The Iranian Guardian Council disqualified thousands of candidates, including reformists and conservatives, for parliamentary elections with low turnout expected.
Iranian authorities are looking to attract around two million new visitors as the country hit by US sanctions moves to find new sources of revenue.
Experts say Iran and its adversaries could benefit from the ongoing naval escalation and also question the timing of Thursday's attacks on oil tankers as Japan's PM Shinzo Abe was having a meeting with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.
Amidst the controversy surrounding Iranian nuclear chief's statement on uranium enrichment breakthroughs, speculation surrounds Iran's next steps. Will Iran withdraw or violate its nuclear agreement?
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