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    Coronavirus has killed a high-profile leader in Iran responsible for the U.S.-designated terrorist group Basij Forces, the Iranian news agency Tasnim confirmed. Mohammad Haj Abolghasem, a senior commander, was known as the 'butcher of Tehran' for his role in the bloody suppression of pro-democracy protests that began in November 2019, the Iranian exile group said.

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has slammed a reportedly 'secret' meeting between Democrat Senators and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, Katie Pavlich at Town Hall reported. The comments were made in response to a report published in The Federalist claiming that Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and other Democrat senators met with Iranian foreign minister on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference held last week.

    The Iranian regime is using its space program as a cover for further developing long-range missiles, the United States has warned. "The technologies used to launch satellites into orbit are virtually identical and interchangeable with those used in longer-range systems, including intercontinental ballistic missiles," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week.

    Not stopping at imprisoning and torturing women for refusing to wear Sharia-mandated hijab, the Iranian regime is now cracking down on 'indecently dressed' mannequins in shops, the Iranian state-controlled media reported. Iranian police are screening shop windows for any violation of the Sharia dress-code and shutting down retailers found in violation. They also "warned online clothing retailers that display their products in an un-Islamic fashion," news reports say.

    The United States has imposed sanctions against a China-linked business network financing Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) and Quds Force, both U.S. designated terrorist entities. The network bought hundreds of millions of dollars worth of oil from National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), a state-owned Iranian firm "which helps to finance Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) and its terrorist proxies," The U.S. Treasury Department disclosed Thursday.

    The United Kingdom has joined the United States in banning the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah in its entirety. The decision taken by the UK Treasury on Friday will lead to the freezing of all assets belonging to the Lebanon-based terrorist organization. The "failure to comply with financial sanctions legislation" or seeking to "circumvent its provisions" will be regarded as criminal offences, the UK  Treasury said in a statement.

    Germany, France and the United Kingdom have launched a formal dispute mechanism against Iran which could end up putting international sanctions on the regime. The measure was announced on Tuesday following recent Iranian violations of the 2015 nuclear deal. The dispute will now be brought before a Joint Commission made up of Iran, Russia, China, the three European signatories, and the European Union. If the panel fails to resolve the dispute, the matter will then come before the United Nations Security Council.

    Anti-regime protests have reignited in Iran's capital Tehran and elsewhere in the country after the regime admitted shooting down a civilian Ukrainian airliner, killing all 176 Iranian and foreign passengers on board. The epicenter of the protests was Tehran's two main universities. Several Iranian university students were among those were killed in the incident.

    Protests have broken out across Iran over the downing of the Ukrainian passenger airplane by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. -- which tried for days to cover it up. The protests are a continuation of the protests last fall, which were crushed by the IRGC under leadership of the late Qassem Soleimani, with an estimated 1500 killed and thousands more arrested.
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