If Tehran is pushed too far, it may hit out in ways that are disastrous | Opinion

The crisis in the Gulf, which took Iran and the US to the brink of war in June, was never resolved – and shows every sign of reigniting. Like antagonists in a school-yard fight who refuse to shake hands and make up, the two sides, backed by regional allies and proxies, are sullenly waiting for […]

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At least 143 killed in Iran protests, says Amnesty International

At least 143 killed in Iran protests, says Amnesty International

By AFPMore by this Author At least 143 demonstrators were killed across Iran since leaders ordered security forces to stamp out protests that followed fuel price rises on November 15, Amnesty International said Monday.“According to credible reports… those killed include at least 143 people,” said the London-based rights group. “The deaths have resulted almost entirely […]

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US sanctions Iran minister Azari Jahomi over internet censorship

US sanctions Iran minister Azari Jahomi over internet censorship

By AFPMore by this Author The US Treasury slapped punitive sanctions on Iran’s communications minister, Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, Friday after the Tehran regime blocked internet communications amid violent protests triggered by a petrol price hike. “We are sanctioning Iran’s Minister of Information and Communications Technology for restricting internet access, including to popular messaging applications […]

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Iranian Hulk signs up for bare-knuckle boxing after vowing to fight ISIS

Iranian Hulk signs up for bare-knuckle boxing after vowing to fight ISIS

Internet sensation Sajad Gharibi, known as the “Iranian Hulk” due to his sheer size and huge chest, has signed up with the Bare-Knuckle Fighting Championship. The 6ft2 giant has an abnormally large frame, weighing 390 pounds (177kg), and has built up a sizeable following with his eye-catching physique. The massive powerlifter has over 450k Instagram […]

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Iran says new oil field with 53 billion barrels discovered

Iran says new oil field with 53 billion barrels discovered

By AFPMore by this Author Iran has discovered a new oil field containing 53 billion barrels of crude oil, President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday. This new find will increase Iran’s proven reserves by about a third. The field covers 2,400 square kilometres. It is located in Iran’s southwestern province of Khuzestan, Rouhani said in a […]

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Not just Russia: China and Iran may target US elections, experts say | US news

Russia interfered in the US 2016 election and may try to sway next year’s vote as well. But it’s not the only country with an eye on US politics. American officials sounding the alarm about foreign efforts to disrupt the 2020 election include multiple countries in that warning. Concerns abound not only about possible hacking […]

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Russia-backed Syria constitution talks begin in Geneva | World news

Russia will underscore its role in the political future of Syria as the 150-strong Syrian constitutional committee meets for the first time under UN auspices to chart a political settlement to end the eight-and-a-half-year civil war. The meeting – a key proposal from Moscow – in Geneva is being overseen by the UN special envoy […]

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Deepfakes could be a big problem for the 2020 election

Deepfakes could be a big problem for the 2020 election

A woman views a manipulated video of President Donald Trump and former president Barack Obama, illustrating how deepfake technology can deceive viewers. Rob Lever | AFP | Getty Images Fake news was a big problem for the 2016 election. “Deepfake” videos could be an even bigger problem in 2020. Deepfake technology can be used to […]

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Iranian students barred from US: lost money, broken dreams, no answers | US news

Iranian students barred from US: lost money, broken dreams, no answers | US news

On 9 September, Milad Aghajohari and much of his extended family piled into cars and drove six hours from Isfahan to Tehran’s international airport. The 22-year-old was on his way to California, set to start a PhD program at Stanford University. After wishing everyone goodbye, Aghajohari rolled his suitcases into the terminal. He handed his […]

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Erdoğan has managed the unthinkable: uniting all the other Middle East rivals | World news

Erdoğan has managed the unthinkable: uniting all the other Middle East rivals | World news

By invading northern Syria last week, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan achieved what many thought impossible – uniting all the regional countries and rival powers with a stake in the country in furious opposition to what they see as a reckless, destabilising move. A truculent nationalist-populist with dictatorial tendencies, Erdoğan has often cast himself as one man […]

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