Weekly report: Deadly train collision in Iran

November 27, The Iran Project – Slovenian President Borut Pahor visiting Iran and meeting with senior Iranian officials, deadly terrorist bomb attack near Baghdad  in Iraq leaving 85 killing including 20 Iranians, demise of former head of the Supreme Court Ayatollah Abdul Karim Mousavi Ardebil, two trains collision in north-central Iran and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu trip to the country dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Nov 21– Nov 27).

Politics

60 tons of medicine distributed among aid HQs for pilgrims

Head of the Islamic Republic Red Crescent Society (RCS) Seyed Amir Mohsen Ziaie said on Sunday that 60 tons of medicine was distributed among the relief aid headquarters on the way to Karbala in Iraq in days leading to Arbaeen.

Obama not to sign bill that undermines Iran nuclear deal: White House

The White House said on Tuesday U.S. President Barack Obama would not sign any bill in his final months in office that would undermine the Iran nuclear deal.

UN Secretary-General urges world leaders to adhere to ‘robust’ Iran nuclear deal

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the Iranian nuclear agreement was “robust” and the leaders of the international community should abide by the accord.

Senior Iranian marja, Ayatollah Mousavi Ardebili, passes away at 91

A senior Iranian cleric and Shia marja (source of emulation), Ayatollah Abdul-Karim Mousavi Ardebili, has passed away after suffering cardiac and digestive complications.

Zarif: Terrorism common concern of regional states, international community

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday that terrorism and extremism are common concerns of the region and world, requiring comprehensive campaign from cultural and intellectual job to military undertaking.

EMS: 24 Iranian pilgrims martyred in Iraq identified

Head of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Pir Hossein Kolivand said on Thursday night that some 24 Iranian pilgrims who attained martyrdom in Iraq explosions have been identified.

Two trains collide in north-central Iran, kill 44

Over 40 people have lost their lives and dozens more have been injured after two passenger trains collided at a station in Iran’s north-central province of Semnan.

Purchase of Russia’s Su-30 jets on Iran’s defense ministry’s agenda – Minister

Iranian Defense Minister said that Defense Ministry is considering purchase of the Russian Sukhoi Su-30 multirole fighter jets.

Zarif, Turkish counterpart meet in Tehran

Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has received Turkish counterpart on Saturday morning to discuss latest developments of the region.

Rouhani condoles with Cuban president on demise of Fidel Castro 

President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday extended condolence to Cuban President of the Council of State Raul Modesto Castro Ruz on demise of Cuban Revolutionary Leader Fidel Castro.

Economy

U.S. Treasury encourages Brazil trade with Iran – official

Nov 23 The U.S. Treasury has reassured Brazilian banks they can finance trade with Iran without fear of sanctions, opening the way to billions of dollars in potential exports of jet planes, buses and equipment, a senior Brazilian official said on Wednesday.

Iran offering Russian companies service contracts on oil production

Iran offers service contracts on oil production in the country to Russian oil and gas companies, Russian Deputy Minister of Energy Kirill Molodtsov said Wednesday.

Iran joins world energy charter

Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian on Friday signed the document to join the World Energy Charter.

Iran’s Supreme Court overturns death sentence for Zanjani

An informed source in Iran’s Supreme Court on the latest proceedings on Babak Zanjani’s case, said the court has overturned the death sentence for the oil billionaire.Zanjani was jailed in 2013 when charges were brought up against him for misappropriating two billion euros belonging to the Ministry of Petroleum.

Iranian oil minister optimistic about OPEC reaching oil output agreement

Iran’s petroleum minister said he was optimistic about OPEC’s chances to reach an oil output agreement.

Society

Persian style guide: First fashion encyclopedia published in Iran

The first national encyclopedia of Iranian fashion and attire has been published in Iran. It introduces its readers to the fashion industry of the Islamic Republic. The book will be presented at the international exhibition of clothes “Daheye Fajr” in late January 2017.

Iran to use ancient remedy for its water crisis

Iran says it is working on a project to look for water from underground resources – what could take the country back to ancient times when the inhabitants dug deep wells to answer water shortages.

Polish cemetery in Iranian port city to be restored

“Polish engineers and experts visited the cemetery about eight months ago to estimate the cost and credits required for repairing the tombs of more than 600 polish soldiers and civilians,” said Simon Terhouspian, the Armenian Bishop of Bandar Anzali, according to a report by IRNA, as translated by IFP.

Iranian Azmoun steals the show for Rostov with stunning goal against Bayern

Liverpool target Sardar Azmoun stole the show as Russian side Rostov produced a huge shock Wednesday night, beating German giant Bayern Munich 3-2.

135 year old registered as oldest man in Iran

An ongoing national census in Iran has registered a 135 year old as the oldest Iranian man and the second oldest one in the world.

 

Regional Affairs

Car bomb kills around 100 people south of Iraqi capital

A car bomb has reportedly exploded south of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing around 100 people, mostly Shia pilgrims.

85 killed in terrorist bomb attack in Iraq, 20 Iranians

The terrorist attack in Iraq on Thursday has left more than 85 people dead and a lot more injured with 20 Iranian pilgrims also among the victims, says an Iranian official.

Russia may use Iran’s Hamedan base if Admiral Kuznetsov moves away From Syria

Russia could use Iran’s Hamadan airbase in case the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier used for anti-terror strikes in Syria moves away from the Syrian borders for a new mission, the Russian upper house of parliament’s defense committee chair said Saturday.

Saudi Prince says he’ll finance Israel and Arab States to invade Russia!

According to a report by El Nashra, al-Waleed bin Talal, a Saudi business magnate and investor who is a member of the Saudi royal family, accused Russian and Syrian forces of mass atrocities during their advance in Aleppo.

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