Iran to Sentence Citizens Who "Spreads Rumors" about Coronavirus to Flogging, Three Years in Prison




Iran to Sentence Citizens Who \\"Spreads Rumors\\" about Coronavirus to Flogging, Three Years in Prison
Iran to Sentence Citizens Who \\"Spreads Rumors\\" about Coronavirus to Flogging, Three Years in Prison  
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Mosque converted into mask factory in virus-hit Iran
Mosque converted into mask factory in virus-hit Iran
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  • 2020-04-06 16:48:37Z

At a Tehran mosque converted into a factory, women volunteers who would normally attend to visitors to the old battlefields of the Iran-Iraq war have joined the fight against coronavirus. Lined up like factory workers, around 15 women have taken up positions in front of table-top sewing machines to produce face masks. "Our group used to go to the battlefields of the Iran-Iraq war every year to serve visitors," Fatemeh Saidi, a 27-year-old woman involved in the Basij with her husband, told AFP.

Iran supreme leader approves tapping sovereign wealth fund to fight coronavirus
Iran supreme leader approves tapping sovereign wealth fund to fight coronavirus

Iran is the Middle Eastern country worst-affected so far by the coronavirus, with 3,739 deaths and 60,500 people infected as of Monday, official data showed. Shut out of international capital markets and facing a further hit to its finances with the collapse in global oil prices coming on top of U.S. sanctions, Iran is struggling to shield its economy from the coronavirus pandemic. Rouhani said in late March that the government was seeking approval for the withdrawal of the money from the sovereign wealth fund.

Iranian Health Official Calls Chinese Coronavirus Stats a
Iranian Health Official Calls Chinese Coronavirus Stats a 'Bitter Joke'

Iranian health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur on Sunday criticized Chinese government statistics on the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, appearing to blame those statistics for other countries' slow response to the emerging pandemic."It seems statistics from China [were] a bitter joke, because many in the world thought this is just like influenza, with fewer deaths," Jahanpur said during a video conference in remarks translated by Radio Farda. "This [impression] were based on reports from China and now it seems China made a bitter joke with the rest of the world."Jahanpur added, "If in China they say an epidemic was controlled in two months, one should really...

Iran will never ask U.S. for coronavirus help: official
Iran will never ask U.S. for coronavirus help: official

Iran will never ask the United States for help in the fight against the new coronavirus, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Monday. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has rejected offers from Washington for humanitarian assistance for Iran, the Middle Eastern country so far worst-affected by the coronavirus, with 3,739 deaths and 60,500 people infected according to the latest figures on Monday. "Iran has never asked and will not ask America to help Tehran in its fight against the outbreak ... But America should lift all its illegal unilateral sanctions on Iran," Mousavi said in a televised news conference.

Wrong Candidates for Aid, Wrong Time
Wrong Candidates for Aid, Wrong Time

Imagine if FDR had offered a multi-million-dollar aid package to Germany before the Nazi surrender on May 7, 1945. Or if Truman had air-dropped food, medicine, and cash on Japanese cities before Emperor Hirohito announced his country's surrender on August 15, 1945. Such scenarios would have been impossible then, but today, pundits and politicians are advocating sending aid to Iran, a sworn enemy of the U.S., to combat the coronavirus. They are also urging the release of aid for the Palestinians, whose leaders range from hostile (Fatah) to terrorist (Hamas).Eight U.S. senators are proposing a massive aid package for Palestinians in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and the Fatah-controlled...

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