9:16 [Press TV] (E)
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says the country’s handling of the deadly coronavirus pandemic has been acceptable and comparable to that of the developed countries.
13:32 [Anti-empire.com] (E)
Marko Marjanović & The Times Of India. Hunger, Misery, Chaos, Brutality, and Humiliation: The Nightmare That Is India’s Lockdown! So - dib`t believe any CV numbers from Modi`s helpers.
22:35 [Fort Russ] (E)
In a successful operation against ISIS in Diyali province on Tuesday, Iraqi Shia militias discovered and annihilated terrorist 6 bases and managed to kill 4 of them, the Arabic-language al-Akhbariyeh news website quoted a security source in eastern Iraq. The report states that the security and intelligence forces in cooperation with counterterrorism units in Diyali province found and destroyed 6 hideouts of the ISIS terrorists in the Wadi al-Thalab region and killed four of them.
18:58 [Asia Times] (E)
Squeezed in the back of a truck with 30 others and facing a 1,500-kilometer journey to his village in Gorakhpur, Ajay Srivastava was a worried man. The 40-year-old pipe factory worker had shelled out his last remaining rupees for the ride home after India suddenly locked down the nation to guard against the coronavirus. “We were living off our savings and now even that’s getting depleted,” said Srivastava while still about 1,000 kilometer from his home in eastern India. “The last we got paid was on March 22. For the local government we don’t matter since we can’t vote here. The factory owner ensured we got food because he wanted to see us around whenever he restarted his business.”
9:29 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
I refuse to describe Iran as a victim. It is not. It is one of the most influential and strong-minded nations on Earth. When facing mortal danger, its people unite, harden themselves and get ready to face invaders, no matter how threatening they might be. Iran is home to one of the oldest and deepest cultures in the world, and it’s precisely this culture that helps Iranian people to survive the most frightening moments. And one such moment is sadly, right now.
18:19 [Tehran Times] (E)
Despite being the first economic power among the European countries, Germany is weak from political point of view and cannot resist the United States’ pressure,” Alaeddin Boroujerdi told IRNA in an interview published on Sunday. He noted that Hezbollah is a part of Lebanon’s sovereignty and slammed Germany’s action in designating it as a terrorist organization. “This action is not acceptable and the German government must apologize the Lebanese government and people,” he said.
9:35 [Independent] (E)
The shadowy figures of well-armed Isis gunmen can be seen making an attack in the plains of northern Iraq on an outpost held by paramilitary fighters loyal to the Iraqi government. Some four of the latter are killed by a roadside bomb. Isis specialises in publicising its successful military actions online to show that it remains a force to be feared, despite the destruction of the so-called caliphate and the killing last year of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
9:28 [Press TV] (E)
Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani and his rival, Abdullah Abdullah, have reached a preliminary deal to end the bitter hostilities between them, Abdullah says.
23:25 [Press TV] (E)
Iran has vehemently condemned the German government’s decision to designate the Lebanese resistance group Hezbollah a “terrorist organization”, saying Berlin must be held to account for the “consequences” its decision will have for the fight against terrorism in the region.
14:47 [Elija J. Magnier] (E)
Iraq never before witnessed fragmentation of this magnitude, embodied by an unprecedented division between the various political blocs in a parliamentary system dependent on the consensus of the ruling parliamentary blocs. The US administration, aware of the lack of Iraqi unity, is playing an important role in pouring oil on the fire. The Iraqi economy depends on sales of crude oil for 67 percent of its budget. Its value is now so low that it threatens the Iraqi economy, and it has become a contributory factor in endangering the integrity of the territory. The deterioration of the standard of living, an unstable infrastructure, the emerging virus COVID-19 with its global economic repercussions- plus the division of parties that want their share in the government of Iraq: all these are effective contributors to the current instability of Iraq.
10:03 [Tehran Times] (E)
"The Islamic Republic of Iran monitors the United States’ moves activity and accurately, however, it will never start a conflict and tension in the region,” he told Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in a phone conversation. The Qatari Emir highlighted the need that all countries make efforts to prevent tension in the region. Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday summoned the Swiss ambassador to protest President Donald Trump’s provocative statement and the U.S. Navy’s acts of harassment in the Persian Gulf. “The Swiss envoy to Tehran, as representative of the United States’ interests, was summoned to the Foreign Ministry in this respect. Iran’s strong protest over the country’s presence and illegal and destabilizing actions in northern parts of the Persian Gulf and Iran’s coasts was conveyed in a note,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi stated.
