Thе tоtаl numbеr оf соrоnаvіruѕ infections wоrldwіdе exceeded оnе million people оn Thurѕdау, according tо the Johns Hорkіnѕ Unіvеrѕіtу website, which provides rеаl-tіmе statistics based оn оffісіаl dаtа from dіffеrеnt соuntrіеѕ. Currently, mоrе thаn 50,000 реорlе have died аѕ a rеѕult оf thе раndеmіс аnd аlmоѕt 210,000 hаvе rесоvеrеd.
Iran has gone to extreme lengths to preserve its nuclear program. Despite a flurry of devastating sanctions designed to cripple its economy, it has refused to abandon this dicey endeavor. Just to get a feel of how badly the sanctions have ravaged the economy, Iranian oil exports have fallen to just under 2.6 million barrels a month, from 4.6 million in 2018.
The military in Iran has completed work on a 2,000 bed capacity hospital in an exhibition center in the capital, Tehran. The Iranian military said the new facility, which includes three unit beds and several isolation wards, was set up in just 48 hours. It will begin receiving patients next week and will be used for those recovering from the COVID-19 virus.
Hundreds of thousands of Shiite Muslims defied state orders on Saturday prohibiting them from visiting the Musa al-Kadhim shrine. The sacrarium attracts millions of pilgrims from Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan each year. Saturday was, in particular, an important commemoration date for Musa al-Kadhim, a martyr who died in prison in what is today referred to as Iraq.
The European Union has pledged €20 million in aid to help Iran mitigate the effects of coronavirus, which is ravaging the economy. According to EU Foreign Affairs representative, Josep Borrell, “we’ve not been able to provide a lot of humanitarian help, but there is some €20 million in the pipeline . . . that we expect to be delivered over the next weeks.”
U.S. President Donald Trump has confirmed reaching out to North Korea and Iran to provide humanitarian support in these dire times. Iran has confirmed receiving the offer, which it deems to be in bad faith. Its Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, has castigated the Trump administration for it. North Korea has, on the other hand, welcomed the offer.
Iran does not intend to accept US assistance to deal with the coronavirus pandemic in the country after all. This was said by Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a speech on Sunday. The powerful Ayatollah also cited a conspiracy theory that Americans created the virus as a “poison” specifically to kill Iranians.
The US Department of Energy is urging the administration of US President Donald Trump to form an alliance with Saudi Arabia in an attempt to regulate world oil prices, which could lead to Saudi Arabia withdrawing from OPEC. This information became available via The Wall Street Journal which claims that supporters of the US oil Alliance with Saudi Arabia are calling for stabilizing energy prices and preventing their collapse, which occurred after the OPEC talks in Vienna in early March.
Iranian authorities announced 123 new deaths caused by COVID-19 on Saturday. The official death toll from the coronavirus rose to 1,556 in the Islamic Republic, one of the worst affected countries, along with Italy and China. According to Iran’s Health Ministry spokesman Kianouche Jahanpour, over 966 new cases have been confirmed in the last 24 hours, with the total confirmed infections reaching 20,610.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan called for the lifting of “unfair” US sanctions against Iran. “I would stress and insist to the international community to lift the sanctions on Iran,” Khan said. “It is very unjust they are dealing with such a large outbreak on one side, and on the other, they are facing international sanctions.”
With the news of a shut down in California, the most highly populated state in America, there is no other way to receive this news in Israel but with shock. Israel and America are partners in the work of building this world to last for another thousand years with peace and health. President Trump began his administration with the goal of reaching global peace but received opposition from the liberal Democrats.
Iran will pardon 10,000 prisoners ahead of the Iranian new year to be marked on Friday. According to state television, the country’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khemenei, will pardon the prisoners, including political detainees. “Those who will be pardoned will not return to jail,” a government statement reads.
Scientists believe that the coronavirus was produced through natural causes and not in a laboratory. About this there are still skeptics. In the near future the hidden secrets of coronavirus will be revealed. President Trump calls it the “China Virus” and Beijing claims it was caused by America military (there is zero evidence of this). No one knows the truth but there are differences of opinions and the major stress is placed on solving the problem.
The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Iran has reached alarming levels. The country, which is currently reeling from U.S. sanctions, recorded 147 deaths on Wednesday. There are over 15,000 confirmed Covid-19 infection cases in the country, and healthcare systems in the country seem frightfully unprepared.
At least six people have been killed and 12 others injured in an overnight US air strike in Iraq on Friday. Iraqi military said three soldiers, two policemen and one civilian were killed in the attack, adding that four soldiers, two policemen, one civilian and five militiamen were wounded.
The Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran sent a letter to the UN Secretary-General calling for the end of US government sanctions against Iran. He has said that US sanctions are a major obstacle to combating the Coronavirus outbreak in Iran. Iranian news agencies, including ISNA, have sent a copy of Mohammad Javad Zarif’s letter to the heads of all international organizations and foreign ministers around the world.
