Iran appoints new IRGC spy chief as Israel tensions rise | News

No reasons were provided on why Hossein Taeb, now an adviser to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ commander-in-chief, was replaced. Tehran, Iran – Iran appointed a new commander to head the powerful intelligence service of its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) with no reason given as to why the previous chief left the job. Ramezan … Read more

Satellite images suggest Iran preparing for rocket launch

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran appeared to be ready for a space launch Tuesday as satellite images showed a rocket on a rural desert launch pad, just as tensions remain high over Tehran’s nuclear program. The images from Maxar Technologies showed a launch pad at Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran’s rural Semnan province, … Read more

Israel tells its citizens to avoid Istanbul over Iranian threats | News

Israel’s foreign minister says citizens in Turkey are likely to be targeted for kidnapping or murder. Israel has urged its citizens to avoid Turkey’s largest city Istanbul or return home “as soon as possible” if already there due to what it said was a threat of Iranian attempts to kill or abduct vacationing Israelis. Issuing … Read more

Two Iranian aerospace staff ‘martyred’: State media | News

Tehran, Iran – Two men working in Iran’s aerospace industry have died in separate incidents while on active duty, according to Iranian state media. The elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp’s (IRGC) branch in Markazi province announced in a statement carried by Iranian media late on Sunday that Ali Kamani, a member of the IRGC’s aerospace … Read more

Iran, Venezuela sign 20-year cooperation plan during Maduro visit | Oil and Gas News

Tehran, Iran – Iran and Venezuela signed a 20-year “cooperation road map” during a state visit by President Nicolas Maduro to Tehran as the two oil-rich countries reeling under US sanctions pledged to boost bilateral ties. The Venezuelan president met his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi on Saturday at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran, a day … Read more

Iran says 2 UN watchdog devices at nuclear site turned off

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran turned off two surveillance devices Wednesday used by U,N, inspectors to monitor the Islamic Republic’s uranium enrichment, further escalating the crisis over its atomic program as Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers remains in tatters. The move appeared to be a new technical pressure as Western nations seek to censor … Read more

Iran train derailment kills at least 17, injures 50

TEHRAN, Iran — A passenger train partially derailed in eastern Iran early Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and injuring 50 more, including some critically, authorities said. The report said the number of casualties could rise, though initial details about the disaster involving a train reportedly carrying some 350 passengers remained unclear. Four of the … Read more

Ukraine war ‘aggravating’ existing global food crisis, UN warns | United Nations News

As the cost of food soars around the world, the United Nations warns that the war in Ukraine risks aggravating inflating prices and causing a full-on global food crisis. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) food price index, a tool to measure prices of the most globally traded food staples, dipped in May for … Read more

Wray: FBI blocked planned cyberattack on children’s hospital

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI thwarted a planned cyberattack on a children’s hospital in Boston that was to have been carried out by hackers sponsored by the Iranian government, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday. Wray told a Boston College cybersecurity conference that his agents learned of the planned digital attack from an unspecified intelligence … Read more

Crowd confronts cleric at Iran tower collapse that killed 32

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Protesters angry over a building collapse in southwestern Iran that killed at least 32 people shouted down an emissary sent by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, sparking a crackdown that saw riot police club demonstrators and fire tear gas, according to online videos analyzed on Monday. The demonstration directly challenged … Read more