The Iranian military did “well” by downing a civilian airliner in January, the spokesman for the parliament's legal and judicial committee said on Sunday, adding that no arrests have been made in relation to the incident, contrary to official claims. General view of the debris of the Ukraine International Airlines, flight PS752, Boeing 737-800 plane that crashed after take-off from Iran's Imam Khomeini airport, on the outskirts of Tehran. (File photo: Reuters) Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili had previously claimed that several individuals involved in the downing of the Ukrainian airliner have been arrested. Last Update: 21:05 KSA 00:05 - GMT
An Iranian newspaper criticised a close associate of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday for disclosing that slain military commander Qassem Soleimani paid salaries to fighters of an Iranian proxy group in Syria. A clip circulating on social media in recent days showed former Energy Minister and the head of the Mostazafan Foundation Parviz Fattah saying that Soleimani had once asked for help to pay the salaries of members of the Fatemiyoun brigade, an Iran-backed militia made up of Afghan Shia fighters. The Fatemiyoun brigade has fought in Syria, where Soleimani coordinated militias to fight alongside the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
The Iranian regime has been blaming the US and its allies, particularly Israel, for the country's coronavirus crisis, according to evidence presented in a report from IranWire written by Shaya Lerner and David Andrew Weinberg. As of Sunday, 3,603 in Iran have died from coronavirus, and there are 58,226 confirmed cases. The Iranian regime has been accused of mishandling its response to the coronavirus outbreak in the country, including deliberately covering up details of the outbreak to maximize turnout in parliamentary elections. The Islamic Republic's highest authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had initially said that the coronavirus outbreak is “not that big of a deal.” However, as the outbreak has worsened in the country, high-ranking officials regime officials have since shifted their narrative to blame the US and Israel.
When scientists began examining the first data to come out of China, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic which has now swept the world, they noticed something striking: More men were dying than women. Collecting data about coronavirus is still a work in progress, meaning there is still a lot we don't know about COVID-19. In a report by the Chinese Center for Disease and Prevention published February 11, which reviewed the then 44,000 cases in China, men were found to have a higher death rate: 2.8 percent compared to women's 1.7 percent. Since then, the virus has spread across the world, infecting countries and forcing them into collecting their own data as they fight against the global pandemic.
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US President Donald Trump has ramped up his threats to impose oil import tariffs as renewed diplomatic tension between Saudi Arabia and Russia threatens efforts to reach a new deal to cut output. Trump said on Saturday at a White House press briefing he'd use tariffs if needed to protect the domestic oil industry, a day after meeting with US industry leaders. A gathering of OPEC and other major producers scheduled for Monday was delayed until later in the week as Saudi Arabia and Russia traded barbs about who's to blame for the collapse in crude prices. Optimism over prospects for a deal sent benchmark oil futures to a record gain this week, despite an unprecedented global demand loss from the Covid-19 outbreak.
The United Arab Emirates has confirmed 294 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections to 1,798 cases so far, according to the Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Health also confirmed on Tuesday that 19 people recovered from the COVID-19 coronavirus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 144 so far.
(CNN) — Sheryl Pardo was preoccupied with one fact as she boarded her flight. This would be the last time she saw her mother. The American Airlines flight attendants bumped her up to first class and addressed her personally over the loudspeaker. Pardo spent the flight telling them about her mom and the loving, get-things-done person she was. "I think in moments like this the pain of losing your mom is exacerbated by being in this frightening time," Pardo told CNN. "Other people's kindness is what's going to get us to through this. "I want them to know how much it meant to me," the 59-year-old said. "It was super positive, which I didn't expect from that trip." One last trip to see her mom Pardo