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A Swiss diplomat in Iran has died after mysteriously falling from a high-rise building, state media says

The skyline of Tehran, Iran. Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto via Getty Images A senior employee at the Swiss embassy in Iran died after falling from a building, state media said. Fars reported the woman was a Swiss citizen and a first secretary of the country's embassy. ILNA reported that the woman was the second-highest ranked employee at the embassy. See more stories on Insider's business page. A Swiss diplomatic employee died after falling from a high-rise building in Tehran, Iran, m...
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Outcry in Iran at nine-year sentence for man who beheaded daughter

Mother of 14-year-old victim expresses fury at lenient sentence as critics say Iranian law unfairly favours menAn Iranian man who beheaded his 14-year-old daughter has been sentenced to only nine years in jail, in a case that has sparked outrage at the way Iranian law appears to enshrine supposed male rights over women’s lives.Rana Dashti, the mother of 14-year-old Romina Ashrafi, expressed fury at the lenient sentence in an interview with the Iranian Labor news agency (Ilna) on Friday and said ...
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Iranian man sentenced to nine years in prison for beheading daughter while she slept in 'honour killing'

An Iranian has been sentenced to nine years in jail for beheading his teenaged daughter in her sleep, local media reported Friday, adding that the mother wants him executed. The so-called "honour" killing of 14-year-old Romina Ashrafi on May 21 sparked widespread outrage, with media condemning "institutionalised violence" in the Islamic republic. Media said Romina was decapitated at the family home in the village of Talesh in the northern province of Gilan. "Despite the judicial authorities'...
Tags: News, Iran, Hassan Rouhani, ILNA, Romina, Gilan, Dashti, Ebtekar, Romina Ashrafi, Talesh, Islamic republic Media, Rana Dashti, Bahman Khavari


Some 10,000 Iranian health workers infected with coronavirus: state media

Around 10,000 Iranian health workers have been infected with the new coronavirus, the semi-official ILNA news agency quoted a deputy health minister as saying on Thursday. Health services are stretched thin in Iran, the Middle East country hardest hit by the respiratory pandemic, with 7,249 deaths and a total of 129,341 infections. The Health Ministry said in April that over 100 health workers had died of COVID-19.
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Iran completes oil products storage terminal, names it after Soleimani - ILNA

The National Iranian oil Refining and Distribution Company has completed a new oil products storage terminal in northwestern Iran, named after slain military commander Qassem Soleimani, the semi-official news agency ILNA reported on Saturday.
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Coronavirus cases spike in South Korea and Italy, sparking new fears

Less than a month after world leaders told the public that the coronavirus would be contained quickly and swiftly, the virus has not only escaped mainland China but has also wreaked havoc throughout other Asian countries and claimed lives around the world.On Feb. 14, an 80-year Chinese tourist died in a hospital in Paris, the first coronavirus death outside of Asia. At the time, the man's life was the fourth claimed by the virus outside of mainland China.As of Feb. 24, the virus, officially ...
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New coronavirus pushes beyond Asia, taking aim at Europe, Mideast

By KIM TONG-HYUNG and MATT SEDENSKY SEOUL, South Korea — The new virus took aim at a broadening swath of the globe Monday, with officials in Europe and the Middle East scrambling to limit the spread of an outbreak that showed signs of stabilizing at its Chinese epicenter but posed new threats far beyond. In Italy, authorities set up roadblocks, called off soccer matches and shuttered sites including the famed La Scala opera house. In Iran, a report of dozens of deaths in a single city emerged as...
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Coronavirus: Iran disputes death toll in city of Qom – live updates

Health minister says 12 people have died and 66 been infectedIran denies cover-up after reports of 50 deathsChina postpones National People’s CongressStock markets slide amid fears spread could hit growthShare your experiences 12.14pm GMT In France, the government urged anyone who has visited Lombardy or Veneto –the two most affected regions in Italy – to wear face masks if they go outside, limit non-essential activities and take their temperatures twice a day.The French Health ministry issu...
Tags: France, China, World news, Iran, Asia Pacific, Xi Jinping, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Tehran, Lombardy, ILNA, Qom, China South Korea Singapore, Macao France, Coronavirus outbreak, Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani


Coronavirus: 50 dead in Iranian city of Qom

Death toll is significantly higher than figures Iranian officials reported hours earlier Coronavirus latest - live updatesA staggering 50 people have died in the Iranian city of Qom from coronavirus this month, Iran’s semiofficial Ilna news agency reported on Monday.The new death toll is significantly higher than the latest number of confirmed cases of infections that Iranian officials had reported just a few hours earlier by and which stood at 12 deaths out of 47 cases, according to state TV. C...
Tags: China, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Kuwait, ILNA, Qom, Coronavirus outbreak


Iran's admission it shot down airliner is 'important first step', says Boris Johnson – live news

Tehran says its military unintentionally shot down Ukraine International Airlines flight 752, killing all 176 people onboardFull report: Iran admits shooting down Ukrainian airliner ‘unintentionally’ 2.09pm GMT Reuters has some domestic Iranian reaction to Iranian government’s admitting its forces shot down the Ukrainian airliner just outside of Tehran, with many in the country angry at what appears to be incompetence and dishonesty by their leaders.Expressions of condolence over the inciden...
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Iran Reimposes Internet Blackout in Various Provinces, Local Report Says

Iranian authorities have shut down mobile internet access across several provinces and security has been heightened in Tehran, the Iranian Labour News Agency reported, as mourning ceremonies approach for protesters killed last month in a government crackdown. The mourning services are scheduled to begin on Thursday. The independent Shargh newspaper said five unidentified provinces will be subject to the blackout, while ILNA said internet users in those areas will have access to a limited nu...
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Iran sentences 3 labor activists to five-year prison terms

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran sentenced two labor activists in the country’s south to five-year prison term each for taking part in a January protest over several months of owed back pay, the semi-official ILNA news agency reported Tuesday. A third worker from the same region was also given a five-year sentence for supporting a […]
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Rouhani says Iran could hold referendum on nuclear programme as tensions with US rise

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani has suggested that the Islamic Republic could hold a public referendum on its nuclear programme, in the wake of rising tensions in the Persian Gulf. "Article 59 of the Constitution (referendum) is a deadlock breaker ... and could be a problem-solver at any junction," the semi-official news agency ILNA quoted Rouhani as saying late on Saturday. The statement followed Mr Rouhani’s public dressing-down by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for his handling of the ...
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Lawmaker says Iran doesn’t want direct or proxy war with US

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A prominent reformist lawmaker in Iran has reportedly said the Islamic Republic “under no circumstance” will enter a war with the U.S., either directly or through proxy forces. Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh’s comments on Wednesday, reported by the semi-official ILNA news agency, come amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington a year after […]
Tags: News, Washington, US, Iran, World, Nation, Tehran, Islamic Republic, TEHRAN Iran, ILNA, Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh


Iran changes tactics, destinations on oil exports, maritime official says

Iran has adopted new tactics and new destinations in shipping its oil exports following the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions, a senior Iranian maritime official was quoted as saying on Saturday by the semi-official ILNA news agency.
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Report: Iranian steel mill workers detained after protests

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A semi-official Iranian news agency says authorities detained an unspecified number of steel mill workers after five weeks of protests over delays in salaries. ILNA’s report says the arrests took place on Sunday night. However, Kasra Ghafouri, the head of state-owned National Iranian Steel Group, insists the workers were only “summoned,” […]
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Truck drivers in Iran on strike over low wages

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A semi-official Iranian news agency is reporting that truck drivers in four provinces in the country are on strike over low wages. The semi-official ILNA news agency reported on Wednesday that the strike is taking place in Qazvin, Lorestan, East Azerbaijan and Mazandaran province. ILNA says the strike began on Tuesday […]
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Report: Turkmenistan border guards kill 2 Iranian fishermen

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s semi-official ILNA news agency has reported that Turkmenistan border guards opened fire, killing two Iranian fishermen and detaining another two for trespassing. Wednesday’s report says the incident happened on Tuesday night when the four young fishermen were sailing near the edge of Iranian territorial waters in the Caspian Sea. The […]
Tags: News, Iran, Turkmenistan, TEHRAN Iran, ILNA, Caspian Sea, Nation & World