Three people were killed and 12 others were injured in an attack on an Iraqi base. According to a statement, five fire service personnel were among the most severely injured, and concerns are being raised about the casualties. The statement added, “allied forces and Iraqi security forces are investigating the attack.” The attack happened around 7:30 PM local time on Wednesday.
Iran announced the death of 63 more people infected with the new coronavirus (Covid-19) Wednesday, bringing the total to 354 dead in the country. Iran is one of the most affected countries in the world by the coronavirus epidemic. The Iranian authorities also identified 958 new cases of Covid-19 infection, bringing the total to about 9,000, according to a televised press conference by the spokesman of the Ministry of Health, Kianoush Jahanpour.
Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc in China. In the last 24 hours, 17 more people died there due to this virus. With this, the total number of deaths has increased to 3,136. Amidst the havoc of COVID-19, President Xi Jinping has made a big announcement. He said that the deadly virus has been controlled in Hubei Province, the main center of coronavirus, and its capital, Wuhan.
According to Kianoush Jahanpour, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Iran, official statistics show that 7,161 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus virus and 237 have died. He told reporters on Monday that new cases of lung disease, caused by coronavirus, had been confirmed.
Iran temporarily released more than 54,000 prisoners Tuesday in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the country’s crowded prisons. All the released prisoners were tested for the disease. The inmates were allowed out only after testing negative for coronavirus and posting bail. Prisoners who are kept under special security regimes or serve sentences longer than five years did not receive the benefit of temporary release, according to the Iranian judiciary.
Iranian attractions, such as the Ruins of Persepolis and the Persian Garden, are UNESCO World Heritage sites that attract tens of thousands of tourists each year. The coronavirus epidemic and political tensions have, however, devastated the tourism industry. The escalation of tensions between the United States and Iran following the killing of General Qasem Suleimani has, in particular, greatly impacted the sector.
As fears of the continued global spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to drive financial markets to new lows, savvy investors should take note of the excellent opportunities that this massive global sell-off is creating.
The World Health Organization on Coronaviruses:
“Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.”
Iran’s conservatives have won a general election that had a historically low turnout. According to the Iranian Interior Ministry, only 42.6 percent of Iranians participated in the polls. This is the lowest number ever recorded since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. This is despite a six-hour extension.
On Thursday, Saudi Arabia suspended the entrance of pilgrims visiting the mosque of the Prophet Muhammad and the holy places of Islam in Mecca and Medina. They also banned tourists from countries affected by the coronavirus that causes Covid- 19. The country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has published a list of measures to “prevent and eliminate” the spread of the new coronavirus, said in a statement on Thursday.
The United States imposes sanctions on 13 foreign entities and individuals in Russia, China, Iraq, and Turkey under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA). The announcement was confirmed by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on @twitter.
The Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act authorizes the United States to impose sanctions against foreign individuals, private entities, and governments that engage in proliferation activities.
Iran’s deputy health minister is infected with the coronavirus. The information was confirmed in video footage broadcast on state-run Iranian television. The deputy Health Minister, Iraj Harirchi, is now in quarantine, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health said. “The coronavirus test for Mr. Harirchi, the deputy health minister who was on the front lines combating the coronavirus, was positive,” Alireza Vahabzadeh, a media adviser to the health minister, said in a tweet.
Iran became the country with the second-highest number of deaths caused by the new coronavirus Sunday. Iran currently has eight recorded deaths, the most outside China. The situation has led some of its neighboring countries to close their borders, or ban travel to Iran altogether, in fear of the spread of the deadly disease.
The results of the new survey are available pertaining to the approval of the head of state of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The poll results were posted on Twitter by the @Metropol. The survey posed a straightforward question of whether or not the public approves of the current head of state’s activities. Thus far Erdogan is at a 41.9% approval rate.
News sources reported several missiles hit near the US Embassy in Baghdad on Sunday. US military circles confirmed the news of the rocket fire on the Green Zone and several rockets near the US Mission Center in Iraq. It is still unclear how many missiles were fired into the Green Zone, and no casualties were reported.
On Thursday, the United States Senate passed a resolution which limits the powers of the White House to launch a military operation against Iran after weeks of war tensions between the two countries. However, since the bill did not attain the two-thirds majority support in the Senate, as only eight Republican senators supported it, President Donald Trump will be able to veto the resolution should it pass through the House of Representatives.
A new ID card regulation in Iran makes life even more difficult for unofficial religious minorities. For the Baha’i community, the largest minority religious group in the country, the latest development is just one in a long list of discriminatory policies. There are four officially recognized religions in Iran, namely Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism.
The Israeli army again attacked the positions of Syrian forces and pro-Iranian militias near Damascus. The official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) confirmed the Israeli missile attack on the positions of the Syrian army, and the forces affiliated with the Islamic Republic of Iran, citing Israeli air defense against rockets fired by Israel. The news has not yet been confirmed by Israeli sources. The Associated Press then confirmed and supplemented the news.
