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US sanctions loom over Iran’s oil sector

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MNA Business Desk: Thousands of Iranians chanting “Death to America” rallied on Sunday to mark the anniversary of the seizure of the US Embassy during the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the imminent re-imposition of US sanctions on Iran’s oil sector. Students attending the government-organised rally in the capital Tehran, broadcast live by state television, burned the Stars and Stripes, an effigy of Uncle Sam and pictures of President Donald Trump outside the former embassy compound. Hardline students stormed the embassy on Nov 4, 1979, soon after the fall of the US-backed shah, and 52 Americans were held hostage there for ...

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UN court orders US to ease Iran sanctions


MNA International Desk: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday ordered the US to lift sanctions linked to humanitarian trade, food, medicine and civil aviation imposed against Iran — a move welcomed by Tehran. Washington re-imposed sanctions on Iran after pulling out from the 2015 nuclear deal. Siding with Tehran, the ICJ said exports of “humanitarian” goods, such as food and medicines, should be allowed, the BBC reported. US President Donald Trump moved to restore tough sanctions on Iran in May after announcing he was abandoning Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers. He said the deal had “failed to ...

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Don’t play with lion’s tail: Rouhani to Trump


MNA International Desk: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday warned US President Donald Trump not to “play with the lion’s tail”. Addressing his US counterpart Trump, Rouhani said: “You declare war and then you speak of wanting to support the Iranian people. “You cannot provoke the Iranian people against their own security and interests,” he said in a televised speech at a gathering of Iranian diplomats in Tehran. Rouhani repeated his warning that Iran could shut down the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping lane for international oil supplies, AFP reports. “We have always guaranteed the security of this ...

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Trump’s decision to come on Iran nuclear deal


MNA International Desk: U.S. President Donald Trump will announce on Tuesday whether he will pull out of the Iran nuclear deal or stay in. It will also clear if US administration will work with its European allies who say the deal has successfully halted Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Trump has consistently threatened to pull out of the 2015 agreement because it does not address Iran’s ballistic missile program or its role in wars in Syria and Yemen, and does not permanently prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons. A senior U.S. official close to the process said France, Germany and Britain had ...

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Israel, Iran Clash Over Nuclear Threat at Munich


MNA International Desk: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed that Iran is just years away from having a nuclear bomb. Under pressure back home and facing possible corruption charges, Netanyahu took to the stage at the Munich Security Conference Sunday to deliver a warning about the security of the Middle East region, accusing Iran of posing an existential threat. “The nuclear agreement with Iran has brought the countdown, has begun the countdown to an Iranian nuclear arsenal in little more than a decade. And the sanctions relief that the deal provided has not moderated Iran. It’s not made them ...

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Around 2000 Bangladeshis stranded in Turkey

2000 Bangladeshis

MNA Editorial Desk: Around 2000 Bangladeshis, mainly regular migrants from Iran, Lebanon and Jordan, got stuck in Turkey as their attempts to illegally enter Europe through Turkey have become difficult. Bangladesh Ambassador in Ankara M Allama Siddiki fears a humanitarian crisis and slower repatriation of stranded Bangladesh nationals and conveyed the overall situation to the relevant ministries in Dhaka. The number of Bangladesh nationals from various countries in the Middle East, especially from Iran, Lebanon and Jordan is increasing in Turkey with a hope that they will get entry to Europe illegally, reported news agency. Describing the scenario, the Ambassador ...

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Iran confirmed spot in 2018 World Cup

2018 World Cup

MNA Sports Desk: Sardar Azmoun and Mehdi Taremi were on target as Iran confirmed their spot in the 2018 World Cup finals with a 2-0 victory over Uzbekistan at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran on Monday. It was Iran’s sixth win from eight matches in Group A which took the table-toppers to 20 points, while South Korea are second on 13 ahead of their match against Qatar on Tuesday. Iran are still unbeaten in the third stage of qualifying and amazingly have not conceded a single goal during the campaign, thus underlining their credentials as one of Asia’s football giants. ...

