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Iran moves to block Instagram

Justice officials in Iran want to ban Instagram due to what they term “immoral content on the photo-sharing app”, according to local media.
President Donald Trump speaks during his meeting to discuss potential damage from Hurricane Michael, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais-Associated Press)

US unleashes ‘toughest ever’ sanctions on Iran

The United States unleashed its “toughest ever” sanctions against Iran on Monday, a move that has already sparked mass protests in the oil-rich nation.
Iran - Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries - OPEC

Iranians rally to mark anniversary of US Embassy takeover

Thousands of Iranians have rallied in Tehran to mark the 39th anniversary of the US Embassy takeover, as Washington prepares to reimpose all sanctions lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres(not shown) in New York on September 26, 2018, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. - AFP PHOTO - Don EMMERT

Minister: Iran arrests groups planning attacks on pilgrims

Iran on Tuesday said it has arrested three militant groups planning attacks on Shi’ite Muslims at the annual pilgrimage of Arbaeen.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres(not shown) in New York on September 26, 2018, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. - AFP PHOTO - Don EMMERT

Iran arrests groups planning attacks on pilgrims

Iran on Tuesday said it has arrested three militant groups planning attacks on Shi’ite Muslims at the annual pilgrimage of Arbaeen.

Iran vows to overcome US economic sanctions

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday vowed Iran will overcome U.S. economic sanctions against the country.
FILE PHOTO- A general view of Gwadar port in Gwadar, Pakistan October 4, 2017. Photo- Reuters

Saudi Arabia to build oil refinery in Pakistan

Saudi Arabia will build an oil refinery in Pakistan near the Iran border, officials said on Thursday amid warnings that the move may trigger a conflict between the Persian Gulf rivals.

Eight soldiers killed, more than 20 injured in Iran parade attack

At least eight troops were killed on Saturday in an attack on a military parade in the southwestern province of Khuzestan, the province’s deputy governor Ali-Hossein Hosseinzadeh said.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran slams Twitter for shutting down ‘real Iranian’ accounts

Iran has accused Twitter of closing accounts of "real" Iranians, while allowing anti-government "bots" backed by the United States, to continue.

Nuclear deal: Iran loses hope on EU

Iran appears to have lost hope on Europe to save the international nuclear deal after U.S. withdrawal earlier this year.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shakes hands with visiting US national security adviser John Bolton during a press conference at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem on August 20, 2018. Bolton arrived in Israel on August 19 for talks with PM Benjamin Netanyahu at a time of shared concerns over Syria, Iran and the Gaza Strip. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Sebastian Scheiner

Benjamin Netanyahu and top Donald Trump aide call on Europe to pressure Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump's national security adviser met in Jerusalem Monday and called on European nations to do more to pressure Iran.
US National Security Advisor John Bolton. Bloomberg

Top Donald Trump adviser arrives for talks in Israel

US President Donald Trump's national security adviser arrived in Israel on Sunday for talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a time of shared concerns over Syria, Iran and the Gaza Strip.
Eshaq Jahangiri

VP: US trying to make Iran ‘surrender’ through sanctions

The U.S. is trying to make Iran surrender through the imposition of sanctions, Iranian vice president Eshaq Jahangiri said on Wednesday.

State prosecutor insists Twitter ban in Iran remains

State prosecutor in Iran on Tuesday insisted that Twitter remained banned in the country, refusing a request by the communication minister to lift the ban.
Iraqi men demonstrate in Basra on August 3, 2018.Iraq has been gripped by protests over power outages, unemployment, state mismanagement and a lack of clean water. The demonstrations -- during which 14 people have been killed in clashes -- erupted in the neglected southern province of Basra, home to Iraq's only sea port, before spreading north including to Baghdad. / AFP PHOTO / Haidar MOHAMMED ALI

Iran protesters attack religious school

Iranian protesters have attacked a religious school in Karaj province near Tehran, the conservative Fars news agency reported Saturday, as sporadic protests simmered ahead of the reimposition of US sanctions.

Donald Trump predicts Iran talks ‘pretty soon’

US President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that talks with arch foe Iran were imminent, but the idea has been criticized in Tehran, with the country's foreign minister warning that "PR stunts won't work."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opens the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on July 23, 2018. - AFP PHOTO - GALI TIBBON

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu praises Donald Trump’s ‘tough stand’ against Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday praised President Donald Trump's "tough stand" against Iran after the US leader issued a stark warning to the Islamic republic.
Gholamhossein Gheybparvar - MEHR

Iran will resist Trump’s “psychological warfare” – commander

Iran will resist U.S. President Donald Trump’s “psychological warfare”, a senior commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards was quoted as saying on Monday.

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Algerians protest against President Bouteflika’s bid for fifth term

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Elections: Police summon APC Reps member over Kano violence

The police in Kano on Friday ‘invited’ a member of the House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin, over his alleged role in a bloody clash between members of the PDP and APC in Bebeji Local Government Area.

Elections: Liberia’s Ellen Sirleaf urges politicians to maintain peace, adhere to rule of law

Head of the ECOWAS Election Observetion Mission (EOM), former Liberia’s President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has urged Nigerians, particularly the political class, to sustain the peace that characterised the postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections and also conduct themselves according to the laws of the land as they go to the polls Saturday.

Policeman, thugs arrested for branding private vehicles in police colours

An unidentified police inspector was arrested on Thursday at a hotel in Ewet Housing Estate for aiding some people to brand two private vehicles in police colour.