Weekly report: Iran’s squad in 2016 Rio Olympic Games

August 07, The Iran Project – Commemoration of 50th anniversary of foundation of National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC), Iran’s  senior MPs trip to Lebanon and Syria, Iran marking the Islamic Human Rights Day, opening ceremony of Rio Olympic Games, Afghanistan National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar and Foreign Secretary of Pakistan Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry visit to Iran, honoring of Natinal Journalists’ Day and President Hassan Rouhani due in Baku for trilateral talks among Iran, Russia and Azerbaijan dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Aug 01–Aug 07).

 

Politics

 

Saudi Arabia asked Abbas to meet MKO ringleader, Palestinian source says

An informed Palestinian source said a recent meeting between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and head of the anti-Iran terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) has been held at the request of Saudi Arabia.

Iran identifies, arrests 102 Takfiri terrorists: Intelligence Ministry

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry says it has identified 102 members or supporters of a terrorist group in the western province of Kordestan.

Azerbaijan hails growing ties with Iran

The Republic of Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev described an upcoming visit to Baku by his Iranian counterpart as a sign of amicable and growing relations between the two Muslim neighbors.

From Caspian Sea to Central Asia: Iran, Russia mull joint war games

Russia and Iran have agreed to hold joint military exercises, the newspaper Izvestia wrote, citing Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu who had earlier met with General Vali Madani, who leads the Iranian delegation at the International War Games 2016 now underway in Russia and Kazakhstan.

All Iran-bound terrorists arrested: Senior lawmaker

A senior Iranian lawmaker says terrorists had been dispatched to Iran from Daesh hotspots in Iraq and Syria, adding that all of them have been identified and arrested by Iranian security forces.

Iran hits back at West for criticism of executions

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman rejected as interference the expression of concern by certain Western officials and by a UN commissioner about the execution of terrorists in Iran.

Iran imports AK-103 rifles from Russia

Iran imported AK-103’s from Russia, a modern generation of Kalashnikov assault rifles with 30-round magazines.

Zarif honors Reporter’s Day

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday honored the National Reporter’s Day.

Cryptic Clinton emails may refer to Iranian scientist

New Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department appear to lift the curtain on the bizarre circumstances surrounding Shahram Amiri, an Iranian nuclear scientist who claims to have been abducted by the CIA.

Weakening Muslims strengthens Israel, warns Iran

A senior Iranian official has lashed out at some regional countries for setting up unconstructive coalitions to limit the capacities of states in the region, saying any effort to chip away at the unity of Muslim nations will serve the Israeli regime.

 

Economy

 

Iran expects Airbus deliveries before 2017

Iran says it expects the first deliveries of Airbus planes to be made by the end of 2016 provided that the United States provides the required authorizations for the deliveries.

IKCO, Germany’s MAHLE to produce car engines

Iran Khodro Automaker company (IKCO) and MAHLE GmbH of Germany have inked a contract to design and produce a type of 3-cylinder car engines.

Putin renews vow to give Iran $2.5bn loans

Russia says it is still committed to a pledge it has already made to grant two loans worth $2.5 billion to Iran.

Gas pipeline explosion in Iran kills 1, injures 3 people

Iranian state TV is reporting that a gas pipeline explosion in southern Iran has killed one person and injured three others.

Iran contains massive gas pipeline fire

A massive fire on a 42-inch gas pipeline in southern Iran has been contained after leaving one person dead, the National Iranian South Oil Company (NISOC) says.

 

Society

 

DOE seeks severe punishment for Leopard poacher

The Department of Environment is seeking the maximum punishment for a poacher charged with killing a Persian leopard cub in Mazandaran Province.

Iran reconstructs sculpture of ancient woman found in burnt city

Shahr-e Sukhteh (The Burnt City), located in the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchestan near the border with Afghanistan, has become Iran’s 17th entry on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Iran’s squad parades in 2016 Rio Olympic Games

Members of Iran’s dispatched squad to Rio Olympic Games paraded in front of the Games guests at the opening ceremony on Saturday while Iranian Olympics and Paralympics gold winner sportswoman Zahra Nemati was Iran’s flag bearer.

Hackers hack Iran’s Arabic Al Alam TV website

The website of Iran’s Arabic-language Al Alam television news network, has been hacked, marking the latest cyber attack against the Tehran-based channel.

Iranian female fag bearer competing in Rio Olympics and Paralympics

The 31-year-old Nemati had hoped to represent Iran at the Olympics much earlier in life – and in taekwondo rather than archery.

 

Regional Affairs

 

1000s hold funeral for Bahraini dissident killed in regime custody

A large number of people have taken to the streets in Bahrain to attend the funeral of a political dissident who reportedly died as a result of injuries sustained under torture while in regime custody.

FM source denies Iran, Palestine contact in London

An informed source in the Foreign Ministry has rejected speculations that Iran’s charge d’affaires has exchanged messages with Palestinian ambassador to London.

MKO elements to leave Iraq by end of summer: Envoy

Remaining elements of Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) will leave Iraq by the end of summer, Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad Hassan Danaiifar said.

Representative reaffirms Bahraini nation’s support for Sheikh Qassim

Representative of Sheikh Isa Qassim, the spiritual leader of Bahrain’s Shiite majority whose nationality has been revoked by the Al Khalifa regime, reiterated public support for the top religious figure and warned the Manama government of any offensive action against him.

Israeli company hacks ISIS Telegram group, reveals attack plans

Israeli cyber intelligence company Intsights hacked the Telegram messenger group which militants of the ISIS terrorist group have used for communication and thus revealed their plans for multiple attacks, local media reported Friday.