2021-01-01: News Headlines

RT (2021-01-01). Pentagon sends aircraft carrier USS Nimitz home from Middle East as anniversary of Soleimani killing looms. rt.com The USS Nimitz, the US Navy's only aircraft carrier currently deployed near the Persian Gulf, has been sent home just a day after two B-52 bombers were sent to the area — despite supposed 'chatter' about a coming Iranian attack. | Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller announced the Nimitz would be heading back to its home port of Bremerton, Washington on Thursday, avoiding so much as a mention of Iran in his remarks — even as Washington and Tehran have traded threats and barbs for weeks ahead of the anniversary of Quds Force Major General Qassem Soleimani's killing by US airstrike. | Also on rt.com

John Laforge (2021-01-01). Court Orders Veterans Affairs Department to Replace Flawed Science in Plutonium Disaster Case. counterpunch.org In a major class action ruling issued December 17, the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington, DC has ordered the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to re-examine how it evaluates disability claims from veterans exposed to deadly alpha radiation during cleanup operations following a disastrous nuclear weapons accident at Palomares, Spain. The

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-01). 1st VP felicitates world Christians on New Year. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 01 (MNA) — Iran's First Vice President Es'hagh Jahangiri in a message on Wed. congratulated the world nations on the advent of New Christian Year and the followers of Prophet of Peace Jesus Christ (PBUH) especially Christian compatriots.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-01). Iran warns of US military adventurism in Persian Gulf. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 01 (MNA) —Iran's Permanent Mission in the United Nations warned the Security Council of increasing US military adventurism in the Persian Gulf.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-01). 1st martyrdom anniversary of Gen. Soleimani kicks off. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 01 (MNA) — The first martyrdom anniversary of former Iran's IRGC Quds Force Commander started in Tehran on Fri. in the presence of state and military officials and a great number of families of martyrs at Tehran University.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-01). Path of Resistance not to change with US mischief: Ghaani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 01 (MNA) —Iran's IRGC Quds Force Commander Esmaeil Ghaani said that the path of IRGC Quds Force and Resistance will not change with evils and mischief of the United States.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-01). US maximum pressure policy against Iran 'failed': Ulyanov. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 01 (MNA) — Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna said that maximum pressure policy exerted by the United States against Iran did not produce any positive result and failed.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-01). Cowardice in killing foreign leaders, 'US-Israeli trademark'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 01 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman said that cowardice in assassinating foreign leaders is a US-Israeli trademark.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-01). Iran fully ready to confront any US move in region: IRGC cmdr. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 01 (MNA) — Chief Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said that Armed Forces of the country is fully prepared to give a crushing response to any US anti-Iran move in the region.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-01). US responsible for consequences of any possible adventurism. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 01 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the United States would be held responsible for consequences of any possible adventurism in the region.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-01). Iran to bring Gen. Soleimani's assassins to justice: FM. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 01 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry in a message stressed that Iran will not rest until perpetrators of assassinating Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani are brought to justice.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-01). Gen. Soleimani spirit of martyrdom a model in proving freedom. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 01 (MNA) — Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) in a message said that Lt. Gen. Soleimani's spirit of martyrdom is a convincing model in providing freedom.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-01). Blood of martyr Soleimani to accelerate annihilation of US. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 01 (MNA) — Iran's Army issued a statement on the occasion of 1st anniversary of martyrdom of former IRGC Quds Force Commander Lt. Gen. Soleimani, stating that blood of martyr Gen. Soleimani will accelerate annihilation of United States.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-01). Senior Iranian cleric 'Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi' passes away. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 01 (MNA) — Senior Iranian cleric 'Ayatollah Mohammad-Taghi Mesbah-Yazdi', Head of Imam Khomeini (RA) Educational and Research Institute and Member of Assembly of Experts passed away at the age of 86 on Friday evening.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-01). IRGC Quds Force achievements led to security in Iran, region. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 01 (MNA) — Salient achievements of Islamic Revolutionary Guards Crops (IRGC) Quds Force have led to the lasting and sustainable security both in Iran and the region.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-01). Terror of Soleimani, testament to US ruinous role in region. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 01 (MNA) — The Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran in Norway issued a statement on Thu., stating that assassination of Iran's top commander Martyr Gen. Soleimani is a testament to US destructive role in the region.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-01). Briefing on Iran's daily developments. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 01 (MNA) — The following are the Islamic Republic of Iran's latest developments in the last 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-01). Gen. Soleimani's School must be clarified for generations. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 01 (MNA) — Iranian Judiciary Chief Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said that various aspects of Martyr Lt. Gen. Soleimani must be explained to the present and future generations.

Online News Editor (2021-01-01). US withdraws aircraft carrier from Middle East amid tensions with Iran. laprensalatina.com Washington, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- The Pentagon on Thursday said it was calling back its only navy aircraft carrier operating in the Middle East, in a move that surprised many observers because it would reduce United States' military power in the region amid escalating tensions with Iran. The decision comes as Washington fears that Iran may …

sputniknews (2021-01-01). Iran Tells IAEA It Plans to Push Uranium Enrichment Up to 20%, the Level Achieved Before JCPOA. sputniknews.com Under the deal reached between Iran with major powers in 2015, it could only enrich uranium up to 3.67 percent.

sputniknews (2021-01-01). IRGC Says Iran Has 'No Worries' About Any Foreign Adversary as US Carrier Group Heads Home. sputniknews.com On Thursday, the Pentagon announced that the carrier strike group led by the USS Nimitz, the sole US aircraft carrier in the Middle East, would be heading home following a deployment of nearly 10 months. The drawdown comes despite rising tensions between the US and Iran, and the recent deployment of US bombers and a missile sub to the region.

sputniknews (2021-01-01). Iranian Foreign Ministry Says Aden Airport Attack Resulted From Yemen's Foreign Occupation. sputniknews.com TEHRAN (Sputnik) — The deadly terrorist attack on the airport of the southern Yemeni city of Aden is a result of the foreign occupation of the country, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said.

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 …

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."

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…

teleSUR (2020-12-31). Iranian Parliament Drafts a 'Retaliation Plan' Against the US. telesurenglish.net The project was prepared by a group of deputies of the Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran (Mayles) on the occasion of the first anniversary of the martyrdom of Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani and the fortieth day after the assassination of the prominent physicist Mohsen Fajrizade, according to local media reports on Thursday. | RELATED: | The "Plan of retaliation against the United States, the main author of the assassination…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-12-31). In Potential Final Protest Targeting UN, Trump Administration—Joined by Just Israel—Votes Against 2021 Budget. commondreams.org U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft said the decision was based on alleged "anti-Israel bias" and global refusal to reimpose sanctions on Iran. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/eqlthgvxiaarsbo-22.jpg

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.

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). 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). 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.

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). 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). 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). 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). 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). '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). "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). 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). 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). 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). '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.

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 …

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…

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…

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). 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.