Hassan Rouhani
Conservatives in the lead as millions of Iranians head to the polls and other stories

Today we look at the presidential elections in Iran, the release of 3 Indian student activists after over a year in detention, and more

Iran elections Iran announces final list of candidates for June 18 presidential election

The Guardian Council headed by supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei approved a list of seven candidates out of a total of 592 applicants. Most of the approved candidates belong to conservative groups

Iran-IAEA agreement Iran, IAEA agree to extend monitoring deal, give ongoing Vienna talks a chance   

The extension follows the expiry of a three-month agreement signed in February between the Iranian government and the IAEA providing the UN body access to Iranian nuclear sites through photos despite an Iranian law restricting physical inspection

Iran’s decision to raise uranium enrichment level is expected, say Russia, China

Iran announced on Monday that it has started enriching uranium to up to 20% as per the law passed by its parliament in November and according to the provisions of the 2015 nuclear deal

Assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh condemned across the globe

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was attacked by unknown assailants near Tehran on Friday. Both Iranian authorities and observers around the world accused Israel of being behind the murder

Iran offers full commitment to JCPOA if Biden decides to re-join the nuclear deal and lift all sanctions

The Trump administration unilaterally withdrew from the deal in May 2018 and imposed various sanctions against Iran without any international approval

US sanctions on Iran stand as an obstacle to any constructive engagement in West Asia

The relentless maximum pressure campaign of the Trump administration against Iran which is continuing even after his electoral loss will be tough for a Biden administration to reverse, assuming there is the will to do so

US Threatens Fresh Sanctions Against Iran, JCPOA Members

The US withdrew from the JCPOA or the Iran nuclear deal in 2018. However, it is now trying to get sanctions imposed on Iran claiming violations of a deal it is not even part of

Iran COVID Iran faces twin challenges of COVID-19 and American sanctions

The worst hit country in West Asia, Iran has had a tough time coping with the pandemic amid US sanctions. It has resorted to strengthening links with countries such as Russia and China towards this end

US blocks IMF loan to Iran United States set to block IMF’s emergency loan to Iran

Iran had requested a USD 5 billion emergency loan from the IMF last month to help its fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The US claims the money will be used to fund terrorism in the region

Timeline: Escalating US-Iran tensions and where they could lead

In this explainer, we look at the recent events in West Asia, beginning with the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal in 2018 to the assassination of Qassim Soleimani, and now the decision by the EU countries to trigger a conflict resolution mechanism which could end the deal.

HEPCO Iran 28 arrested, 16 injured at HEPCO workers’ protest in Iran

Workers of the Heavy Equipment Production Company were protesting in Arak, Iran, when security forces unleashed brutal force on them. The main demand of workers was the release of their pending wages, along with ending the privatization of state-owned companies.

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