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    Several major cities in Iran, including Tehran, Mashhad, Isfahan and Rasht, have been hit by protests since December 28, 2017. The people have taken to the streets to protest against unemployment, poverty, and the rising cost of living. Media reported that the number of people killed in protests in the country had jumped to 22.

    Several countries, including Russia, have expressed concerns over the unrest in Iran, expressing hope that violence would be avoided during the protests.

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    • 13:36

      Hundrends of Iranians Protest Against Violence

      Several hundred people on Wednesday took to the streets of a number of Iranian cities to protest against outbreaks of violence during anti-government demonstrations that hit the country, local media reported Wednesday.

       

      Pro-government demonstrators march in Iran's holy city of Qom, some 130 kilometres south of Tehran, on January 3, 2018

      Hundreds of Iranians Take Part in Demonstrations Against Violence - Reports

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Several hundred people on Wednesday took to the streets of a number of Iranian cities to protest against outbreaks of violence during anti-government demonstrations that hit the country, local media reported.
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      Iran Fries US for 'Intervention' and Trump's 'Absurd Tweets' About Protests

      Iranian protesters chant slogans at a rally in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017

      Iran Fries US for 'Intervention' and Trump's 'Absurd Tweets' About Protests

      Washington has been "watching" the situation in Iran, with President Trump and VP Pence making several statements in support of the protests. According to Iranian Envoy to the UN Gholamali Khoshroo, the US wants to encourage Iranians to "change their government."
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      Iran Fries US for 'Intervention' and Trump's 'Absurd Tweets' About Protests

    • 04:16

      US Congress to Consider New Sanctions Against Iran Officials

      The US House of Representatives is planning legislation to impose sanctions on Iranian officials involved in suppressing current popular protests in their country, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul said in a statement.

      "I will be introducing legislation soon to sanction Iranian officials and other entities responsible for human rights abuses and hostage taking," McCaul, a Republican from Texas, said in his statement on Tuesday.

      "The recent demonstrations across Iran and the regime’s deadly crackdown simultaneously highlight the Iranian people's thirst for freedom, as well as the desperate measures the hardliners will take to cling to power," McCaul said.

    • 23:47

      Macron Postpones French Foreign Minister's Trip to Iran, Says He is 'Worried' and Urges 'Restraint'

      During a phone call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, French President Emmanuel Macron postponed the planned trip of French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to Iran.

    • 22:45

      State Department Calls on Iran to Restore Social Media Access to Protesters, Threatens Sanctions if Crackdown Continues

      State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Tuesday that Washington may levy new sanctions against Tehran if the violent crackdown on peaceful protesters continues.n Tuesday.

      "We don't get ahead of sanctions, but that is one toolkit, a couple of things that we have in a very broad and wide toolkit," said Nauert. "There are a range of options that we certainly have going forward. We are watching reports very carefully of any potential human rights abuses of these protesters who are protesting peacefully."

    • 22:45

      WH: Trump Hasn't Decided on Signing Iran Waiver at End of January

    • 22:02

      US to Seek Emergency Session of UN Security Council Regarding Iran Protests - Haley

    • 21:58

      US Ambassador Haley: Iran Protests are 'Spontaneous', but the US will 'Amplify the Voices of the Iranian People'

      US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that the protests in Iran are "completely spontaneous," a response to Tehran's charge that the protests were organized by foreign actors. She called such a charge "ridiculous."

      "It takes great bravery for the Iranian people to use the power of their voice against their government, especially when their government has a long history of murdering its own people who dare to speak the truth. So we applaud the tremendous courage of the Iranian people," Haley told reporters in front of the UN.

      "We want to help amplify the voices of the Iranian people," she added.

    • 21:52

      Rouhani calls on French President Macron to Act On Anti-Iranian 'Terrorists' in France

      Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told French President Emmanuel Macron that Paris ought to stop hosting the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), an Iranian separatist group that has advocated for the overthrowal of the Islamic Republic.

      Rouhani referred to the MEK as a "terrorist" group and chastised Macron for allowing them to maintain a base in Paris. MEK has maintained a headquarters in Paris since their 1981 exile from the then-nascent Islamic Republic of Iran.

