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Iran bans cryptocurrency mining for 4 months after blackouts

Iranian officials have regularly blamed unlicensed cryptocurrency miners for using vast amounts of electricity. "Cryptocurrency activities and mining cryptocurrencies must be stopped" until September 22, Rouhani said in televised remarks.
Rouhani said "illegal" miners who usually have access to subsidised electricity consume between six and seven times more power than those with permits.(Reuters file photo)
Rouhani said "illegal" miners who usually have access to subsidised electricity consume between six and seven times more power than those with permits.(Reuters file photo)
Published on May 26, 2021 09:20 PM IST
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IAEA may no longer get nuclear sites images: Iran

  • Iranian parliament in December approved a bill that would suspend part of UN inspections of its nuclear facilities if European signatories did not provide relief from oil and banking sanctions by February.
There are 18 nuclear facilities and nine other locations in Iran under IAEA safeguards.(AP)
There are 18 nuclear facilities and nine other locations in Iran under IAEA safeguards.(AP)
Published on May 23, 2021 05:19 PM IST
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Two main contenders sign up for Iran's presidential election

The June 18 election to succeed President Hassan Rouhani is seen as a test of the legitimacy of the country's clerical rulers who are hoping for a high turnout.
Voter interest may be hit by rising discontent over an economy that has been crippled by US sanctions reimposed.(AP)
Voter interest may be hit by rising discontent over an economy that has been crippled by US sanctions reimposed.(AP)
Published on May 15, 2021 10:02 PM IST
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Iran police probe Swiss diplomat's death after 'fall'

Mojtaba Khaledi, spokesman for the national rescue service, said that the body was found in the morning after the diplomat "fell from a (residential) tower in Kamranieh," a northern district of Tehran.
In a message to AFP's Geneva office, Switzerland's foreign ministry confirmed that
In a message to AFP's Geneva office, Switzerland's foreign ministry confirmed that "a Swiss employee of the Swiss Embassy in Tehran died in a fatal incident on Tuesday".(AP Photo)
Published on May 05, 2021 07:01 AM IST
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Syria's top court accepts three candidates to run for president

Assad won nearly 90% of the votes in the 2014 elections and is widely expected to win a fourth seven-year term. He has held power since 2000 when he took over after the death of his father, who ran the country for 30 years.
Head of the higher constitutional court, Jihad Al Laham, speaks during a news conference in Damascus, Syria May 3, 2021. (Firas Makdesi / REUTERS)
Head of the higher constitutional court, Jihad Al Laham, speaks during a news conference in Damascus, Syria May 3, 2021. (Firas Makdesi / REUTERS)
Published on May 03, 2021 03:15 PM IST
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US denies Iran's claims of prisoner, cash swap; UK downplays

  • The official quoted by Iranian state TV said a deal made between the US and Tehran involved a prisoner swap in exchange for the release of $7 billion in frozen Iranian funds.
The announcement comes amid a wider power struggle between hard-liners and the relatively moderate government of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.(AP)
The announcement comes amid a wider power struggle between hard-liners and the relatively moderate government of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.(AP)
Published on May 02, 2021 09:38 PM IST
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Iran orders probe into leaked Zarif audio 'conspiracy'

President Hassan Rouhani ordered the investigation to identify who leaked the "stolen" three-hour-long recording by top diplomat and member of his moderate government Mohammad Javad Zarif, the spokesman said.
Zarif did not comment on the controversy, but published on Tuesday a brief audio message on Instagram, saying
Zarif did not comment on the controversy, but published on Tuesday a brief audio message on Instagram, saying "I believe you should not work for history... I say that don't worry about history so much, but worry about God and the people".(Reuters file photo)
Published on Apr 27, 2021 04:35 PM IST
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Iran sentences British-Iranian aid worker to one year jail

