2021-05-04: News Headlines

Dave DeCamp (2021-05-05). US Visits to Middle East Fuel Speculation Over Iran Deal. news.antiwar.com Although Biden officials are downplaying the progress made by indirect negotiations with Iran aimed at reviving the nuclear deal, a wave of diplomatic activity and US visits to the Middle East is Several US officials

Stephen Lendman (2021-05-04). JCPOA Nuclear Talks: An Exercise in Futility? globalresearch.ca Reported JCPOA nuclear talks progress in Vienna — between Iran, E3 …

Lawrence Wittner (2021-05-04). The Fateful Choice. zcomm.org Nuclear Arms Race or Nuclear Weapons-Free World…

Staff (2021-05-04). Night of Qadr observed in Imamzadeh Ghazi Saber. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — People of Tehran observed the Night of Decree, or Qadr Night, on Monday, 21th of Ramadan in the Imamzadeh Ghazi Saber, while following health protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Staff (2021-05-04). 21th night of holy month of Ramadan marked in Behesht-e Zahra. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — The religious ceremony of 21th night of the holy month of Ramadan was observed in Behesht-e Zahra while following health protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Associated Press (2021-05-04). Mexico's Zapatistas to Visit Spain 500 Years After Conquest. latinorebels.com ALTAMIRANO, Mexico (AP) — The Indigenous rebels of the Zapatista movement said last week that they are planning to send a delegation by canoes on a trip to "invade" Spain in May and June as Mexico marks the anniversary of the 1519-1521 Spanish Conquest.

Medea Benjamin, Marcy Winograd (2021-05-04). Squad & Co: Unite as a block to downsize Biden's military budget. nationofchange.org This is the moment to demand a substantial cut in military spending that defunds new nuclear weapons.

Medea Benjamin (2021-05-04). Squad & Co: Unite as a Block to Downsize Biden's Military Budget. zcomm.org This is the moment to demand a substantial cut in military spending that defunds new nuclear weapons…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2021-05-04). Houthi Advances and Secret Saudi-Iranian Talks Prompt New Conciliatory Tone from Saudis. mintpressnews.com Bin Salman's half-hearted appeal for peace, which allegedly included demands that the Houthis drop their alliance with Iran and abandon support for the Palestinian cause, did little to convince Ansar Allah's leadership to ease the pressure on the Kingdom.

Richard Falk, David Krieger (2021-05-04). Biden's Foreign Policy and Nuclear Weapons: a Dialogue. counterpunch.org Ricard Falk: The humane and competently handled responses that the Biden presidency has pursued with respect to the COVID challenge, mitigating economic burdens on the poor, empathy for abuses of persons of color, and moves toward proposing a massive infrastructure program are uplifting changes in policy and leadership of the country, especially welcomed after enduring

Medea Benjamin, Marcy Winograd (2021-05-04). Squad & Co: Unite as a Block to Downsize Biden's Military Budget. dissidentvoice.org Photo credit: ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) Imagine this scenario: A month before the vote on the federal budget, progressives in Congress declared, "We've studied President Biden's proposed $753 billion military budget, an increase of $13 billion from Trump's already inflated budget, and we can't, in good conscience, support this." Now that would …

Anonymous103 (2021-05-04). Two Russian Military Strongholds Established In Armenia On Azerbaijani, Iranian Borders. southfront.org Russian peacekeepers in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Source: Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS | Two new strongholds of the 102nd Russian military base in the Syunik region, bordering on Azerbaijan and Iran, in the south of Armenia. The announcement was made by Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan on May 3."This is an additional security guarantee not only for the Syunik region but for Armenia," Pashinyan was quoted as saying. | "The external security system of Armenia was not changed either before the war…

Staff (2021-05-04). Iran COVID-19 update: 20k infections, 344 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — According to the Iranian Health Ministry, 20,150 new COVID-19 infections have been detected across the country in the past 24 hours.

sputniknews (2021-05-04). Iran, US 'May Be Nearing' Nuclear Deal as Vienna Talks Continue Amid 'Flurry of Diplomatic Contacts'. sputniknews.com Last week, Iranian media outlets claimed Tehran and Washington had reached an agreement in principle on lifting the majority of US sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

sputniknews (2021-05-04). Swiss Foreign Ministry Confirms Female Diplomat's Death 'in a Fatal Accident' in Tehran. sputniknews.com Earlier on Tuesday, the semi-official Iranian news agency ILNA reported that the 52-year-old was the second-highest ranked employee at the Swiss Embassy in Tehran, living on the 18th floor of the building from which she fell to her death.

Staff (2021-05-04). Iran's nuclear deal is crucial for peace in Yemen. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — The US Democrat Senator Chris Murphy has said during a visit to Jordan, that Iran nuclear deal with world powers is very important for peace in Yemen.

Staff (2021-05-04). MP calls on Iranian negotiators to adhere Leader's guidelines. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee called on the Iranian negotiation team to put the guidelines of the Leader on their agenda in the Vienna talks so as to achieve results.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-04). Waiving nuclear-related sanctions in JCPOA nothing new. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — Executive Director of US Arms Control Association, Daryl G. Kimball, believes that it is not something new at this point that the Biden administration is prepared to waive the nuclear-related sanctions identified in the JCPOA.

