Iran’s parliament speaker tests positive is in quarantine

Iran’s parliament says speaker Ali Larijani has tested positive for the new coronavirus and is in quarantine. Larijani is the highest-ranking official within Iran’s government to test positive for the virus and the COVID-19 illness it causes.

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Iranian submarines are very dangerous

Both Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Navy have some overlapping responsibilities and capabilities. While the Navy of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps operates an expensive fleet of speedboats and other ‘fast-attack’ boats, Iran’s submarine fleet sails under the flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy. However, Iran’s domestically produced submarines are more valuable as mine-layers than as torpedo platforms.

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Iran government grossly under-reporting coronavirus cases and deaths

Iran is grossly under-reporting coronavirus cases and deaths in the country, contrary to what various national and local media, regional authorities and health ministry officials are indicating, broadcast service Radio Farda said.

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Iran is preparing for an oil export boom

In the current straitened sanctions period, Iran’s focus in its oil sector is broadly to increase the capacity of its fields in West Karoun and from the huge fields that it shares with Iraq. This strategy allows it firstly to generate income even in the low price oil environment – its US$1-2 per barrel lifting cost is the same as Saudi Arabia’s

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Why Iran downplayed coronavirus crisis

Most experts say the number reported by Iranian officials is suspect because the government either recklessly underestimated the threat of COVID-19 or tried to hide the real number in an attempt to cover up a desperate situation that could potentially add to the its people’s frustration with an inefficient and corrupt regime.

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Hospitals in Iran refusing to treat Afghans who are living in the country

For nearly a month, whenever Rafih called his family in Tehran, he noticed that each member sounded sick. But the worst was his 60-year-old grandmother. “She was always coughing and coughing over the phone,” the 26-year-old waiter at a hip Kabul café said.

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