2020-12-31: News Headlines

Philip Giraldi (2020-12-31). A New War in the New Year? Trump Again Takes Aim at Iran. globalresearch.ca One of the most perplexing narratives presented during the waning days of the administration of President Donald J. Trump is his apparent disengagement from dealing seriously or providing leadership regarding the surging Coronavirus while at the same time continuing an …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-12-31). Iran expresses concerns over US military activities in the Persian Gulf. peoplesdispatch.org After increasing its military presence in the region in the last few weeks the US flew two of its B-52 bombers above the Persian Gulf on Tuesday…

Karl Grossman (2020-12-31). NRC considers extending nuclear power plant operating licenses to 100 years. nationofchange.org The nuclear industry and nuclear power advocates in government are "desperately trying to hold on."

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). Iran's trade value with Eurasia hits $1.4bn in eight months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — According to the statistics, Islamic Republic of Iran's trade value with Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) hit $1.4 billion in the first eight months of the current Iranian calendar year (from March 21 to Nov. 22).

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). Nations of region not to forget sacrifice of martyr Soleimani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Iranian Embassy to Croatia said that regional countries will not forget the bravery and sacrifices of former IRGC Quds Force Commander Martyr Lt. Gen. Soleimani who played a key role in the fight against terrorism.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). "Our region lost a real peace hero": Iran Foreign Ministry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a tweet on Thu. wrote that the region lost a real peace hero, referring to the 1st anniversary of martyrdom of former IRGC Quds Force Commander Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). Rouhani congratulates Cuba on Liberation Day. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani felicitates Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel on the country's Liberation Day, hoping for further expansion of relations between the two nations.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). Trump admin. suffers another defeat at end of 2020: Envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to UK Hamid Baeedinejad said that the Trump administration sustained another setback at the end of the year 2020.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). 'Plots underway to fabricate pretext for war'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned the US that Iran is fully prepared to defend its people and security.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). Armed Forces to continue 'Resistance' School with high spirit. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri said that Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue the School of "Resistance" with high motivation inspired by Martyr Soleimani.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). 'Fear of revenge not leaving US alone'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Iranian Army's first-in-command says the revenge for the US's assassination of General Soleimani is not over yet.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). 6,390 new COIVD cases detected in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — The country's Health Ministry has announced the detection of 6,390 new infections in the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). Zarif hopes for ending era of contempt for multilateralism. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — On the eve of New Christian Year, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wishes the ending insane era of contempt for law and multilateralism.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). Assassins of Soleimani should await 'harder slaps'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — A former Iranian foreign minister says Tehran will continue measures to take Lt. Gen. Soleimani's revenge.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). Defense industry telecom products at cutting-edge technology. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri said that telecommunications products of defense industry of the country are in tandem with world's cutting-edge technology.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). US failed miserably in reviving sanctions: Iran UN envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Iran's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations said that the United States sustained heavy defeat miserably in the revival of international sanctions against Tehran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). Tehran's first reaction to Aden Airport attack. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry has condemned violent attacks on civilians, calling on all Yemeni sides to return to the negotiating table.

news.un (2020-12-31). Iran execution of child offender breaks international law: UN rights office. news.un.org The execution of an Iranian man for a crime allegedly committed when he was 16 years old has been condemned by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) and raised concerns over violations of his right to a fair trial.

Anya Parampil (2020-12-30). An exclusive look inside Iran's supermarket in Venezuela. thegrayzone.com Red Lines host Anya Parampil visits Megasis, an Iranian supermarket which recently opened in Caracas, Venezuela, and explores cooperation between Tehran and Caracas against the US economic blockade. The Grayzone's Anya Parampil provides an exclusive look inside a superstore which the US government and corporate media have condemned and attempted to link to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. She also speaks with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza about how increased cooperation between Tehran and Caracas is improving the material …

Karl Grossman (2020-12-30). Inviting Nuclear Disaster. counterpunch.org Nuclear power plants when they began being constructed were not seen as running for more than 40 years because of radioactivity embrittling metal parts and otherwise causing safety problems. But in recent decades, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has extended the operating licenses of nuclear power plants from 40 years to 60 years and then 80 years, and is now considering 100 years.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-30). Tehran, Doha to make joint documatry on Covid-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 30 (MNA) — Iran's Documentary & Experimental Film Center and the Qatari Al-Jazeera are to make a joint documentary on Covid-19.

