Iran bans newspaper that linked supreme leader to poverty

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s judicial authorities reportedly banned a newspaper Monday for publishing a front-page graphic that appeared to show Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s hand drawing the poverty line in the Islamic Republic, amid widespread anger over the cratering economy. The semiofficial Mehr news agency said Iran’s media supervisory body shut…

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Iranian official warns of ‘strong’ response if security threatened

The Mercer Street, a Japanese-owned Liberian-flagged tanker managed by Israeli-owned Zodiac Maritime that was attacked off Oman coast as seen in Cape Town, South Africa, December 31, 2015 in this picture obtained from ship tracker website, MarineTraffic.com. Picture taken December 31, 2015. Johan Victor/Handout via REUTERS/File PhotoDUBAI, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Iran will respond promptly…

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Iran supreme leader criticizes West as nuclear talks stalled

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader on Wednesday called the U.S. “stubborn” in stalled nuclear talks in Vienna for discussing Tehran’s missiles and regional influence, likely signaling challenges ahead in efforts to revive its tattered atomic accord with world powers.Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s remarks come as his hard-line protege, President-elect Ebrahim Raisi, is…

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Iran’s hardline president-elect rules out Biden meeting, open to mending ties with Saudi Arabia

Iran’s President-elect Ebrahim Raisi ruled out on Monday a meeting with US President Joe Biden but said there were “no obstacles” to resuming diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia, Shia Iran’s Sunni arch-rival, which have been severed for five years. Raisi added that he will not allow nuclear negotiations for the sake of negotiations, in his…

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U.N. suspends Iran’s voting rights over $16.2 million in unpaid dues

Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the removal of voting rights was “fundamentally flawed, entirely unacceptable and completely unjustified.” File Photo by Monika Graff/UPI | License Photo June 4 (UPI) — The United Nations has suspended the voting rights of Iran and four smaller African countries because they have not settled delinquent dues. The international body…

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