Staff (2021-05-04). Briefing on Iran's daily developments. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — The following are the Islamic Republic of Iran's latest developments in the last 24 hours.

Staff (2021-05-04). Borrell urges on seizing chance to advance US return to JCPOA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — The EU Foreign Policy Cheif stressed the need to use the current opportunity to advance towards the return of the US to the JCPOA while referring to an important discussion about Iran at the G7 summit in London.

Staff (2021-05-04). 51-year-old Swiss embassy staff falls from a tower in Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — According to the spokesman of Iran's National Emergency Medical Service Organization, a 51-year-old woman fell from a tower in the Kamranieh neighborhood, Northen Tehran.

Staff (2021-05-04). An armed band dismantled by IRGC in E Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) —According to the public relations of the IRGC's Quds base, a band of armed miscreants has been dismantled in Sistan and Baluchestan province.

news.un (2021-05-04). Release jailed dissident on medical grounds, UN experts urge Iran. news.un.org United Nations independent human rights experts, on Tuesday, called on Iranian authorities to immediately release a political activist, said to be at risk of severe health complications and even death, if not provided with appropriate medical care.

Dave DeCamp (2021-05-04). US Officials in Middle East to Tamp Down Concern Over Iran Deal. news.antiwar.com With the Biden administration engaged in talks that could revive the Iran nuclear deal, US allies in the Middle East that are against the agreement are concerned. Besides Israel, Arab allies like the UAE and Saudi Arabia are also opposed to a revival of the JCPOA. | To tamp down these concerns

_____ (2021-05-04). Nuclear Climate Change: Washington Heats Things Up. strategic-culture.org We have been moved yet another step closer to planetary destruction, Brian Cloughley writes. | On April 29 Tom Engelhardt, a respected commentator on world affairs, published a

Staff (2021-05-04). Vienna talks making progress: Ulyanov. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — "In real life the talks are making progress", Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna said, criticizing some reports and comments about the lack of progress in the nuclear talks.

Staff (2021-05-04). All US sanctions must be lifted effectively, verifiably. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — According to the text of the JCPOA, all US sanctions must be lifted effectively and verifiably, the government spokesman Ali Rabiei told Mehr News Agency.

Staff (2021-05-04). Condolences on martyrdom anniv of Imam Ali epitome of justice. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) —The 21st day of Islamic fasting month of Ramadan coincides with the martyrdom anniversary of First Imam of Shia Muslims Ali ibn Abu Talib (BPUH), the cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad (S).

Staff (2021-05-04). Casualties of Riyadh-affiliated forces in Ma'rib hit 120. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — Supported by Saudi-led coalition, the forces of the resigned Yemeni government launched an operation in Ma'rib, however, they faced a heavy defeat.

Staff (2021-05-04). Collapse of train bridge kills 15, injures 70 in Mexico City. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — A metro train bridge has collapsed in the Mexican capital, claiming the lives of at least 15 people and wounding up to 70, according to the local authorities.

Staff (2021-05-04). 19 dead, 846 injured in days-long Colombia protests. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — The office of Colombia's human rights ombudsman said 18 civilians and a police officer died in violence during the protests that began throughout the country on April 28, while 846 people, including 306 civilians, were injured.

Staff (2021-05-04). Second "Night of Qadr" observed in Sharif University mosque. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — The ceremony of 19th night of the holy month of Ramadan was held in the Sharif University mosque by fully observing anti-coronavirus and social-distancing protocols.

Staff (2021-05-04). ISIL postman arrested by Iraqi intelligence forces in Kirkuk. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — Officers from the National Intelligence and Investigation Agency under the Iraqi Ministry of Interior have arrested the leader of one of the detachments belonging ISIL terrorist group.

Staff (2021-05-04). Myanmar parcel bomb blasts kill at least 5 civilians. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — Blasts from at least one parcel bomb in Myanmar have killed five people, including an ousted lawmaker and three police officers who had joined a civil disobedience movement opposing military rule.

Staff (2021-05-04). US logistic base targeted near Kuwait-Iraq border. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — A US military base used for maintaining military equipment has been targeted near the Iraq-Kuwait crossing border.

Staff (2021-05-03). Headlines for May 3, 2021. democracynow.org India Breaks New COVID Records Amid Vaccine Shortages; U.S. Restricts Travel from India, Mourners Remember Slain 16-Year-Old Ma'Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio, Colorado Officers Resign After They Attack 73-Year-Old with Dementia, Laugh About Arrest, Biden Administration Releases Documents on Trump's 2017 Drone Order, 4 Families Separated at U.S Border Will Be Reunited, But Thousands Remain Ripped Apart, Traumatized, Biden Admin Cancels Construction of Trump U.S.-Mexico Border Wall, Migrant Boat Capsizes in San Diego, Killing at Least 4 People, North Korea Issues Warning to U.S. After Biden Says Nuclear Program Pre…

Staff (2021-05-03). UK-based body starts FlyTheFlag campaign for Quds Day. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — The Britain-based Islamic Human Rights Commission has started FlyTheFlag campaign ahead of the anniversary of Quds Day amid pandemic.

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.

Answer Coalition (2021-05-03). The Real Story: The U.S. & Israeli War against Iran. answercoalition.org &nbsp…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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