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presstv-iran medics question reports of douma ‘chemical attack’

in light of an alleged chemical attack reported in douma, the adversaries of the syria government, particularly those in the west, and the media outlets at their disposal were quick to point the finger of blame at damascus before any scientific investigation into the incident.the us, the uk and france used the unconfirmed reports as a pretext to launch a barrage of missile strikes to “punish” the damascus government. russia and syria have rejected the accusations, with moscow saying it has evidence that the douma incident was a false flag orchestrated by uk spy services.inspectors of the organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons (opcw) are set to launch an investigation at the site of the reported gas attack.speaking from exp...




presstv-we want to see two koreas living in peace: trump

us president donald trump has expressed hope that north korea and south korea can one day live in peace, ahead of his planned summit with north korea's leader kim jong-un. we hope to see the day when the whole korean peninsula can live together in safety, prosperity and peace," trump told a joint press conference with visiting japanese prime minister shinzo abe at his mar-a-lago retreat in florida on wednesday."as i've said before, there is a bright path available to north korea when it achieves denuclearization in a complete and verifiable and irreversible way," trump said."it will be a great day for them and a great day for the world," he added. trump, who is planning to meet north korea's leader in the next two months, also raised th...




presstv-china warns of ‘stalemate’ in war on pollution

china’s war on pollution is at risk of reaching a “stalemate,” with poor weather conditions undermining the country’s efforts to reduce smog, an environment ministry spokesman said on thursday.air pollution rose by more than a quarter in parts of northern china in march, and the region has been hit by another bout of smog in the second half of april, which the ministry of ecology and environment (mee) has blamed on weak air circulation.“weather conditions last month in beijing were the worst over the past six years with slow wind, little rain and high temperatures, but average pollution readings were able to stay at same level as the past five years,” liu youbin, spokesman for the ministry of ecology and environment (mee), said a...




presstv-maksimović signs to coach iranian sports shooters

the islamic republic of iran sports shooting federation (irissf) has named serbian sports shooter and olympic champion goran maksimović as the head coach of the iran men's national shooting team to guide the squad prior to the start of the 2018 asian games.the 54-year-old serbian finalized an agreement with irissf president ali dadgar in tehran on wednesday afternoon.there was no immediate information available on the t...




presstv-magnitude 5.9 earthquake jolts iran’s bushehr

a magnitude 5.9 earthquake has jolted the iranian southern province of bushehr, with no immediate reports of casualties or damage.the earthquake struck the province’s kaki district at the depth of 18 kilometers on thursday at 11:04 a.m. local time. four rescue teams have been dispatched to the area.governor abdollah naderi told irna that so far th...




presstv-world through the aperture

a selection of photos shot recently from around the world:mount pilatus is seen in the background as people ride the "cabrio" open-air double-decker cable car system on mount stanserhorn during sunny spring weather in stans near lucerne, switzerland, on april 18, 2018. (photo by reuters)fishermen prepare to fish at the tisma lagoon wetland park, also designated as ramsar site 1141 in the convention on wetlands, in tisma, nicaragua, april 18, 2018. (photo by reuters)a robin sits on a tinder fungus growing from a tree in the trettachtal valley near oberstdorf, southern germany, april 17, 2018. (photo by afp)a penguin is pictured on april 18, 2018 at the parc zoologique de paris or zoo de vincennes, (zoological gardens of paris or vincennes ...




presstv-photo of the day

activists with the environmental organization greenpeace (photo by reuters)activists of the environmental organization greenpeace...




presstv-iran women’s futsal team routs thailand in friendly

the iran women's national futsal team has trounced thailand in a scrimmage as it is preparing for the 2018 asian football confederation (afc) women's futsal championship.the iranian sportswomen thumped their southeast asian opponents 7-0 in a match played in the iranian capital city of tehran on wednesday evening.on thursday, head coach of the thailand women's national futsal team udom taveesuk called for the cancellation of the second friendly fixture with the iranian outfit, citing the injury of some of his players.during the draw ceremony at the afc ...




