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Israel accuses Iran Iran rubbishes allegations of involvement in attack on Israeli oil tanker off Oman coast 

Israel, the US, and the UK have accused Iran of carrying out a drone attack on an Israeli-owned oil tanker off the Omani coast last week which killed two crew members

Iran claims Israel attacked its nuclear site last month in attempt to derail Vienna talks

Pressure from Israel was pivotal in US’ withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018. Successive Israeli governments have opposed calls for its revival

Violence against migrants and refugees at Greece-Turkey border and other stories

Today we look at the violence against migrants at the Turkey-Greece border, the seizure of 36 news sites by the US Justice Dept., and more

US seizes websites US ‘seizes’ Iranian and other regional news sites, cites ‘disinformation’ and ‘national security threats’

The move has been criticized by activists as an attempt by the US government to censor unfavorable content, an attack on the freedom of the press, and a deliberate act of hostility 

Conservative Ebrahim Raisi is the next president of Iran

Ebrahim Raisi won 61.95% of the votes cast in the elections held on Friday. The voter turnout was around 49%

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 COVID wave, US sanctions Rights groups demand end of sanctions against Iran amid fresh COVID-19 wave

Iran, one of the worst COVID-19 affected countries in the world, has been facing difficulties in getting supplies of vaccines and other medical requirements due to US sanctions

Iran nuclear deal revival Hopes for revival of nuclear deal rise despite provocations against Iran

Despite provocations such as the attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility on April 11, the discussions to restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or the nuclear deal continue through the mechanism of the joint commission

Right-wing banker Guillermo Lasso wins Ecuador’s presidency and other stories

Today we look at Ecuador’s presidential election results, protests following the fatal police shooting of a Black man in the US, reports of Israel’s role in the blackout at an Iranian nuclear site, hunger strike by detained Hirak protesters in Algeria, and the ties between Israeli businessman Dan Gertler and the DRC

Iran blames Israel for blackout at nuclear facility

Iran is facing renewed hostility against its nuclear program since the chances for the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal have increased with the meeting of JCPOA’s signatories in Vienna last week

Iranian vessel attacked Iranian vessel attacked in Red Sea as nuclear deal revival talks begin

The attack on the Saviz took place on the same day as the meeting of the joint commission of the signatories of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to work out ways to revive the deal

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