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Like with the Barekat vaccine still in the initial phase of clinical trials, the company used inactivated coronaviruses from 35,000 samples to make the new vaccine, a traditional technology based on cultivating batches of the virus and then killing it. (AFP)

Iran's third homegrown vaccine reaches clinical trials phase

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 16, 2021 04:00 PM IST
The government said 20,000 volunteers in the capital of Tehran and other cities will soon receive Iran's new vaccine, called Fakhra, which an official described to state-run media as being “100% safe,” without providing any evidence or data to support the claim.
US B-52 bomber flew over the Middle East on January 27, 2021 in a show of force by President Joe Biden's new administration as it girds for a challenging relationship with Iran, the Pentagon said.( AFP)
US B-52 bomber flew over the Middle East on January 27, 2021 in a show of force by President Joe Biden's new administration as it girds for a challenging relationship with Iran, the Pentagon said.( AFP)

US flies two B-52 bombers over Iran as Washington-Tehran tensions rise

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 07:50 PM IST
  • The US military's Central Command said the two B-52s flew over the region accompanied by military aircraft from nations including Israel, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Iran’s decision to begin enriching to 20% a decade ago nearly brought an Israeli strike targeting its nuclear facilities, tensions that only abated with the 2015 atomic deal.(AP)
Iran’s decision to begin enriching to 20% a decade ago nearly brought an Israeli strike targeting its nuclear facilities, tensions that only abated with the 2015 atomic deal.(AP)

Iran plans 20% uranium enrichment ‘as soon as possible’

Dubai, UAE | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 03:38 PM IST
The move comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the US in the waning days of the administration of President Donald Trump, who unilaterally withdrew America from Tehran’s nuclear deal in 2018.
Members of Iranian forces carry the coffin of slain scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh during his funeral ceremony in Tehran.
Members of Iranian forces carry the coffin of slain scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh during his funeral ceremony in Tehran.

Iran official alleges Israel ‘remotely killed’ scientist

Tehran | By Associated Press| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 30, 2020 11:03 PM IST
Israel insists Iran still maintains the ambition of developing nuclear weapons, pointing to Tehran’s ballistic missile programme and research into other technologies. Iran long has maintained its nuclear programme is peaceful.
Members of Iranian forces carry the coffin of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh during a funeral ceremony in Tehran, Iran November 30, 2020.(VIA REUTERS)
Members of Iranian forces carry the coffin of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh during a funeral ceremony in Tehran, Iran November 30, 2020.(VIA REUTERS)

Iranian scientist was killed remotely, says security official

By Bloomberg | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON NOV 30, 2020 06:48 PM IST
State-run Press TV reported on Monday that “the remains” of a weapon collected from the site “bear the logo and specifications of the Israeli military industry.” It cited an unidentified person and didn’t provide any evidence to back up the claim.
Members of Iranian forces carry the coffin of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh at the Imam Khomeini's Shrine in Tehran, Iran.(Reuters)
Members of Iranian forces carry the coffin of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh at the Imam Khomeini's Shrine in Tehran, Iran.(Reuters)

Iran begins funeral for slain military nuclear scientist

Tehran | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON NOV 30, 2020 12:06 PM IST
State TV broadcast the ceremony showing the casket of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Officials, including Defense Minister Gen Amir Hatami, attended the ceremony.
A photo shows Iranian missiles during a recent military drill by the country’s air defence units.
A photo shows Iranian missiles during a recent military drill by the country’s air defence units.

