Iran / by Michelle Ryan

Iran’s Foreign Affairs Ministry announced that it will take legal, political, and reciprocal measures in response to United States (US) President Donald Trump's executive order limiting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and acting head of the Expediency Council, died at the age of 82 on 8 January. Thirty firefighters were killed and 84 people were injured after the Plasco building caught fire and collapsed on 19 January. Arash Sadeghi, a jailed Iranian activist, ended a 71-day hunger strike after his wife was granted temporary release from prison. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced on 16 January, that Iran has obeyed its deadline set by its nuclear deal with world powers, by removing hundreds of centrifuges from a site buried deep inside a mountain. A murder suspect on bail shot dead six people and wounded four others in the central city of Arak on 11 January. Iran detained 21 crew members of three fishing boats in the Persian Gulf, for illegally entering the country’s territorial waters and fishing rare and endangered species. Iran's foreign minister refused to confirm whether his country recently conducted a missile test. A United States navy destroyer fired warning shots at four armed Iranian patrol boats as they sped toward the warship at the entrance to the Persian Gulf. Iran, Russia, and Turkey signed an agreement to enforce a partial cease-fire between the Syrian government and rebel fighters. Iran and Syria signed several economic agreements during a visit by Prime Minister Imad Khamis to Tehran. BP has opted out of the first wave of agreements to develop oil and gas reserves in Iran after the lifting of international sanctions. Iran’s parliament passed a five-year economic development plan on 15 January that includes a sharp rise in foreign investment. The first Airbus passenger plane ordered by IranAir in decades, after the lifting of international sanctions on Iran, landed in Tehran on 12 January

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