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The most important thing to be done now is to prepare the legislation without delay and then to see it safely through the Diet. The imperial household system is rooted in tradition, and it is most proper that a historically-attested appellation be used instead of a newly-minted form of address. We hope that the government will honor these sensibilities, which value history and tradition. As for the activities of the retired emperor, it would be most proper should all symbolic duties be yielded to the new emperor. What we wish to emphasize here is that the retired emperor would be the best advisor to the new emperor.

History provides examples of retired emperors instructing reigning emperors and crown princes in virtue, guiding them in their studies, and generally playing a positive role in their instruction. This advisory role differs from the kind of government effected in earlier ages by retired emperors controlling affairs from behind the scenes, and yet is also not entirely a private matter for the retired emperor and the reigning one.

It goes without saying that, as a symbolic constitutional monarch, there can be only one emperor at a time, and that fears of overlapping authority are unfounded. An ethnic Kurd, Sekaanvand was 15 when she married her husband, according to Amnesty, and she was sentenced to death in October following a "grossly unfair trial" for allegedly stabbing him to death. The Iranian Navy on Saturday boasted that it possessed airships capable of carrying out the swiftest missile strikes in the world against enemy targets. The TV agency says the video was aired Saturday as part of a documentary.

The footage is likely meant as a show of strength amid new U. In the video, Guard speedboats are seen closing in on the U. Saudi Arabia and the UAE have denied any involvement. General Assembly that Israel had evidence that Iran was helping Hezbollah give its missiles precision-guided accuracy. A US intelligence assessment conducted in recent days has concluded that Iranian-backed militias and proxy forces could be planning a strike against US military forces or interests in the Middle East, according to three defense officials.

Officials emphasize their concern centers around the threat from those militias located in Syria and several other locations in the Middle East. They all describe the potential threat as ongoing and worrisome. However, they would not describe the specific intelligence that continues to be gathered. These militias have increased access to ballistic missile and other advanced weapons inventories as Iran continues to move weaponry into Syria. While there are no specific indicators of an Iranian attack, the concerns stem in part from Iran's statements that the US was one of the countries behind an attack on an Iranian military parade this month that killed at least 29 people.

An Iranian media outlet close to the hard-line Revolutionary Guard published a video Tuesday threatening missile attacks on the capitals of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, further raising tensions after a weekend militant attack on an Iranian military parade. Saudi Arabia adamantly rejected the allegations. Bahrain's attorney general charged nearly people on Tuesday with forming a Shiite "terrorist organisation" named for Lebanon's famed militant group Hezbollah.

The small but strategic Gulf Arab kingdom has been dogged by persistent low-level violence since when its Sunni minority rulers bloodily suppressed Shiite-led protests for a constitutional monarchy with an elected prime minister. The authorities have repeatedly accused Shiite Iran and it allies, including Hezbollah, of fomenting the unrest.

Iran denies the charge. Attorney general Ahmad al-Hamadi said people, of whom are in custody, will be tried for "forming a terrorist organisation Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said on Thursday that his group is getting precision rockets despite Israeli actions to cut smuggling routes through Syria. Israel on Monday attacked a facility near the coastal Syrian city of Latakia, which it said was used by the Syrian military to transfer weapons manufacturing systems to Iran and Hezbollah. Iran continues to wreak havoc in the Middle East by allowing Al Qaeda to maintain a "facilitation base" within the Islamic Republic's borders, according to the U.

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The report, released this week, reinforces assessments published in years past that not only does Iran enable Al Qaeda to conduct global operations from within its borders, but also remains "unwilling to bring to justice senior Al Qaeda members residing in Iran and has refused to publicly identify the members in its custody. An annual survey on global terrorism, released by the State Department on September 19, said Iran and its proxies are responsible for intensifying multiple conflicts and undermining U.

An Iranian government-aligned group of hackers launched a major campaign targeting Mideast energy firms and others ahead of U. While the firm FireEye says the so-called "spear-phishing" email campaign only involves hackers stealing information from infected computers, it involves a similar type of malware previously used to inject a program that destroyed tens of thousands of terminals in Saudi Arabia.