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it would be wrong to send her back to prison.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation charity, was arrested at a Tehran airport in April 2016 and later convicted of plotting to overthrow the clerical establishment.(AP file photo)
Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation charity, was arrested at a Tehran airport in April 2016 and later convicted of plotting to overthrow the clerical establishment.(AP file photo)
Published on Apr 26, 2021 06:55 PM IST
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Iran to bar travellers from India over Covid-19 variant: Officials

  • Officials, however, did not say if any cases of the variant first identified in India in late March had been detected in Iran, the epicentre of the pandemic in the Middle East.
An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria.(Reuters)
An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria.(Reuters)
Published on Apr 24, 2021 03:15 PM IST
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Iran provides 'lethal' support to Yemen's Houthis, says US official

A Saudi Arabia-led military coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 after the Iran-aligned Houthi group ousted the country's government from the capital Sanaa. The Houthis have said they are fighting a corrupt system. Iran has denied supporting the Houthis.
A Yemeni government fighter holds a machine gun bullet belt at a frontline position during fighting against Houthi fighters in Marib, Yemen on March 16, 2021. (REUTERS)
A Yemeni government fighter holds a machine gun bullet belt at a frontline position during fighting against Houthi fighters in Marib, Yemen on March 16, 2021. (REUTERS)
Published on Apr 22, 2021 07:54 AM IST
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Iran sees Vienna talks moving forward, warns against excessive demands

Under the 2015 deal, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear work in return for relief from US and other sanctions.
Iran and world powers have made headway in the Vienna talks though much more work is needed, a senior European Union official said, with meetings to resume next week after consultations in their respective capitals.(AFP file photo)
Iran and world powers have made headway in the Vienna talks though much more work is needed, a senior European Union official said, with meetings to resume next week after consultations in their respective capitals.(AFP file photo)
Published on Apr 21, 2021 12:19 AM IST
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Iran always welcomes dialogue with Riyadh, foreign ministry says

The two countries severed diplomatic ties in 2016 and have been engaged in several proxy wars in the region as they vie for influence.
An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria.(File Photo / Reuters)
An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria.(File Photo / Reuters)
Published on Apr 19, 2021 03:43 PM IST
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News updates from HT: Goyal responds to Delhi's need for special Covid coaches

Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Fifty Covid -19 isolation coaches with 800 beds ready at Shakur Basti Station & 25 coaches will be available at Anand Vihar Station in Delhi, Goyal wrote on Twitter(File photo)
Fifty Covid -19 isolation coaches with 800 beds ready at Shakur Basti Station & 25 coaches will be available at Anand Vihar Station in Delhi, Goyal wrote on Twitter(File photo)
Published on Apr 18, 2021 08:58 PM IST
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Signs of thaw on Iran nuclear standoff emerge in Vienna Talks

Iran’s lead negotiator, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, said Saturday a “new understanding” was taking shape at the talks in Vienna and that his country would start work on a full draft text for negotiators to discuss.
The flag of Iran is seen. (Reuters file photo)
The flag of Iran is seen. (Reuters file photo)
Published on Apr 18, 2021 08:21 PM IST
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Iran sees highest Covid-19 daily death toll in months as cases surge

  • Iranian health authorities recorded 405 fatalities from the virus, pushing the total death toll to 66,732.
Shops closed in Tehran's Grand Bazaar during the month of Ramadan.(AP)
Shops closed in Tehran's Grand Bazaar during the month of Ramadan.(AP)
Published on Apr 18, 2021 08:14 PM IST
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Saudi Arabia, Iran hold talks to repair relations: Report

The meeting, which took place in Baghdad on April 9, included discussions about attacks by Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels and was positive, it said, citing one of the people.
Discussions between Iran and Saudi Arabia also focused on Houthis. An aerial image provided by Houthi Media Center on March 26, 2021, shows supporters of Yemen's Huthi rebels attending a rally, to mark the sixth anniversary of the Saudi-led coalition's intervention in Yemen, in the capital Sanaa.(AFP/For Representative Purposes Only)
Discussions between Iran and Saudi Arabia also focused on Houthis. An aerial image provided by Houthi Media Center on March 26, 2021, shows supporters of Yemen's Huthi rebels attending a rally, to mark the sixth anniversary of the Saudi-led coalition's intervention in Yemen, in the capital Sanaa.(AFP/For Representative Purposes Only)
Published on Apr 18, 2021 02:27 PM IST
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Iran offers upbeat assessment of progress in nuclear talks