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35 miners killed in Iran coal mine blast

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MNA International Desk: At least 35 miners have killed and scores of others been injured in a coal mine explosion in the northeastern Iranian province of Golestan. The blast occurred in the Zemestanyurt mine, about 14km outside the town of Azadshahr, reported news agency. Shahin Fathi, Head of the Iran Red Crescent Search and Rescue Unit, said more than 40 miners had been trapped and six of them were rescued with injuries. The rescue operation was going slowly as tunnels were filled with poisonous gases and miners were stuck at the far end of a 1,000-metre shaft in a mine ...

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Bangladesh’s dream of Roll ball World Cup crushed

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh’s dream of playing the final of 4th Roll ball World Cup crushed as they had been beaten by their counterpart Iran in the semi-final that held yesterday at Mirpur Indoor Stadium in Dhaka. Iran beat Bangladesh by 11-3 and made a new record in the history of Roll ball. The team finished fourth position in the World Cup as they suffered a 1-7 goal defeat to Kenya in the place-deciding match held on same day at same place. Kenya have been beaten by another finalists and defending champion India. In the semi-final match, Bangladesh score only ...

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards develop suicide drone

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MNA Technology Desk: Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday they had developed a – suicide drone capable of delivering explosives to blow up targets at sea and on land. The new drone is primarily for maritime surveillance and “has not been designed to be armed with missiles,” reported news agency. “(But) it can carry heavy payloads of explosives for combat missions to launch suicide attacks. Flying at a high cruising speed near the surface of the water, the aircraft can collide with the target and destroy it, either a vessel or an onshore command centre.” The drone was designed ...

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Iran oil production to hit four million barrels a day

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MNA Business Desk: Iran expected that its oil production capacity will hit four million barrels a day by March as it was exempted from an unofficial agreement among OPEC members to lower output to boost prices. “Our production capacity was 3.8 million (bpd) after the first half of the year. We will take it to 4.03 million by the end of the year” in March 2017, Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said at a conference. He added that Iran was aiming to hit 4.6 million bpd within five years. That is up from 2.7 million bpd in January, when a ...

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Bangladesh keen to set up urea factory in Iran

urea factory

MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh is highly keen to set up a urea factory in Iran under a joint-venture investment of the two countries, reported news agency. Amir Hossain Amu, industries minister of Bangladesh, who is now visiting Iran, showed the interest during a meeting with M Rasoul Zargarpour, governor general of Isfahan province, at the latter’s office on Monday. Amu also insisted the Iran government to consider assigning land in the industrial area near Chabahar Seaport for setting up the fertilizer factory. He also said any well-known company may be involved in the procedure as the third party along with ...

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Bangladesh girls beat Kyrgyzstan 10-0

Bangladesh girls

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh girls beat Kyrgyzstan with a 10-0 thumping for a third straight victory in the AFC Under-16 Women’s Championship qualifiers on Wednesday at Bangabandhu National Stadium. The triumph comes after 3-0 victory over Iran in the opener which was followed by a 5-0 rout of Singapore in their previous match. With the feat, Bangladesh upheld their all-win record to share the top slot in Group C with Chinese Taipei securing full nine points from straight three matches. In the day’s one-sided match, captain Krishna Rani Sarkar made a hat-trick scoring three goals while forward Anuching Mogini and ...

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Bangladesh signed agreement with Iran on LPG production


MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh has signed an agreement with oil and gas-rich Iran on the production of LPG bullet trucks, LPG industrial storage tanks, household cylinders for cooking stoves and cylinders for vehicles in Dhaka. This is the first contract related to combined investment between the two countries since international sanctions earlier enforced on Iran were lifted following last July’s landmark deal on curbing Tehran’s nuclear program. Following the deal with the West, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Dhaka and showed attention in improving relations with Bangladesh. Iranian Ambassador Abbas Vaezi said that this would open “a new ...

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