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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.

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Homosexuals in Iran are having sex reassignment surgery to avoid execution

According to reports within Iran, the country has around 4,000 sex reassignment surgeries every year, in an attempt to purge homosexuality from the Islamic Republic.

Samburu men attempt to fend-off a swarm of desert locusts flying over a grazing land in Kenya, 2020
Iran afflicted by large swarms of desert locusts, amid coronavirus woes

'The density of locusts in the swarms is so high that a 10 to 15-centimeter layer of dead locusts forms on the ground after spraying pesticides.'

Members of the medical team spray disinfectant to sanitize indoor place of Imam Reza's holy shrine,
Iranian top official dies of coronavirus

66 people have died from coronavirus in Iran and over 1,500 have been infected.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei casts his vote at a polling station during parliamentar
Iran hard-liners win election, but with record low-turnout of 42.57%

Experts: Regime trying to prepare for more years of Trump.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attend a meeting with
Iran blacklisted by 200 member nations of Financial Action Task Force

Until this decision, the only other country blacklisted on the task force was North Korea.

WOMEN HOLD pictures of Iranian Maj.-Gen. Qasem Soleimani during a funeral procession and burial at h
Iran's IRGC: Killing of Soleimani will lead to liberation of Jerusalem

"The cowardly and craven assassination of commander Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis by the Americans will lead to the liberation of Jerusalem, by the grace of God."

Iran alleges bomb attack targeted US forces in Iraq

The report notes that the explosion was directed at a vehicle carrying US military and security equipment near Al-Adawiniya south of Baghdad.

A model of Simorgh satellite-carrier rocket during a ceremony in Tehran, Feb. 2016
Why Iran’s satellite launch failure still threatens Israel, US - analysis

Despite the failure of the Zafar satellite to reach orbit, Sunday's launch shows the Iranians are getting closer.

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier welcomes ambassador of Iran to Germany Mahmoud Farazandeh,
German president mistakenly congratulates Iran's regime for its revolution

The office of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced it would not send the Iranian regime a congratulatory email on the anniversary of the revolution - then accidentally sent it anyway.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures as he delivers a Friday prayer sermon in Tehra
Iranian youths praise Khamenei, singing about Israel's end

"Israel is facing its end," "Death to America!" and you will hear "the glad tidings of the death of the government of Saudi Arabia,” they sang.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures as he delivers a Friday prayer sermon in Tehra
The fall of Qasem Soleimani and the Mahdi Doctrine

This messianic creed is the raison d’être for the Islamic Republic of Iran according to its founders and leaders.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani  October 1, 2019.
Rouhani threatened to quit if Iran did not admit to downing Ukrainian jet

After finding out that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) tried to cover up the downing of the Ukrainian plane, Rouhani gave an ultimatum, come clean or walk.

FILE PHOTO: Members of the media and officials tour the water nuclear reactor at Arak, Iran December
Iran has passed low uranium enrichment threshold for a nuke - Iran official

Actual nuke still requires decision to weaponize, deliver

U.S. says 34 troops diagnosed with brain injury after Iran strike

Hoffman said the military had seen symptoms like headaches, dizziness, sensitivity to light and nausea.

Residents of Qom, Iran meet Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei after US assassination of Qasem Soleimani
Iranian commander gunned down in front of his own home

Abdolhossein Mojaddami was gunned down by two gunmen on a motorcycle.

Ex-Mossad official: Iran likely to ignore EU pressure for new ‘Trump deal’

Shine said the chances of rehabilitating the nuclear deal or of a new negotiation toward a modified “Trump deal” were “medium to low.”

Iran’s regime straining to cope with Soleimani’s absence

The new head of the IRGC Quds Force, Maj. Gen. Esmail Ghaani, eulogized Soleimani over the weekend. “Our enemies do not understand a language other than force so we must stand firm against them.”

US sanctions Iranian commander for shooting protesters

The U.S. State Department has said previously it had received videos of the Revolutionary Guards opening fire without warning on protesters in Mahshahr county in southwest Iran.