The firm warns that raises the danger level ahead of America re-imposing crushing sanctions on Iran's oil industry in early November. A grand jury has indicted 12 Russian nationals for computer hacking aimed at interfering in the U. Iranian media are reporting that the country's General Prosecutor has ordered the closure of a reformist newspaper on charges of insulting the Shiite religion.

The Friday reports say that the "Sedayeh Eslahat" newspaper was ordered shut down for publishing an article on female-to-male gender reassignment surgery. The prosecutor, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, ordered the editor be punished, too, the reports said. On Thursday, a headline on the newspaper's front page read: "Ruqayyah became Mahdi after 22 years. Iran has repeatedly threatened to destroy U.

Embassy in Baghdad and warned Washington would hold Tehran responsible if there are future assaults. At least one rocket also was fired at the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, where the U. Embassy is based, and mortar fire also struck the Green Zone earlier in the week. No Americans were injured and no U. A top Iranian military leader warned on Monday that Iran is plotting strikes outside of its own borders and will even go "beyond the seas" to carry out attacks on those it perceives as enemies, statements that further highlight Iran's clandestine operations inside the United States and in Europe.

Iranian state television aired footage of surface-to-surface missiles launching Saturday toward the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan base in Iraq, as well as drone footage of the base in the aftermath of the strike, which the separatists say killed at least 11 people and wounded Iran says it has executed three Iranian Kurds accused of belonging to a militant group and taking part in attacks against civilians and security forces in western Iran.

The executions reportedly took place despite calls by UN human rights special rapporteurs Javaid Rehman and Agnes Callamard, who said in a statement on September 7 that the men had not been given a fair trial. Amnesty International said the men had been denied access to their lawyers after being arrested and had said they were tortured into making confessions.

Authorities in Bahrain say they've arrested 14 Iranians they allege entered the island nation on "forged Asian passports. The statement did not identify those arrested, nor did it offer a motive for their entry into Bahrain. An Israeli cybersecurity firm announced Thursday it had uncovered three Iran-run fake Hebrew and Arabic news sites targeting Israelis, as well as a score of fake social media accounts. The New York-based watchdog called on the authorities to immediately release the jailed human rights defenders, saying they appear to have been arrested "solely for peaceful dissent.

Iran will begin uranium enrichment beyond previous levels if the remaining parties fail to uphold the nuclear deal, its Atomic Energy Organisation told local media on Wednesday. The country is moving ahead in nuclear activities at a favourable pace," he added. Iranian authorities have detained Reza Khandan, the husband of prominent jailed human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. Khandan's arrest early on September 4 comes just hours after he raised concerns in a Facebook post about human rights violations in Iran, including the imprisonment of human rights defenders and the prosecution of women who have campaigned against the Islamic hijab.

Khandan has publicly campaigned for the release of his wife, who was arrested in June. An Iranian civil aviation company is suspected of smuggling arms into Lebanon, destined for the militant group Hezbollah and Iranian weapons factories -- and western intelligence sources said Monday they've uncovered the unexpected routes that Iran apparently took to try avoiding detection.

The sources identified two rare and unusual Qeshm Fars Air flights from Tehran to the international airport in Beirut during the past two months. According to flight data obtained by Fox News, the route passed over northern Lebanon, not following any commonly used flight path. Iran plans to boost its ballistic and cruise missile capacity and acquire modern fighter planes and submarines, the Iranian state news agency IRNA quoted a senior Defence Ministry official as saying on Saturday.

Any sign that Iran is preparing a more aggressive missile policy in Iraq will exacerbate tensions between Tehran and Washington, already heightened by U. It would also embarrass France, Germany and the United Kingdom, the three European signatories to the nuclear deal, as they have been trying to salvage the agreement despite new U. According to three Iranian officials, two Iraqi intelligence sources and two Western intelligence sources, Iran has transferred short-range ballistic missiles to allies in Iraq over the last few months.

Five of the officials said it was helping those groups to start making their own. Iran's most senior general has threatened to shut down the world's busiest oil chokepoint if the U. Major General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, the head of the Iranian military's chief of staff, told naval commanders of the country's elite Revolutionary Guards force Thursday that the entire third of the world's oil that passes through the Persian Gulf's Strait of Hormuz would be stopped in the event that President Donald Trump's policies succeeded in reducing Iran's oil exports to zero, according to the semi-official Mehr News Agency.

