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Four of Iran’s top football clubs Monday threatened to boycott the Asian Champions League unless a reported ban on the Islamic republic hosting international matches is lifted.

Iran clubs to boycott Asian football over hosting row

Four of Iran’s top football clubs Monday threatened to boycott the Asian Champions League unless a reported ban on the Islamic republic hosting international matches is lifted.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is set to deliver a Friday sermon in Tehran for the first time in almost eight years, as the Islamic Republic grapples with the fallout from the targeted killing of its top general in a US air strike and popular anger after it accidentally downed a Ukrainian passenger jet.

Iran’s Ali Khamenei delivers Friday prayer sermon amid crisis

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is set to deliver a Friday sermon in Tehran for the first time in almost eight years, as the Islamic Republic grapples with the fallout from the targeted killing of its top general in a US air strike and popular anger after it accidentally downed a Ukrainian passenger jet.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has told foreign powers to withdraw their forces from the Middle East, warning that they may be in danger if they remain in the region.

Iranian president warns foreign forces in Middle East ‘may be in danger’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has told foreign powers to withdraw their forces from the Middle East, warning that they "may be in danger" if they remain in the region.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said his country will present a regional cooperation plan to create security in the Gulf when he attends the United Nations General Assembly this week.

All responsible for air disaster will be punished – Iran president

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that everyone responsible for the accidental shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner last week must be punished.
Gholamhossein Esmaili

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.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani walks with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani during a welcome ceremony in Tehran on 12 January 2020 (Reuters)

Iran: We agree de-escalation ‘only solution’ to solve crisis with US

Iran signalled Sunday it favours a de-escalation after 10 days of heightened tensions with the United States during which both sides fired missiles and Tehran accidentally shot down a passenger aircraft.
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.
The targeted killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani already has seen his replacement vow to take revenge.

Iran’s supreme leader weeps over Qassem Soleimani

Weeping amid wails from a crowd of hundreds of thousands of mourners, Iran’s supreme leader on Monday prayed over the remains of a top Iranian general killed in a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad, an attack that’s drastically raised tensions between Tehran and Washington.
Tens of thousands of Iranians thronged the streets of Tehran on Monday for the funeral of Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani who was killed in a U.S. air strike last week in Baghdad.

Huge crowd in Tehran for Qassem Soleimani farewell

Tens of thousands of Iranians thronged the streets of Tehran on Monday for the funeral of Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani who was killed in a U.S. air strike last week in Baghdad.
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US vs Iran: Nigeria Police on red alert over rising tension

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu, has placed policemen on red alert over the growing tension between the United States and the government of Iran.
Iran has said it would no longer abide by any of the limits of its unraveling 2015 nuclear deal with world powers after a US airstrike killed its top general in Baghdad on Friday.

Iran abandons nuclear deal limits over Qassem Soleimani killing

Iran has said it would no longer abide by any of the limits of its unraveling 2015 nuclear deal with world powers after a US airstrike killed its top general in Baghdad on Friday.
Mike Pompeo said on CNN- ‘We have to prepare, we have to be ready, and we took a bad guy off the battlefield.’ Saul Loeb-AFP via Getty Images

Mike Pompeo: US intelligence assessment on Qassem Soleimani was ‘clear’

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that there was “no scepticism” among senior U.S. leaders about the intelligence behind the decision to kill a top Iranian general, and that any target the U.S. may strike in Iran would be “lawful”.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked his son, Paolo, to let him know three days in advance of announcing his bid for the speakership of the House so he can tender his resignation.PHOTO- AFP

Philippine president tells military to prepare to evacuate Filipinos in Iran, Iraq

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday directed the military to prepare to evacuate thousands of Filipinos in Iran and Iraq if hostilities escalate in the Middle East.
“I doubt they have the courage to initiate” a conflict in which the Americans threatened to strike 52 targets, Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi said, quoted by state news agency IRNA.

US lacks ‘courage’ to strike 52 Iranian sites – army chief

Iran’s army chief said Sunday that Washington lacked the “courage” to initiate a conflict after US President Donald Trump threatened to hit dozens of targets inside the Islamic republic.
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Saudi ‘not consulted’ over US strike that killed Iran general

Saudi Arabia was not consulted by its ally Washington over a US drone strike that killed a top Iranian general, an official said Sunday, as the kingdom sought to defuse soaring regional tensions.
U.S. President Donald Trump makes a speech to evangelical supports in Miami, Florida, U.S., January 3, 2020. REUTERS-Eva Marie Uzcategui

Donald Trump vows to hit 52 Iranian targets if Iran retaliates after drone strike

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday threatened to hit 52 Iranian sites “very hard” if Iran attacks Americans or U.S. assets after a drone strike that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani and an Iraqi militia leader, as tens of thousands of people marched in Iraq to mourn their deaths.
Iranians march the streets of the northwestern city of Ahvaz to pay homage to top general Qasem Soleimani [Hossein Mersadi-Fars News-AFP]

Mourners pack Iran city as top general’s remains return

A tide of mourners wept and beat their chests in the Iranian city of Ahvaz Sunday, paying homage to top general Qasem Soleimani, after he was killed in a US strike in Baghdad.

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