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GCC unites to seek UN extension of Iran arms embargo

The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has asked the United Nations to extend an international arms embargo on Iran, a move pushed strongly by the United States. The secretariat of the GCC, made up of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, said in a statement on Sunday that Iran’s continued interference in neighbouring countries made an extension necessary. The arms embargo on Iran is currently

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Iran Is Increasingly Isolated, Losing Influence In the Middle East

Ahmad Rafat (Kayhan Life) The so-called “Axis of Resistance” — a political alliance between the Islamic Republic of Iran, the government of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and the Lebanese Hezbollah — has suffered several humiliating defeats in recent months. The Islamic Republic is increasingly finding itself isolated and losing influence in countries such as Lebanon, Iraq,  and Syria, where it has so far played an instrumental role. The Axis of

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Iran to Go Ahead With Religious Ceremonies Despite Rising COVID-19 Deaths

By Ahmad Rafat (Kayhan Life) One person is dying from COVID-19 every seven minutes in Iran, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) TV said on Aug. 3. The number of people dying of the coronavirus every day remains in three digits. According to leaked internal memos from the Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME), some 34,000 people died of COVID-19 between early February and late July. Some doctors

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U.S. Iran Envoy Brian Hook Stepping Down

Top U.S. envoy for Iran Brian Hook is leaving his post and Elliott Abrams, the U.S. special representative for Venezuela, will add Iran to his role “following a transition period” with Hook, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday. Hook’s surprise departure comes at a critical time when Washington has been intensely lobbying at the United Nations to extend an arms embargo on Iran and as the U.N. Security Council prepares to hold a

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U.S. Circulates Its Latest Iran Weapons Resolution at the UN

The U.S. has circulated a new resolution to United Nations Security Council members calling for an extension of the UN’s arms embargo against Iran, according to a copy of the text obtained by Bloomberg News. It asks UN members states to stop all sales of weapons to and from Iran and to refrain from providing any “technical training, financial resources or services, advice, other services or assistance related to the supply, sale,

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Coronavirus: Iran cover-up of deaths revealed by data leak

The number of deaths from coronavirus in Iran is nearly triple what Iran’s government claims, a BBC Persian service investigation has found. The government’s own records appear to show almost 42,000 people died with Covid-19 symptoms up to 20 July, versus 14,405 reported by its health ministry. The number of people known to be infected is also almost double official figures: 451,024 as opposed to 278,827. Iran has been one

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