Iran vows to avenge nuke scientist’s assassination

Tehran | By Agencies
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 06:33 AM IST
Rouhani said Fakhrizadeh’s death won’t stop its nuclear programme. Iran’s civilian nuclear programme has continued its experiments and enriches uranium up to 4.5% - far below weapons-grade levels of 90%.
The photo shows the scene where Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in Absard, a small city just east of the capital, Tehran, Iran. Fakhrizadeh, an Iranian scientist that Israel alleged led the Islamic Republic's military nuclear program until its disbanding in the early 2000s was “assassinated” Friday, state television said.(AP)
The photo shows the scene where Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in Absard, a small city just east of the capital, Tehran, Iran. Fakhrizadeh, an Iranian scientist that Israel alleged led the Islamic Republic's military nuclear program until its disbanding in the early 2000s was “assassinated” Friday, state television said.(AP)

Who is the Iranian scientist killed in Tehran?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 09:57 PM IST
Prominent Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in an attack outside Tehran on Friday. He was widely seen outside the country as a leading figure in the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme, although Iran has denied hi involvement in the same
A handout photo made available by Iran state TV (IRIB) shows the damaged car of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh after it was attacked near the capital Tehran. The scientist died at the hospital from his injuries following an attack by "armed terrorists", Iran's defence ministry said in a statement.(AFP)
A handout photo made available by Iran state TV (IRIB) shows the damaged car of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh after it was attacked near the capital Tehran. The scientist died at the hospital from his injuries following an attack by "armed terrorists", Iran's defence ministry said in a statement.(AFP)

Iran scientist linked to military nuclear program killed

Associated Press | By Associated Press | Posted by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 09:28 PM IST
State TV said Fakhrizadeh was attacked by “armed terrorist elements.” He died at a local hospital after doctors and parademics couldn’t revive him.
An Iranian woman wearing a protective face mask, walks on the street, as government imposed a full lockdown, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease in Tehran, Iran.(VIA REUTERS)
An Iranian woman wearing a protective face mask, walks on the street, as government imposed a full lockdown, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease in Tehran, Iran.(VIA REUTERS)

Iran closes businesses, curtails travel amid coronavirus surge

Tehran | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 09:14 PM IST
Top Iranian officials initially downplayed the risks posed by the virus outbreak, before recently urging the public to follow measures like wearing masks and avoiding unessential travel.
The entire top leadership of al Qaeda has gone. But don’t rule out a merger with IS or its ability to stitch together geopolitical alliances(Getty Images)
The entire top leadership of al Qaeda has gone. But don’t rule out a merger with IS or its ability to stitch together geopolitical alliances(Getty Images)

Al Qaeda is battered, but don’t rejoice yet

By Kabir Taneja
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 05:57 AM IST
It may return if more structural concerns in counter-terror thinking and policies are not addressed over time
Al-Masri was gunned down in a Tehran alley on Aug. 7, the anniversary of the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.(AFP Photo)
Al-Masri was gunned down in a Tehran alley on Aug. 7, the anniversary of the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.(AFP Photo)

US, Israel worked together to track and kill al-Qaida No. 2

Washington | By Associated Press| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 15, 2020 09:31 PM IST
Four current and former US officials said Abu Mohammed al-Masri, al-Qaida’s No. 2, was killed by assassins in the Iranian capital in August.
As Iran’s infection rate soars and strains hospitals, the debate over the government’s response to the virus has grown heated.(Bloomberg file photo)
As Iran’s infection rate soars and strains hospitals, the debate over the government’s response to the virus has grown heated.(Bloomberg file photo)

Iran to impose business curfew in capital as coronavirus surges

Tehran | By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON NOV 10, 2020 03:13 PM IST
Restaurants and non-essential businesses in Tehran were ordered to close at 6 p.m. for one month, to keep hospitals from becoming overwhelmed and to slow the worsening outbreak, which has killed more than 38,000 — the highest toll in the Middle East.
Iran imposes travel restrictions as virus deaths hit record(Twitter/AndyVermaut)
Iran imposes travel restrictions as virus deaths hit record(Twitter/AndyVermaut)

Iran imposes travel restrictions on residents from leaving and non-residents from entering as virus deaths hit record

Tehran | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2020 10:35 AM IST
Being hit the worst by Covid-19 in the Middle East, Iran cites orders for travel restrictions following the closure of some public spaces and businesses. Violators to be fined as per the order.
Wang and Javid Zarif also reaffirmed their commitment to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.(@JZarif/Twitter)
Wang and Javid Zarif also reaffirmed their commitment to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.(@JZarif/Twitter)

