October 21, 2017

Iran sends Monkey to Space and back – US not so sure

The United States has expressed doubt about Iran's claim that it safely returned a monkey from space, saying it is questionable that the monkey survived - or if the flight happened at all. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said a lot of questions remained "about whether the monkey that … [Read more...]

Russia warns Israel over attacking Iran

Military action against Iran would be a "very serious mistake fraught with unpredictable consequences", Russia's foreign minister has warned. Sergei Lavrov said diplomacy, not missile strikes, was the only way to solve the Iranian nuclear problem. His comments come after Israeli President … [Read more...]

US claims Washington assassination terror plot foiled

The US says it has broken up a major terror plot in which agents linked to Iran sought to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington. Two men originally from Iran - one a naturalised US citizen - have been charged with counts of conspiracy, Attorney General Eric Holder said. The plot was … [Read more...]

Iranian actress gets 90 lashes and prison for movie role

Iranian actress, Marzieh Vafamehr has been sentenced to a year in prison and 90 lashes for appearing in an Australian-produced movie critical of the Islamic republic's hard-line policies. Marzieh Vafamehr appeared in the film My Tehran for Sale, shot in the Iranian capital, which tells the story … [Read more...]

Shia protesters in Bahrain sentenced to life in prison

A Bahrain court has sentenced eight Shia pro-democracy activists to life in prison for "plotting to overthrow the government." The Special Security Court put 21 opposition activists on trial and rewarded their opposition to the government with hefty jail sentences. Undeterred, protesters … [Read more...]

Afghans shun car owners with 39 on number plates

Afghanistan's growing car sales industry has been hit by a sudden rejection by Afghans of vehicle number plates which include the number 39. In the space of a few weeks, 39, has become a mark of shame, especially in Kabul. Owners of plates that include 39 are mocked as pips and drug … [Read more...]

Reports Taliban leader Mullah Omar dead

Mullah Omar the spiritual leader of the Taliban has been killed in Pakistan according to Afghan and Iranian media. The Afghan news channel TOLO Television said Omar had been killed as he travelled in Balochistan in Pakistan's border region with Afghanistan. "Mullah Omar was killed on the way … [Read more...]

Posthumous Osama Bin Laden tape released by al-Qaeda

A 12 minute audio recording made by Osama Bin Laden shortly before he died has been released by al-Qaeda. In the message, he praises the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt and speaks of a "rare historic opportunity" for Muslims to rise up. "I think that the winds of change will blow over the entire … [Read more...]

Bahrain declares state of emergency

King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain has asked the head of the military to guarantee security across the country, after declaring a three-month state of emergency, following weeks of pro-democracy demonstrations. The state of emergency comes a day after troops from neighbouring Gulf States … [Read more...]

Ahmadinejad says Iran protests “going nowhere”

Iran President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the protests in Tehran and other cities are "going nowhere" and vowed to punish their leaders. Last time Newswarped heard they were going somewhere - to Azadi Square. Mr Ahmadinejad told state television that the organisers of the protests "just wanted … [Read more...]

New protests in Tehran stopped by security forces

In Iran, several thousand demonstrators have marched in downtown Tehran but were quickly dispersed by security forces. The wave of people marched along Revolution Avenue towards Azadi Square. The Iranian government had tried to prevent the march from happening and even went as far as blockading … [Read more...]

Iran foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki sacked

Iran president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has sacked his Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki in a surprise move that is linked to internal power struggles between conservatives and liberals in Iran's ruling party. There had been no indication that Mr Mottaki was about to lose his job. In a statement … [Read more...]

Afghan President Karzai admits funding from Iran

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has admitted receiving cash from Iran in a move that has got the United States nervous about Tehran's intentions in the area. With Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad going on rare foreign visits in the region primarily to thumb his nose at Israel, it signals a … [Read more...]