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The Islamic Republic of Iran today is a Shiite Islamic republic with a Sunni minority under a theocratic regime which is ruled by President Hassan Rouhani since 2013. Historically, it is home to some of the world's oldest civilizations including the Persian empire. Since the 1979 Islamic revolution Iran has become more and more conservative.

People stop their cars in a highway to show their protest for increased gas price in Tehran, Iran No
Iran’s crackdown plan: 113 hours without Internet

After the internet was shut down various accounts said that around 100 peopole were killed in the first 48 hours.

Iranian Presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi speaks during a campaign meeting at the Mosalla mosque
When it comes to Iran, Gulf states seen ready to embrace diplomacy

Trump Administration reinstated harsh economic sanctions.

An Emirati official watches members of the U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet as they prepare to escort journalis
Qatar knew about Iran's attacks in Gulf of Oman, did not warn U.S. - report

The allegation that Qatar endangered US-allied ships appears to be in contrast to the open anti-terrorism cooperation between the US and Qatar.

Protests erupt across Iran, burning banks, angry over gas prices

Iran’s protests come after massive protests across the border in Iraq where more than 300 have been killed by security forces.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses the crowd of people in Yazd, Iran
Rouhani claims Iran discovered new oil field with 53 billion barrels

“Despite America’s sanctions... Iranian workers have found an oil field with 53 billion barrels of reserves,” Rouhani said in a speech in the central city of Yazd.

Iran holding IAEA inspector was 'outrageous provocation'

Iran confirmed that it prevented the inspector from gaining access to its main uranium-enrichment facility at Natanz.

European Union and Poland's flags flutter
European parliament members want to sanction Iran for human rights

Ryszard Henryk Czarnecki, a Polish MEP, said the “terrorist regime” in Iran shows “no mercy for its citizens.”

Yoav Galant
Iran could attack Israel, just as it did the Saudi oil fields: Galant

“Iran is not a theoretical enemy,” Absorption Minister Yoav Gallant said.

M302 rockets found aboard the Klos C ship are displayed at an Israeli navy base in the Red Sea resor
German intel: Iran sought to acquire weapons of mass destruction in 2018

Iran is suspected of attempting to secure know-how for uranium enrichment.

Attacks on Saudi oil facilities - what will it mean for consumers?

Fuel price increases are expected throughout the world's major economies, with countries in Asia particularly sensitive to spikes because of their energy-intensive manufacturing industry

Report: U.S. sanctions on Iran bring its pension system to near collapse

“As much as 80% of Iran’s retirement funds rely on government subsidies, which the documents refer to as unsustainable for not just pensions, but for food products, drugs and fuel.”

Iran building large-scale military base in Syria

Base expected to hold thousands of troops and precision missiles

A crew member raises the Iranian flag on Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1, previously named Grace 1
Iranian tanker headed to Lebanon, not Turkey

The Adrian Darya, formerly called Grace 1, was now headed for the southeastern Turkish port of Iskenderun, tracking site Marine Traffic showed.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at "Common Security in the Islamic World" forum
Zarif: US must honor nuclear deal if it wants talks

Channel 13: Netanyahu tried to scuttle a Trump-Iranian meeting

Hangman’s noose
Iran hangs man convicted of murdering Imam

Mohammad Khorsand, who had been Imam of Friday prayers in Kazeroon since 2007, had been attending a Ramadan ceremony when he was attacked.

Trump, Rouhani and Netanyahu
Trump’s got a ‘good feeling’ about Iran? Netanyahu should be nervous

The possibility of face-to-face talks or even a photo opportunity between leaders of two nations that have been iconic foes for four decades would almost seem like a fantasy scenario.

Iran's Rouhani says no talks with Trump unless sanctions are lifted

Rouhani said Iran was always ready to hold talks. "But first the US should act by lifting all illegal, unjust and unfair sanctions imposed on Iran."

