2021-05-03: News Headlines

Anonymous007 (2021-05-03). ZarifGate: Iranian Supreme Leader Chastises Foreign Minister. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 2nd, Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, issued an apology for comments that he said "annoyed" the country's supreme leader. | Recordings surfaced late last month of Zarif, long the public face of Iranian diplomacy, saying the Revolutionary Guards had far more influence in foreign and nuclear affairs than he did. | Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, appeared to chastise Zarif during a televised speech. | Khamenei didn't specifically say Zarif's name, but…

Staff (2021-05-03). Iran COVID-19 update: 20k infections, 391 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — According to the Iranian Health Ministry, 20,732 new COVID-19 infections have been detected across the country in the past 24 hours.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-03). Iran seizes Indian ship carrying Covid-19 cases. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — The governor of the Iranian Jack County, Hormozgan Province, said Monday that Iranian maritime guards seized an Indian ship carrying Covid-19 cases in the Persian Gulf waters.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-03). Iran blocks entry of 5,000 foreigners from eastern borders. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — The deputy head of Iran's Police Brigadier General Ghasem Rezaei said that as many as 5,000 foreign passengers were prevented from entering the country from the eastern borders amid Covid-19 cases surge in India.

Staff (2021-05-03). Iran to produce 7mn doses of COVID-19 vaccine as of Oct.-Nov. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — Head of Pasteur Institute of Iran Alireza Biglari announced that seven million doses of coronavirus, COVID-19, vaccines will be produced as of Iranian months of Mehr and Aban (falls on Oct.-Nov.) in the current year.

Staff (2021-05-03). 20 Afghan military soldiers killed in Farah province. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — At least 20 military forces have been killed in a Taliban attack in Farah province.

Staff (2021-05-03). Leader to deliver speech on Intl. Quds day. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — The Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei will deliver a speech on the occasion of the International Quds Day, which falls on May 7.

Staff (2021-05-03). Leader of Islamic Rev. televised speech on Sunday. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei delivered a live televised speech on the occasion of the National Teachers' Day and International Workers' Day.

sputniknews (2021-05-03). Iran Remains 'Primary State Challenger' to Washington's Interests in Mideast, US Intel Report Claims. sputniknews.com Tensions between Tehran and Washington have been simmering since America's unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in May 2018.

sputniknews (2021-05-03). Iran Rejects Reports About Prisoner Swap Deal With US. sputniknews.com TEHRAN (Sputnik) – Iranian Foreign Minister Spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh on Monday rejected media reports about an alleged prisoner exchange agreement between Tehran and Washington.

sputniknews (2021-05-03). UK Think Tank Reportedly Claims Iran Meddled in Upcoming Scottish Election, Promoted Separatism. sputniknews.com In the past, the think tank published texts criticising the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and its alleged impact on Tehran's missile programme and purported engagement in malign activities.

sputniknews (2021-05-03). British PM Says Iran Arms Deal Dispute Not Linked to Jailed Zaghari-Ratcliffe. sputniknews.com Reports that British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe would be released from prison in Iran in return for the British government repaying hundreds of millions owed for a never-honoured arms deal were dismissed by both governments on Sunday.

Staff (2021-05-03). Iran snatches 4 medals at Karate 1-Premier League in Lisbon. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — Iranian karate athletes claimed one gold, one silver, and two bronze medals at the Karate 1-Premier League in Lisbon, Portugal on Sunday.

Staff (2021-05-03). Headlines of Iran's Persian dailies on May 3. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — Mehr News takes a look at the headlines of Iran's Persian-language dailies on Monday, May 3.

Staff (2021-05-03). Hemmati says CBI allocates 100,000 bn tomans to SMEs. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — According to the Governor of the Central Bank of Iran, in the current Iranian year, the Central Bank has allocated about 100,000 billion tomans to small and large enterprises in the country.

Staff (2021-05-03). Iranian short film 'Breach' goes to Estonian festival. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — Iranian short film 'Breach' has been accepted into the Onkyo Film Awards, Estonia.

Staff (2021-05-03). 97 Nigeirans killed in armed attacks in a week. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — At least 97 people were killed and 58 others abducted over the last week in armed attacks in Nigeria.