South Front (2020-12-30). Video: Russia Suffers Casualties in Greater Idlib. Israeli Air Force Strikes Damascus Countryside. globalresearch.ca On the morning of December 30th, warplanes of the Israeli Air Force once again carried out strikes on alleged Iranian targets in the countryside of Damascus. According to reports one person was killed and 3 others injured in the attack….

teleSUR (2020-12-30). Yemen: At Least 27 Killed As Explosions Target New Government. telesurenglish.net The ministers were not injured, and an Al Arabiya correspondent indicated that the explosion was accompanied by subsequent gunfire. | Yemeni Information Minister Muammar al-Eryani stated through his personal Twitter account that "the cowardly terrorist attack" was carried out by "the Iranian-backed Huthian militia." | RELATED: | For its part, Sky News Arabia quotes its correspondent and reports that two explosions…

_____ (2020-12-30). Iraq: 'British Company G4S Implicated In Assassination Of Soleimani'. popularresistance.org An Iraqi politician accused the UK private security company G4S of being involved in the assassination of Iranian Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani. | The commander of the Quds Force of the Corps of Guardians of the Islamic Revolution (IRGC) of Iran, Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani, and the deputy commander of the Popular Mobilization Units of Iraq (Al-Hashad Al-Shabi in Arabic), Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, were martyred on January 3 in a drone strike perpetrated by the US in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq. | This Monday the leader of the Iraqi political party Asaib Ahl al-Haq, Qais Al-Jazali, accused the British co…

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-30). Soleimani blood united regional nations against US arrogance. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 30 (MNA) — In a tweet on early Wednesday, Iran's Foreign Ministry stated that the blood of Martyr General Soleimani united regional nations against the US arrogance and presence.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-30). Iranian company exports 1st cargo of MEG to Istnbul by train. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — The first export consignment of mono ethylene glycol (MEG) produced by Shazand Petrochemical Co. was exported from Iran's Arak to Istanbul by train on Wednesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-30). Araghchi holds talks with Qatari Foreign Minister. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 30 (MNA) — Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs held talks with the Foreign Minister of Qatar on Wednesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-30). Basiji ladies donate blood in Tabriz. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 30 (MNA) — A group of Basiji ladies donated blood in Tabriz, the capital city of East Azerbaijan Province, in northwestern Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-30). Culprits of Gen. Soleimani's terror to be held accountable. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 30 (MNA) — Iran's Judiciary Chief said that the perpetrators of the Martyrdom of Lt. General Soleimani will be punished and no one is allowed to obstruct the relevant investigations.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-30). Iran has promoted combat capability proportionate to threats. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 30 (MNA) — The Second-in-Command of the Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base said that the base has upgraded its combat capability proportionate to the existing threats.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-30). World has refused to be held hostage to US bullying. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 30 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman pointed to four years of "Maximum Failure" of Trump administration and said that people are not naàØve and the world has refused to be held hostage to your bullying.

teleSUR (2020-12-30). British Company Was Involved in Soleimani Killing, Iran Holds. telesurenglish.net Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasi Mehr on Wednesday stated that the British security company G4S was involved in the assassination of the Revolutionary Guard Commander Qasem Soleimani. | RELATED: | This company, which handled the security of the flight in which the Persian general was traveling, informed the attackers about the arrival of his plane in Baghdad. | From Germany, the U.S. Ramstein Air Base also provided data…

sputniknews (2020-12-30). Iran to Pay $150,000 to Each Family of Victims Killed in Downed Ukrainian Flight. sputniknews.com Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 was downed on January 8, 2020, by a pair of missiles deployed by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) moments after the airliner took off from the Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport. All 176 passengers and crew were killed. Iranian officials have blamed the downing on human error.

sputniknews (2020-12-30). US Deploys Bombers in Middle East to Reportedly 'Caution' Iran. sputniknews.com Fears have been rising in Washington of a possible escalation of tensions with Tehran, as the anniversary of the US drone attack that killed top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani looms, with many raising concerns about possible retaliation by the Islamic Republic.

