Iran files lawsuit against U.S. over sanctions amid COVID-19 fight

TEHRAN, July 4 (Xinhua) -- Iran has filed a lawsuit in the International Court of Justice against the United States over effects of sanctions on Iran's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Leila Joneidi, Iran's presidential aide for legal affairs, said on Saturday.

The continuous U.S. sanctions against Iran at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic are an indication of "inhuman" move and against human rights, Joneidi was quoted as saying by Tehran Times daily.

The official made the remarks during a visit to the Pasteur Institute in the capital Tehran.

U.S. forces should quit Syria immediately, Iran president say

(Reuters) - The illegitimate presence of U.S. forces in Syria should end immediately, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a video conference broadcast on Iranian state TV on Wednesday.

Iran would continue its support for Syria’s legal government, Rouhani said.

Iranian court confirms Franco-Iranian academic's 5-year sentence for spying

01 July 2020; MEMO: Iran’s appeals court has confirmed a five-year prison sentence for Iranian-French academic Fariba Adelkhah on security charges, the judiciary’s official Mizan news agency reported on Tuesday.

Adelkhah was sentenced in May to a total of six years in prison. She denied the charges and her lawyer said at the time that she would appeal against the sentence.

19 Killed In Explosion At Clinic In Iran’s Capital

TEHRAN, July 1 (NNN-IRNA) – At least 19 people were killed, in an explosion at a clinic, in the northern district of Iran’s capital Tehran, on Tuesday, said Jalal Maleki, spokesman for the Firefighting Organisation of Tehran.

Maleki told the media that, 15 of the dead were women and four were men.

In the explosion, six other people were injured, he said.

Also, 20 people who were trapped in the building at the time of the explosion were rescued by firefighters, he added.

Iranian military prosecutor says human error led to shooting down of Ukrainian airliner: Tasnim

(Reuters) - The shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner in Iran in January was due to human error and not an order from senior military authorities, the military prosecutor for Tehran province, Gholam Abbas Torki, said on Monday, Tasnim news agency reported.

There was no indication that the downing of the airliner, which killed all 176 people aboard, was due to a cyber attack on Iran’s missile or air defence systems, Torki said, adding that three people were under arrest related to the accident.

Routine Iran-UAE flights resume

Tehran, June 27, IRNA - Flights between Iran and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) returned to normal, Iran's Embassy in Abu Dhabi announced on Saturday.

Iranian airlines can directly make their demands and receive permission from the UAE, the Embassy said through a statement.

After following-up measures taken by the Iranian Embassy, permission has been given to fly Dubai to operate flights from Iran to UAE.

Passengers should see to get coronavirus test before flying, according to Iranian Embassy.

Rouhani: US sanctions, coronavirus make for Iran's toughest year

28 June 2020; MEMO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that his country is experiencing its toughest year because of U.S. sanctions coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, Reuters reports.

The coronavirus crisis has exacerbated economic problems that worsened after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew in 2018 from Iran’s nuclear deal with major powers and reimposed sanctions. On Monday, Iran’s rial currency fell to its lowest ever level against the U.S. dollar.

Gas tank explodes near military base in Tehran with no casualties

TEHRAN, June 26 (Xinhua) -- A gas tank exploded in a public area of Parchin, east of capital Tehran, on early Friday, a defense ministry official told IRNA news agency.

The explosion did not affect a nearby military base in Parchin district, said Davood Abdi, head of the defense ministry's public relations office.

The fire was brought under control and no casualties had been reported, he said, adding that the cause of the blast is under investigation.

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