Staff (2021-05-03). Tehran not to let Vienna talks become protracted. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — An Iranian diplomat says the Iranian negotiation team is in no hurry in the nuclear talks, they perform their mission seriously and tactfully, and at the same time, they won't let the talks become exhausting and lingering.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-03). EU summons Russian envoy as tensions escalate. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — The European Union summoned Russia's ambassador to the bloc on Monday to condemn Moscow's decision to bar eight officials from entering the country.

Staff (2021-05-03). Spring in North Khorasan province. en.mehrnews.com BOJNURD, May 03 (MNA) — Spring has made dramatically beautiful changes to landscapes in different regions of North Khorasan province. It is located in northeastern Iran. Bojnurd is the capital of the province.

Staff (2021-05-03). Briefing on Iran's daily developments. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — The following are the Islamic Republic of Iran's latest developments in the last 24 hours.

Staff (2021-05-03). Iran Navy capable of monitoring 2.70 bn km of open waters. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — Today, Iran Navy is able to maintain the security of the country, monitoring the open waters with an area of 2.70 billion killometers, deputy commander of the Iranian Navy stressed.

Staff (2021-05-03). Diplomat dismisses reports of prisoner swap with US. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht-Ravanchi has rejected recent reports which claimed that Iran and the US have agreed to a prisoner swap.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-03). 53 PKK elements, 7 Turkish soldiers killed in northern Iraq. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — Turkish Defense Minister said that during the past 10 days since the start of the Turkish military's new operation in northern Iraq, as many as 53 PKK elements and 7 Turkish soldiers have been killed in the clashes.

Staff (2021-05-03). Front pages of Iran's English dailies on May 3. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — Here are the front pages of Iran's English-language dailies on Monday, May 03.

Staff (2021-05-03). 13.8mn tons of goods loaded,unloaded at ports in current year. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — Islamic Republic of Iran loaded and unloaded 13.8 million tons of non-oil goods at ports of the country in the nationwide since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21, 2021) up to April 30.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-03). Recent incidents in Israel part of Resistance's revenge. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — The aide to Iranian Parliament's speaker says that the recent incidents in Palestinian-occupied lands of Israel were part of the Resistance groups' response to the Zionist regime's mischiefs and acts of sabotage.

Staff (2021-05-03). Iran Swiss diplomats mull over coop. to end Yemen Crisis. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — Senior Iranian and Swedish diplomats stressed the need for continued consultation and cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Sweden in order to reach a political solution to end the Yemen Crisis.

Staff (2021-05-03). US not close to returning to JCPOA: Biden to Mossad chief. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — US President Biden told the director of Israeli regime's intelligence service, Yossi Cohen, on Friday that the US has a long way to go in talks with Iran before it agrees a return to full compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-03). Police arrest 3 armed men over kidnapping in SE Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — The Iranian Law Enforcement forces have put an end to a kidnapping of a 50-year-old man in Narmashir in the southeastern province of Kerman with arresting 3 armed hostage-takers.

Staff (2021-05-03). Biden should have moved faster to rejoin JCPOA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — Stating that the US was too cautious and should have simply rejoined the JCPOA on the understanding that Iran would come back into compliance, Prof. Frank von Hippel believes Netanyahu would like a war between the US and Iran.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-05-03). Activists in Norway protest proposed docking of nuclear submarines in Tromsà∏. peoplesdispatch.org The Norwegian government has signed strategic agreements with the US to open up and upgrade its air bases and ports to cater to US military exercises and maneuvers…

Staff (2021-05-03). China's new nuclear submarine can hit mainland US. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — China's newly commissioned nuclear-powered submarine is able to hit targets at a distance of 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles), i.e. the mainland US.

Staff (2021-05-03). German philosopher rejects Sheikh Zayed book award. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — German philosopher Jurgen Habermas rejected a literary award by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sunday over human rights concerns in the Persian Gulf country.

Staff (2021-05-03). Russia interested in discussing strategic stability with US. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — Russia is ready for a dialogue about strategic stability with the US.

Staff (2021-05-03). 3 killed, 27 hospitalized after boat capsize off San Diego. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — A packed boat being used in a suspected human smuggling operation capsized Sunday and broke apart in powerful surf along the rocky San Diego coast, killing three people and injuring more than two dozen others.