Trump has abandoned a historic nuclear deal with Iran and has reimposed unilateral sanctions intended to strangle the Shiite Muslim revolutionary's economy. Iran will maintain its military presence in Syria despite U. He signed a deal for military cooperation in a meeting with his Syrian counterpart, but details of the accord were not revealed.

An apparent Iranian influence operation targeting internet users worldwide is significantly bigger than previously identified, Reuters has found, encompassing a sprawling network of anonymous websites and social media accounts in 11 different languages. Facebook and other companies said last week that multiple social media accounts and websites were part of an Iranian project to covertly influence public opinion in other countries.

A Reuters analysis has identified 10 more sites and dozens of social media accounts across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. A detained British-Iranian aid worker sentenced to five years in jail in Iran was returned to prison on Sunday after a request to extend her three-day temporary release was rejected, her husband said. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was arrested in April at a Tehran airport as she was heading back to Britain with her two-year-old daughter after a family visit.

Hackers linked with the Iranian government are targeting universities and academic institutions around the world as part of a major campaign to steal unpublished research and obtain intellectual property, security researchers have revealed. Cyber experts from IT firm Secureworks discovered the attacks, which they believe stem from the Cobalt Dickens group operating out of Iran. The Independent. Iran's covert social media-based propaganda campaign extended to Google and its video platform YouTube, the company said Thursday.

Google said that it had removed 58 accounts on its various services that it found had connections to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting IRIB , Iran's state media organization. The search company is at least the third Silicon Valley firm this week to say it had found evidence of an Iran-based effort to use fake names to push political content to people in the U.

Facebook and Twitter said Tuesday that they had removed such accounts. A criminal complaint filed in U. District Court in Washington says the pair with links to both Iran and California were involved in conducting surveillance last year on several Jewish centers, specifically Hillel Center and Rohr Chabad Center in Chicago. They also are accused of working to penetrate an Iranian dissident group in the United States and sending intelligence and photographs of individuals attending the group's rallies back to Tehran. The photos and reports of the new fighter jet were widely circulated by Iranian state media and regime-aligned outlets.

It claimed it was "percent indigenously made" for the first time in Iranian history.

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Facebook said on Tuesday it had removed hundreds of Iran-based pages, groups and accounts, alleging that they formed a network linked to Iranian state media that covertly spread political content to people on four continents including in the U. Facebook said in a blog post that the pages, groups and accounts were in violation of its terms of service because they were engaged in "coordinated inauthentic behavior.

Twitter followed suit, saying it had suspended accounts for engaging in "coordinated manipulation" on its network and that many of the accounts had originated in Iran. Mir Mohammad-Hossein Mir-Esmaili, a journalist for the Jahan-e Sanat daily, was arrested while trying to leave the country in April In a tweet posted Thursday, Majzooban Noor said a Tehran Revolutionary court sentenced news editor Reza Entesari to seven years in prison, 74 lashes, two years of exile in the northeastern city of Khaf, a two-year ban on leaving the country and a two-year ban on political and media activity.

In an earlier tweet published Wednesday, the news outlet said another of its editors, Mostafa Abdi, received an even tougher punishment from a Tehran Revolutionary court. It said Abdi was sentenced to 26 years and three months in prison and lashes, in addition to two years of exile in the southeastern province of Sistan Baluchistan and two-year bans on leaving the country and engaging in political and media activity. A recent report by the United Nations indicates that terror group al Qaeda is having a resurgence around the world due in part to help from Iran.

The report was delivered to the Security Council this week, Fox News reports, and said one of the world's biggest threats will come from al Qaeda under the leadership of Hamza bin Laden, Osama bin Laden's son. The report also says that Iran is allowing al Qaeda leader Aiman al-Zawahiri to work and coordinate efforts from their country, as noted by the Tower.

Iran unveiled a next generation short-range ballistic missile on Monday and vowed to further boost its capabilities, Iranian media said, at a time of rising tensions with the United States. State broadcaster IRIB said the new Fateh Mobin missile had "successfully passed its tests" and could strike targets on land and sea.

An Iran-based human rights group says dozens of Iranian security personnel have raided a prison ward housing minority Sunni inmates in the city of Karaj, beating the prisoners and taking their belongings. HRANA, one of the few Iranian rights groups gathering reliable information from inside Iran, quoted the source as saying the prison raid targeted a ward housing Sunnis detained for their religious and political activities.

