Iran

Iran, also known as Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. With over 81 million inhabitants, Iran is the world's 18th-most-populous country. Comprising a land area of 1,648,195 km, it is the second-largest country in the Middle East and the 17th-largest in the world.
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  • Bloomberg

    Iraq’s Top Cleric Is Becoming Its Political Savior

    In truth, however, neither he nor new President Barham Salih nor the firebrand cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, whose alliance won the most parliamentary seats in May, will likely have the greatest influence over whether Iraq can make the reforms necessary to become a stable and prosperous country. Rather, the key figure is Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the 88-year-old senior cleric in Iraq’s Shiite religious hierarchy. While Sistani has followed the Shiite tradition of generally staying away from a direct role in politics, he engaged in backroom negotiations for months to bring together the contentious factions that eventually reached a compromise on Abdul Mahdi, an economist and former vice president.

  • Bloomberg

    The U.S. Needs Saudi Arabia, and Vice Versa

    First, trade between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia is currently about $24 billion per year. You might think that the U.S. is now energy-independent, but many U.S. allies, most notably Japan, rely on oil imports. Part of the larger U.S. foreign policy stance is promising those allies freedom from major supply disruptions.

  • www.iran-daily.com

    Iran-Russia non-oil trade up 81% in value from March to September

    The figures marked a 25.7-percent rise in weight and 81 percent growth in value compared with the corresponding period past year. Iran's exports to Russia stood at 212,606 tons worth $118.17 million. Iran mainly exported apples, fresh and frozen tomatoes, pistachio and kiwi to Russia during the six-month period. Russia exported around 744,056 tons of goods worth more than $633.21 million to Iran. Iran's imports mainly included nuclear reactor parts, field corn, radio navigation devices and sunflower and safflower oils.

  • Business Standard

    Asian kabaddi champions unsure of road ahead: Iran captain

    Despite Iran winning the kabaddi gold at the Asian Games earlier this year, team captain Fazel Atrachali is not sure about replicating the success four years down the line as he feels the road ahead is rough. He also thinks India's Pro Kabaddi league is good for the sport. "We lack a system," Atrachali told IANS on the sidelines of Pro Kabaddi Season 6 where he is leading former champions U Mumba. "We don't know what will happen next. If the coach is staying or the players are staying. The president of the federation is staying or not, or what are the rules; we don't know. We have to overcome these roadblocks if we are to replicate our success," the 26-year old defender said. Fazel, who is representing

  • Saudi Arabia: storms and reforms under new crown prince
    AFP

    Saudi Arabia: storms and reforms under new crown prince

    Mohammed bin Salman became crown prince of Saudi Arabia in June last year, shaking up the ultra-conservative oil giant with economic, social and religious reforms. On June 21, 2017, King Salman names his 31-year-old son, Mohammed, as crown prince, displacing the king's nephew Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as heir to the throne. Widely known as MBS, Prince Mohammed retains his role as defence minister.

  • 'Stupid' law preventing Canada's re-engagement with Iran: retired envoy
    BayToday.ca

    'Stupid' law preventing Canada's re-engagement with Iran: retired envoy

    OTTAWA — The real reason the Liberal government hasn't been able to re-establish relations with Iran is due to its adherence to a "stupid" Canadian law allowing the seizure of Iranian assets, says Canada's recently expelled ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Dennis Horak, who was expelled from Saudi Arabia in August after its rulers were incensed by a tweet from Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, offered that blunt assessment as he shed new light on another controversial moment in Canada's Middle East relations. Six years ago, the previous Conservative government abruptly severed its diplomatic relations with Iran, shuttering its embassy in Tehran and expelling Iranian diplomats from Canada.

  • U.S. says Russia, China, Iran seek to disrupt elections
    Reuters

    U.S. says Russia, China, Iran seek to disrupt elections

    The U.S. government warned on Friday that Russia, China and Iran were seeking to influence next month's congressional elections as federal prosecutors unveiled charges against a Russian national accused of participating in such a scheme. Influence operations from those nations include use of social media to amplify divisive issues, seeding disinformation about political candidates and sponsoring content in English-language media, four intelligence and law enforcement agencies said in a joint statement. "Foreign interference in U.S. elections is a threat to our democracy," said the statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Justice Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security.

  • The Seattle Times

    US intelligence officials express concern about efforts by Russia, China, Iran to influence American voters, policy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US intelligence officials express concern about efforts by Russia, China, Iran to influence American voters, policy.

  • Deadly Air Force F-14 Tomcats vs. Iran's F-4 Phantoms: Who Wins?
    The National Interest

    Deadly Air Force F-14 Tomcats vs. Iran's F-4 Phantoms: Who Wins?

    But the question we need to ask: did the battle actually happen. 

  • Reuters

    Anti-money-laundering body gives Iran until February to complete reforms

    The international group that monitors money laundering worldwide said on Friday Iran had until February to complete reforms that would bring it into line with global norms or face consequences. The Paris-based Financial Action Task Force said after a meeting of its members that it was disappointed that Tehran had acted on only nine out of 10 of its guidelines despite pledges to make the grade. "We expect Iran to move swiftly to implement the commitments that it undertook at a high level so long ago," said Marshall Billingslea, the U.S. assistant Treasury Secretary for terrorist financing, after chairing an FATF meeting.

  • Reuters

    Anti-money-laundering body gives Iran until February to complete reforms

    The international group that monitors money laundering worldwide said on Friday Iran had until February to complete reforms that would bring it into line with global norms or face consequences. The Paris-based Financial Action Task Force said after a meeting of its members that it was disappointed that Tehran had acted on only nine out of 10 of its guidelines despite pledges to make the grade. "We expect Iran to move swiftly to implement the commitments that it undertook at a high level so long ago," said Marshall Billingslea, the U.S. assistant Treasury Secretary for terrorist financing, after chairing an FATF meeting.

  • As Saudi Prince's Star Fades, Who's Long MBS and Who's Short?
    Bloomberg

    As Saudi Prince's Star Fades, Who's Long MBS and Who's Short?

    The alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi has put Saudi leaders under a harsh spotlight. Prince Mohammed, who’s effectively been running the country on behalf of his father King Salman, denies knowing anything about the journalist’s disappearance. Bosses including JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Jamie Dimon have pulled out of the event, but plenty of companies such as HSBC Holdings Plc are still sending senior figures, recognizing that they have to play both the short game and the long game when dealing with the biggest oil exporter.