Iran FM Zarif, EU Foreign Affairs Rep. Mogherini, and Iranian and Russian officials in Vienna 2015
Iran sanctions U.S. think tank for combating Tehran’s nuclear program

The clerical regime lashed out at FDD, accusing the think tank of “spreading lies, lobbyism, [and] propaganda against Iran,” according to a report in state-controlled Mehr news agency

New Iranian tanker headed to Syria in violation of US sanctions - Report

“The vessel is now headed to Dubai, where it will refuel before beginning a months-long journey around the horn of Africa, through the Mediterranean and to the shores of Syria.”

Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Council
Iranian official: Signing the 2015 Obama-era nuclear deal was a mistake

The official claimed that the people of Iran also agree with him in thinking that signing the agreement was a mistake.

Iranian women released from jail following arrest at men's soccer match

In the Islamic Republic of Iran, women are banned from entering a stadium where a men's soccer match is taking place.

A Spanish Civil Guard boat sails past Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 as it sits anchored after it was se
U.S. bid to seize Iranian tanker halts its release from Gibraltar

The Grace 1 oil tanker was seized by Royal Marine commandos in a landing in darkness off the coast of the British overseas territory on July 4.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Mike Pompeo warns 'the clock is ticking' on end of U.N. sanctions on Iran

"The clock is ticking. Time remaining before the UN arms embargo on Iran expires and Qasem Soleimani’s travel ban ends," Pompeo tweeted.

Iranian Presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi speaks during a campaign meeting at the Mosalla mosque
Has Ebrahim Raisi been tagged as Iran’s next Supreme Leader?

Raisi is viewed as hardline and there would be major implications for the US and Israel if he succeeds Khamenei as opposed to some more reform-minded candidates.

A military vehicle carrying Iranian Zoobin smart bomb (L) and Sagheb missile under pictures of Iran'
Would China sanction Iran to stop an Israeli attack? - analysis

China may continue to send oil to Iran even once it goes beyond 20% uranium enrichment

Iran condemns UK during meeting with Oman's foreign minister

Iran has already seized a UK tanker in response and London has said it will attempt to protect its ships from more Iranian harassment.

UK's Hunt says Iran may be on "dangerous path" after seizing tanker

"Our reaction will be considered but robust."

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gestures as members of Iranian armed forces take part in a rally ma
Iran says it has photographic proof U.S. didn't down its drone

Trump said on Thursday that the drone had flown to within 1,000 yards (914 meters) of the U.S. warship Boxer and had ignored "multiple calls to stand down".

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a meeting
Zarif: US playing with fire

United States is generally required to allow access to the United Nations for foreign diplomats. But Washington says it can deny visas for "security, terrorism, and foreign policy" reasons.

Iran’s hard-to-attack underground nuke facility part of increasing threat

Think tank report says Iran exploited JCPOA loopholes at Fordow

Steinitz: Iran is playing the Europeans as 'suckers'

Pence: Tehran should not confuse restraint with a lack of resolve

French President Emmanuel Macron toasts US President Donald Trump during a State Dinner.
Iran draws the line, says Vienna is 'last chance' to save nuclear deal

Friday's meeting in Vienna between the remaining signatories of the nuclear deal was the "last chance" to save the accord, Iranian officials claimed.

U.S. President Donald Trump listens to a question as he speaks to reporters
Trump’s Iran decision is a transformational moment - analysis

The decision not to strike was criticized for indecisiveness, and not projecting strength, but it could be a pivotal moment.

Trump's Iran policy: What are his critics and supporters saying?

Iran is reeling from increased sanctions and other forms of pressure, and is lashing out before it realizes the error of its ways. Is everyone convinced?

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
U.N. officials: U.S. planning a 'tactical assault' in Iran

The military action under consideration would be an aerial bombardment of an Iranian facility linked to its nuclear program, the officials further claimed.

U.S. President Donald Trump toasts with Japan's Emperor Naruhito
Iran’s regime relieved at Trump’s Japan mediation comments

The new Trump motto is “we’ll see what happens" as Iran's Press TV says the US "lost momentum" in war talk.

