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Iran's elections are set to be dominated by hardliners. Here's what that means

On Friday, Iranians will vote in parliamentary elections at a time of turmoil at home and of simmering tensions abroad.
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Iran’s Mohammad Rasoulof on His ‘There is no Evil’ As ‘Resistance,’ Exclusive Trailer

Iranian auteur Mohammad Rasoulof, whose sixth feature “There is no Evil” screens in competition at the Berlinale, is one of his country’s most prominent directors even though none of his films have screened in Iran where they are banned. In 2011, the year he won two prizes at Cannes with his censorship-themed “Goodbye,” Rasoulof was sentenced […]
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Iran's leaders warn low turnout in election will boost Trump

Voters set to shun Friday’s parliamentary poll in sign of protest or indifferenceIran’s senior leaders flooded the media with eve-of-poll warnings that abstentions in Friday’s parliamentary elections – either through indifference or as a protest – will only encourage Donald Trump to step up economic sanctions against Tehran.The one-week period of officially sanctioned campaigning for a seat in the next five year parliament ended on Wednesday night, 24 hours before voting started amid the first s...
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Trump’s Latest Intelligence Meltdown Isn’t About the Facts. It’s About The Truth.

Earlier this month, FBI Director Christopher Wray said in public testimony that Russia was meddling in the 2020 election. So how to explain President Donald Trump’s decision to fire Acting Director of National Intelligence Adm. Joseph Maguire after Maguire defended a subordinate who had briefed Congress on much the same thing? One important difference provides the answer. Maguire’s aide, Shelby Pierson, who heads the DNI’s election security unit, told the House Intelligence Committee last w...
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The Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak : Should You Be Worried?

Symptoms of a Covid-19 virus infection – other than breathlessness, very similar to other flu symptoms There’s never been such a massive response to any previous infectious outbreak as there has been to what was originally generically termed and described as a new type of coronavirus, and which has now been officially named as Covid-19.Is this massive response, all around the world, necessary, or is it a panicked over-reaction?  Is the outbreak now almost under control and the threat it origin...
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Iran hardliners set to sweep parliamentary polls

Thousands of moderates were barred from standing, with the outcome likely to weaken the president.
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Iran’s Stacked Election Is Expected to Produce a Hard-Line Parliament

Iran’s leaders disqualified more than 7,000 candidates, including most moderates and centrists, paving the way for tougher domestic and foreign policies.
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United States: Nota Bene Episode 64: U.S. Check In: Prescription Drugs, USMCA, Privacy, Impeachment And Iran With Elizabeth Frazee And Jonathan Meyer - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton

We're kicking off the new year with returning guests Elizabeth Frazee and Jonathan Meyer who are joining us with updates on various current events in our Legislative and Executive Branches
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Why is Iran's parliamentary election important?

Iranians are going to the polls to choose their MPs in an election likely to benefit hardliners.
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Execution for a Facebook post? Why blasphemy is a capital offense in some Muslim countries

Junaid Hafeez, a university lecturer in Pakistan, had been imprisoned for six years when he was sentenced to death in December 2019. The charge: blasphemy, specifically insulting Prophet Muhammad on Facebook. Pakistan has the world’s second strictest blasphemy laws after Iran, according to U.S. Commision on International Religious Freedom.Hafeez, whose death sentence is under appeal, is one of about 1,500 Pakistanis charged with blasphemy, or sacrilegious speech, over the last three decades. No ...
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Iran's elections are set to be dominated by hardliners. Here's what that means

On Friday, Iranians will vote in parliamentary elections at a time of turmoil at home and of simmering tensions abroad.
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How Iran’s missiles inflicted brain injury on U.S. troops

In the early hours of Jan. 8, Tehran retaliated for the U.S. killing of Iran’s most powerful general by bombarding the Ain al-Asad base in Iraq.
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Iran announces 3 new cases of new virus after 2 deaths

Iran said Thursday that three more people have been infected with the new virus that originated in central China, following an announcement the day before that two people had died of the illness caused by the virus in the Iranian city of Qom. All schools and universities, including religious Shiite seminaries, were shut down in the holy city of Qom, according to the official IRNA news agency. Other news reports said Iran had recently evacuated 60 Iranian students from Wuhan, the Chinese city a...
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2 Cruise Ship Passengers Die of Coronavirus, Raising Death Toll Outside China to 11

Two passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship currently docked in Yokohama, Japan have died from COVID-19, according to Japan’s public broadcaster NHK. They’re the first passengers from the cruise ship to die since it was put under quarantine on February 5, raising Japan’s death toll from the new coronavirus to…Read more...
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New Iranian Missiles Pose Threat to U.S. Aircraft in Yemen, Pentagon Says

The U.S. Navy discovered a new type of antiaircraft missile after seizing two shipments in the Arabian Sea.
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Iran conservatives hope to harness popular anger to win elections

Hardliners aiming to take advantage of fury over corruption to take power and keep President Rouhani on a tight leash“They’ve been stealing the money. Cut off their hands, make them pay and answer,” shouted an elderly woman in a black chador, suddenly standing up at a conservative election rally in south Tehran.Mohammad Hosseini, Iran’s minister for culture and Islamic guidance from 2009 to 2013 under the then president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, replied. If elected, he said, he would always be avail...
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Trump’s Choice for Intel Chief Leaves Officials ‘Blindsided’

