Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Jihadists who overran Mosul last month have demolished ancient shrines and mosques in and around the historic northern Iraqi city, residents and social media posts said Saturday. At least four shrines to Sunni Arab or Sufi figures have been demolished, while six Shiite mosques, or husseiniyahs, have also been destroyed,...
Photos of Iranian women cheering for their team at the World Cup in Brazil went viral on social media this week, and garnered a host of comments on social media about the way in which the women were dressed. “Iran v Nigeria. female Iran fans wearing the opposite of the...
fake movie set
Satellite photos of what looked like one of the U.S. Navy's Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, complete with planes, in the Gulf had sparked suspicions of strange military moves in the area. It was first believed that Iranians were building a mock-up of a U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, possibly so they could...
UAE hotel firm first to set up in Iran since revolution
UAE-based hotel management group Rotana is set to be the first international group to operate in Iran in over three decades. The 1979 Islamic revolution - which overthrew the Western-backed Shah from power - ended dealings with foreign hotel chains. However, after last month’s nuclear deal signed between the Islamic Republic...
An Iranian firm offers to finance Pakistan’s side
An Iranian firm has expressed interest in completely financing and constructing Pakistan’s segment of a gas pipeline that will come from Iran, an offer that comes after cancellation of a $500 million loan by Tehran earlier. According to sources, Pakistan has got the offer from Jahanpars Engineering and Construction, which...
Iranian actress receives 18-month jail sentence
An Iranian court has sentenced filmmaker and actress Pegah Ahangarani to 18 months in prison, her mother told ISNA news agency Monday, apparently for her social activities, political comments and interviews with foreign media. "She has been sentenced to 18 months in the trial court," Manijeh Hekmat, who is also...
F-14s Versus UFOs … in Iran Yes, you read that right An incredible report from Babak Taghvaee in the latest issue of Combat Aircraft magazine. According to Taghvaee, the Iranian air force’s fleet of 1970s-vintage F-14 Tomcat fighters have spent the last nine years chasing aroundmysterious flying, glowing objects over Iran’s nuclear facilities. The Iranians...
Khamenei criticizes ‘some’ of Rowhani’s diplomatic efforts at U.N.
While Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei supported President Hassan Rowhani’s diplomatic efforts at the U.N. General Assembly in New York last week, he criticized some of what occurred there was “not appropriate.” The moderate Rowhani spoke last week by telephone with U.S. President Barack Obama in the highest-level contact...
Critics lament Iran Oscar entry as ‘not Iranian’ enough
Iran has submitted Le Passé (The Past), a film by Director Asghar Farhadi, for Oscars consideration. Critics, however, are claiming the entry is not Iranian enough. The film tells the story of an Iranian who returns to France after four years away to sign divorce papers with his French wife...
Shoe thrown as Rouhani returns after historic Obama call
A shoe was thrown at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s motorcade Saturday as he arrived home to a mixed reception after his historic call with Barack Obama, an AFP correspondent reported. Iranian newspapers hailed the first contact with a US president in more than three decades as the ending of a...