U.S. President Trump speaks with Congressional Republicans at the White House in Washington
Trump gives dramatic account of Soleimani's last minutes before death

"No emotion. 'Two minutes and 11 seconds to live, sir. They're in the car, they're in an armored vehicle. Sir, they have approximately one minute to live, sir. Thirty seconds. Ten, 9, 8 ...'"

Iran banned from hosting international soccer matches

The Asian Football Confederation sent a letter to the Iranian Football Federation on Friday announcing the ban, but the IFF has yet to specify their reasons for receiving it.

Iran denies decision to send Ukraine airliner black box to Ukraine

The Iranian authorities are also prepared for experts from France, Canada and the United States to examine the data from the boxes, the semi-official, IRGC-run, news agency said.

Iran's St Stepanos Church, a medieval Armenian Christian place of worship, is seen near the city of
Iran bulldozes grave of reverend hanged by regime

A spokesman for Article 18 told Fox News the family discovered the desecrated grave when they went to visit on the anniversary of his hanging --December 3.

FILE PHOTO: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pray n
Iran will have enough material for a nuclear bomb within the year

Israeli intelligence estimates that Iran will have capabilities to build a missile capable of carrying nuclear weapon within two years.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the JCP
What does triggering the Iran nuclear deal dispute mechanism mean?

Read how the dispute resolution process, which could take up to 65 days to play out unless extended by consensus, works

Debris of a plane belonging to Ukraine International Airlines, that crashed after taking off from Ir
Iran makes arrests over Ukraine plane disaster as protests continue

The shooting down of Ukraine International Airlines flight 752, killing all 176 people aboard, has led to one of the biggest public challenges to the Islamic Republic's clerical rulers since 1979.

U.S. soldiers inspect the site where an Iranian missile hit at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar provinc
Hours of forewarning saved US, Iraqi lives from Iran's missile attack

When the missiles finally landed at about 1:30 a.m., they struck “empty bunkers that had been evacuated hours before,” the intelligence source said. No one was injured or killed.

Iranian security forces open fire at protesters in Tehran

US President Donald Trump urged Iranian leaders not to kill protesters in a tweet on Sunday, referencing protests in November when over 1,000 protesters were killed and thousands more were injured and arrested.

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Iran's next move: A cyberattack on the US?

'Most people are much more concerned about an attack they can see and feel, and can't relate to this idea of a clandestine war'

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Trump tweets support for Iranian protesters as they demand Khamenei quit

After denials, Tehran admits “disastrous mistake,” saying air defenses were fired in error after Iranian missile strikes on US targets in Iraq

Boris Johnson says Iran-US must pursue 'diplomatic way forward'

"Iran’s admission that Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 was shot down by mistake by its own armed forces is an important first step," Boris Johnson said in a statement.

Qassem Soleimani
'US planned to kill second Iranian official on night of Soleimani killing'

According to a 'Washington Post' report, US forces tried to assassinate the commander of the Quds force in Yemen, but failed.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia's President Vlad
General Secretary of Merkel’s party calls for Iran sanctions

German politician Paul Ziemiak calls Iran's leadership a "terrorist regime"; his call to sanction the clerical regime stands in sharp contrast to the position of Merkel and her coalition government.

Trump announces new sanctions against Iranian metal industry

"The United States will continue to counter the Iranian regime's destructive and destabilizing behavior," the president said in a statement.

WOMEN HOLD pictures of Iranian Maj.-Gen. Qasem Soleimani during a funeral procession and burial at h
Qasem Soleimani was no general

Middle Israel: Soleimani’s only known military training, by contrast, was less than two months’ basic training when he joined the Revolutionary Guards in 1979.

A MAN displays a picture of Quds Force head Maj.-Gen Qasem Soleimani (right) and Iraqi militia comma
Qasem Soleimani’s final interview

Following his death in an American airstrike, Khamenei confidant Gen. Qasem Soleimani’s manifesto sheds light on Iran’s war on Israel.

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a statement about Iran flanked by U.S. Defense Secretary Mark E
Did Trump just reignite Iran v. ISIS war? - analysis

The president said that ISIS has been eliminated, but also that Iran and the US could find common cause by joining forces again to fight the jihadist group.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Sunrise, Florida, U.S., November 26, 2019
Trump avoids escalating Iran crisis, says Tehran ‘standing down’

Iran is believed to have deliberately sought to avoid US military casualties in missile strikes on bases housing American troops in Iraq.

