Iran tightens Covid curbs as cases, deaths surge
Iran on Aug. 14 announced new curbs to combat the spread of Covid-19 as deaths and infections surge and as the country tries to speed up its vaccination campaign.
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Raisi says Iran backs moves to lift sanctions, but won’t bow to pressure
Iran's new ultraconservative President Ebrahim Raisi said Tehran backs any diplomatic moves to lift U.S. sanctions but will not bow to pressure, as he took the oath of office on Aug. 5.
'Potential hijack' of ship off UAE coast has ended: British navy group
An incident where a ship may have been hijacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates has ended and the vessel is safe, a UK maritime security agency said on Aug. 4.
US, UK and Israel blame Iran for ship attack; Tehran denies
The United States and the United Kingdom joined Israel on Aug. 1 in alleging Iran carried out a fatal drone strike on an oil tanker off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea, putting further pressure on Tehran as it denied being involved in the assault.
US Navy says drone strike hit oil tanker off Oman, killing 2
U.S. Navy explosive experts believe a "drone strike" targeted an oil tanker that came under attack off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea, killing two on board, the American military said on July 31.
Erdoğan discusses bilateral ties with Iran's Rouhani
In a Wednesday telephone call, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan discussed bilateral relations and regional developments with Hassan Rouhani, his Iranian counterpart, now in his final days in office.
The leaders exchanged greetings for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, Turkey's Communications Directorate said.
Feds charge 4 in Iran plot to kidnap activist in US, others
An Iranian intelligence officer and three alleged members of an Iranian intelligence network have been charged in Manhattan with plotting to kidnap a prominent Iranian opposition activist and writer in exile and take her back to Tehran, authorities said on July 13.
Slovenian ambassador in Iran summoned over Janša’s statements
Ljubljana/Tehran – The Iranian Foreign Ministry has summoned Slovenia’s Ambassador to Iran Kristina Radej over Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša’s recent calls for an inquiry into a 1988 massacre in Iran at Free Iran World Summit. Tehran condemned Janša’s appearance at the summit and asked for an explanation from the Slovenian government.
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Iran takes steps to make enriched uranium metal
Iran has begun the process of producing enriched uranium metal, the U.N. atomic watchdog said on July 6, a move that could help it develop a nuclear weapon and that three European powers said threatened talks to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
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US carries out air strikes against Iran-backed militia in Iraq, Syria
The United States said on June 27 it carried out another round of air strikes against Iran-backed militia in Iraq and Syria, this time in response to drone attacks by the militia against U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq.