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Coronavirus: Iran arrests footballer over Instagram posts

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) arrested Iranian football player Mohammad Mokhtari for criticising the authorities’ handling of the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Coronavirus: Lawyer wants Nigeria to stop Chinese, Iranian, Italian visitors

An Abuja-based lawyer, Johnmary Jideobi, has filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja praying for an order directing the Federal Government to stop issuing entry visas to Italians, Iranians and Chinese.
“Schools and universities will be closed until the end” of the current Iranian year, health minister Saeed Namaki said in a televised press conference.

Iran says 15 new coronavirus deaths raise toll to 107

Iran on Thursday reported 15 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, raising the national toll to 107, and said it would keep schools and universities closed until early April.
Seyyed Mohammad Mirmohammadi, a member of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Expediency Discernment Council, has died of the novel Coronavirus.

Coronavirus kills top Iran official

A member of a council that advises Iran’s supreme leader died today after falling sick from the new coronavirus, state radio reported, becoming the first top official to succumb to the illness that is affecting members of the Islamic Republic’s leadership.
A Turkey-backed Syrian fighter fires a truck-mounted gun towards the town of Saraqeb on Wednesday [Omar Haj Kadour-AFP]

33 Turkish soldiers killed in Syrian air raid in Idlib

At least 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an air strike by Syrian government forces in northwestern Idlib province as Turkey vowed "to respond in kind" with attacks on "all" their positions.
South Korea aims to test over 200,000 members of a church at the centre of a surge in coronavirus cases, as countries step up efforts to stop a pandemic of the virus.

Coronavirus kills four in Iran, taking total to 19

Iran on Wednesday reported four more novel coronavirus deaths among 44 new cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of fatalities to 19 and infections to 139.
Many Iranians, battered by economic sanctions, political turmoil and the lingering threat of military conflict, say they are in no mood to vote in general elections this week.

Iranians say they’ll boycott poll, tired of politicians

Many Iranians, battered by economic sanctions, political turmoil and the lingering threat of military conflict, say they are in no mood to vote in general elections this week.
TEHRAN, IRAN - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that he doesn’t believe the U.S. will pursue war with his country, because it will harm President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection bid.

Hassan Rouhani: Donald Trump doesn’t want war ahead of 2020 election

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that he doesn’t believe the U.S. will pursue war with his country, because it will harm President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection bid.
A man standing outside a mosque in the Iranian capital Tehran on February 14, 2020 hands out electoral leaflets showing candidates campaigning in the upcoming Iranian legislative election due to take place on February 21. (Photo by – - AFP)

Iran’s parliament: what you need to know

Conservatives are expected to make a resurgence next Friday when Iranians elect a new parliament, a legislative chamber that shapes debate in the Islamic republic.
TEHRAN - Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Wednesday that it is the U.S. regime which must change its nature and not Iran.

Deportation: Iran condemns ‘inhuman’ treatment of nationals by US

Iran condemned Saturday what it called the "illegal and inhuman" treatment of its nationals by US border security officers, after reports a student was deported despite having a valid visa.
The Supreme Court is shielding President Donald Trump's financial records from House Democrats for now.

Iran first ‘casualty’ of new US visa restriction targeting Nigeria, others

The Trump administration is barring Iranian investors and business people from entering or staying in the United States on certain types of visas.’
South Korea's military has said it plans to expand the deployment of an anti-piracy unit now operating off the coast of Africa to the area around the Strait of Hormuz after the United States pressed for help to guard oil tankers.

South Korea to deploy anti-piracy unit to Strait of Hormuz

South Korea's military has said it plans to expand the deployment of an anti-piracy unit now operating off the coast of Africa to the area around the Strait of Hormuz after the United States pressed for help to guard oil tankers.
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) leading a Friday prayer ceremony in Tehran. EPA-EFE

Iran: Pane tragedy should not cloud Qasem Soleimani’s ‘sacrifice’

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was giving the sermon at the main weekly Muslim prayers in Tehran, after a traumatic month in which the country had appeared on the brink of war with the US and shot down the Ukrainian jet by mistake with the loss of all 176 people on board.
Iran is ready to work with all of its neighbours to secure peace in the Middle East in the face of US and Israeli aggression, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday.

Iran’s Hassan Rouhani calls for ‘national unity’ after jet downing

President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday called for “national unity” and flagged the need for changes to the way Iran is run after the accidental downing of a Ukrainian airliner.
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Iran makes first arrests over Ukranian plane downing

Iran on Tuesday announced its first arrests over the shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner in Tehran last week, after the third night of angry protests over the disaster.
Kimia Alizadeh celebrates after winning bronze in Rio de Janeiro, 2016. Andrew Medichini-AP

Iran’s only female Olympic medalist quits country

Taekwondo champion Kimia Alizadeh said this was because she had had enough of being used by Iranian authorities as a propaganda tool.
Iranians have gathered in the streets of Tehran to demand the resignation of Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei after the regime admitted it had mistakenly shot down a civilian passenger plane.

Iranian protesters demand Ayatollah’s resignation over downing of Ukrainian jet

Iranians have gathered in the streets of Tehran to demand the resignation of Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei after the regime admitted it had mistakenly shot down a civilian passenger plane.
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, Dec. 17, 2019. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, Dec. 17, 2019.

We are inspired by your courage – Donald Trump tells Iranian protesters

US President Donald Trump said Saturday the United States was monitoring Iranian demonstrations closely, warning against any new “massacre” as protests broke out after Tehran admitted to shooting down a passenger plane.

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Nigeria records 22 new coronavirus cases, total now 276

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said on Wednesday evening that fifteen of the cases are Lagos, four in FCT, two in Bauchi and one is Edo
Following the arrival of the 15-member Chinese medical team, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) have declared they will not allow the Chinese attend or touch any patient.

Chinese medics can’t attend to our patients – Nigerian doctors

Following the arrival of the 15-member Chinese medical team, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) have declared they will not allow the Chinese attend or touch any patient.

Coronavirus: Doctor’s death in Katsina causes panic in Kogi

There was palpable panic on Wednesday in Kogi when the news of the death of a medical doctor in Katsina who was an indigene of the state filtered into the state.

NUPENG seeks justice over killing of Abia petrol station worker

Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has expressed outrage over the killing of one of its members, Chibuisi Chikezie Okameme, aged 26, a petrol station worker in Abia State, on April 5.
Residents of parts of Port Harcourt were forced off the streets on Tuesday by security personnel as Gov. Nyesom Wike imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in parts of the state.

Rivers governor dares federal government, declares Carveton helicopters ‘persona non grata’

The Rivers State Government has shut down Carveton Helicopters in the state for endangering the lives of Rivers people over what it tagged as “suspicious operation of the company in the state.”