Ralph Nader (2020-12-29). Recidivist Criminal and Constitutional Outlaw Trump Rushes to Pardon Criminal Lawbreakers. counterpunch.org Serial lawbreaker Donald J. Trump is embarking on the most sordid presidential pardon spree in American history. He has already pardoned convicted crooks, thieves, and violent outlaws. Trump's pardon lawyers are frantically assembling more MAGA besotted individuals and groups to be pardoned wholesale. The number may climb into the hundreds. The queue is long. Trump

Editor (2020-12-29). Book Review: 'Out of Mesopotamia' Is a Great War Novel. scheerpost.com Introducing a new Book Review section on ScheerPost, edited by Eunice Wong. By Chris Hedges / Original to ScheerPost Salar Abdoh's novel, " Out of Mesopotamia," is one of a handful of great modern war novels. It tells the story of Saleh, a jaded, middle-aged Iranian reporter — one suspects a bit like Abdoh himself — who accompanies Shia militias, as Abdoh did, in Iraq and Syria during the heavy… |

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-29). 1st solo exhibition of Iran handwoven carpets opened in China. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 29 (MNA) — First solo exhibition of Iran handwoven carpets and handicrafts was inaugurated in historical-cultural city of Nanjing, capital of China's Jiangsu province on Tue. in presence of Consul General of Iran in Shanghai.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-29). Iran has made salient progresses in nanotechnology field. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 29 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the country has made salient progresses and achievements in the field of nanotechnology which is a matter of proud for the country.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-29). Citrus fruit sorting in Mazandaran. en.mehrnews.com TONEKABON, Dec. 29 (MNA) — Mazandaran province is the hub of Iran's citrus fruit harvest. With the onset of the winter, many units are busy sorting the fruits to prepare them for the domestic and international markets.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-29). Iranian, Qatari FMs discuss latest developments in region. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 29 (MNA) — Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani held a telephone talk with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the latest development in the region and bilateral ties on Tue.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-29). 'Badger' to vie at 13th Jaipur International Film Festival. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 30 (MNA) — Iranian feature 'Badger' directed by Kazem Molaie , has been accepted at the competition section of the 13th Jaipur International Film Festival (JIFF) in India.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-29). Iran emphasizes resumption of gas export to Iraq. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 29 (MNA) — Iranian Energy Minister emphasized resuming gas export to Iraq in a meeting with the Prime Minister of the country on Tuesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-29). Iran, Russia defense coop. based on Intl. law. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 29 (MNA) — Russian Foreign Minister said that Moscow's defense cooperation with Iran is in accordance with international law.

teleSUR (2020-12-28). Iran Claims 48 US Citizens Were Involved in Soleimani Killing. telesurenglish.net Iran has expanded the list of U.S. citizens suspected of involvement in the assassination of its senior commander Qassem Soleimani to include 48 names. | RELATED: | "The number of the main accused in the assassination of Soleimani has increased from 45 to 48," said Hossein Amir Abdollahian, spokesman for the Popular Committee for the Celebration of the Anniversary of the Martyrdom of General Soleimani. | Speaking…

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-28). Shamkhani reacts to increase of US Army provocation in region. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 28 (MNA) — Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) reacted to the increase of US Army provocation in the region and called it as defensive and fear-mongering show because of its past mischief.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-28). Lifting sanctions, nation's health, livelihood top proiority. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 28 (MNA) — Iranian President Rouhani said on Mon. that in the few months left of his tenure, his administration has the Iranian nation's health and their livelihood besides breaking the sanctions at its top priority.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-28). Zarif, Armenian counterpart confer on mutual coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 28 (MNA) — In a phone talk on Mon., Iranian FM Zarfi and Armenian foreign minister Ara Aivazian discussed issues of bilateral cooperation and regional agenda.