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London, 22 Mar - At the celebration of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, held at Tirana, Albania. The guests included PMOI (MEK) members and friends from Albania, France and United States.

Maryam Rajavi addressed the gathering:

Congratulations on Nowruz, the blossoming of spring and the beginning of the year 1396!

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London, 14 Mar - On Thursday, March 9, thousands of teachers took to the streets across 22 cities in Iran to protest their economic deprivation and the imprisonment of their fellow educators.

They held sit-ins in front of their local branches of the Ministry of Education, calling for their demands to be met.

They chanted slogans against the policies of suppression, repression and plundering which are carried out by the current Regime, and held signs the read: 'Detained Teachers Must be Freed’, ‘NO to Prison', 'Teachers’ future must be secured'.

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London, 20 Mar - The family of a British woman jailed in Iran have implored the UK Government to do more to help and support her.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a London-based charity worker, was arrested last April when returning from a family holiday to celebrate the Iranian New Year with her daughter and parents.

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London, 14 Mar - A dissident Iranian cleric, who has been likened to Nelson Mandela, has completed his prison sentence but there are doubts that the Iranian Regime will ever release him.

Ayatollah Seyed Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi was imprisoned for his opposition to a political Islam, his support of freedom of religion, and his condemnation of profiting from religious activities, which was a direct contradiction to that of the ruling mullahs.

He also set up many charities to help the poor and those affected by natural disasters.

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London, 19 Mar - A current senior official at the State Department, Chris Backemeyer, who serves as deputy assistant secretary for Iranian affairs under Secretary Rex Tillerson, was intimately involved in convincing public and private agencies of the Iran deal’s merits. Allegedly, he was a key component of the operation to sell the Iran nuclear deal to the American people.

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London, 13 Mar - The health of a British aid worker, detained in Iran on spurious national security charges, has gone downhill so fast that she lost a significant amount of weight, is suffering from hair loss and is practically unable to walk.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 38, a British-Iranian citizen, was arrested when she was trying to return to Britain with her daughter Gabriella after visiting family in Iran last April.

She was held for five months without charges before being tried for attempting to overthrow the Iranian Regime and sentenced to five years in Evin prison.

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London, 15 Mar - Donald Trump welcomed the Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the White House earlier this week, in what has been called a “historic turning point”.

A senior adviser to the Crown Prince gave a statement after the meeting, in which he noted that this marked a shift in relations compared with the relationship under President Obama.

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London, 13 Mar - Iran has developed a jamming device that can severe the electronic tie between the drone and its pilot, which could be used to counter US intelligence efforts.

This could be significant in the fight against the Iranian Regime as drones provide a healthy amount of intelligence in the region.

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London, 15 Mar - The Turkish Ambassador to Iran warned that the Regime’s smear campaigns against Turkey were harmful to diplomatic relations.

Riza Hakan Tekin told Anadolu News Agency that tourism allows people to experience the culture of another country and encourages diplomatic relations but that Iran endangered this when their Foreign Ministry warned Iranians against visiting Turkey during the upcoming Nowruz (Iranian New Year) holiday.

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London, 13 Mar - Iran has repeatedly attacked or threatened the US, the UK and their Middle Eastern allies over the past few weeks.

On March 4, several Iranian assault crafts, which are under the control of Iran’s terror squad, the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), came too close to US Navy ships. A similar incident also happened on March 2, but a navy official told the Associated Press that these attacks happen on a regular basis.

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London, 15 Mar - The Iranian Regime is still trying to showcase its military power in an attempt to threaten countries like the US into kowtowing to their demands, but they certainly chose a strange way to do it.

Their new Karrar tank is decades behind the tanks of today; Kyle Mizokami actually called the Karrar tank “meh” in an article on Popular Mechanics.

However, this tank reveal could just be a hoax intended to get Iran a better deal on Russian armour. When a deal to buy several hundred T-90MS battle tanks from Russia fell through, Iran vowed to build their own.

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London, 11 Mar - Army Gen. Joseph Votel told the Senate Committee on Armed Services that Iran is the biggest threat to security in the Middle East. He said that the region is very unstable and is a breeding ground for further conflict.

He emphasised that is the most important and immediate concern in the Middle East.

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London, 15 Mar - The Iranian people held Fire Festival Ceremonies across various cities, on March 14, in which they burnt pictures of the Supreme Leader, ridiculed politicians, and chanted anti-Regime slogans.

The militant security forces attempted to stop people from holding a political protest during the festival but they were held off by protesters. The Regime effectively turned a celebration into a battlefield.

Mostafa, a taxi driver in Isfahan said: “Despite the authorities' efforts to stop this festival by scaring the people of [the risk of] fire to the buildings and themselves, nobody is listening and people are by all means ignoring mullahs' measures to stop the festivities.”

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London, 10 Mar - Baquer Namazi, 80, is a former Iranian governor who fled his country after the 1979 revolution. He arrived in the United States in 1983. He had a very successful career with UNICEF that took him all over the world. He and his wife decided to retire in Iran where he would dedicate his time to helping eradicate poverty.

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London, 14 Mar - The Iranian nuclear deal and uncertainty surrounding whether it will remain in place in causing divisions amongst the Iranian Regime ahead of the May Presidential Elections.

Heshmat Alavi, a political and human rights activist, wrote an op-ed on the divide for The Diplomat, in which he reminded us that while most governments deal with divides via debate and discussion, the Iranian Regime is not most governments.

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London, 9 Mar - Two Christians have been arrested in Iran by the repressive Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The mother and her son were arrested at the end of February in Iran’s West Azerbaijan Province.

Their home was initially raided and bibles and books about theology were seized.

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