Iran says reserves right to counter Israeli presence in US-led Persian Gulf coalition
Iran’s Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said on Friday that possible Israeli presence in a US-led coalition in the Persian Gulf is a clear threat against Iran’s national security, stressing that Tehran reserves the right to counter the move.
More than two million Muslims begin Hajj pilgrimage
More than two million Muslims began the annual Hajj pilgrimage on Friday in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
Hajj is one of the world’s largest annual religious gatherings.
Italy coalition in crisis after Salvini calls for snap polls
Italy’s coalition government was in crisis Friday after far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini pulled his support and called for snap elections.
Hong Kong leader rules out concessions, warns of economic downturn
Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam warned Friday that two months of demonstrations were causing economic chaos in the city but ruled out making concessions to “silence the violent protesters.
German refusal to join US-led Persian Gulf op ruins Washington’s plans to show ‘united West’
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas previously made it clear that Berlin would not sign up for a US-proposed plan to set up an international maritime force in the Persian Gulf to counter a purported Iranian threat.
Iran urges Bahrain to stop facilitating enemy plots in region
Tehran blasted Bahrain for hosting a so-called maritime security conference as part of its highly hostile anti-Iran agenda, calling on Manama to stop acting as “a facilitator of enemy plots” in the region.
VP inaugurates development projects in Khorasan Razavi
Iranian First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri inaugurated several industrial, infrastructure and development projects in Khorasan Razavi Province in northeastern Iran during a two-day visit to the region.
Foreign military presence in Persian Gulf fuels insecurity, Hatami warns
In phone conversations on Thursday, Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami discussed the security situation in the Persian Gulf region with Kuwaiti, Qatari and Omani defense ministers, warning about formation of a military coalition in the Persian Gulf under the U.S. leadership to supposedly protect maritime security.
No law needed for U.S. exit from Iraq: Fatah Alliance
Hadial-Amiri, thelead-erof Iraq’s Fatah Alliance, has in-sisted on the need for the pullout of U.S. forces from Iraq, saying no law is needed for the withdrawal, the Fars news agency reported on Friday.
Healthy economy is antidote to sanctions on Iran: leading scholar
A prominent scholar, believes that fighting corruption and building a healthy foundation for economy are catalysts to resist sanctions and external pressure on Iran.
Saudi airport targeted twice in fresh Yemeni drone attacks
Yemeni armed forces have conducted two drone strikes on an airport in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern Asir province, as the war-ravaged country continues to push back against a brutal Saudi-led war that has killed thousands of civil-ians and displaced millions more.
Traditional dyeing workshops still popular in Iran
Two Iranian men are preparing a traditional dye bath to color piles of wool yarns in a decades-old workshop in Tabriz, north-western Iran, August 7, 2019.
Abu Dhabi can’t afford to keepIran out of Dubai
An economic commentator says the financial contribution of Iranians in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates’ business center, has been so large over the past years that Abu Dhabi, the Arab country’s political capital, would have to pay a heavy price to continue to keep Iranians out of Dubai under U.S. sanctions.
US goes all out in spying on Iran’s oil sales: NY Times
The CIA spy ring dismantled by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry last month was trying to gather intelligence on Iran’s oil sales, a new report by The New York Times reveals.