    • 21:42

      Washington Calls On Iran to Unblock Social Media Sites

      The US State Department has called on Tehran to stop blocking social media sites such as Instagram during the protests, and for Iranian protesters to circumvent these blocks.

      Undersecretary of State Irwin for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Steven Goldstein said in a statement that Tehran should "open these sites" such as photo-sharing app Instagram and messaging app Telegram.

      "They are legitimate avenues for communication," Goldstein said. "People in Iran should be able to access those sites."

      Goldstein added that Iranians could use a virtual private network (VPN) to evade the blocks. VPNs can allow users can access blocked websites, and are frequently used in countries with restrictive internet speech laws. 

      He also encouraged other countries to support the protests, and mentioned that the State Department was dispatching Arabic speakers to discuss the protests on Arabic-language television networks in the Middle East.

      "We want to encourage the protesters to continue to fight for what's right and to open up Iran," Goldstein said.

      The US government has come out on behalf of the protesters against their longtime enemies in Tehran, communicating with anti-government groups through Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites.

    • 19:54

      Iranian Foreign Ministry Slams Trump's Tweets About Ongoing Protests

      A representative of the Iranian Foreign ministry has slammed the US President's 'insulting' tweets about the protests across Iranian cities.

      "Trump's completely paradoxical and  garbled stance against the Iranian people is not a new issue," Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said commenting on Trump's recent Twitter post about ongoing protests in Iran.

      The spokesman added that Trump is using offensive words in addressing the Iranian people with a rich and influential culture and civilization under the pretext of expressing his sympathy with them.

      "Instead of wasting his time on posting useless and insulting tweets about other nations and countries, Trump had better address his country's domestic affairs and issues such as the daily killings of dozens of people in armed clashes and shootings in various US states as well as the existence of millions of homeless and hungry [people] in his own country,” Bahram Qassemi pointed out.

    • 17:08

      France Expresses Concerns Over Large Number of Victims During Iranian Protests

      A foreign ministry spokesman said that France is concerned by the number of victims and arrests during the ongoing protests in Iran.

      "The right to protest is a fundamental right," the spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday.

    • 16:32

      Iranian People Acting Against 'Brutal and Corrupt' Regime - Trump Says in a Tweet

      US President Donald Trump praised Iranian citizens on Tuesday for finally standing up to what he called their country's "brutal and corrupt" regime.

      Trump has written several Twitter posts about the unrest, warning that the United States is watching the protests.

      Iranian President Hassan Rouhani responded to Trump on Monday, saying the US president has no right to weigh in on Iran's unrest after he called the Iranian people "terrorists," Iran's state media reported.

       

    • 15:07

      US, Britain, Saudis are Behind Current Unrest in Iran, Deputy Head of the Country’s Supreme National Security Council Says

      Earlier in the day, Ali Shamkhani, the deputy head of the Iran's Supreme National Security Council, has blamed the United States, Britain, and Saudi Arabia for being behind the protests and orchestrating anti-government campaigns on social media, to stoke tensions.

      “Based on our analysis, almost 27 percent of the new hashtags, directed against Iran have been generated by the Saudi government,” Shamkhani said, adding that the interference was aimed at halting Iran’s progress.

      In this photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, university students attend a protest inside Tehran University while anti-riot Iranian police prevent them to join other protestors, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017

      Iran Says US, Britain, Saudis Behind Current Unrest

      Iran is claiming that the ongoing protests inside the country are as part of a “hybrid war” being waged by several foreign countries against it, Iranian media has reported, citing the deputy head of the country’s Supreme National Security Council.
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    • 15:03

      Supreme Leader Blames 'Enemies of Iran' for Protests in the Country

      Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused enemies of Iran for of stirring days of protests.

      "In recent days, enemies of Iran used different tools including cash, weapons, politics and intelligence services to create troubles for the Islamic Republic," Iran's supreme leader was quoted as saying in a post on his official website.

    • 15:01

      Nine More People Killed in Protests in Iran

      Nine more people were killed in clashes overnight between protesters and security forces in Iran, AP reports citing state television.

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