‘reckless’ russia breached chemical arms ban

russia has violated the international ban on chemical weapons, britain’s ambassador to netherlands says, repeating the london’s claim that moscow was behind a poison attack against a former spy in salisbury last month."we will continue to call out russia's reckless and indiscriminate behavior when it violates the cwc (chemical weapons convention), and when it threatens global security," british ambassador peter wilson told a closed-door meeting of the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (opcw), according to a tweet from the uk delegation.the meeting at the hague revolved around former russian double agent sergei skripal and his daughter, who were found unconscious outside a shopping mall in salisbury last month.uk g...




presstv-gaza boy loses leg after israel blocks medical care

a wounded palestinian teenager in the besieged gaza strip has lost his leg after israel refused him entry to the occupied west bank for medical treatment.the 11-year-old abdulrahman noufel had been shot in the left leg after israeli snipers targeted him in al-awdah refugee camp east of rafah city on wednesday, local media reported.his father had the permission to move abdulrahman to the west bank for treatment due to shortages of essential medicines and equipment caused by the israeli blockade on gaza, but they were prevented from leaving the coastal enclave.separately, israeli forces fired at palestinian farmers in al-farahin area east of khan younis in southern g...




presstv-nasa’s four-eyed telescope launches to seek alien worlds

nasa’s state-of-the-art planet hunter, the transiting exoplanet survey satellite (dubbed tess for short), has been launched towards a designated earth’s orbit atop a spacex falcon 9 rocket in an attempt to scour our cosmic neighborhood for more exoplanets, rocky worlds outside our solar system that orbit their host stars.the refrigerator-sized tess, a $337-million space telescope that aims to securitize 85 percent of the skies for alien worlds, took off heavenward from cape canaveral, florida at 6:51 p.m. local time (2251 gmt) on wednesday.the nasa’s newest planet-hunting spacecraft, equipped with four sensitive cameras, will reach a highly egg-shaped path that takes it close to the earth’s sole natural satellite, the moon, in mid-ju...




presstv-syria gives terrorists ultimatum to leave area near capital

the syrian army has reportedly given a 48-hours ultimatum to takfiri daesh and al-nusra front terrorist groups to agree to withdraw from areas south of the capital, damascus, or face a major counter-terrorism operation in the area.“if they refuse, the army and supporting forces are ready to launch a military operation to end the presence of the organization in the area,” syrian newspaper al-watan reported on thursday.on tuesday, the syrian army begun shelling the militant-held enclave in the palestinian yarmouk camp and the nearby al-hajar al-aswad area prior to the planned military campaign that would target the daesh and the al-nusra front terror groups.yarmouk, some 8 kilometers south of damascus, hosted syria’s largest palestinian ...




presstv-macron and trump's syria policy

these are the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of on the news line:macron and trump's syria policy french president emmanuel macron has backtracked on his comments which implied he had convinced us president donald trump to keep his troops in syria for the long run. the comments were made after us-led missile strikes on syria. despite macron's claims, the white house has reiterated the us mission in syria "had not changed." at a news conference on monday, macron tried to clarify his previous comments regarding tru...




presstv-turkey to sack 3,000 army staff over failed coup

turkish authorities plan to dismiss nearly 3,000 military staff over their alleged links to an attempted coup in july 2016, which ankara says was orchestrated by us-based opposition cleric fethullah gulen.the officials “discovered a nearly three-thousand strong structure” in the armed forces, state news agency anadolu quoted turkish defense minister nurettin canikli as saying to the parliament on wednesday.“in the coming days, they will be dismissed by emergency decree. we have sent (the paperwork) to the prime ministry,” canikli added.turkey has so far dismissed 8,568 armed forces personnel in a major purge of the military, including 150 generals who constituted more than half of the army’s pre-coup high-ranking officers.presstv-t...




