Free Press Journal
  • French President Emmanuel Macron to visit Russia on May 24

    Paris : French President Emmanuel Macron is scheduled to pay a two-day visit to Russia, commencing on May 24. The two leaders are set to discuss Iran, Syria and Ukraine during their meeting, the Kremlin said.

  • Bracing for adverse macro indicators

    The re-imposition of US sanctions on Iran might mean lesser global supply causing oil prices to remain high. Much of the oil producers may side with the US on the Iran issue, so that an easy resolution seems unlikely. India’s import of oil may go up by 50 billion dollars more than last year, and the total bill could be as high as eight percent of the GDP.

  • No takers for Trump’s hard stance on Iran

    By pulling out of the US-Iran nuclear deal and deciding to re-impose sanctions against Iran, US President Donald Trump has set the clock back on peace moves in the region initiated by his predecessor Barack Obama. After the repudiation of the climate deal soon after he took office, this is Trump’s second big move that strikes at the root of US credibility. Trump’s decision raises the risk of deepening conflicts in West

  • Iranian infra in Syria destroyed

    Jerusalem : In the largest operation in Syria since the signing of disengagement agreement in 1974, Israel on Thursday said it has struck almost all of the Iranian infrastructure on Syrian soil during the overnight raids in retaliation to a barrage of rocket fire on its territory by Iran.

  • Israeli army says has hit ‘dozens’ of Iranian military targets in Syria

    Jerusalem: Israel’s army said today it hit dozens of Iranian military targets in Syria overnight after rocket and missile fire toward its forces it blamed on Iran, marking a sharp escalation in tensions.  “The (Israeli military) has struck dozens of Iranian military targets in Syria,” Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus told journalists.

  • US President Donald Trump pulls America from ‘one-sided’ Iran nuclear deal

    Washington: US President Donald Trump declared on Tuesday that he was pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, unravelling the signature foreign policy achievement of his predecessor, Barack Obama, and isolating the US among its Western allies. “This was a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made,” Trump said at the White House in announcing his decision. “It didn’t bring calm, it didn’t bring peace, and it never will.”

  • India can finish among top two in group, says Bhutia  

    New Delhi : Indian football great Bhaichung Bhutia says the country can not just qualify for the knockouts but also finish among the top two in the group stage of the AFC Asian Cup next year.

  • Iran President Hassan Rouhani warns of ‘problems’ as Trump decision looms

    Tehran: Iran’s president today warned the country could face “some problems” ahead of President Donald Trump’s decision on whether to pull out of its nuclear deal with world powers.  Without directly naming Trump, Rouhani’s remarks at a petroleum conference in Tehran represented the first official Iranian comment on the US president’s overnight tweet that he’d make an announcement on the deal today.

  • Diplomacy: It takes two to tango

    Just when North Korea’s Kim Jong-un seems willing to compromise on his nuclear ambitions, Donald Trump appears to be determined to provoke Iran’s Hassan Rouhani into taking up an aggressive nuclear posture. The common factor for him is American pressure.

  • 5.2 magnitude earthquake hits southern Iran, 31 injured

    Tehran: A magnitude 5.2 earthquake struck a remote, mountainous region in southern Iran today, injuring at least 31 people and disrupting power and communication lines, state media reported. It says the temblor rocked the town of Sisakht, some 700 kilometres south of Tehran, causing people to rush out into the streets. The town has a population of 10,000. Footage showed cracks in the walls of buildings.

  • Rights group says British-Iranian professor held in Tehran 

    Dubai: A British-Iranian university professor who actively campaigns against military action targeting his homeland has been detained in Iran by the country’s hard-line Revolutionary Guard, a rights group says, becoming the latest dual national held there since the 2015 nuclear deal.

  • Trump warns ‘bigger problems’ if Iran restarts N-programme 

    Washington : US President Donald Trump warned on Tuesday that Iran will have “bigger problems” if it restarts its nuclear programme. Meeting with visiting French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House, Trump said “it won’t be so easy for them to restart” the programme.

  • Iran rejects Donald Trump-Emmanuel Macron nuclear proposals

    Tehran: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday accused the US and its European allies of violating their commitments with regards to a nuclear deal that Tehran signed with world powers in 2015.

  • Netanyahu accuses Iran of sending combat drones to attack Israel

    Tel Aviv : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday accused Iran of sending combat drones to attack Israel after Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blamed Israel for violating international law.

  • Iran bans banks from using cryptocurrencies

    Tehran: Iran banned the use of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies by banks and financial institutions on Monday amid ongoing debate over how best to regulate the technology. “The use of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in all the country’s monetary and financial centres was banned,” the central bank said in a statement overnight.

  • Iran warns US against breach of landmark nuclear deal

    Tehran: Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, on Sunday warned the US against any move which undermines the 2015 landmark nuclear deal between the Islamic republic and the world powers.

  • 11 dead, 6 injured in fire in southwest Iran

    Tehran: The official IRAN daily newspaper reports that a fire in a teahouse has killed 11 people and injured six in the southwest city of Ahvaz and authorities suspect arson. Today’s report on IRAN’s Telegram channel said an initial investigation showed the fire was set by a disgruntled former employee who started the blaze using gasoline.

  • Iran aggressively destabilising Middle East: US

    Washington: The Iranian regime is aggressively destabilising the Middle East and present a range of threats to peace and security in the region, the US said today. “When you look at Iran’s foreign and domestic policies, it’s impossible to argue that they are behaving constructively or with greater moderation in the last two years. “In fact, quite the reverse.