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Representational image of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei | Photo: ANI via Reuters

Why 3 explosions in 3 weeks near Iran’s strategic facilities have left the country unnerved

The third explosion took place near Tehran Friday, but there have been contradictory explanations from within Iran and among international analysts.
Peoplequeue up to buy surgical gloves in Tehran, Iran, but many don't wear masks | Photographer: Ali Mohammadi | Bloomberg

No one wants to wear a mask in Iran, pandemic hurting Trump’s chances & other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft addresses the media | Flickr

US to seek UN Security Council vote on extending Iran arms embargo this month

US ambassador to the UN, Kelly Craft said the country is willing to reimpose wide-ranging UN sanctions if the vote failed.
Flags outside the Secretariat building at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York

US seeks indefinite arms embargo on Iran in UN resolution

The expiration of the arms embargo theoretically would let Iran move ahead with purchases of conventional weapons from Russia and China.
A view of the reactor building at the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant as the first fuel is loaded, on August 21, 2010 in Bushehr, southern Iran.

Row over Iran nuclear program escalates as ally China warns of dire consequence

A US-backed resolution calling on Iran to 'fully cooperate' with IAEA requests has triggered a furious backlash from Iranian allies, including China.
A Children's National Hospital healthcare worker places a vial into a Quest Diagnostics bag at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C., U.S. (Representational Image) | Photographer: Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg

True scale of virus deaths, world short-changed, opera for plants & other global Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
Rolls of material used in the manufacture of protective face masks sit near machines at the opening of a new factory near Tehran, Iran on 14 April

It’s manufacturing that’s giving Iran a lifeline, not oil

In 2019-20, non-oil exports amounted to $41.3 billion and exceeded the country's oil exports for the first time in Iran’s modern history.
A view of the reactor building at the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant as the first fuel is loaded, on August 21, 2010 in Bushehr, southern Iran.

Iran keeps up uranium production, stockpile swells in Covid lockdown

According to an IAEA report, the country’s store of low-enriched uranium saw a 50% jump over the amount stockpiled three months ago.
Twitter (representational image) | Flickr

Iran, China use Twitter to target US over protests, call out ‘double standards’

Countries like Russia, China and Iran are attacking the US, which has in the past raised issues and imposed sanctions over human rights violations.
A firefighter wearing protective clothing, mask and goggles, sprays disinfectant on Tabia't bridge pedestrian overpass in Tehran, Iran

Second wave of Covid-19 infections hits Iran

Authorities reported 3,134 new cases Wednesday, a 50% increase from a week earlier. The total number of cases so far is 160,696, including more than 8,000 deaths.

On Camera

Kanpur's wanted criminal Vikas Dubey | ThePrint

Brahmin pride and pain flood Facebook after Vikas Dubey’s encounter killing

For many social media users, gangster Vikas Dubey was first and foremost a Brahmin — a ‘tiger’ whose killing is just another ‘atrocity’ on the community under 'Thakur' CM Yogi Adityanath.
File image of SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar | Photo: ANI

Not ‘overworried’ about NPAs, no need for a blanket moratorium extension: SBI chairman

SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar said the extension of the loan moratorium may be needed only for certain specific stressed sectors.

Defence

Representational image of an IAF MiG-29 | Photo: Wikipedia

IAF gets night-flying capability at Leh for MiG-29s, force sees it as a ‘game-changer’

The new capability will allow IAF to conduct full-spectrum operations at the LAC on short notice, given Leh’s proximity to it.
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men in Maharashtra | ANI

Read my lips, forget the camera

Say Central forces' angry soldiers. They need reform, committed leaders. And very sensitive handling.