Iran on Saturday announced it was taking back another portion of the 20 percent enriched uranium stockpile it handed over to Russia as part of the nuclear deal signed in with world powers in exchange for sanctions relief. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told North Korea's foreign minister that the United States cannot be trusted, Tehran's state media said, as the United States seeks a deal to rein in the North's nuclear and missile programs. Iran dismissed a last-minute offer from Washington for talks this week, saying it could not negotiate after the Trump administration reneged on a deal to lift sanctions in return for curbs on Iran's own nuclear program.

An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander admitted that the Houthi attack that targeted the two Saudi oil tankers in Bab al-Mandeb Strait was carried out as per a request from the Revolutionary Guards. Iranian hackers are developing software attacks that render computer systems inoperable until a digital ransom is paid, a new report says, a threat that comes as the U.

The software Accenture discovered contains a number of digital clues linking it to Iran. Some samples contain messages in the Farsi language and link to computers based in Iran, it said, while others are designed to avoid locking up Iranian computer systems with ransomware.

A slate of investigations into alleged terror plots and killings sponsored by Iran has opened a new front in U. Washington, Israel and Iranian dissident groups say the alleged recent operations show that Iran has ended years of caution about hunting its enemies in Europe. They are urging European governments to withdraw support for Iran and ban Iranian officials from the region. They were supposedly being sent for use in the Iranian oil industry.

But Border Force staff halted the shipment after becoming suspicious that the real intention was to use them in missiles. An investigation is now under way which could lead to criminal action against those responsible for sending the parts. Evening Standard. Iran began a major naval exercise near the Strait of Hormuz Thursday, in an apparent response to rhetoric from President Donald Trump in recent days that he would ratchet up pressure against Tehran, U. A second official said there are more than boats and ships participating in the exercise, but most are considered smaller craft.

On Thursday, the U. An air component, consisting primarily of unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, are also are participating in the exercise, a military official said. The head of Iran's most powerful military body on Tuesday rejected U. President Donald Trump's offer of direct talks with Iranian leaders, saying Tehran never would allow talks with what he called the "Great Satan. Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps employed German companies to disguise illicit activities in its funding of the war against the pro-US government in Gulf country's capital of Sana'a. The comments by Major-General Qassem Soleimani, who heads the Quds Force of the Guards, were the latest salvo in a war of words between the two countries.

If you wants to use the language of threat China, Russia and Iran are ramping up their theft of trade secrets and proprietary information from U. A new government cyber report, released Thursday by the National Counterintelligence Security Center, offers these recent examples of the economic espionage it says poses a significant threat to U.

Saudi Arabia is temporarily halting all oil shipments going through an important Red Sea waterway, accusing Iran-allied rebels of attacking two crude tankers on Wednesday. Stopping crude shipments through the Bab el-Mandeb strait—which connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden—marks another escalation in the war between an Arab military coalition and Houthi rebels for control of Yemen. Saudi Arabia is attempting to ramp up oil exports amid an effort to keep the world well-supplied with oil as the U. One of the ships sustained minimal damage. No injuries nor oil spill have been reported, according to an emailed statement from the kingdom.

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The Hill. Several top managers at Iran's Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade have been put behind bars as the nation increasingly discovers that rampant corruption is a major cause behind the current economic turmoil. Judiciary spokesman Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ejei announced that at least five top managers at the ministry were arrested — four of whom are now in custody.

The arrests were apparently made in connection to vehicle import fraud and the abuse of the official rate currency offered at the lower level of 42, rials per US dollar. Vehicle imports have long been seen as monopolized by well-connected, mafia-style corporations, which have benefited from the rial devaluation and enjoyed government privileges. Ejei went into further detail by publicly naming the director general of Iran's Trade Promotion Organization and one of his deputies as two of those arrested.

Iran faces increased U. Iran says it is continuing to acquire uranium and is close to finishing a plant where it can build more centrifuges to enrich uranium. The announcement on July 18 comes a day after Iran filed a lawsuit at the International Court of Justice ICJ against the United States in response to President Donald Trump's decision in May to pull his country out of the nuclear accord and reimpose sanctions on Tehran. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other hard-liners in Iran have questioned whether Iran should continue honoring its obligations under the landmark deal with world powers after Trump's decision.

