News ID: 136812
Published: 0707 GMT February 15, 2016

Official: Over 7,300 have died of AIDS in Iran

Official: Over 7,300 have died of AIDS in Iran


The spokesman of Health Ministry said on Monday that over 7,300 Iranian patients have died of AIDS.

Iraj Harirchi said that more than 30,100 HIV-positive patients have been identified across the country, ILNA reported.

The official noted that nearly 9,500 people infected by the killer virus are under treatment in medical facilities.


Iranian banks agree to cut rates


Iranian state and private banks agreed on Monday to decrease interest rates by two percent.

According to ISNA, this is the third time during the past year that the banks decided to cut the deposit rates.

The directors of state and private banks as well as the representatives of the Central Bank of Iran agreed to reduce the one-year deposit rates to 18 percent, down from previous 20 percent.

The change will take effect on February 20.

With tighter monetary and fiscal policy, Rouhani’s administration has brought annual inflation down to around 13 percent from over 40 percent three years ago.


Iran rejects report on ship interception near Yemen


Iran on Monday rejected claims by the Saudi-led coalition that it has seized an Iranian ship in waters off Yemen.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the Saudi-led coalition made many similar claims, but it failed to provide any evidence to prove them, Fars News Agency reported.

This came after the Saudi-led coalition claimed that it has intercepted a cargo ship coming from Djibouti to Hudaydah port carrying military equipment under the guise of carrying medical supplies.

It said that that a search of the ship Menburt Cedar, which was bearing the flag of the Marshall Islands, showed that it was carrying encrypted military communication equipment and other military hardware in containers originating from the port of Bandar Abbas in southern Iran.


McCain says could subpoena US sailors held by Iran


US Republican Senator John McCain said on Sunday he would subpoena 10 US sailors to testify about their brief detention by Iran if the Obama administration does not provide the findings of an investigation into the incident by March 1.

"It's an option that I do not want to exercise," McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters as he was returning to the United States from an international security conference in Germany, Reuters reported.

The sailors were detained by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps after their two patrol boats strayed into Iranian waters on January 12. US officials later blamed a navigational problem.

The Americans were freed the next day. 

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