Satellite images reveal: Iran building border crossing to smuggle weapons

New strategic border crossing being built at the al-Bukamal crossing between Iraq and Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu watch servicemen passing by
Iranian IRGC in Syria's Latakia? - Report

According to a second source, Iran and Syria already signed a protocol for the training of naval forces in Syria.

M302 rockets found aboard the Klos C ship are displayed at an Israeli navy base in the Red Sea resor
Is Iran the new Iraq? Here are the similarities — and big differences

If the Iran war talk sounds familiar, it might be because there are elements that resemble the lead-up to the 2003 Iraq War, not least among them the Israel factor.

A military vehicle carrying Iranian Zoobin smart bomb (L) and Sagheb missile under pictures of Iran'
Iran Guards chief says Americans have started 'psychological war'

The US has concentrated naval power and B-52s in the Persian Gulf in recent days.

US President Donald Trump
Why is pressure mounting between the U.S. and Iran?- analysis

The Trump administration sees Iran’s behavior as another instance of why it pulled the U.S. out of the deal in the first place: the Iranian regime is not trustworthy.

Eyeing Iran, U.S. sending more Patriot missiles to Middle East

Iran has dismissed the new US deployments, including of an aircraft carrier, as old news announced now to intimidate it through "psychological warfare."

Israel Katz (L) whispers to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) during a cabinet meeting
Israeli FM Katz: Int'l community should join US with new Iran sanctions

Yisrael Katz spoke at the annual Independence Day reception hosted by President Reuven Rivlin for heads of foreign diplomatic missions.

THE CHINESE navy’s destroyer ‘Taiyuan’ takes part in a naval parade
Middle Israel: The other end of the Silk Road

China holds the key to the Iranian regime’s collapse. To become the world leader it evidently wants and deserves to be, Beijing should turn that key.

An aerial view of flooding in Golestan province, Iran March 27, 2019
Iranian Imam: Why are you worried about sanctions? Don't you have a God?

The Iranian cleric also asserted that the flooding that swept Iran at the end of March of this year was a "divine blessing."

Iranian regime center in Vienna: Homosexuality means the end of humanity

Islamic Shi’ite center promotes destruction of Israel.

urkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Ankara
In meetings in Turkey, Iran vows to get around U.S. sanctions

Zarif said that the US wants to control relations with other countries, hinting that Turkey must not be influenced by US views.

Iran rocket launch
Iran planning to launch three satellites to space, despite U.S. pressure

The United States fears long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into orbit could also be used to launch nuclear warheads.

Majid Takht Ravanchi (L) with Mohammad Javad Zarif (R), Iran's Foreign Minister, in 2015
Iran names new U.N. ambassador as tensions rise with Washington

Takht Ravanchi, 61, is currently Iranian deputy foreign minister for European and American affairs. He has also served as ambassador to Switzerland.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani listens during a news conference on the sidelines of the 73rd sessio
Iran's Khamenei calls U.S. blacklisting of Guards a 'vicious move'

"They wish to plot against our Sepah (the Guards)... it is in the frontline of confronting enemies of our [1979 Islamic] revolution and has always defended the country."

Trump and Khamenei
What comes next between the U.S., IRGC and IAEA? - analysis

The standoff continues with multiple possible new game-changers in play from this past week.

An aerial view of flooding in Golestan province, Iran March 27, 2019
Iran faces massive crises over flooding

The extent of the crises in Iran took days to reach Iranian media, likely because of government attempts to censure some of the disaster.

An Iranian Officer of Revolutionary Guards with Israel flag drawn on his boots
Iran urges Palestinians to resist Trump's pro-Israel moves

"We should resist this and, God willing, we will come out victorious"- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attend a meeting with
Is Iran’s Foreign Minister taking over the ‘Iraq file?’

Reports indicate now that Javad Zarif is the point man for Iran’s quest to create a new chapter and strategic bond with Iraq.

