A parliamentary motion banning child marriage in Iran has been rejected by Majles (parliament), an MP reported.
A member of women's faction in the Islamic Republic's parliament, Tayyebeh Seyavoshi says, "The Legal and Judicial Commission of Majles has rejected a parliamentary motion that proposed a ban on allowing under thirteen-year-old girls to marry."
An unnamed source affiliated with the Russian Defense Ministry has denied a report by a Kuwaiti daily claiming two of Israel’s F-35 fighter jets flew over Syria and Iraq last week to reach Iranian airspace without being detected by Russian radars based in Syria.
Iraq’s Defense Ministry also denied Israel’s jets had violated its airspace.
On Wednesday, the sixth day of widespread protests against the ruling system in Iran, exiled Prince Reza Pahlavi has called on the police and security forces to join the demonstrators.
“The death of a number of the bravest men and women of our homeland and detention of many more during national protests make people more resolved in continuing the path they have taken," Pahlavi tweeted, adding, “I ask the military and police forces to separate their lot from the suppressing despots and join the people, right away.”
Iran’s Telecommunications minister has criticized the government’s cyber-attack monitoring center for failing to detect an attack that led to the hacking of several Iranian data centers on the evening of April 6, despite a warning about the attack ten days before it took place.
Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi first said in a tweet Friday evening “Several Iranian data centers came under cyber attacks tonight. Some of the smaller routers have been changed to factory setting.”
Iran’s central bank has announced a ban on the sale of foreign currencies at exchange bureaus. Under new government guidelines, exchange bureaus no longer have the right to buy, sell, or transfer foreign currencies, and the central bank will no longer provide cash to the bureaus.
Mohammad Ali Karimi, head of public relations for the central bank, announced on state-run television on April 13 that the guidelines aim to “redefine the job description of exchange bureaus,” adding, “They might be given the role of a mediator for cases when Iranian banks are not interacting with some foreign banks.”
According to the London-based daily Asharq al-Awsat, Russia has prevented “an inevitable Israeli attack” on what the daily characterizes as “Iran’s missile factories in Lebanon and Syria.”
The daily quotes “informed sources” as saying that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had complained about “the continuous supply of arms to Hezbollah” by Iran in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin last month.
Tehran’s cell phone market went on strike on Sunday June 24, with store owners and people marching in protest in Jomhouri (Republic) Avenue as the city’s Forex market, just a stone-throw away, recorded the highest value for US dollar against the Iranian currency rial.
Cell phone sellers decided it was impossible to sell any handset considering the exchange rate of over 90,000 rials per dollar. They said the rising exchange rate has brought about an uncertainty in the market which made cell phones extremely expensive for buyers.
Iran’s Minister of Industry, Mines and Business says, fluctuations in the local forex market in the past four months have tripled the number of applications for import licenses worth $250 billion dollar.
Describing the figure as “unbelievable”, Mohammad Shariatmadari has insisted that a “number of” profiteering individuals are trying to “fish in troubled waters”, referring to the current currency and economic crisis.
On June 23, the value of each U.S. dollar climbed to 80,000 Iranian rials on Saturday, the first day of the week in Iran.
The Iranian currency has lost almost one third of its value in the last two months and the dollar has climbed from around 40,000 rials a year ago to double that amount.
May 21st--“As long as it is necessary, the risk of terrorism in Syria exists, and the Syrian government wants Iran to continue its support, we will remain in Syria,” Bahram Ghasemi, spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, said on May 21.
“No one can force Iran to do anything. Iran is an independent country and determines its policies in the region and the world based on its national interests,” he added.
Since the civil war started in Syria in 2011, Iran has deployed thousands of troops, many of them Shi’a recruited from Afghanistan and Pakistan, to defend the regime of Bashar al-Assad, which Tehran considers crucial for its adversarial policies against Israel.
In his first reaction to Iranian women’s peaceful protests against compulsory hijab, Iran’s Supreme Leader has said these are “the outcome of the enemy’s widespread propaganda, and spending hefty sums in order to influence Iranian women’s attitude towards hijab.”
Trying to undermine the protests against compulsory hijab that has grabbed international attention, ayatollah Ali Khamenei said “All that propaganda and expenditure led to the insignificant result of a few girls taking off their headscarf.”
A prominent Iranian economist says 33 percent of the country’s population live in absolute poverty, and six percent are starving.
A family of four living in an urban area with a monthly income below forty million rials (roughly $1000) is living in poverty, Hossein Raghfar told state-run Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) April 7.
Chief Commander of the Islamic Republic’s regular army has once again threatened Israel with total annihilation.
Referring to a comment by the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi said, “We will finish off Israel’s life within less than 25 years.”
Khamenei had asserted earlier, “I would say that they [Israel] will not see the end of these 25 years.”
Iran's state TV has broadcast footage purporting to show a close encounter between the Revolutionary Guard's navy and the USS Theodore Roosevelt early this year.
PressTV's website says the encounter occurred March 21 in the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, the passageway for nearly a third of all oil traded by sea. The TV agency says the video was aired Saturday as part of a documentary.
Nearly two weeks after the controversy about the disappearance and possible death of Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Iran has not reacted to the case.
Tehran could have easily used such a big international issue as propaganda leverage against Saudi Arabia; its regional rival and enemy.
A member of the Iranian parliament has harshly criticized Bashar Assad of Syria and Vladimir Putin of Russia on June 27, saying that these two leaders will “soon sacrifice us” to Israel and the U.S.
Behrouz Bonyadi in a speech before the start of the regular meeting of parliament declared, “Bashar Assad, with full impudence, has cozied up to Putin”. In these unprecedented remarks, Bonyadi added, “Russia will not be a trustworthy friend for us”.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry is set to sell three estates owned by Iran in sub-Saharan Africa, including a previous residence of Reza Shah, who was forced to abdicate the throne by the Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran in 1941.
In a proposal delivered to President Hassan Rouhani, the Foreign Ministry has asked his administration’s approval for selling three estates owned by the Iranian state, including Reza Shah’s residence on the African Island-state of Mauritius.
A 20-minute video clip showing an emergency closed-door session of the Assembly of Experts choosing a mid-ranking clergy, Ali Khamenei as the successor of ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini has been leaked for the first time.
A copy of the video reviewed by Radio Farda, shows that contrary to what was earlier believed, Ali Khamenei was assigned to serve as a “caretaker” of the Islamic Republic’s leadership for a limited one-year period, after which the country’s leadership will be transferred to a council with members elected through a referendum.
The head of the Islamic Republic’s judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani, has warned Iranian media not to cover sex tourism unless they want to face prosecution.
The warning was issued September 10 amid increasing reports of Iraqi Shi'ite pilgrims to the holy city of Mashhad hiring sex workers during their stay. Some reports allege sex tourism has become a bigger draw for Iraqis to the holy Shi’ite city than the religious sites.