Iran missile attack roils financial markets

"Investors hate uncertainty. If there really is a war the outlook would actually be clearer. At the moment, the uncertainty is overshadowing performance."

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pray near the coff
Iran’s attack on US bases: a major roll of the dice - analysis

The Islamic regime knows that most Americans do not want war – but that it is not secure and could be targeted.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses a news conference in the Press Briefing Room at the St
Pompeo: Every US strike on Iranian targets will adhere International Law

Pompeo also claimed that attacks planned by Soleimani, who was killed in a US drone attack last week, "were going to lead, potentially, to the death of many more Americans."

Qasem Soleimani, commander of IRGC Quds Force
It will take time to fill Qasem Soleimani’s shoes, Yaakov Amidror says

Former Israeli National Security Advisor IDF Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror was speaking during a phone briefing organized by The Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA).

Iranian people burn American and Israeli flags during the funeral procession for Iranian Major-Gener
Thousands turn out for Soleimani funeral, daughter warns US of 'dark day'

The scale of the crowds in Tehran shown on television mirrored the masses that gathered in 1989 for the funeral of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

IAF Commander Norkin: US airstrikes in Iraq a potential game changer

Thousands of paramilitary members march on US Embassy in Baghdad following deadly strikes.

Iran Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli press conference
Iranian minister insists protesters shot in head and legs, not 'just' head

According to a parliamentarian, the officials who were present at the meeting were shocked by the interior minister's indifference and coldness when he made the remarks.

A general view of the Arak heavy-water project, 190 km (120 miles) southwest of Tehran January 15, 2
Iran's Arak nuclear reactor to have operational circuit – report

The starting of the secondary circuit will not violate restrictions placed on Iran's nuclear program under a 2015 deal with world powers.

Hundreds killed in Iran protests, thousands arrested - Amnesty

"At least 304 people were killed and thousands were injured between 15 and 18 November as Iranian authorities crushed protests using lethal force," it said.

Iranian armed forces members march during the ceremony of the National Army Day parade in Tehran, Ir
Iran’s IRGC: The Persian Gulf belongs to us

“We have the right to question any vessels entering the Straits of Hormuz and Iranian territorial waters,” naval commander Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said.

Iranian armed forces members march during the ceremony of the National Army Day parade in Tehran, Ir
IRGC claims threat to attack Israel from Lebanon misunderstood, misquoted

"If the Zionist regime makes the smallest mistake toward Iran, we will reduce Tel Aviv to ashes from Lebanon," said IRGC commander Morteza Qorbani.

A burnt bank is seen after protests against increased fuel prices in Tehran, Iran November 20, 2019.
Iranian bank cyber attack leaves 15 million customers' details online

“This is the largest financial scam in Iran’s history,” Iran's Aftab News reported. “Millions of Iranians are worried to find their names among the list of hacked accounts.”

Iranian judoka Saeid Mollaei will compete in Israel next month – report

Even before coming to Israel, Mollaei will possibly face Israeli judoka Sagi Muki at the Qingdao Masters in China next week.

Oman's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah shakes hands with Iran's
Iran is making a play for new Gulf outreach with Oman and Qatar - analysis

Reading between the lines, it seems Oman is now the most important diplomatic country in the Middle East, at least in terms of being able to talk to Israel, Iran, the US and everyone else.

Iran acknowledges security forces killed protesters in nationwide unrest

State television acknowledged killings of protesters, some hours before U.S. President Donald Trump said Iran "is killing perhaps thousands and thousands of people right now as we speak."

Hezbollah fighter walk near a military tank in Western Qalamoun, Syria August 23, 2017.
Israel's war with Iran will cause never-before-seen images

Former senior Air Force officer warns that while Israel’s foes have no interest in war, they may try taking advantage of government-less Israel

Pompeo: We'll continue to sanction Iran officials for human rights abuses

Pompeo also addressed the regime’s decision to shut down the Internet in the country.

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

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