Republic of Iran to overcome the US policy of maximum pressure."

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-18). US strategy regarding Iran produced no 'positive result'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (MNA) — Former US National Security Adviser John Bolton said that the Trump administration's foreign policy with respect to Iran has had no 'positive results' for Washington.

RT (2020-10-17). Iran claims victory over US as UN arms embargo expires. rt.com Iran's foreign ministry has declared the victory of "multilateralism, peace and security", claiming the UN's conventional arms embargo effectively expired on October 18, despite Washington's pressure to reimpose sanctions. | "As of today, all restrictions on the transfer of arms, related activities and financial services to and from The Islamic Republic of Iran, and all prohibitions regarding the entry or transit through territories of the United Nations Member States previously imposed on a number of Iranian citizens and military officials, are all automatically terminated," Iran's Foreign Ministry said in a…

Noam Chomsky (2020-10-17). The President, the Pandemic & the Election. zcomm.org The urgent problem of overcoming the existential crises—global warming, nuclear war, pandemics—has to be done within the general framework of existing institutions. We can improve them. But you won't be able to overcome them in the relevant time frame…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-17). Fishermen oppose release of contaminated water from Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. peoplesdispatch.org The company which operates the plant, Tokyo Electric Power, has collected over 1.23 million tons of contaminated water since the collapse of the nuclear plant in 2011…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-17). Iran's new envoy arrives in Yemen. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 17 (MNA) — The spokesman of the Iranian foreign ministry informed on Saturday that the country's new ambassador to Yemen has arrived in Sana'a.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-17). Iranian embassy in Baku condemns attack on Azerbaijan's Ganja. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 17 (MNA) — The Iranian embassy in Baku, in its Saturday statement, strongly condemned the rocket attack on Azerbaijan's Ganja.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-17). Envoy urges intl. community to unite against US unilateralism. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 17 (MNA) — Iran's representative in the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly expressed concern over the US' lack of respect to the UN's stance amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-17). Iran Covid-19 update: 253 deaths in past 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 17 (MNA) —The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 4,103 new COVID-19 infections and 253 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-17). 2nd round of Iran-Ukraine plane crash talks to start on Mon. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 17 (MNA) — While the first round of the Iranian delegation's talks about the flight 752 incident in Ukraine ended in early August, the second round of the related talks is slated to be held in Tehran, from Monday to Wednesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-17). Leader in Imam Reza martyrdom mourning ceremony. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 17 (MNA) — The mourning ceremony of the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Reza (PBUH) was held at Imam Khomeini Husseiniyah on Saturday in the presence of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-17). Zarif holds phone talks with Iraqi counterpart on mutual ties. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 15 (MNA) — Iranian FM Zarif and his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein discussed bilateral talks in a phone conversation on Saturday.

sputniknews (2020-10-17). Tehran Declares Arms Embargo Lifted, Iran Free to Procure, Export Arms as Sees Fit. sputniknews.com In 2015, Iran signed the JCPOA with China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany and the European Union, requiring Iran to scale back its nuclear program and severely downgrade its uranium reserves in exchange for sanctions relief, including lifting the arms embargo five years after the deal's adoption.

Manlio Dinucci (2020-10-17). Il virus nucleare di cui nessuno parla — intervista a Manlio Dinucci, giornalista. globalresearch.ca Trasmissione radiofonica. | Conducono in studio Mauro Caruso e Ludovica Di Chiara …

RT (2020-10-16). 'Putin's proposal a non-starter': White House rejects Russian call to extend nuclear arms control treaty. rt.com Washington has refused President Vladimir Putin's offer to extend New START, the last remaining arms control treaty between the US and Russia, for one year without any preconditions. | "President Putin's response today to extend New START… is a non-starter," the US National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien said in response to Moscow's offer, adding that Washington hopes Russia "will reevaluate its position before a costly arms race ensues." | (2/3) This would have been a win for both sides, and we believed the Russians were willing to accept this proposal when I met with my counterpart in Geneva. President Pu…

