More Sanctions Against Iran, US-led Arms Embargo

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The United States is attempting to extend an international arms embargo on Iran’s regime via a second draft U.N. Security Council resolution. If this bid is unsuccessful, Washington has threatened a return of all U.N. sanctions that were previously put on Iran under a 2015 deal.   This latest development comes after Congress Republicans introduced a…

Exclusive: Videos from the Beirut Explosion

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A massive explosion ripped through Lebanon’s capital Beirut Tuesday, killing at least 100 and injuring over 4,000, according to the health ministry.  Reports indicate a sizable amount of ammonium nitrate, an explosive compound, was being stored at the site.  Two explosions went off at 7pm local time, with the second one being significantly larger. Individuals…

Why I Got My Concealed Weapon Permit – By The Foreign Desk Intern

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Just recently, one of our very own interns at The Foreign Desk underwent certification training for a Carrying a Concealed Weapon (CCW) permit.   “There has been a strain on police departments amid continuing protests, that’s why I wanted to get my CCW,” the intern, dubbed Jane Doe for privacy concerns, said, reasoning that police shortages…

Iran Women’s Defender Faces 24 Years in Prison For Not Wearing Compulsory Headscarf

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20-year-old Iranian women’s rights defender Saba Kord Afshari was arrested on June 1, 2019 and sentenced to 24 years in prison for refusing to wear a regime-mandated headscarf in public.   Afshari was sent to a prison under the jurisdiction of the Intelligence Department of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps where she was allegedly coerced into making false video confessions.   According…

Israeli Start Up Delivering Essential Goods Via Drones During COVID-19

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Israeli startup Flytrex launched a delivery service of food and essential goods via drones for residents in North Dakota in response to the coronavirus pandemic.   These drones can deliver food, medicine, and other necessary items in place of in-person shopping with the intention of preventing store overcrowding and maintaining social distancing guidelines.  With Flytrex, select customers can order supplies from a local Walmart on its online ordering app. The items are then…

Babies Sold In Iran Via Instagram

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Authorities have arrested three men in Iran for allegedly attempting to sell newborn babies on the photo-sharing Instagram platform.   According to reporting by the semi-official ISNA news agency, the men first bought two babies from their mothers for approximately $500 USD and then resold them for $2,000 and $2,500.   The babies were 20 days old…