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US porn star criticised over Iran visit

Whitney Wright drew backlash online after she posted photos of herself in front of the former US Embassy in Tehran. US porn actress Whitney Wright...

Meta blacklists Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei

The tech giant says it prohibits people with a “violent mission” or those “engaged in violence”. Meta has banned multiple Facebook and Instagram accounts belonging...

Luxon briefed on ‘threats to critical infrastructure’

Officials have highlighted the need to protect critical infrastructure in New Zealand in a briefing to the Minister for National Security and Intelligence, Christopher...

US approves strikes on ‘Iranian targets’ – media

The bombing campaign may last for several weeks, American officials have said. The US will carry out a series of strikes on “Iranian personnel and...

US names alleged culprit behind deadly drone strike

The White House has blamed an “Iranian-backed” umbrella group in Iraq for an attack that killed three American troops at a base in Jordan. The...

‘We are attacking Iran’ – Netanyahu

Israel’s prime minister accuses Tehran of supporting militant groups ‘from the Houthis to Hezbollah to Hamas’. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that Israel is...

Prepare for war with Russia, China, Iran and North Korea – UK defense minister

Grant Shapps wants Western nations to increase their military spending ahead of a possible conflict. British defense minister Grant Shapps has predicted a global conflict...

Explosions heard in Iran amid Pakistani air raid

Islamabad has struck several “terrorist” targets on its neighbour’s soil, following a similar cross-border attack by Tehran. Pakistan has carried out airstrikes on a militant...

US troops ‘flee Syria’ after attacks on bases, says Iranian media

The US is evacuating its Hemo military base near the airport in the northeastern Syrian city of Kamishli (al-Qamishli) after repeated attacks by "Iraqi...

Iran fires missiles at ‘terrorists and spies’ near US consulate

The attacks in Iraq and Syria were a reprisal for the January 3 Kerman bombing, the IRGC has said. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)...

Iran confirms ‘retaliatory’ oil tanker seizure

The St. Nikolas was transporting crude from Iraq to Turkey when it was boarded. An oil tanker has been boarded and seized by Iranian forces...

Almost 100 killed in ‘terror attack’ at memorial to Iranian general

Qassem Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike on this day in 2020. At least 95 people have been killed and over 200 injured...

Iran executes four ‘Mossad agents’

A total of ten people were found guilty of working for Israeli intelligence, Iranian state media has said. Four people linked to the Israeli intelligence...

US Senator Lindsay Graham calls for bombing Iran

Lindsey Graham wants the IRGC headquarters “blown off the map”. The US should bomb Iranian oil fields and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps HQ in...

Israel kills senior Iranian general in Syria strike

“The barbaric Zionist regime will pay” for the death of Seyed Razi Mousavi, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have said. Israeli warplanes struck the Syrian capital of...

Israeli-owned ship attacked by suspected Iranian drone – AP

The vessel is owned by a billionaire with historical links to Israeli intelligence operations, according to reports. A Maltese-flagged container ship owned by one of...

Tehran tells Hamas it won’t enter war with Israel – Reuters

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has reportedly made it clear that Iran won’t get directly involved in the conflict in Gaza. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader,...

Iranian president makes first Saudi Arabia visit for Gaza summit

Ebrahim Raisi is making the trip after Tehran and Riyadh normalized ties earlier this year. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has said “action” rather than “words”...

Iran warns US of ‘new fronts’ in Middle East

Washington’s reluctance to change course could lead to a region-wide escalation, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has said. The US could face dire consequences in the...

Iran a ‘Nazi regime’ – Israel

Iran’s support for Hamas makes it culpable in last Saturday’s attack, Israel’s envoy to the UN says. Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan,...

Iran unveils advanced drones

The new unmanned aerial vehicles are reported to have an operational radius of 2,000 kilometers (about 1,250 miles). The Iranian Defense Industry has unveiled the...

US deploys 3,000 troops to Middle East

The move comes after Iran boosted its own naval capabilities with a series of new weapons. The US military has deployed thousands of troops and...

Outrage across Muslim world at Quran burning in Europe

Rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran united in condemning the series of incidents in Sweden and Denmark. Muslim-majority nations have angrily criticized the governments of Denmark...

Taliban clash with Iranian forces – reports

Iranian officials said that the Afghan militants opened fire first, killing two border guards. Taliban forces opened fire on Iranian border guards on Saturday, killing...

Xi ‘personally intervened’ in Saudi-Iran talks – diplomat

Last month’s Beijing-brokered deal ended a seven-year rift between Tehran and Riyadh. Chinese President Xi Jinping played a key role in helping to persuade the...

Watch: Iranian commandos seize oil tanker heading to US

A state-run broadcaster has shown footage of commandos raiding a US-bound vessel in the Gulf of Oman. State-run television in Tehran has aired footage of...

Baby Steps Toward Peace: What to expect from Russia-Iran-Syria-Turkiye meeting

The past two months have witnessed dramatic changes in the Middle East’s security architecture, with February’s devastating earthquakes sparking an outpouring of diplomatic and...

New Zealand’s Middle East strategy, 20 years after the Iraq War

This week marks the twentieth anniversary of the Iraq War. While it strongly opposed the US-led invasion, New Zealand’s then Labour-led government led by Prime...

Saudi king invites Iranian president to Riyadh – official

The invitation comes days after China brokered a diplomatic deal between the two regional powers. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has invited Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi...

Iran’s supreme leader responds to schoolgirl poisonings

Suspected poisonings have affected hundreds of Iranian schoolgirls in recent months. Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has branded a string of suspected schoolgirl poisonings...

Explosions reported in Iran

The country’s defense ministry says a drone attack was thwarted. Iran was attacked using drones, the country’s Defense Ministry announced on Sunday. One device was...

Iranian official shot on Soleimani anniversary – local media

A Basij security officer was gunned down outside his house in Tehran. Qasim Fathullahi, a local Basij commander with the Mohammad Rasulullah Guards of Greater...

Woman Who Stabbed Date During Sex ‘to Avenge Soleimani’ Pleads Not Guilty

  The woman told police that she had stabbed her date in order to avenge the killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a US...

Iran players sing anthem before dramatic World Cup win

The decision came in contrast to the team’s opening game in Qatar. The Iranian men’s football team sang their country’s national anthem ahead of their...

Iranian warnings about domestic unrest should be taken seriously

If the turmoil in Iran continues, regional consequences could be grave. Amid ongoing unrest throughout Iran, it has accused both Israel and Western intelligence agencies...

Government updates travel advice for Iran

The Government has updated travel warnings for Iran and is urging New Zealanders currently in that country to depart. “The new advice for Iran reiterates...

Iranian climber ‘won’t be punished’ for hijab scandal – official

Elnaz Rekabi arrived back in Tehran to a hero’s welcome on Wednesday. Iranian climber Elnaz Rekabi, who made headlines for becoming just the second woman...

Watch: Iranian prison burns amid protests

Tehran’s Evin Prison was on fire on Saturday night, as gunshots rang out. Evin Prison in the Iranian capital Tehran caught fire on Saturday night,...

Cause of Mahsa Amini’s death revealed by Iranian coroner

The woman whose fate triggered a nationwide protest movement died from “multiple organ failure”. Mahsa Amini, whose death in police custody led to mass protests...

19 killed in Iranian police station attack

At least 32 members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps were injured. Armed separatists killed 19 people, including several members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard...

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