Iran approves plan to cut four zeros from falling currency -report

DUBAI, May 4 (Reuters) – Iran’s parliament has passed a bill allowing the government to slash four zeros from the rial, Iranian state media reported on Monday, after a sharp fall in the value of the currency as a result of crippling U.S. sanctions. Iran’s national currency will be changed from the rial to the Toman, which is equal to […]

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Turkey, Israel Virus Cases Near 1,000; Saudi Infections Increase

We’re tracking the latest on the coronavirus outbreak and the global response. Sign up here for our daily newsletter on what you need to know. Iran, the epicenter of the coronavirus in the Middle East, and Saudi Arabia reported new cases on Sunday as infections in Turkey and Israel neared 1,000. Stock markets in the Gulf extended losses. Countries across […]

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Iran Reports 113 New Coronavirus Deaths as Concerns Mount

We’re tracking the latest on the coronavirus outbreak and the global response. Sign up here for our daily newsletter on what you need to know. Tehran, Iran (AP) — Iran’s official leading its response to the new coronavirus acknowledged Sunday the pandemic could overwhelm health facilities in his country, which is battling the worst outbreak in the Mideast while under […]

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Pentagon Says U.S. Injury Count From Iran Strike Rises to 64

At least 64 U.S. military personnel in Iraq suffered brain trauma in a Iranian missile attack launched in retaliation after President Donald Trump’s ordered the killing of an Iranian general. The 64 service members — 14 more than previously reported — have been diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injuries, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Campbell, a Defense Department spokesman, said in a […]

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Senate Looks Poised To Limit War With Iran

WASHINGTON ― A majority of the Senate supports limiting further hostilities against Iran despite opposition from Republican leadership and President Donald Trump, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Tuesday. The House last week approved a war powers resolution forbidding the president from attacking Iran unless there’s an imminent threat or Congress declares war. Democrats are pushing to pass a similar […]

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Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown

Iranian security forces fired both live ammunition and tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting against the Islamic Republic's initial denial that it shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, online videos purported to show Monday. Videos sent to the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran and later verified by The Associated Press show a crowd of demonstrators near Azadi, or […]

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US military's Iran policy 'not going to change overnight,' Gen. Robert Scales says

7 mortar bombs fall on Balad Air Base Retired U.S. Army Major General Bob Scales discusses U.S.-Iran conflict. Retired U.S. Army Major General Robert Scales reacted Sunday to the protests that had erupted in Iran after the rogue nation admitted it shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane killing all 176 people on board, saying America’s military policy in the country “is not going to […]

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Brian Brenberg: Iran fears sanctions more than bullets — Economic pain is our most potent weapons

White House announces additional sanctions on Iran after attack on US troops Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announce the new sanctions at the White House. With the killing of Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani and retaliation by Iran on U.S. bases in Iraq, many predict that military escalation is inevitable. But this view ignores the increasingly devastating […]

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