Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has announced new measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus epidemic. He says those who do not wear masks will not be allowed to enter government offices, and those that do not implement health measures will be banned for a week.
Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, has announced the mandatory wearing of masks in the country as of Sunday, in covered public places. Meanwhile, an additional 148 new deaths were reported in one of the territories in the Middle East most affected by the pandemic.
The death toll from COVID-19 has risen again in the last 24 hours, which had been double-digits in Iran for some time. In addition, 154 patients have lost their lives in the last 24 hours. This statistic doubled in late April and early May, and in June it even reached 50 deaths per day.
UAE social media influencers have welcomed the launch of New Media Academy stressing that it will help build a new generation of professionals equipped with digital media skills and content creation capabilities.
Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and the Chairman of UAE National Media Council (NMC), said the New Media Academy represents a qualitative addition to the media sector that contributes to enhancing the skills of young cadres and empowering them with knowledge and expertise. “The initiative enhances the opportunities associated with the new media industry, by creating a new generation of influencers who will highlight the country’s achievements and promote the spread of UAE messages in accordance with the best global practices,” he said.
In a new development on the Palestinian scene, and as Israel prepares to annex parts of the West Bank, the Secretary of the Central Committee of the Fatah movement, Gabriel Rajoub, met with the deputy head of the political bureau of Hamas, Saleh Al-Aarawi, via video conference.
Donald Trump’s administration has instructed prosecutors to file a lawsuit to seize four Iranian tankers carrying gasoline to Venezuela, according to Reuters. The lawsuit aims to seize Iranian tankers, prevent future deliveries of gasoline to Venezuela, and increase sanctions and economic pressure on both.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a press conference on Wednesday that the US government’s goal is not to impose sanctions on Iran for only a short time. Instead, Pompeo said the United States would continue to seek an extension of the UN’s arms embargo against Iran.
Israel’s July 1 deadline for annexation of the Jordan Valley has been postponed for various reasons. Israel now suffering from a second spike of the coronavirus could be the reason for suspending the annexation. In the last few days there have been over 800 infections discovered throughout the country.
A look at the global death toll from Coronavirus infections shows that, for the second day in a row, Iran is among the countries with the highest official count. In this group, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, India, Pakistan, and the United States are still involved in the first wave of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Gholamhossein Esmaili, a spokesman for Iran’s judiciary, announced at a news conference on Tuesday that Rouhollah Zam, a journalist accused of inspiring protests in 2017, had been sentenced to death. Ruhollah Zam was the director of the AmadNews Telegram channel.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, addressing representatives of countries participating in a virtual session of the UN Security Council, said that countries from Israel to the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, all “unanimously” want to extend and expand Iran’s arms embargo.
Manouchehr Bakhtiari, the father of Pouya Bakhtiari, one of the victims of last November’s protests, has called for an independent inquiry into international institutions, including the United Nations human rights body, on the “deadly violence of the Iranian government against protesters.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, his partner in the coalition government, have clashed following the arrest of three protesters demonstrating against Netanyahu’s leadership. They were arrested at a “black flag” rally against Netanyahu, who is on trial for corruption.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked the Palestinians to prepare to engage in negotiations on the West Bank annexation. He has asked the state not to miss out on a historic deliberation that will bring peace to both Palestinians and Israelis in the region.
Iran has issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump over the killing of General Qassem Soleimani. Tehran has also asked Interpol, the international police organization, for support in the accomplishment of the mission. The Iranian arrest warrant is, however, considered symbolic.
According to the Iranian Ministry of Health, 2,489 new cases of COVID-19 have been discovered in Iran in the last 24 hours. Of this number, 1,406 have been admitted to medical centers across the country. According to Sima Lari, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health, 144 patients with COVID-19 have died in the past 24 hours.
In an interview with the Associated Press on Sunday, Brian Hook, the US State Department’s special envoy for Iran, stressed the importance of extending the UN’s arms embargo on Iran. He said the world should not care about Iran’s threats to retaliate if the embargo is extended.
According to Russian news outlet avia.pro, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that it is time for Turkey to actively continue its military operations in Syria’s Idlib province. The publication quoted him as saying that the Turkish military will continue to fight all “terrorist organizations” that pose a threat to Turkey’s security, whether inside its borders or outside them.
Eastern Syria has once again witnessed an airstrike. AFP reported on Saturday that Lebanon had reported an airstrike on one of the positions of forces affiliated with Bashar al-Assad’s government in eastern Syria. The attack is said to have killed six members of the Syrian army and forces backed by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Mossad chief Yossi Cohen has reportedly delivered a message to Jordan’s King Abdullah II from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The move is just one among many being used by Israel to pacify Arab nations that have a cooperation pact with Israel. The agreement with Jordan dates back to 1994.
The issue of reading the black box of a Ukrainian passenger plane seems to be coming to an end. French officials have announced that they will begin reading the black box on July 20. The passenger plane was shot down by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps on January 8.
Eight protesters in Iran have been sentenced to death for “spreading corruption on earth,” in parallel with the confirmation of three other death sentences in Isfahan. The Chief Justice of Isfahan, Mohammad Reza Habibi, announced that “we will deal decisively with the puppets and the rioters.”
In a report, the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, warned that the severe shortage of humanitarian aid in Yemen, due to the COVID-19 virus, threatens additional numbers of children with malnutrition in the war-torn country. UNICEF said today that the number of children suffering from malnutrition in Yemen may rise to 2.4 million by the end of the year.
