Leader: Islamic Revolution gave identity, independence to Iran

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the Islamic Revolution gave identity and independence to Iranian society by toppling the previous tyrannical regime, Press TV reported.

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks when addressing a ceremony held to mark the 28th anniversary of the passing of founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini.

Stressing the grandeur of Imam Khomeini’s personality, the Leader noted that every effort must be made to prevent distortion of Imam Khomeini’s personality and ideas through repetition of ideas cherished by him.

Saudi Jets Hit Yemen's Cholera Treatment Center

As Yemen is struggling with a cholera epidemic, Saudi warplanes have stricken a health center treating cholera patients in the impoverished country’s extreme northwest.

The attack killed and injured a number of people at the facility in the Sa’ada Province, Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported, citing the province’s health authority, according to Press TV.

The epidemic has claimed the lives of 605 Yemenis, 40 percent of whom were children.

UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said on Tuesday that only “less than 45 percent” of medical facilities in the country were functioning.

The disease brings along severe diarrhea, which can kill those afflicted within hours if not treated properly. Malnourished children are especially susceptible.

Iraqi Forces Liberate West Mosul District

Iraqi forces have managed to wrest control over a neighborhood in the west of the city of Mosul where Daesh is taking its last breaths in the face of multi-pronged operations by government troops.

Members of Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) retook the al-Saha al-Oula district, said Staff Lieutenant General AbdulamirYarallah, who heads the military command coordinating the Mosul operation.

The announcement came hours after Iraqi Lieutenant General Raed  Shakir Jawdat, the commander of the federal police, said his forces were advancing on another district to the west of Mosul.

Paris Deal Withdrawal Shows US Irresponsibility Vis-à-Vis Intl. Community, Says Iran

Iran says the United States will become more isolated in the world in the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull Washington out of the Paris agreement on climate change.

“The withdrawal of the United States of America from the Paris accord indicates the irresponsibility of this country’s government vis-à-vis the international community,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday.

“Climate changes have caused big global challenges and combating the horrific consequences of them requires complete and sincere cooperation of all countries, particularly industrialized governments,” he added.

Unicef Fears Yemen Cholera Outbreak Could Hit 300,000 in Coming Weeks

Cholera cases in Yemen could quadruple in the next month to 300,000, the regional director of Unicef said Friday, calling the spread of the disease in the war-ravaged country “incredibly dire",  according to the New York Times.

Speaking by phone after visiting Yemen, the agency’s regional director, Geert Cappelaere, said he had never seen a cholera outbreak of that size in the country, which already is contending with the risk of a famine and a collapse of the health care system because of the war.