Iran and Iraq reach agreement on how to release trapped funds

Iran has secured a trade agreement with Iraq that will enable it to access funds trapped in Baghdad because of US sanctions, the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported. Abdolnaser Hemmati, head of the Central Bank of Iran, visited Baghdad on Monday to finalize the deal, which allows Iran to use accumulated payments from … Continue reading Iran and Iraq reach agreement on how to release trapped funds

US sanctions Chinese logistics firm for working with Iranian Airline

The United States introduced sanctions against a Chinese logistics company for providing services to Iran's Mahan Air, the Treasury Department announced in a statement on Tuesday. "Today, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is designating China-based Shanghai Saint Logistics Limited for acting as a general sales agent (GSA) for … Continue reading US sanctions Chinese logistics firm for working with Iranian Airline

COVID-19 updates from India, Iran and Singapore

Noted Indian Scholar, Leading Expert on Russia Dies of Coronavirus at 68 Professor Hari Vasudevan, who died on Saturday night, was involved in projects on Indo-Russian relations and the Radiating Globalities project initiated by Gayatri Spivak of Columbia University (New York). At Observer Research Foundation (ORF), he was evaluating the overlap between the Look East … Continue reading COVID-19 updates from India, Iran and Singapore

Magnitude 5.7 earthquake kills 8 in Turkey

Eight people died and others were stuck under collapsed buildings in southeastern Turkey on Sunday after a magnitude-5.7 earthquake struck near the border with Iran, the Turkish government said as teams dug through rubble in nearby villages. Three of those killed were children and 21 people were injured, including eight critically, Turkey’s health ministry said. … Continue reading Magnitude 5.7 earthquake kills 8 in Turkey

Iran joins list of countries affected by coronavirus

Iran on Wednesday confirmed that two persons in the country had tested positive to the Covid 19 virus, which emerged from Wuhan, China. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to about 75,209, more than 74,000 of them coming from China. AFP quoted Kianoush Jahanpour, spokesperson for the country’s health ministry, as saying that the … Continue reading Iran joins list of countries affected by coronavirus

U.S. killing of Military General was wrongly planned – Foreign Minister

The U.S. killing of a top Iranian general was a miscalculation that has had the effect of bolstering support in Iraq for the removal of American troops, a longtime goal of Tehran, Iran's foreign minister said Friday. The U.S. killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani in a Jan. 3 drone strike as the commander of Iran's expeditionary … Continue reading U.S. killing of Military General was wrongly planned – Foreign Minister

US Senate focused on curbing Trump’s powers to declare war

A handful of Republican senators joined their Democratic colleagues Thursday to pass a resolution calling on President Donald Trump to "terminate the use of U.S. Armed Forces for hostilities against Iran" unless those actions are authorized by Congress. The U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan war powers resolution by a vote of 55-45. Trump is expected … Continue reading US Senate focused on curbing Trump’s powers to declare war

Trump: America will not lift sanctions to negotiate with Iran

The United States will not lift sanctions on Iran in order to negotiate, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted late on Saturday, seemingly in response to a Der Spiegel interview with Iran’s foreign minister. “Iranian Foreign Minister says Iran wants to negotiate with The United States, but wants sanctions removed. @FoxNews @OANN No Thanks!” Trump tweeted … Continue reading Trump: America will not lift sanctions to negotiate with Iran

The real cost of Trump’s attack on Iran

Dozens of U.S. troops were withdrawn from Iraq this week after 11 soldiers were wounded during the Iranian attack on two bases, a U.S. official told Reuters on the condition of anonymity. According to the official that spoke to Reuters on Wednesday, the soldiers were transported from Iraq to the U.S. military bases in Germany.  … Continue reading The real cost of Trump’s attack on Iran

Is the nuclear deal agreement with Iran coming to an end?

The U.S. State Department said on Saturday that it had imposed sanctions on Brigadier General Hassan Shahvarpour of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), accusing him of commanding units blamed for killing protesters in Iran in November 2019. Following the designation, the blacklisted individual, as well as his immediate family members, is ineligible for entry … Continue reading Is the nuclear deal agreement with Iran coming to an end?