The European Union’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, met his counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday in Tehran. Borrell also met with the Speaker of the Parliament of Iran, Ali Larijani, and President Hassan Rouhani. In a meeting with the EU foreign policy coordinator, the Iranian president emphasized his country’s “full adherence” to its commitments in JCPOA and criticized “non-compliance” by other parties to the treaty.
The Danish intelligence and security service announced the arrest of three members of the “Al-Ahwaz Arab Liberation Movement” on charges of espionage for Saudi Arabia. Dan Anders, head of the Danish intelligence and security service, said the three were spying for three years in Denmark.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrel, as confirmed in Tehran and Brussels, is going to Iran to discuss the nuclear deal. Borrell’s office said he should meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif and other officials.
The killing of General Qassem Soleimani by the United States escalated its conflict with Iran to crisis level. Of course, U.S. President Donald Trump has, on numerous occasions, openly declared that his main objective is to put maximum pressure on Iran so as to force it to redact its nuclear program ambitions.
There is a new ransomware Trojan on the loose that is reportedly capable of disabling industrial control systems. Security researchers at Otorio, a Tel Aviv-based cybersecurity company, report that the origin of the malware, dubbed Snake, is most likely Iran. The new ransomware has caused havoc in the past two weeks and led to a spike in the number of reported cases.
Three rockets hit the United States embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, on Sunday, leaving at least one person injured. A security source told the AFP news agency on Sunday that one rocket hit an embassy cafeteria during dinner time, while two other rockets landed nearby.
Thousands of people responded to a call by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to protest on Friday against the presence of the United States troops on Iraqi soil. A spokesperson read al-Sadr’s statement during the demonstration, in which he called for the cancellation of all security agreements between Iraq and the United States.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that his country will withdraw from the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) if the Europeans present its violations of the Iran Nuclear Deal to the UN Security Council. “If the Europeans continue their improper behavior or send Iran’s file to the Security Council, we will withdraw from the NPT,” he said.
Discussions will begin next week in the Knesset on whether to grant Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immunity from prosecution. Netanyahu has been indicted for fraud, bribery and breach of trust, which he feels are not severe to interfere with his ability to be Prime Minister. Blue and White, his opponents in the next elections, have pushed for hearings on immunity to be held before the elections in March.
Iran confirmed on Tuesday that it fired two missiles on January 8 at Ukrainian International Airlines flight 752, a catastrophic error that caused the deaths of the 176 people that were on board. As per the contents of a preliminary report by the Civil Aviation Organisation of Iran (CAOI) released today, investigators who had access to military information “found that two Tor-M1 missiles were fired from the north at the plane.”
The main Iranian football clubs decided not to participate in the AFC Champions League for 2020, in response to an alleged ban on home matches in the country. The move is ostensibly related to the security atmosphere, and comes following the accidental downing of a Ukrainian airliner by missiles from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps that killed 176 people near the capital, Tehran, local media reported on Saturday.
Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne promised that Iran would be “pressured” to respond to the “exact cause” of the downing of the Ukrainian aircraft. “The world is waiting for the answer and will not calm down until the right answer is received,” he said in London today. Foreign ministers of five countries whose citizens were killed by two Iranian Revolutionary Guards missiles fired on Ukrainian planes met on Tuesday to pressure Tehran into conducting “full and transparent” investigations into the tragedy.
Since the earliest days of the Obama administration, the (left) Democrats have been moving to establish a Socialist Democracy in the United States. Let’s face it, Obama wore many hats.
Iran is a Socialist country and its powers-to-be are constantly and consistently oppressing its people. It’s easily seen by the number of protestors in the streets of Iran over the last few days that have been crying out for the removal of the Iranian leadership. Those people know that a Socialist country is not a good thing. It’s no secret that Obama paid Iran billions of dollars in bribe money. It could have been tracked to if it were electronically transferred to Iran. Cash only lets them spend it wherever and with whomever, and with no oversight or future explanation of what it was spent on. One thing is certain, they didn’t spend it on the people of Iran.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday night that he was open to negotiating a new nuclear deal with Iran, but the first step depends on the Iranian regime. His only conditions, as he made clear, are “no nuclear weapons and don’t kill protesters.” Trump tweeted, “National Security Adviser suggested today that sanctions & protests have Iran ‘choked off,’ will force them to negotiate. Actually, I couldn’t care less if they negotiate. Will be totally up to them but, no nuclear weapons and ‘don’t kill your protesters.”
2020 started with mass casualties of innocent lives. Iran shot down a Boeing airplane operated by Ukrainian airlines, resulting in the loss of human lives. The attack happened after the US successfully executed (via drone strike) Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in Iraq. It is plausible to believe Iran was trying to murder the Iranian-Canadians on the plane, considering them traitors for leaving the regime.
Israel is faced with external and internal tensions. External tensions are the confrontations with its neighbors— Lebanon, Syria, and Iran. America is assisting Israel in self-defense of its nation. Israel will not accept the presence of Iran in Syria. In the news on Friday, after a tense week between Iran and America, Israel again attacked storehouses of weapons located at the border of Syria and Iraq.