Enchanted By Light has also reported that 46 dervishes of the Gonabadi order had been sentenced to years. The official IRNA news agency reported Monday that officials in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas, some kilometers, or miles, south of the capital Tehran, arrested eight women and 36 other people in the photography, beauty salons and wedding businesses who used Instagram to share what they considered indecent images and clips.

Iran has no intention of leaving Syria regardless of U. Amnesty International is denouncing Iran for the public flogging of a young man whose alleged crime was having consumed alcohol at a wedding when he was 14 or 15 years old. Amnesty in a statement issued late on July 11 called the flogging "horrific" and "absolutely shocking," and said it violated international law as well as international conventions on civil and children's rights. An Iranian diplomat is suspected of involvement in a bomb plot against an Iranian opposition rally in France.

Assadollah Assadi was charged in Germany on Wednesday with activity as a foreign agent and conspiracy to commit murder. Assadi, a Vienna-based diplomat, is suspected of contracting a couple in Belgium to attack an annual meeting of an exiled Iranian opposition group in Villepinte, near Paris, German federal prosecutors said. He allegedly gave the Antwerp-based couple a device containing grams of the explosive TATP during a meeting in Luxembourg in late June, prosecutors said in a written statement.

Assadi was detained earlier this month near the German city of Aschaffenburg on a European warrant after the couple with Iranian roots was stopped in Belgium and authorities reported finding powerful explosives in their car. An Iranian woman who peacefully protested the obligatory hijab rule by removing her head scarf in public in Tehran in December says she has been sentenced to two years in prison in addition to an year suspended prison term.

Shaparak Shajarizadeh also says she has left Iran to escape "injustices. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday accused Iran of using its embassies to plot terrorist attacks in Europe and warned Tehran that its actions have "a real high cost" after it threatened to disrupt Mideast oil supplies. Pompeo's comments came during a short trip to the United Arab Emirates, a staunch U. Iran has arrested a number of people over videos that were posted on Instagram, including a young woman who filmed herself dancing to music.

According to activists, Maedeh Hojabri was one of a number of users behind popular Instagram accounts who have been arrested. The identities of the other detainees have not been confirmed. Her account, which has been suspended, was reported to have had more than , followers. Hojabri has since appeared on a state television programme with other detainees, in which she and others made what activists say were forced confessions, a tactic often used by Iranian authorities. Up to fifty persons have been arrested in northwestern Iran, days ahead of the annual gathering at a historic fortress in Eastern Azarbaijan province, human rights activists report.

In recent years, thousands of Iranians, mostly Azeri speaking activists, gather at Babak Fortress usually during the first weekend in July for the annual commemoration of Babak Khorramdin, celebrating his birthday. The Islamic Republic authorities every year try to prevent the gathering, which takes the overtones of both Azeri and Iranian patriotism. The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Thursday their forces were ready to implement Iran's threat to block the Strait of Hormuz and that if Iran cannot sell its oil under the U.

We will make the enemy understand that either all can use the Strait of Hormuz or no one," Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp, was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency. President Donald Trump to stop Iranian oil sales. Iran could reduce its co-operation with the U. Washington has since told countries they must stop buying Iranian oil from Nov.

An Iranian general has accused Israel of causing climate change in the revolutionary Shiite Muslim republic by stealing the water out of clouds passing over the Mediterranean. He claimed Iranian scientific centers have proven that Israel and an unnamed neighboring country were secretly cooperating to extract the moisture out of clouds bound to pass over Iran, thus robbing the country of rain and snow. Moreover, we are faced with the cases of cloud theft and snow theft," Jalali said, according to a translation reported by Iran's semi-official Tasnim News Agency of comments featured by the Iranian Students' News Agency.

Iran say it will stop implementing the landmark nuclear deal JCPOA if all member states, international organizations, and the remaining parties to the agreement cannot guarantee its benefits for Iran. With the economy facing the prospect of new U. An international rights group said it had learned that Iran quietly executed a teenager for a crime he committed when he was 14 years old. Sharahi had been sentenced to death in September for fatally stabbing a young man during a fight in December , when Sharahi was Bahreini said Iranian authorities transferred him to solitary confinement on Tuesday in preparation for his execution — the fifth such transfer since President Donald Trump pulled America out of the accord.