_____ (2020-10-16). Priest Sentenced To 33 Months For Protesting Nuclear Weapons. popularresistance.org Fifteen supporters in a carefully Covid masked and distanced courtroom witnessed Father Steve Kelly receive a sentence of 33 months today. After a 20 minute delay to get the telephone conference line working and properly muted 160 people listened in to the proceedings on the audio link. | Fr. Steve's sentence falls in the middle of the proposed guidelines and will likely allow his release from the Glynn County Detention Center where he is presently being detained 30 months after the action.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-16). Iran, Sweden emphasize strengthening bilateral economic coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 16 (MNA) — Islamic Republic of Iran and Sweden stressed the need to enhance and broaden bilateral trade and economic cooperation.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-16). Baku in talk with Tehran, Ankara, London over Karabakh row. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 16 (MNA) — Media outlets in Azerbaijan Republic on Fri. revealed that Azerbaijan Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov has held telephone talk with his Iranian, Turkish, Czech and British counterparts over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-16). New arrangements forming in WA thanks to martyr Soleimani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 16 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker's Special Aide for International Affairs said that new political-security arrangements are being formed in world, mostly in West Asia, thanks to the great martyr Soleimani.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-16). Interacting freely with neighbors, Iran's main foreign policy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 16 (MNA) — Iranian Embassy to Pakistan in a statement on Fri. said that interacting freely with neighbors is an important principle of Iran's foreign policy.

sputniknews (2020-10-16). 'Distraction Mechanism': NYT's Crocodile Tears Over Iran Sanctions Disguise Role in Justifying Them. sputniknews.com What seems to be a compassionate plea for mercy from Washington by a major US newspaper is actually just a furthering of the US propaganda war against Iran that's responsible for the strangling sanctions that frustrate its ability to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, a doctor and activist told Sputnik.

sputniknews (2020-10-16). Roman Catholic Priest to Be Released Following 2018 Activist Break-in at Nuclear-Capable US Base. sputniknews.com A 71-year-old Roman Catholic priest will spend virtually no additional time become bars after he was granted time served during sentencing for his April 2018 break-in at a nuclear-capable US Navy submarine base in Georgia.

sputniknews (2020-10-16). 2016 Plot to Install Biden Plus a Tale of Two Town Halls. sputniknews.com On today's episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan discussed current events, including the Democrats' plot to install Biden, the beheading of a teacher in Paris, Savannah Guthrie's town hall performance, the desecration of an altar in Louisiana, a drone strike in Idlib, and the latest on the START nuclear treaty.

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-10-16). Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Activists Sentenced for 2018 Anti-Nuclear Protest at Georgia Naval Base. commondreams.org Father Stephen Kelly and Patrick O'Neill were sentenced to nearly three years and 14 months in prison, respectively. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/kings-bay-plowshares-955px.jpg

Staff (2020-10-15). Will Trump's October surprise be a hot war with China? therealnews.com Post-COVID-19 hospitalization, Trump pledged to "make China pay." His rhetoric coincides with growing military tensions between the nuclear-armed superpowers—and a military analyst worries about the prospects of war.

Phyllis Bennis (2020-10-15). AsTrump Aims Fresh US Aggression at Iran, How Many Surprises Can This October Hold? zcomm.org This latest not-so-shocking surprise is actually incredibly dangerous and reckless for the future as well as incredibly cruel, heartless, indeed sadistic right now…

Gerry Mohan (2020-10-15). Most Germans Want US Military to Leave the Country. zcomm.org Unlike their elected riulers, most Germans don't want to be part of the nuclear 'theater' Trump, once again doing the right thing for the wrong reasons, wants to pull US troops out of Germany because Germany doesn't spend enough on "defence". The German population tend to like it but don't like his reasons. And, as