China reaffirms commitment to Iran nuclear deal

Tehran | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON OCT 11, 2020 11:43 AM IST
Iran has been locked in an acrimonious relationship with Saudi Arabia, the other major Middle Eastern power, over the war in Yemen, Iranian influence in Iraq and Saudi support for Washington’s sanctions on Tehran.
Tehran metro.(Reuters)
Tehran metro.(Reuters)

Fire breaks out at Tehran metro station; no casualties

Reuters | By Reuters | Posted by Kaleem Ullah Fasihi
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2020 11:42 AM IST
A spokesman for the state emergency services, Mojtaba Khaledi, said no trains were damaged in the 7.45 a.m. blaze at the Ekbatan station, but did not immediately specify its cause.
Tehran review: Niv Sultan in a still from the new Apple TV+ show.
Tehran review: Niv Sultan in a still from the new Apple TV+ show.

Tehran review: From the writer of Fauda, thrilling spy series is another win for Apple TV+

By Rohan Naahar
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2020 03:03 PM IST
Tehran review: Thrillingly plotted, empathetically told, and with the intelligence to handle volatile political themes with care, the new spy series from the writer of Fauda is another win for Apple TV+.
An Iranian money changer holds currency with Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's image in Tehran, Iran.(AP)
An Iranian money changer holds currency with Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's image in Tehran, Iran.(AP)

Iran’s currency hits new record low against the dollar

Tehran | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 12, 2020 06:40 PM IST
Money exchange shops traded the Iranian rial 262,000 for a dollar. The rial had traded at 256,000 to $1 on Thursday, and markets were closed Friday, the start of the weekend in Iran.
In a tweet, Jaishankar described his meeting with Zarif as “productive”.(AP)
In a tweet, Jaishankar described his meeting with Zarif as “productive”.(AP)

India, Iran foreign ministers review bilateral ties, regional situation

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2020 10:45 PM IST
S Jaishankar was the second Indian minister to make a brief visit to Iran in two days. Defence minister Rajnath Singh held talks with his Iranian counterpart Amir Hatami during a stopover in Tehran on Sunday.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will be the second senior Indian minister to visit Iran in less than a week, with defence minister Rajnath Singh having made a stopover in Tehran on Sunday for talks with his Iranian counterpart Brig Gen Amir Hatami.(HT PHOTO.)
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will be the second senior Indian minister to visit Iran in less than a week, with defence minister Rajnath Singh having made a stopover in Tehran on Sunday for talks with his Iranian counterpart Brig Gen Amir Hatami.(HT PHOTO.)

Jaishankar set to make stopover in Iran en route to Russia for meeting of SCO foreign ministers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2020 11:55 PM IST
The back-to-back visits to Tehran by the Indian cabinet ministers come close on the heels of reports that China and Iran are close to an agreement for a 25-year strategic partnership in trade, politics and security. They also come at a time when Indian is attempting to work more closely with Iran to increase the economic viability of the strategic Chabahar port.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi(Reuters photo)
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi(Reuters photo)

Iran: UN nuclear chief’s visit to Tehran no link to US push

Tehran | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2020 01:17 AM IST
Iran’s official IRNA news agency quoted on Sunday Iran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA, Kazem Gharibadadi, as saying that the visit this week is “neither related to the snapback mechanism nor the U.S. demand.”
In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, rescue workers search the scene where an Ukrainian plane was shot down in Shahedshahr, southwest of Tehran, Iran.(AP photo)
In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, rescue workers search the scene where an Ukrainian plane was shot down in Shahedshahr, southwest of Tehran, Iran.(AP photo)

Iran retrieves data, cockpit talk from downed Ukraine plane

Tehran | By Associated Press | Posted by Niyati Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2020 02:21 PM IST
Iran has retrieved some data, including a portion of cockpit conversations, from the Ukrainian jetliner accidentally downed by the Revolutionary Guard forces in January, killing all 176 people on board, an Iranian official said Sunday.
The MT Wila is boarded by Iranian navy commandos in the Gulf of Oman off the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates.(AP)
The MT Wila is boarded by Iranian navy commandos in the Gulf of Oman off the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates.(AP)