Staff (2021-05-03). Armenian parliament votes down Pashinyan as new PM. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — Armenian lawmakers convened for a special meeting on Monday and voted down the candidacy of acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan as the new head of government to organize snap parliamentary elections.

Staff (2021-05-03). Yemeni missiles, drones target depth of Saudi Arabia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — According to the spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces, military positions of the Saudi-led coalition at Najran Airport and the King Khalid Air Base in Khamis Mushait were targeted by Yemeni forces.

Staff (2021-05-03). Terrible explosion hit NW Syria, several people killed. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — Syrian sources reported a terrible explosion occurred at an arms depot in the Syrian province of Idlib which killed and wounded several people.

Staff (2021-05-03). 230th anniversary of enactment of Polish Constitution. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — The 230th anniversary of the enactment of the Polish Constitution, the first in Europe, should be an inspiring holiday for the whole of today's Europe, says Polish President.

Staff (2021-05-03). Motorcycle blast in N al-Raqqa leaves one dead. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — A motorcycle bomb blast in the northern town of al-Suluk in al-Raqqa province has killed one person and injured four others.

Staff (2021-05-03). Rocket hit US 'Balad' air base in Iraq's Saladin prov. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — News sources on Monday evening reported a rocket attack on US Balad Air Base in Iraq's Saladin province, saying it was the deadliest attack since martyrdom of commanders of Resistance.

Anonymous669 (2021-05-02). Explosions Hit Large Chemical Plant In Iran's Qom (Videos). southfront.org Screen grab from a video shared by the Fars News Agency. | On May 2, a large chemical plant located near the city of Qom in central Iran caught on fire, according to the Iranian media. | Videos showing black heavy black smoke rising from Movaledan chemical factory were released by many sources. A number of explosions were reportedly heard amid the fire. | Around 150 firefighters and 20 firefighting vehicles were dispatched to extinguish the large fire. Two firefighters were seriously injured and two of the fire trucks…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-02). Iran Claimed Breakthrough Prisoners Swap Deal With US, UK. Washington Denies — Reports. southfront.org © Flickr/ peyman abkhezr | Iran is about to reach a breakthrough prisoners swap dead with the US and the UK, the al-Mayadeen TV reported on May 2. | An unnamed Iranian source told the Beirut-based channel that Iran and the US may soon finalize a prisoner exchange deal that would see Tehran freeing four Americans who were charged with spying for their country. | In return, the US would release four Iranian who were charged with violating sanctions imposed on Tehran. The US may also un-freeze Iranian assets worth a…

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-02). Iran foreign trade in year 1399 amid pandemic, sanctions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — The statistics show that Iran was able to continue its foreign trade despite being under pressure from the tough sanctions and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-02). Iran to begin general people vaccination in October. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — The spokesman of the National Coronavirus Task Force said on Sunday that the vaccination program against COVID-19 for the general population will start in the start of autumn.

Staff (2021-05-02). Night of Decree observed in Tehran under health protocols. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — People of Tehran observed the Night of Decree, or Qadr Night, on Sunday, 19th of Ramadan in Behesht-e Zahra while following health protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Lawrence Wittner (2021-05-02). The Fateful Choice: Nuclear Arms Race or Nuclear-Free World. zcomm.org The recent announcement by the British government that it plans a 40 percent increase in the number of nuclear weapons it possesses highlights the escalation of the exceptionally dangerous and costly nuclear arms race. After decades of progress in reducing nuclear arsenals through arms control and disarmament agreements, all the nuclear powers are once again

Lawrence Wittner (2021-05-02). The Fateful Choice: Nuclear Arms Race or Nuclear Weapons-Free World. warisacrime.org The recent announcement by the British government that it plans a 40 percent increase in the number of nuclear weapons it possesses highlights the escalation of the exceptionally dangerous and costly nuclear arms race. After decades of progress in reducing nuclear arsenals through arms control and disarmament agreements, all the nuclear powers are once again …

sputniknews (2021-05-02). UK Downplays Reports of £400 Million Deal With Iran to Free Woman Jailed for Spying. sputniknews.com Iranian-born Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in April 2016 before boarding a flight back to the UK and jailed for five years for sedition against the government. Hopes for her release last week were dashed when she was handed an additional one-year sentence for propaganda activities.

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