2021-05-05: News Headlines

Staff (2021-05-05). No rally to be held on Quds Day in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Spokesman for Iran's Coronavirus Headquarters Alireza Raeisi announced on Wed. that no rally will be held on the International Quds Day in Iran due to the pandemic.

Navid Zarrinnal (2021-05-05). The Leaked Zarif Tape: What Western Media Heard and What He Actually Said. mintpressnews.com Western regime change evangelists, mainstream media, radlib analysts, and Persian native informant media all heard the anti-Iran and anti-Russia echoes they wanted to hear in the leaked Zarif tape, but as Navid Zarrinnal asserts, there is more to the story.

Staff (2021-05-05). Iran COVID-19 update: 15,872 infections, 349 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — According to the Iranian Health Ministry, 15,872 new COVID-19 infections have been detected across the country in the past 24 hours.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-05). S Arabia considers barring overseas haj pilgrims for 2nd year. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Saudi Arabia is considering barring overseas pilgrims from the annual haj for the second year amid the surge in Covid-19 cases and the emergence of new variants globally.

Staff (2021-05-05). Postponing Olympic supported by 9 Japan's prefectural heads. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Nine of Japan's 47 prefectural governors recently said the forthcoming Tokyo Olympic Games should be cancelled or postponed due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in the country, according to a recent poll.

Staff (2021-05-05). 1st phase of Fakhra vaccine human trial ends successfully. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — The first phase of the human test of "Fakhra" COVID-19 vaccine was successfully completed on Wednesday.

Staff (2021-05-05). Ayatollah Khamenei to deliver speech on Quds Day at 2:30 pm. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — On the occasion of the International Quds Day, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei will deliver a televised speech on Friday afternoon.

Arab News (2021-05-05). Iran: Regime Set To Address Deep Internal Divisions — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Dr. Majid Rafizadeh* | When the Iranian regime assumed power following the events of 1979, the theocratic establishment was mainly governed by one political faction: The Islamic Republican Party, ruled by the founder of the regime, Ayatollah Khomeini. Almost all political leaders were united under the leadership of the supreme leader at the time. | However, after the death of Khomeini, new political parties began emerging and labels such as "reformists," "moderates," "pragmatists" and "principlists" began circulating in media outlets. These became a popular way to characterize Iranian politicians domestical…

Staff (2021-05-05). Iranian diplomat denies appeal in Belgium. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Iranian diplomat Asadollah Asadi, sentenced to 20 years in prison in Belgium, has deopped appeal to jail in the country and will serve his sentence.

Staff (2021-05-05). US positions in Vienna not acceptable for Iran: spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Stating that some US positions in Vienna have not been acceptable for Iran, the Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that there are many differences between Iran and the United States in Vienna.

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

Staff (2021-05-05). US priorities shift reason for changing Salman's approach. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Shireen Hunter believes that the shift in US global priorities and its decision not to give blanket support to Saudi Arabia, and the stalemate in the Yemen war are two reasons for changing Bin Salman's approach towards Iran.

Staff (2021-05-05). Rouhani terms Israel as most criminal regime in past decades. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Zionists as the enemies of the region and its security, the enemies of the Palestinian nation, the murders who displaced millions of civilians, said Iranian President, referring to the Quds Day on last Friday of the Ramadan.

Staff (2021-05-05). Iran seeking best relations with neighbors. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) —The Islamic Republic of Iran is seeking a foreign policy that meets all interests of the Iranian nation through establishing the best relations with neighboring countries, said Former Foreign Ministry Spokesperson.

Staff (2021-05-05). Iran Armed Forces not to abandon Holy Quds cause for a moment. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces, General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri has issued a message on the anniversary of international Quds Day, saying that the Iranian armed forces will not abandon even for a moment the Quds cause.

Staff (2021-05-05). Iran rejects jurisdiction of Belgian court for Asadi verdict. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Issuing a statement, the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Brussels, reacted to the Antwerp Court's verdict against "Assadollah Asadi", an Iranian diplomat working at the Iranian Embassy in Vienna.

Staff (2021-05-05). 'The Forbidden Strings' goes to Mother Tongue Film Festival. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Iranian-Afghan documentary 'The Forbidden Strings', directed by Afghan filmmaker Hassan Noori, goes on screen at the Mother Tongue Film Festival in the US.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-05). Iranian, Syrian FMs discuss ties, region in phone call. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad held a telephone conversation on Wednesday to discuss issues of mutual interest as well as regional and international issues.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-05). Expediency Council turns Incheh Borun into free-trade zone. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — The governor of the northern province of Golestan said that the bill to create a free trade-industrial zone in Incheh Borun region on the border with Turkmenistan has been approved by the Expediency Council.

Staff (2021-05-05). Uzbekistan, Iran, Turkmenistan railways hold trilateral meet. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Representatives of Uzbekistan, Iran, and Turkmenistan railway organizations held a trilateral meeting in Tashkent on Wed. through videoconference to discuss issues pertinent to the increase of transportation capacities.

Staff (2021-05-05). Over 1.3 tons of narcotics confiscated in S Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — A large consignment of illicit drugs was confiscated in Rudan County, Hormozgan Province, south of Iran, said the police commander.

Staff (2021-05-05). Bin Zayed to discuss Iran in unannounced trip to S. Arabia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan is to pay an unexpected visit to Riyadh today to discuss important issues in the region, including Iran and the P4+1, with Bin Salman.