Tehran says tankers seized by US were carrying Iranian fuel

By Bloomberg | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON AUG 17, 2020 03:54 PM IST
Retaliatory action by Iran could disrupt energy markets if Tehran interferes with international oil tankers transiting the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most critical choke point for oil shipments.
Iran’s Health Ministry has reported a total of nearly 330,000 cases and 18,616 deaths, including 189 fatalities in the last 24 hours.(File photo for representation)
Iran’s Health Ministry has reported a total of nearly 330,000 cases and 18,616 deaths, including 189 fatalities in the last 24 hours.(File photo for representation)

Iran shutters newspaper after expert questions coronavirus numbers

Tehran, Iran | By Associated Press | Posted by Niyati Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2020 06:03 PM IST
Iran shut down a newspaper on Monday after it published remarks by an expert who said the official figures on coronavirus cases and deaths in the country account for only 5% of the real toll.
Iranians officials search inside a mosque after a bomb explosion in Shiraz April 12, 2008.(Reuters file photo)
Iranians officials search inside a mosque after a bomb explosion in Shiraz April 12, 2008.(Reuters file photo)

Iran says it detains leader of California-based exile group

Tehran, Iran | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2020 07:00 PM IST
Iran on Saturday said it had detained a leader of a little-known California-based opposition group for allegedly planning a 2008 attack on a mosque that killed 14 people and wounded over 200 others.
Smoke rises following a strike on a target during a military exercise by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.(AP Photo)
Smoke rises following a strike on a target during a military exercise by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.(AP Photo)

In underground ballistic missiles launch drill, Iran fires at fake US Nimitz carriers

Tehran | By Associated Press | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2020 07:26 AM IST
Drone footage captured by the Guard showed two missiles blasting out from covered positions in the desert early Wednesday morning, with debris flying up into the air in their wake. The Guard did not identify the location of the launch, nor the missiles involved.
Chabahar port and the railway link to Zahedan are part of the International North-South Transit Corrido(Reuters)
Chabahar port and the railway link to Zahedan are part of the International North-South Transit Corrido(Reuters)

Pending issues holding up participation in Chabahar-Zahedan rail project: India

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2020 12:07 AM IST
India sees the Chabahar port in the Gulf of Oman as key to its strategic plans to access both Afghanistan and Central Asian states
Iran’s proposed long-term alignment with China has domestic opponents, who fear the loss of sovereignty(AP)
Iran’s proposed long-term alignment with China has domestic opponents, who fear the loss of sovereignty(AP)

Neither East, Nor West, Only China | Opinion

By Navtej Sarna
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2020 08:53 PM IST
US policy pushed Iran to China, but it has a direct impact on India’s security, economic interests
Hammond said that 26 of the Indian sailors on board had made it back to India, while two remained in Tehran, without elaborating.(AFP/ Representative image)
Hammond said that 26 of the Indian sailors on board had made it back to India, while two remained in Tehran, without elaborating.(AFP/ Representative image)

Tanker off UAE sought by US over Iran sanctions ‘hijacked’

Dubai | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2020 07:23 PM IST
Satellite photos showed the vessel in Iranian waters on Tuesday and two of its sailors remained in the Iranian capital.
The clinic blast was one in a string of mysterious explosions, including at a military site near Tehran and a nuclear enrichment facility, to have rocked Iran in recent weeks, giving rise to suspicions of sabotage.(AFP file photo)
The clinic blast was one in a string of mysterious explosions, including at a military site near Tehran and a nuclear enrichment facility, to have rocked Iran in recent weeks, giving rise to suspicions of sabotage.(AFP file photo)

Tehran police say blast at clinic caused by staff negligence

By Bloomberg| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON JUL 12, 2020 03:05 PM IST
A police investigation has concluded that the explosion and fire that killed 19 people in the Iranian capital on July 30 was “by no means a security issue,” Hamid Hadavand was cited as saying by the semi-official Fars news agency.
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