Iranian comments about the Isfahan plant, which produces material needed to enrich uranium, appear aimed at pressuring Europeans and others to come up with a way to circumvent new U. The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said in a statement late Wednesday it reopened a plant that converts yellowcake, a uranium powder, into uranium hexafluoride gas. That gas is what scientists put inside of centrifuges to make enriched uranium that can be used in nuclear power plants or in atomic bombs. Tehran Times.

Iranian authorities have arrested a lawyer for spreading "lies" after claiming that a Sufi man executed this week was wrongfully convicted of killing three police officers, local media report. The semiofficial Fars news agency said on June 20 that an arrest warrant was issued against Zeinab Taheri for making "false statements" and because of "her lies propagated online claiming [Mohammad Salas] was not guilty.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has publicly opposed joining a global anti-money laundering convention. Referring to recent debates in country's parliament on joining the Financial Action Task Force, Khamenei told lawmakers Wednesday: "It is not necessary to join conventions whose depths we are unaware of.

Iranian authorities executed a member of a Sufi order Monday who was accused of ramming a bus into three policemen and killing them during a protest in February in Tehran, drawing criticism from observers who said he received unfair treatment. He was later buried in his hometown of Borujerd, Lorestan province, according to a Tweet by his lawyer, Zeynab Taheri. The United Nations has determined that debris from five ballistic missiles launched from Yemen into Saudi Arabia since July contained components manufactured in Iran and shared key design features with an Iranian missile, a new report says.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in the report to the UN Security Council, which was seen by media on June 14, that -- while the missile parts are Iranian -- the United Nations has been unable to determine whether they were transferred from Iran after UN restrictions went into force in January Guterres said the UN was also "confident" that some arms seized by Bahrain and recovered by the United Arab Emirates from an unmanned vessel laden with explosives were manufactured in Iran. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has blamed foreign media for the recent economic turbulence in his country and lamented the fact that Iranians trust foreign outlets more than domestic ones.

Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested at her home by unidentified agents and taken to Evin Prison in Tehran, according to the Center for Human Rights in Iran, an advocacy group. Her husband, Reza Khandan, said the agents told him she must serve a five-year sentence but did not say on what charges she was being detained, the group said. Khandan confirmed her arrest to The Times. Israel has complained to the UN Security Council, saying that Hamas is working with Hezbollah to establish missile factories and training camps in southern Lebanon, the Lebanese newspaper Al Joumhouria reported Saturday.

According to the report, Israel sent a letter to the UN Security Council and General Assembly that included intelligence showing the effort of the two terrorist groups to set up missile factories and training facilities for thousands of Palestinian fighters. Iran held its annual day of protest against Israel on Friday, determined to show defiance at a time of mounting pressure from the United States and its regional allies.

Thousands took to the streets in the capital and other cities for Qods Jerusalem Day, held every year since the early days of Iran's Islamic revolution to show support for the Palestinians. This year's event saw the usual burning of flags and chants of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel", as well as a huge Donald Trump figure being hanged from a crane. The moves they have outlined would not violate the nuclear accord, but would allow Iran to quickly ramp up enrichment if the agreement unravels. Iran's top diplomat is asking world powers that remain committed to its nuclear deal to resist what he called U.

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In a letter made public on Twitter by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on June 7, Zarif said that for the deal to "survive," the "remaining signatories and other economic partners" need to "make up for Iran's losses" caused by the U. Zarif said that "some of the most significant economic benefits to Iran from the [nuclear deal] derive from the sanctions-lifting obligation of the United States" and Iran is now seeking to determine "whether and how the remaining participants and economic partners can ensure the full benefits that the Iranian people are entitled to derive.

The Syrian regime is disguising Iran-allied militias as its own fighters, according to rebels, a battlefield feint that appears calculated to try to avoid further Israeli air strikes against Iranian targets in Syria. The convoys that returned were equipped with rockets and missiles, one of the rebel commanders said. A Saudi court has sentenced four people to death for links to regional rival Iran, alleging that they were plotting the assassination of "prominent figures", state media said Thursday.

