Scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a major contributor to Iran's nuclear programs, was killed in a roadside ambush on November 27, in the outskirts of Tehran in broad daylight. Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, suspects Israel's involvement in the ambush causing tensions in the middle east. Reportedly, Fakhrizadeh was indirectly involved in the uranium enrichment process. Analysts believe that his death is linked to the impending… read-more
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Renowned Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi's 'Sun Children' has been proposed to represent Iran at the 93rd Academy Awards. The movie will compete in the best international feature film category. It also becomes Majidi's sixth film to secure Oscar nomination. The story talks about children joining a community organisation for conducting a heist. The movie was premiered globally at the 77th Venice Film Festival, where it gained laurels to the… read-more
Ahead of the US Presidential elections, Iran is said to have started construction at Natanz nuclear facility. The information was revealed through the satellite images released on October 28 and Tehran, according to the UN Nuclear agency is building an underground Assembly plant. An Iranian official confirmed that, “Nothing in Iran regarding its peaceful nuclear program is being done in secret.” Reportedly, the strained relationship between… read-more
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United States on October 22 revealed that Russian hackers have breached many state and local governments' networks lately. However, an advisory from the FBI clarified that the cyber-attackers could not infiltrate into any election data. The advisory did not disclose the name or location of the targets compromised either. Earlier, the US officials on October 21 informed that Iran has also resorted to cyberattacks to influence US elections.
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US National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe reported that Iran might be sending "manipulative and intimidating" e-mails to voters urging them "to vote for Trump or face consequences". The intelligence also believes Iran and Russia have voter's data, which may be used to transmit false information infusing chaos, similar to what Kremlin-backed hackers allegedly did in 2016. Meanwhile, the FBI Director Christopher Ray has reassured voters … read-more
In an interesting agricultural development, scientists at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research- Institute of Himalayan Bioresource, Palampur (CSIR-IHBT) have introduced six varieties of heeng (Asafoetida) from Iran. Sanjay Kumar, Director, CSIR-IHBT planted the first sapling at Lahaul and Spiti district in Himachal Pradesh, on a trial basis. Scientists have also distributed the asafoetida plants to seven farmers in the… read-more
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After investing $400 million, India's ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) may lose the 'oil-exploration rights' over Farzad-B gas-field in Iran. According to unconfirmed sources, National Iranian Oil Co has found a domestic company for the development of the oil-block. Reportedly, after continuous inconclusive negotiations between 2012-2018, nothing was realised due to difficult terms and international-sanctions against Iran. In 2008, OVL discovered… read-more
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Iran government on October 18 celebrated the termination of UN's arms embargo (arms ban) against the country imposed in 2007. The enduring ban on arms' purchase has come to an end under the terms of UNSC resolution, which was passed after the signing of 2015 Nuclear Deal. Iran's Foreign Ministry said that the country can now "procure any necessary arms and equipment" for its defence purposes.
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Iraq Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi promised to protect the embassies and diplomats in the country. The statement came after the US warned of shutting its embassy following rocket attack at the US diplomatic compounds. PM Kadhimi said, "Iraq is keen on enforcing the rule of law... protecting foreign missions, and diplomatic buildings." The US blamed the attacks on Iran-based terror groups and appreciated PM Kadhimi's response.
Saudi Arabian security forces on September 28 informed that they have taken ten suspected terrorists into custody. Reportedly, the arrested are linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guard, and weapons have also been seized from them. According to the Presidency of State Security, three of the ten accused were trained by the paramilitary group of Iran in 2017. Besides, without disclosing the details, the State Security said that the investigation is… read-more
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