21:20 [Press TV] (E)
Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has successfully launched and placed the country’s first military satellite into the orbit.
8:23 [Antiwar.com] (E)
One of the nations that continues to be hardest hit by the coronavirus in the world, Iran’s Army Day was hardly the sort of day for a celebratory military parade that it usually is. This year, the focus was on the military’s role in fighting the virus. Dubbed the “helpers of health,” the parade that usually shows missiles and other arms instead focused on mobile hospitals and decontamination units, with an emphasis on military medical staff being active in civilian life. This shift in parade themes makes a lot of sense given what’s going on right now, and also represents a shift in priority toward healthcare and away from costly and endless military buildups. During the pandemic, this is a shift that could get a lot of support.
8:20 [Elija J. Magnier] (E)
On the 3rd January 2020, a US drone assassinated Brigadier General Qassem Soleimani, Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps – Quds Brigade at Baghdad airport. Soleimani had come to Iraq at the request of Prime Minister Adil Abdel Mahdi following ongoing mediation between Iran and Saudi Arabia- plus a request from President Donald Trump for Iraq to convince Iran to de-escalate the high tension dominating the Middle East. Soleimani had been also appointed by the Iraqi government as a military advisor for the war on ISIS.
8:13 [Elija J. Magnier] (E)
President Donald Trump carried out the assassination of the Iranian IRGC-Quds Brigade Major General Qassem Soleimani on encouragement from Israel Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu. Israel had never dared to assassinate Soleimani even though the Iranian officer was under the radar in all his movements back and forth from Iran to Beirut, Damascus, Baghdad, Erbil and other states.
9:11 [Sputnik] (E)
India is likely to supply anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine to a number of countries despite a strict ban that came into effect following a record jump in COVID-19 cases, several government sources said, adding that the country has enough stock of the drug for domestic needs.
12:41 [Press-Tv] (E)
Journalism in Kashmir in ‘dramatic state of repression:’ Media watchdog. Journalists hold signs during a protest against ongoing restrictions of the Internet and mobile phone networks
18:08 [en.farsnews.ir] (E)
Over 40 people were declared killed by Hindu mobs last week, with hundreds more reported injured amid news accounts of largely useless police intervention.
7:46 [RT] (E)
The Trump administration, anxious to be able to claim that it fulfilled its campaign pledge to end war in Afghanistan, pressed for a signed peace deal, leaving it to the Afghan government and the Taliban to hammer out the details.
19:30 [RT] (E)
Iran has said that, despite cutting a deal with the Taliban, the US has absolutely no right to decide Afghanistan`s future, and that intra-Afghan peace talks should be supervised by the UN, not Washington. Tehran views Washington`s actions as "an attempt to legitimize the presence of troops in Afghanistan," the Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.
19:26 [RT] (E)
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that releasing up to 5,000 Taliban prisoners cannot be considered a pre-condition of peace talks. His statement comes a day after the Taliban signed a peace deal with the US.
12:35 [German Foreign Policy] (E)
Germany and the EU should expand their future military activities in the Indian Ocean and extend their naval presence not only in the western sector - at the Horn of Africa - but in the eastern sector of the ocean, as well, according to the Berlin office of German Marshall Fund of the United States. The think tank considers close cooperation with India and possibly with the "Quad" ("Quadrilateral Security Dialogue") pact, in confrontation with China, as the appropriate means of extending the EU`s military influence to South East Asia. Quad is a loose alliance made up of the United States and Australia with two traditional rivals of China - Japan and India. Since its revival in the fall of 2017, experts have repeatedly proposed that the EU or individual EU members join Quad. The EU would thus militarily position itself in confrontation with Beijing.
9:25 [FDD Long War Journal] (E)
The Taliban continues to highlight the training of its fighters at its “military camps” that are located somewhere in Afghanistan or Pakistan.
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