Staff (2021-05-05). American or Iranian detainees not part of Vienna talks. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — In reaction to some reports about the release of American prisoners, Russia's Permanent Representative to the International Organizations said that American or Iranian detainees are not a part of the Vienna talks.

Staff (2021-05-05). Front pages of Iran's English dailies on May 5. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Here are the front pages of Iran's English-language dailies on Wednesday, May 05.

Staff (2021-05-05). Baghdad committed to clear Tehran's debt: PM adv. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Iraqi adviser to the prime minister announced his country's commitment to pay off debts to Iran.

Staff (2021-05-05). Headlines of Iran's Persian dailies on May 5. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Mehr News takes a look at the headlines of Iran's Persian-language dailies on Wednesday, May 5.

Vincent Lofaso (2021-05-05). US Confusion On Iran Jeopardizes JCPOA Talks — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Over the past few weeks, the United States has participated in intense discussions with the Iranians brokered by the Europeans in Vienna, about a way forward for the United States back into the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This nuclear agreement was brokered in

Staff (2021-05-05). IAEA delegation to visit Iran: report. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — A Wall Street Journal correspondent says the International Atomic Energy Agency is to dispatch a delegation to Iran in a few days.

Staff (2021-05-05). Shohreh Mousavi now member of AFC Women's Football Committee. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — AFC accepted the Vice President of Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran Seyedeh Shohreh Mousavi as a member of the body's Women's Football Committee.

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

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-05). Video: NATO always has been, remains and will continue to be a nuclear alliance. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com NATO video on nuclear weapons NATO has been a nuclear alliance since the U.S. first provided nuclear weapons to the bloc in 1953. It is the only nuclear alliance in history with the U.S., Britain and France as nuclear powers. One billion people are under NATO's nuclear umbrella. "Competitors and potential adversaries" NATO maintains nuclear …

Staff (2021-05-05). Ain al-Assad base targeted by rocket. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Iraqi sources reported that the US-run Ain al-Assad airbase in western Iraq was targeted by a rocket.

Staff (2021-05-05). Tehraners mark martyrdom anniv. of Imam Ali (PBUH). en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — The mourning ceremony of the martyrdom of the First Imam of Shia Muslims Ali ibn Abu Talib (BPUH), was held on Tuesday in Tehran's Imamzadeh Saleh.

Staff (2021-05-05). Gen. Soleimani a role model for all interested in Resistance. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Martyr General Qasem Soleimani is a role model for all those who are interested in the Islamic system and the culture of resistance, commander of IRGC Quds Force commander said.

Staff (2021-05-05). Iraqi Army, PMU launch joint operation against ISIL. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) —Iraqi Army and Popular Mobilization Unit (also known as Hashd al-Sha'abi) launched a joint operation against the remnants of ISIL terrorist elements in the country.

Staff (2021-05-05). VIDEO: Tashk Wetland hosting migratory cranes. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Tashk Wetland in Fars province is hosting migratory cranes these days.

Staff (2021-05-05). Aircraft crashes into home in Mississippi, 4 dead. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Four people are dead after a small plane crashed into a Hattiesburg home in the US Mississippi, Tuesday evening.

Staff (2021-05-05). Liberation of Quds closer than ever: Hezbollah chief. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary-general of the Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement, delivered a speech Wed. on the upcoming Quds Day, stressing that liberation of holy Quds is closer than ever.

Staff (2021-05-05). ISIL terrorists blow up two oil wells Iraq's Kirkuk. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — On Wednesday ISIL terrorist elements detonated bombs near two oil wells in Iraq's Kirkuk province.

Staff (2021-05-05). Turkey, Egypt to hold first political consultation in 8 years. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Ankara and Cairo are set to hold political consultation after some eight years.

Staff (2021-05-05). Syrian air defense confronts Zionist regimes' airstrike. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — On Wednesday morning, the Syrian air defense confronted the Zionist regime's aggression against Latakia and Hama provinces, Syrian sources reported…

Staff (2021-05-05). Saudis, Americans reportedly fail in Muscat talks on Yemen. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Saudi Arabia and the United States' attempts in the Muscat talks between ousted President Hadi and the Houthi Ansarullah movement has failed to yield any results as the Yemeni forces are closing in on Marib.

Staff (2021-05-05). Two explosions heard in Yemen's Ma'rib prov. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Media sources reported the sound of two explosions in the northeastern Yemeni province of Ma'rib.

Staff (2021-05-05). 'Turkey respects Libya's sovereignty & political unity'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Turkey's FM Mevlut Cavusoglu said his country prioritizes protecting the sovereignty and unity of independent Libya…

Staff (2021-05-05). Four Pakistani soldiers killed on Afghan border: report. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Afghan militants attacked Pakistani troops in the border area, killing four people and wounding six others.

Staff (2021-05-05). Ex-US Pres. Trump launched new 'communications' platform. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Former US President Donald Trump, who has been rejected by popular social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, has created a new way of communicating with his supporters.

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.

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.

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). Senior Diplomat Dead In Fall From High-Rise Building In Tehran. southfront.org Mural on the American Embassy in Iran. (Credit: Phillip Maiwald) | The Iranian police have announced an investigation into the death of a high-ranked Swiss diplomat whose body was found at the foot of a tower block in Tehran on May 4th. The Swiss foreign ministry confirmed an employee at its embassy in Iran had died in an accident. | "Specialised police units are in the process of examining" the circumstances around the death of the "51-year-old Swiss citizen employed by the Swiss embassy in Tehran", the national police said…

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