Report: Supporter of Sufi leader kills 3 police in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency says a supporter of a Sufi leader has rammed a bus into police, killing three of them before being arrested. The semi-official ILNA news agency quoted Mohsen Hamedani, a senior security official in Tehran, as saying a gunshot was heard in the area on Monday, without […]
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Fire kills 3 workers at bitumen storage facility in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian media say a fire broke out at a bitumen storage facility in southern Iran, killing three workers. Wednesday’s report by the semi-official ILNA news agency says two other workers were injured in the fire. It says the firefighters are trying to put out the blaze at the facility in the […]
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As protests wane, Iran lifts ban on messaging app Telegram

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s semi-official ILNA news agency is reporting that the ban on a popular messaging app has been lifted, two weeks after waning anti-government protests in which more than 21 people were killed. The Saturday report says Telegram, which has some 40 million users in Iran, is now accessible once again through […]
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Ten people killed in night of Iran protests violence, state TV reports

At least ten people were killed during protests in Iran on Sunday night, according to state media, as the death toll from the country’s largest demonstrations since 2009 continued to rise.  Six people were killed in the western town of Tuyserkan after shots were fired, state television reported, while a local MP said two people had been shot dead in the southwestern town of Izeh. It was not clear whether they were killed by security forces or protesters.  Two others, included a teenage boy, were...
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Report: 2 more protesters killed amid Iran demonstrations

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian lawmaker says two more protesters have been killed and others wounded during a demonstration in the southwest amid nationwide protests over the government’s handling of the economy. A Monday report by the semi-official ILNA news agency quoted Hedayatollah Khademi, a representative for the town of Izeh, as saying the […]
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Rare public protests spread across Iran amid spiraling inflation

Iranian police clashed with protesters demonstrating against government corruption on Friday, in a rare public show of discontent in the Islamic republic.  About 300 people gathered in the western city of Kermanshah on Friday calling for a "revolution", shouting "where's my paycheck?", "the people are begging, the clerics act like God" and “death to the dictator”. It followed a day after similar protests in the northeastern city of Mashhad, where more than 50 were arrested.  President Hassa...
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Quake of 5.2 magnitude in southeastern Iran injures at least 23

By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 rocked Iran's southeastern province of Kerman on Thursday and at least 23 people were injured, state TV said, only a day after a deadly tremor near the capital Tehran. Rescue teams were dispatched to the town of Kouhbanan, the epicenter of the latest quake, it said. The semi-official ILNA news agency said many residents rushed out of houses in Kouhbanan fearing more tremors after some seven aftershocks following the 20:34 loca...
Tags: News, Iran, Ankara, Reuters, Kerman, ILNA, Parisa Hafezi, Tehran Rescue, Kouhbanan


Powerful quake near Iran-Iraq border kills more than 300 across both countries

  By NASSER KARIMI and AMIR VAHDAT TEHRAN, Iran— A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake near the Iraq-Iran border killed over 350 people across both countries, sent residents fleeing their homes into the night and was felt as far away as the Mediterranean coast, authorities said Monday. Iran’s western Kermanshah province bore the brunt of the temblor Sunday night, with authorities saying the quake killed 348 people in the country and injured 6,603. Kermanshah is a rural, mountainous region where re...
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Powerful Earthquake On Iran-Iraq Border Kills More Than 340

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the Iraq-Iran border region killed over 340 people across both countries, sent people fleeing their homes into the night and was felt as far away as the Mediterranean coast, authorities reported on Monday. Iran’s western Kermanshah province bore the brunt of the temblor, with Iran’s state-run news agency reporting the quake killed 341 people in the country and injured 5,953. The area is a rural, mountainous region where resident...
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More than 130 dead as 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes near border of Iraq and Iran

Scores of people have been killed and hundreds injured after a strong earthquake shook the Iran-Iraq border region on Sunday. The US Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.3 temblor was centred 20 miles southwest of Halabja, near the northeastern border with Iran. At least 129 people were killed in Iran's Kermanshah province on the Iraqi border, the provincial deputy governor told state television. More than 300 were injured. "There are still people under the rubble. We hope the number of d...
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Iran says its president turned down a meeting with Trump

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign ministry says that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani turned down a meeting with President Donald Trump during his visit to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly in September. The Sunday report by the semi-official ILNA news agency quotes ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi as saying “an intention was […]
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Iran cancels project for sending human into space

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) " Iran's semi-official ILNA news agency is reporting that the country's space organization is cancelling a project to explore sending humans into space.Iran sent a monkey into space in January 2013 and it had announced... [Author: [email protected]]
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