Iran’s deputy foreign minister said the talks had entered a new phase, adding that Iran had proposed draft agreements that could be a basis for negotiations.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday dismissed offers seen so far in Vienna as “not worth looking at.”(Reuters file photo)
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday dismissed offers seen so far in Vienna as “not worth looking at.”(Reuters file photo)
Published on Apr 18, 2021 01:24 AM IST
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Iran nuclear talks set to resume in Vienna

The Islamic republic had declared it would sharply ramp up its enrichment of uranium earlier this week, after an attack on its Natanz nuclear facility that it blamed on arch-foe Israel.
Tehran has gradually rolled back its nuclear commitments since 2019, a year after Washington withdrew from the accord and began imposing sanctions.(AP file photo)
Tehran has gradually rolled back its nuclear commitments since 2019, a year after Washington withdrew from the accord and began imposing sanctions.(AP file photo)
Published on Apr 17, 2021 07:32 PM IST
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Iran names suspect in Natanz nuclear facility attack, says he fled country

  • Iran has begun enriching a small amount of uranium up to 60% purity in response amid talks in Vienna aimed at saving its tattered nuclear deal with world powers.
A view of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility 250 km south of the Iranian capital Tehran.(Reuters / File photo)
A view of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility 250 km south of the Iranian capital Tehran.(Reuters / File photo)
Published on Apr 17, 2021 04:12 PM IST
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With an eye on Vienna N-Talks, Iran enriching uranium to its highest level

A top official said only a few grams an hour of uranium gas would be enriched up to 60% purity - triple the level it once did but at a rate far slower than what Tehran could produce.
The move is likely to raise tensions even as Iran negotiates in Vienna over a way to allow the US back into the agreement and lift the crushing economic sanctions it faces.(Reuters)
The move is likely to raise tensions even as Iran negotiates in Vienna over a way to allow the US back into the agreement and lift the crushing economic sanctions it faces.(Reuters)
Published on Apr 17, 2021 07:32 AM IST
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Iran starts enriching uranium at 60%, its highest level ever

  • Iran's announcement also marks a significant escalation after the sabotage that damaged centrifuges, an attack this past weekend suspected of having been carried out by Israel.
Centrifuge machines in the Natanz uranium enrichment facility in central Iran.(AP)
Centrifuge machines in the Natanz uranium enrichment facility in central Iran.(AP)
Published on Apr 16, 2021 02:45 PM IST
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AP | , Tehran

Explained: What are the Iran nuclear talks all about?

  • In 2015, Iran signed an agreement with the US, Russia, China, Germany, France and Britain that was intended to set limits on Tehran's nuclear program.
FILE - In this April 10, 2021 file photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani, second right, listens to head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi while visiting an exhibition of Iran's new nuclear achievements in Tehran, Iran. Negotiations aimed at bringing the United States back into the landmark nuclear deal with Iran are resuming on Thursday, April 15. At issue is how to revive a 2015 deal between Iran and world powers that was intended to set limits on Tehran’s nuclear program in order to make it impossible for it to build a nuclear weapon. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP, File)(AP)
FILE - In this April 10, 2021 file photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani, second right, listens to head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi while visiting an exhibition of Iran's new nuclear achievements in Tehran, Iran. Negotiations aimed at bringing the United States back into the landmark nuclear deal with Iran are resuming on Thursday, April 15. At issue is how to revive a 2015 deal between Iran and world powers that was intended to set limits on Tehran’s nuclear program in order to make it impossible for it to build a nuclear weapon. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP, File)(AP)
Published on Apr 15, 2021 02:37 PM IST
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Iran warns sabotage affects Vienna talks over nuclear deal