President Donald Trump’s announcement that he had selected a loyalist and political ally as his administration’s next intelligence chief quickly raised eyebrows Wednesday on Capitol Hill among Democrats already concerned about the state of Team Trump’s attitude toward the intelligence community.On Wednesday night, Trump tweeted that Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany with a long history in the orbit of Trumpworld, would be named as the next acting Director of National Intelligence. ...
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Coronavirus Live Updates: Japan Reports 2 Deaths Among Cruise Ship Passengers

The virus continues to spread in China, though more slowly. New cases in countries like Japan and Iran have experts concerned about getting it under control quickly.
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Arrogance Pour Homme Eau de Parfum: Hello from the Eighties

It seems that the year 1982 was just yesterday. FIFA World Cup in Spain, Gretzky’s record, Rubik’s cube, Falkland conflict, Iran-Iraq war, one billion people in China, the Food Program in the USSR, Andropov instead of Brezhnev ... Almost forty years have passed, and the news is still the same: wars, sanctions, terrorists, disasters, coups. Meanwhile, over the course of forty years, much has... Read full article: Arrogance Pour Homme Eau de Parfum: Hello from the Eighties from Fragrantica Perfum...
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Iran attempting further arms deliveries to Huthi rebels: US military

Tehran continues to deliver weapons to Yemen's Huthi rebels, the US military said Wednesday, following a second interception in less than three months of what Washington said were Iranian arms. "The seizure is consistent with a historical pattern of Iranian smuggling of advanced weapons to the Huthis in Yemen," said Captain Bill Urban of US Central Command, which is responsible for US forces in the Middle East, during a briefing at the Pentagon on the latest interdiction. Urban presented photo...
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NYT: Trump To Name Richard Grenell Acting DNI

President Trump intends to name Ambassador to Germany and right-wing political operative Richard Grenell to the position of acting Director of National Intelligence, the New York Times reports. The job will give Grenell — a staunch Trump loyalist — an oversight role within the country’s intelligence community, after President Trump has spent years claiming to be the victim of the country’s intelligence services. Grenell is a longtime GOP political operative and former aide to Sen. Mitt Romney...
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Solo Female Travel in Turkey — Is Turkey Safe?

Is it safe for a woman to travel alone in Turkey? With the right preparation and research, absolutely. While I’ve done a lot of solo female travel in Turkey, I’m not an expert — that’s my friend Katie Nadworny, who has been living in Istanbul since 2013 and has traveled Turkey more extensively than anyone I’ve ever met. I love Turkey. The jagged landscapes, the steam-filled hamams, the warm hospitality, the blue Mediterranean, the endless tulip-shaped cups of tea. I wish more people realized ...
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Coronavirus Live Updates: Japan Prepares to Release More Cruise Ship Passengers

The virus continues to spread in China, though more slowly. New cases in countries like Japan and Iran have experts concerned about getting it under control quickly.
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Coronavirus: Iran reports two suspected fatal cases at Qom hospital

A health ministry spokesman says they died due to their "old age and deficient immune systems".
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Coronavirus kills two Iranians, first Mideast deaths

Two people have died in Iran after testing positive on Wednesday for the new coronavirus, the health ministry said, in the Islamic republic's first cases of the disease. According to YJC news agency, a branch of state television, the pair who died were Iranian citizens and residents of the holy city of Qom. State news agency IRNA quoted Kianoush Jahanpour, a ministry spokesman, as saying the virus was detected in two elderly people with immunity problems in Qom, south of the Iranian capital.
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First Cases of Coronavirus in Iran Have Killed 2 Elderly Citizens, State News Agency Says

(TEHRAN, Iran) — The new virus has killed two elderly Iranian citizens, Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency reported Wednesday. IRNA quoted Alireza Vahabzadeh, an adviser to the country’s health minister, as saying that both of the victims had been carrying the coronavirus and were located in Qom, about 140 kilometers (86 miles) south of the capital Tehran. No additional details were released. Earlier on Wednesday, Iranian authorities confirmed two cases of the new virus, the first in the cou...
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Two suspended by U.S. Center for SafeSport remain involved in equestrian

Steve Milne, an instructor at an Orange County horse riding center for people with disabilities, was suspended by the U.S. Center for SafeSport for allegations misconduct in December. The conditions of Milne’s suspension include no contact directives including no unsupervised coaching, training, travel and lodging restrictions as well as contact/communication limitations. “The terms of their participation are known by the parties involved in the matter,” Teresa Roper, safe sport coordinator for ...
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Pompeo in #SaudiArabia to talk #Iran, economy and human rights - Reuters

Pompeo in Saudi Arabia to talk Iran, economy and human rights - Reuters:U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to discuss regional security, namely Iran, after the U.S. killing last month of a top Iranian general pushed the oil-producing region closer to an all-out war.In meetings with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the next two days, Pompeo will also raise economic and human rights issues like the case of a Saudi-American physician who re...
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Coronavirus Live Updates: Iran Reports 2 Coronavirus Deaths

The country had reported no cases of the new virus until Wednesday. Officials said both of those who died were older adults and one was an Iranian war veteran.
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Coronavirus: two people die in Iran as cruise ship Britons face Wirral quarantine - latest updates

Deaths in mainland China pass 2,000 and Foreign Office tells Britons to stay on the Diamond Princess cruise shipChina’s handling of the virus is a diplomatic challenge for the WHOChinese people in UK targeted with abuse over outbreakDissent becomes victim of China coronavirus crackdownShare your experiences 5.02pm GMT Britons returning home from the Diamond Princess cruise ship that has seen over 600 cases of coronavirus will be quarantined at the same NHS facility that housed people flown b...
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