presstv-qatar ‘attended drills in saudi arabia’ despite standoff

qatar says it took part in the recent multi-nation military exercises in saudi arabia despite an ongoing diplomatic rift between doha and a riyadh-led coalition of states.the qatari defense ministry tweeted wednesday that chief of staff of the qatari armed forces lieutenant-general ghanem bin shahin al-ghanem attended the closing ceremony of the month-long “[persian] gulf shield 1” drills on monday at the invitation of his saudi counterpart, fayyad bin hamed al-ruwayli.the military exercise involved tens of thousands of military personnel from 24 countries, including the us, the uk, pakistan, sudan, egypt and malaysia.according to the saudi press agency (spa), the maneuver was the largest of its kind in the region both in terms of troop ...




presstv-japan seems to bend under us pressure on trade

japanese prime minister shinzo abe has reluctantly agreed to enter into trade negotiations with the united states, whose president has repeatedly pressured tokyo to accept new terms in bilateral trade.“president [donald] trump and i agreed to start talks for free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals,” abe said at a joint news conference after a meeting hosted by the us president in florida on wednesday.japan first came under pressure over trade matters by the us when trump took office. he opposed the trans-pacific partnership (tpp), a then-12-nation free trade pact that had been negotiated by trump’s predecessor and that trump withdrew from during his first weeks as president.tokyo then pressed for new terms with the 11 remaining countrie...




presstv-trump ready to get out of iran deal: gop senator

us senate foreign relations committee chairman bob corker says president donald trump is ready to pull the united states out of the iran nuclear agreement next month.“if nothing changes between now and may 12, the president is absolutely going to withdraw from the agreement,” the republican senator from tennessee said on wednesday.corker said “many people around the president” would like to see cooperation between the us and europeans to put pressure on iran so that the country changes its behavior in the middle east region.corker, one of the main architects of anti-iran sanctions in the senate, said french president emmanuel macron and german chancellor angela merkel will travel to the us by the end of april and will likely discuss ...




presstv-'iran ready for any jcpoa-related scenario'

iran has warned that it is well prepared to deal with any possible scenario related to the future of the country's nuclear agreement with world powers, known as the joint comprehensive plan of action (jcpoa).iranian deputy foreign minister abbas araqchi made the announcement on wednesday, stressing that if the us tries to leave the agreement, it will be faced with a firm and appropriate response by tehran."we will powerfully defend the islamic republic of iran's interests in the face of measures by the us president. we are ready to counter and defend against any scenario," he added.us president donald trump has repeatedly described the jcpoa, which was negotiated under his predecessor, barack obama, as “the worst and most one-side...




die linke condemns airstrikes against syria

the left-wing die linke party held a rally in front of the brandenburg gate in berlin on wednesday, where party figures protested against the airstrikes carried out by the usa, france and the uk in syria over the past weekend.during the protest, members waved peace flags and held up sides calling for an end to war in general.on stage, die linke co-chair dietmar bartsch criticised germany's role in ongoing conflicts, as a weapons exporter. "weapons don't make peace, they always end up in the wrong hands," bartsch said.meanwhile, his co-leader sahra wagenknecht criticised the manner in which us president donald trump approached ...




presstv-yemenis target saudi airport with ballistic missile

yemeni forces have targeted an airport in saudi arabia with a domestically-manufactured ballistic missile.according to yemen’s arabic-language al-masirah television network on wednesday, the missile was launched at jizan region's airport.the attack came several hours after yemeni forces targeted a power plant in the kingdom's najran region.according to a yemeni military source, the missile successfully hit its target.earlier in the day, yemeni forces targeted a saudi mercenary camp in najran with rocket and artillery fire, killing and wounding a large number of its occupants.yemen's air defenses also downed a us made drone over the port of hudaydah.read more:yemeni forces carry out such attacks in retaliation for saudi arabia's aggres...