The extent of the damage at Natanz remains unclear, though Iran's Foreign Ministry has described it as damaging Iran's first-generation IR-1 centrifuges, the workhorse of its nuclear program.
A view of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility.(Reuters)
A view of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility.(Reuters)
Published on Apr 13, 2021 02:55 PM IST
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Natanz nuclear plant attack complicates US, Iran nuke talks

Iran's nuclear program has been targeted by diplomatic efforts and sabotage attacks over the last decade, with the latest incident striking its underground Natanz facility. The attack on Sunday, April 11, 2021, at Natanz comes as world powers try to negotiate a return by Iran and the U.S. to Tehran's atomic accord.
In this April 10, 2021, file photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian presidency, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, second from right, listens to the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi while visiting an exhibition of Iran's new nuclear achievements in Tehran, Iran. (AP)
In this April 10, 2021, file photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian presidency, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, second from right, listens to the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi while visiting an exhibition of Iran's new nuclear achievements in Tehran, Iran. (AP)
Published on Apr 13, 2021 10:10 AM IST
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White House says US not involved in Iran nuclear site incident

"The US was not involved in any manner," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in response to questions. "We have nothing to add on speculation about the causes or the impacts."
Iran vowed revenge for what it described as an act of
Iran vowed revenge for what it described as an act of "nuclear terrorism" that caused an electricity outage in one of the production halls at the uranium enrichment plant. In picture - A view of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility.(Reuters)
Published on Apr 12, 2021 11:16 PM IST
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Electrical incident strikes Iran's Natanz nuclear facility

  • Natanz, a facility earlier targeted by the Stuxnet computer virus, was largely built underground to withstand enemy airstrikes.
This satellite photo from Planet Labs Inc. shows Iran's Natanz nuclear facility on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.(via AP)
This satellite photo from Planet Labs Inc. shows Iran's Natanz nuclear facility on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.(via AP)
Updated on Apr 11, 2021 02:20 PM IST
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Iran orders 10-day shutdown amid 4th wave of Covid-19 pandemic

The lockdown affects 23 of the country’s 31 provinces, health ministry spokesman Alireza Raisi said.
Businesses, schools, theatres and sports facilities have been forced to shut and gatherings are banned during the month of Ramadan that begins on Wednesday. In picture - Shops closed in Tehran's Grand Bazaar.(AP)
Businesses, schools, theatres and sports facilities have been forced to shut and gatherings are banned during the month of Ramadan that begins on Wednesday. In picture - Shops closed in Tehran's Grand Bazaar.(AP)
Published on Apr 10, 2021 04:58 PM IST
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US, Iran clash on sanctions; US sees possible 'impasse'

United States had seen some signs of Iranian seriousness about returning to the nuclear pact but "certainly not enough," a senior US State Department official said.
The talks, in which European Union officials are shuttling between the remaining parties to the deal and the United States, aim to restore the bargain at the core of the agreement.(via REUTERS)
The talks, in which European Union officials are shuttling between the remaining parties to the deal and the United States, aim to restore the bargain at the core of the agreement.(via REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 10, 2021 08:08 AM IST
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Chinese envoy says Iran talks to resume next week

Speaking to reporters after a meeting of the deal's participants to take stock following a week of discussions, Wang Qun, China's ambassador to the U.N. atomic watchdog, said the talks were going in the right direction and parties were narrowing differences.
An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria.(File Photo / REUTERS)
An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria.(File Photo / REUTERS)
Published on Apr 09, 2021 04:09 PM IST
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South Korea says its ship, captain detained in Iran have been released

  • A South Korean ship and its captain that were seized and detained in Iran in January were released on Friday, South Korea's foreign ministry said.
An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria.(File Photo / Reuters)
An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria.(File Photo / Reuters)
Updated on Apr 09, 2021 08:41 AM IST
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