_____ (2020-10-15). Morales Warns About US Meddling In Upcoming Elections. popularresistance.org The former head of state made the remarks in an exclusive interview with Iran's Hispan TV Spanish-language television network on Tuesday. | Morales was seeking to nationalize the extraction of Bolivia's lithium reserves when he was forced to resign last November under pressure from the military and following the opposition's challenging the victory that he had secured in presidential elections a month earlier. | The former president, who both himself and his Movement for Socialism (MAS) still wield influence in Bolivia's politics, sought exile in Mexico back then and is currently residing in Argentina, closely mo…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-15). 'Weapons embargo against Iran not linked with nuclear deal'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 15 (MNA) — Restrictions on weapons supplies to Iran were not linked with the settlement of the situation around Iran's nuclear program, of which all the parties to the talks were aware from the very beginning, Maria Zakharova said.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-15). Iranian, Azeri FMs discuss latest developments in Karabakh. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 15 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held a phone talk with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Jeyhun Bayramov on the latest developments in Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-15). Iran nuclear scientists ready to face US coercion: AEOI. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 15 (MNA) — In reaction to to Pompeo's new claim about Iran's use of nuclear energy, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said that Iran nuclear scientists are ready to face the coercion and unilateralism of the US government.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-15). 'Tangle' to go on screen at St. Louis Intl. FilmFest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 15 (MNA) — Iranian short animated piece 'Tangle', directed by Maliheh Gholamzadeh, will take part at the 29th edition of the St. Louis International Film Festival in US.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-15). Iran's snooker player defeats UK rival. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 15 (MNA) — Iranian talented snooker player Hossein Vafaei defeated his UK rival Joe Perry in the 2020 English Snooker Open Tournament .

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-15). Iranian police seize over 1 tons of illicit drugs in Kerman. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 15 (MNA) — The police forces of Kerman province, in south Iran, have confiscated 1,340 kilograms of narcotics in the province during two separate operations.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-15). Iran, Slovakia to expand media coop.: envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 15 (MNA) — Following his visit with Slovakian officials, Iranian ambassador to Slovakia announced that Iran-Slovakia media cooperation will be strengthened.

Timi Iwayemi, Miranda Litwak (2020-10-15). Biden's Treasury Could Fight Climate Change, But Would Lael Brainard's? commondreams.org The Treasury Secretary has untapped capacity to push Wall Street to take the risks of the climate crisis seriously. (Photo: Kiyo/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/treasury.jpg

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). Iran home to one of oldest, deepest cultures. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Andre Vltchek a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker, and journalist has described Iran as home to one of the oldest and deepest cultures in the world that helps Iranian people to survive the most frightening moments.

Howard Lisnoff (2020-10-14). So Long, Sister Ardeth Platte, Anti-Nuclear Activist. counterpunch.org Sister Ardeth Platte, a Dominican nun and antinuclear protester, died ("Ardeth Platte, Dominican Nun and Antinuclear Activist, Dies at 84," New York Times, October 8, 2020) during the night or early morning of the first presidential debate. When Sister Ardeth broke into a nuclear missile facility in Colorado, she recited "Oh God, help us to be

RT (2020-10-14). Russia sees no prospect of prolonging New START treaty with US, but is not closing door on negotiations — Foreign Minister Lavrov. rt.com Moscow doesn't believe the New START treaty with the US can be continued, as achieving common ground is impossible against the backdrop of ultimatums employed by Washington, the Russian Foreign Minister said on Wednesday. | In his interview with three Russian radio stations, Sergey Lavrov was asked if he saw any prospect of the two countries agreeing to prolong the landmark deal until 2026. The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or New START, obliges Russia and the US to reduce the number of their strategic nuclear missile launchers by half, and it expires in February. | "There is no such prospect. I persona…

Scott Ritter (2020-10-14). Dangerous delusions: US claims arms control 'agreement' with Russia for Trump election points. thealtworld.com Extending the New START treaty until a new arms control agreement can be negotiated is in the best interest of world peace. President Trump, however, seems ready to sacrifice that security for a few points in pre-election ratings. | There is one thing virtually every arms control expert can agree on: extending the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, known as New START, past its February 2021 expiration date is essential for preventing a new nuclear arms race between the US and Russia. As such, it should be done even in the face of widespread disagreement over what a new arms control treaty would look like, and who w…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). Abdullah Abdullah to visit Tehran on Sunday: FM spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman said that the Head of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah is set to visit Iran on Sunday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). Funeral procession of 'Akbar Alami'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — The funeral procession of Iran's cinema critic, documentary filmmaker Akbar Alami was held in Tehran on Wednesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). Iran ready to play role in solving Azerbaijan-Armenia dispute. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Iranian President's Chief of Staff said that Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to play a key role in resolving dispute between Azerbaijan Republic and Armenia.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). Iran COVID-19 update: 279 deaths, 4,830 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 4,830 COVID-19 infections and 279 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.