Some residents of East Tehran reported on Friday morning that they heard an explosion in the Parchin area, and saw an orange light in the sky. Eyewitnesses in the Parchin area who witnessed the blast closely said that the orange light had been on for several seconds.
Sudan received pledges of nearly $2 billion in aid, including €150 million from Germany, during an international conference hosted by Germany. The conference was aimed at supporting the transition process in a country that is under a debt burden, and suffering from a severe economic crisis.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described the construction of the Goreh-Jask pipeline as one of the projects of the Ministry of Petroleum in the provinces of West Azerbaijan, Markazi, and Hormozgan. According to the news sources, Rouhani made remarks at a ceremony, which took place on Thursday.
In its annual report, released on Wednesday, the US State Department described the Islamic Republic of Iran as the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world. According to the report, “traces of Iran’s support for terrorism can be traced from Gaza to Pakistan.”
In Libya, the operation by the forces under the Government of National Accord (GNA) to retake the city of Sirte back from the hands of General Khalifa Haftar continues. Rejecting Haftar’s call for a ceasefire, the Tripoli government, supported by Turkey, say they will not sit at the table without Sirte.
The daily death toll from COVID-19 in Iran has risen to 133, the highest level since mid-April. That brings the total death toll in the country to near 10,000. According to official statistics from the Ministry of Health, the incidence of coronavirus is not declining in at least eight provinces.
The State of Israel was established in 1948. The United Nations recognized its independence, but its borders were never secure. The Arab states surrounding Israel— Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, and Syria– also gained independence prior to this, after the expiration of British and French mandates, each one with its allocated borders.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has the ambition to eventually etch his name in the history books as the leader who annexed the West Bank. The move will be a crucial milestone in his legacy. His annexation plans are, however, set to hit a few major hurdles.
Saudi Arabia has decided to organize the Hajj season with a “very limited” number of pilgrims while the Coronavirus pandemic continues in the Kingdom and the world. The Hajj will be open to Saudi residents only, including foreign nationals residing in the Kingdom. The announcement came via the Saudi Press Agency.
The Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen announced Tuesday the interception and destruction of booby-trapped drones and ballistic missiles launched by the Houthi rebels into the Kingdom. That including a ballistic missile launched towards the capital, Riyadh, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.
News reports quoted diplomatic sources as saying that the United States had submitted a draft resolution to the UN Security Council calling for a continued unrestricted arms embargo on Iran. Iran’s arms embargo, under the IAEA Board, continues until October of this year.
Thousands demonstrated in Jericho on Monday in the largest demonstration in the West Bank since the announcement of the American plan for the Middle East in late January. Protesters chanted slogans, “Palestine is not for sale,” and “No Palestinian state without the Jordan Valley,” as witnessed by journalists.
Kyrgyzstan’s Minister of Health, Sabirzhan Abdikarimov, announced 205 new cases of coronavirus over the past 24 hours. Most of the newly identified 82 people came from the capital, Bishkek. Three of the hospitalized patients died. This is the highest rate since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
A Syrian doctor, who was practicing his profession in Germany and entered the country as a refugee, was arrested on Friday. The suspect, known as Alaa M., is accused of involvement in torture and “crimes against humanity” he committed in his country against detainees in the prisons of the Assad regime.
China has warned that the continued bullying of Iran by the US government may undermine the current agreement, which allows Iranian nuclear sites to be inspected as set out in the 2015 Iranian agreement. China has stated this in a 5-page document presented to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Iran is reportedly sending a ship ferrying cargo to Venezuela. The move comes amidst growing sanctions on vessels and companies involved in facilitating bilateral trade between the two nations. Last week, the US Treasury Department enacted sanctions targeting four shipping companies.
Iran said on Thursday that it had tested new cruise missiles during an exercise carried out in the North Indian Ocean, near the Gulf of Oman. During the exercises, which saw Navy forces engaged, medium and long range missiles were launched, both land-sea and sea-sea, from the coast and from the bridges of the ships.
Nearly 80 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes due to war and conflict, fear of terror and violence, as well as economic collapse and poverty. According to a recent report released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Thursday, the number of refugees in the world has reached 79.5 million.
Israel has finally formed a unified coalition government, combining both sides— Likud and Blue and White, Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz. U.S. President Donald Trump, represented by Jared Kushner, urged Israel to make a government before planned annexation of the Jordan Valley.
Russia announced its intent in ensuring a comprehensive plan for Iran’s nuclear program. According to the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, the plan will be implanted with the cooperation of the EU. The talks pertaining to Iran nuclear program took place on Tuesday between Lavrov and the EU representative, Josep Borrell.
Israel started off in 1948 as a democratic state but was still dependent upon socialist values for survival. There were a number of Kibbutz or closed collective communities which were developed for survival of each separate unit. Kibbutz combined socialism and Zionism. The economy of these communities was primarily agriculture but was partly supplanted by other economic branches including industrial plants, and high tech enterprises. In 2010 there were 270 Kibbutzim in Israel. Many of these Kibbutzim have been privatized opening up to free enterprise and Jewish family life.
Iran is allegedly rebranding oil exports destined for China and other major oil import nations. This is according to a new report published by Radio Farda. The embattled state, which is reeling from US sanctions, has been able to export over nine million barrels of oil by rebranding consignments in Malaysia to make it seem like the cargo originated from there.