A man tries to cross a flooded road damaged by Cyclone Gonu near Jusk seaport, 2,000 km
Massive floods in northern Iran force military response

The floods illustrate the failure of Iran’s civilian authorities to handle natural disasters and the competition between military, local government and the IRGC.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Khamenei decides Iran likely sticking with nuke deal until end despite sanctions- analysis

In his speech kicking-off the Iranian religious new year, he signaled that the Islamic republic is likely staying in the 2015 nuclear deal until it expires despite US sanctions.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is seen during a public speech in the southern Hormozgan province
Rouhani promises wage increase for public servants amid protests

The announcement was unexpected as earlier this month the Iranian government said it was unsure about whether or not salaries would be raised.

An Iranian Officer of Revolutionary Guards with Israel flag drawn on his boots
Iran’s ‘road to the sea’ exposed on Golan- analysis

Hezbollah’s role in Syria is part of larger network of Iranian-backed groups seeking to threaten Israel and to create a corridor of Iranian influence across Iraq and Syria.

Iranian Minister of Defense Amir Hatami makes a speech on November 27, 2018
Iran warns Israel of 'firm response' if it acts against oil

"The Iranian armed forces have certainly the capabilities to protect the country's shipping lines in the best way against any possible threat,” Defense Minister Amir Hatami said.

Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi meets Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Baghdad, Iraq
It’s all about appearances in Iranian president’s Iraq visit

From Iran’s point of view, nothing could be going better in this visit.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) and Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan (L)
Rouhani pushes new rail links and Iran-Azerbaijan and China economic ties

Strategically, what Iran is hoping to do in Gilan Province is to prepare itself to withstand the U.S. sanctions and even benefit in coming years.

Iranian media: Code Pink defends Iran’s right to missiles, slams Israel

Fars News held a press conference with the group termed “anti-war organization Code Pink in Iran,” at which several of the women activists held signs saying “peace with Iran.”

IAEA Chief refuses to speculate on possible past Iran nuke violations

"I do not speculate" about possible past violations by Iran, says IAEA chief Yukiya Amano.

Iranian who was arrested for hijab protest absconds country, seeks asylum

The actions earned Jangravi a three-year prison sentence.

Netanyahu and Zarif
Netanyahu bids 'good riddance' after Iranian FM Mohammed Zarif resigns

Netanyahu and Zarif sparred at the 2018 Munich Security conference, when the former brandished a piece of an Iranian unmaned aerial vehicle the IDF had downed over the Golan Heights a week prior.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a meeting
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif resigns from position

"I am apologizing to you for all the shortcomings ... in the past years during my time as foreign minister ... I thank the Iranian nation and officials."

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
Rouhani: Iran won't 'succumb to pressure' of U.S., Israel, ready for regional ties

"Our enemies, America and Israel, want to create division among Iranians."

How much can intel agencies slow Iranian nuke program by sabotage?

No one has figured out how to stop Iran from getting a nuclear bomb, but it appears that the US is engaging in another intense round of sabotage to slow it down.

US Vice President Mike Pence gives a speech during the conference on peace and security
Pence speech on Iran highlights U.S. divide with Europe

"The time has come for our European partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and join with us," U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told the Warsaw summit on security in the Middle East.

This handout photo provided by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) official website
Iran could get nuclear weapon within two years, intel assessments find

Israeli intelligence assessment finds if Tehran leaves JCPOA it would have enough fissionable material within a year.

Rouhani: Iranian revolution is 'thriving' amid U.S. failure in Middle East

Iran presents itself as a model of regional security in Turkey while Tehran’s foreign minister meets Hezbollah in Lebanon.

 Iranians gather at Azadi (freedom) square to mark the 27th anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution
Does Iran’s new uranium enrichment threat matter?

Iran announced it was “ready” to make the jump to reaching 190,000 (Separate Work Units) SWU for enriching uranium.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
Rouhani says Iran to continue expanding its military might

"We have not asked and will not ask for permission to develop different types of ... missiles and will continue our path and our military power."

PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the UN General Assembly in New York last year
Security and Intelligence: Atomic fallout

Nuclear expert David Albright explains the most important discoveries from the Iranian archives stolen by the Mossad.

Iranian-made Emad missile is displayed during a ceremony
Iran reveals new missile and underground 'city'

Iran says it has missiles with the range of up to 2,000 km, which puts Israel and US military bases in the region within reach.

Iran currency exchange
To circumvent U.S. sanctions on Iran, Europeans open new trade channels

"We are clear; this commitment does not in any way preclude us from addressing Iran's hostile and destabilizing activities."

Iranian flag and cyber code [Illustrative]
EU cyber defense agency warns against Iran's expansion of cyber espionage

Senior Iranian official: "These are all part of a psychological war launched by the United States and its allies against Iran."

Supporters of Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)
Iran says cannot confirm secret talks with France on Tehran's missile work

"There has been no talks, whether secret or not secret, about our missile program with France or any other country."

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei meets with people of Qom, in Teheran, Iran.
Ayatollah Khamenei: U.S. officials are first-class idiots

"The U.S. sanctions turned Iran into the region’s unparalleled power today.”

Iran's Khamenei meets Islamic Jihad leaders, calls for Israel's downfall

According to the report, Khamenei congratulated leaders of the Islamic Jihad for, what he called, their victory against Israel in Gaza.

Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani, head of Iran's Judiciary.
Larijani, accused of human rights abuses, to head key Iranian regime post

Larijani is also part of the nepotistic group of powerful families at the center of the regime’s politics.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel receives the ambassador of U.S. to Germany, Richard Grenell.
German company linked with Iran's rockets stops business with Tehran

“Corporations realize that doing business with Iran means funding the IRGC’s terror strategy.”

Mahmoud Shahroudi
Top Iranian cleric Shahroudi dies who oversaw 2,000 executions

Shahroudi, 70, was a close ally of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and had been seen by analysts as a possible successor to him.

An IranAir Airbus A320 passengers aircraft parks after landing at Belgrade's Nikola Tesla Airport
Iran urges EU to press U.S. on approval of passenger aircraft deliveries

To upgrade its aging fleet, Iran Air ordered 200 passenger aircraft - 100 from Airbus, 80 from Boeing and 20 from Franco-Italian turboprop maker ATR.

Iran missiles
U.N. claims two missile launchers found in Yemen appear to be from Iran

Two launch units for anti-tank guided missiles recovered by a Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen appear to have been manufactured in Iran.

"Qiam" ballistic missile manufactured in Iran and that the Pentagon says was fired by Houthi rebels
Iran says it recently tested a ballistic missile

Iran carries out up to 50 missile tests a year, Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the Revolutionary Guards' airspace division said.

US Energy Secretary nominee Rick Perry leaves after the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump on
U.S. Energy Secretary discussed Iran sanctions with Iraqi officials

The United States has restored sanctions targeting Iran's oil industry as well as its banking and transport industry.

AN IRANIAN ballistic missile on display in Tehran.
'Iran increases testing of ballistic missiles that can reach Europe'

Iran reportedly doubled the number of its tests in 2018.

Iran arrests 10 suspects in suicide bombing that killed two

Iranian security forces have detained 10 people suspected of links to a suicide car bomb attack this week.

Hassan Rouhani
How Iran turned a 'counterterror' meeting into a push for new global order

The meeting comes as Gulf Cooperation Council gathers in Riyadh.

U.N. Security Council to meet on Iranian ballistic missile test

UNSC members France and Great Britain requested the meeting, which will be held in New York.

Iran's Lebanese control demands reevaluation of West's support for Beirut

Analysts argue that the West, in general, needs to acknowledge that Hezbullah is the all-encompassing dominant force in the country

200 wounded as magnitude 6.3 earthquake shakes western Iran

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake was at a depth of 65 km (40 miles) and struck 114 km northwest of the city of Ilam, close to Iran's border with Iraq.

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