Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani

Here is a brief look at Press TV Newsroom's headlines from 09:00 GMT to 17:00 GMT, May 5, 2018.


Iran nuclear deal

The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council has ruled out the possibility of a war against the Islamic Republic by the country’s adversaries. Ali Shamkahni says the enemies are well aware of Iran’s political and military clout and they lack the necessary will to wage war on the nation. Shamkhani has also referred to US President Donald Trump’s comments against Tehran and his possible withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. He says Iran is determined to reject Trump’s demands for changes to the agreement. Shamkhani has also described the fate of the accord as a litmus test to prove the effectiveness of dialog and the efficiency of world bodies in resolving international crises.

France protest

Rail workers in France hold a fresh rally in the capital Paris to protest President Emmanuel Macron’s planned reforms of the sector. The protesters have been on strike since early April with each of them showing up at work only two days out of the five days required. They have risked losing their wages but over donors have paid more than one million euros to compensate for their loss. The strikers are from the national railway company, SNCF, which is set to be privatized. The transition means the SNCF workers would lose part of their work benefits and have to say goodbye to a law that allows them to retire ten years earlier than the workers of the other public sectors.

Turkey politics

The jailed candidate of Turkey's Kurdish opposition says a fair vote in next month's presidential election is impossible under the state of emergency. Selahattin Demirtash says opposition candidates will face huge obstacles campaigning for votes. He has cited the government’s ban on demonstrations and criticism of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as examples to back up his claim. Demirtash has been in prison for a year and a half on security charges. Prosecutors accuse him of being linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, PKK; a charge he denies. Turkish authorities imposed the emergency state following a failed military coup against Erdogan in July 2016 which left over 250 people dead.

UAE disappearance saga

Human Rights Watch has asked Dubai's ruling sheikh to reveal the whereabouts of his daughter. The rights body says failure to disclose the whereabouts of Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum could amount to an enforced disappearance. According to HRW, she was last seen as UAE authorities were detaining her. She reportedly fled the United Arab Emirates and was arrested off the coast of India before being returned to Dubai. Sheikha Latifa claimed in a video more than a month ago that she was being kept by her family against her will and was facing torture. She said she would soon try to flee. Sheikha Latifa is the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is Dubai's ruler and the UAE's vice president and prime minister.

Hawaii volcano eruptions

A volcano is spewing lava in the US state of Hawaii after a 6.9 temblor struck the region’s Big Island, followed by hundreds of smaller earthquakes. Authorities have declared a state of emergency in the area. Drone and video footage showed orange magma gushing up from cracks in the ground and snaking through a wooded area. No injuries have been reported, but several homes were destroyed or badly damaged. The volcanic activity has prompted the evacuation of residents, who have also been warned of toxic fumes. Thousands of people live in the vicinity. Those evacuated are being housed in community centers until the danger from the volcano is passed.

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