Iran will not heed a call to cooperate more fully with U. Diplomats who deal with the agency, however, say it follows an inspection in late April that went down to the wire in terms of how quickly the IAEA team gained access to one site. Iran has informed the U. The modest steps announced Tuesday appeared to be mainly aimed at signaling that Iran could resume its drive toward industrial-scale enrichment if the nuclear accord comes unraveled. In recent months, intelligence operatives of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps IRGC have arrested scores of water management and environmental experts and activists on spurious charges.

Middle East Institute. According to the report, which relies on senior Lebanese government sources, the scope of Nasrallah's fortune was discovered within the framework of a U. Drug Enforcement Administration investigation against Hezbollah — which aside from its designation as a terrorist organization also operates as one of the largest drug cartels in the world.

Due to economic sanctions the U. Israel Hayom. Some of the dozens of mortars and rockets fired into Israel by Gaza-based terrorists on Tuesday were made in Iran and smuggled into the Strip, the army said. In a statement, the army said that during the day more than 70 mortars and rockets were fired, with many intercepted.

It gave no details on the types of rockets. IDF spokesperson Jonathan Conricus said in separate comments that some of the mortar shells appeared to be an Iranian-made variety that had been smuggled into the coastal enclave. Iranian security forces will "resolutely confront" unrest that could be exploited by the United States and other enemies, a judiciary spokesman said on Sunday, after a wave of protests across the country mainly about economic issues.

The likely return of U. On May 17, Russian president Vladimir Putin had said that after the stabilization of the situation in Syria he hopes all foreign troops will be withdrawn from Syria. Yemeni Houthi rebels have fired several missiles into Saudi Arabia over the past two days, Iranian and Arab media reported.

Quoting Houthi rebel sources, Tasnim said the target was a gathering of Saudi military forces in the border region. The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen criticized Houthis for deliberately targeting civilian and populated areas, but said there were no casualties. Weapons researchers have identified activity at a remote secret facility in the Iranian desert that points to the covert development of long-range missiles that could potentially be used to attack the United States, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

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Satellite images appear to show, among other things, activity around a tunnel leading underground and evidence of powerful rocket engine tests that scorched telltale marks in the desert sand near the city of Shahrud, the report said. A senior Iranian military commander poured scorn on U. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the mouth. Pompeo said on Monday Washington would impose new penalties if Tehran did not make sweeping changes, including dropping its nuclear program and pulling out of the Syrian civil war.

A violent protest in the city of Kazeroon in southwestern Iran has left at least one person dead and six others injured, Iranian media report. Esmail Tabadar, the governor of the province of Fars, where Kazeroon is located, confirmed the death of one protester in a May 17 interview with the semiofficial ISNA news agency. A group known as the Iranian Justice Seeker Student Movement is reported to have disseminated posters calling for an attack on the U.

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The difference was noticeable between the control jacket and the one sprayed with vodka before washing. The control water killed more bees two than vodka, which failed to kill any. Vodka proved to be less effective than a commercial bathroom cleaner, but still serviceable. The slices made by the chainsaw were jagged while the ones seen in the photo were clean slices. The full-scale test done with a run-away engine and stand-in tail section produced a result that was almost identical to the shredded plane seen in the photo.

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While the Build Team—in their own words—cheated and used a drill and some gunpowder, with a stick in place of a drillbit, the friction from the drill did light the tinder on fire. Earlier tests using modern weaponry and smokeless powder were unproductive. Chocolate was used to buff out the wear marks and ink marking and give the can bottom a reflective shine that could focus light and produce heat. It took several tries, but the ends of the battery eventually heated the steel wool through electric resistance enough to light it on fire.

Kari used a globe of specially produced clear ice about half the size of a bowling ball to produce smoke and later fire when she used it as a refractive lens. An array of bronze mirrors can set a wooden ship on fire. From Ancient Death Ray. The large-scale array simply took too long to light the ship on fire. Under the same amount of impulse under the same atmospheric conditions, balls filled with helium showed no significant difference from balls filled with compressed air.

It is possible to catch a fired bullet in one piece with one's teeth. A pig's teeth are significantly stronger than a human's, and yet were shattered by an impulse test when a bullet, held by a pig head's teeth under the same pressure as an average human's maximum bite strength, was suddenly forced forward by a force equivalent to a speeding bullet.

When Benjamin Franklin showed lightning to be electricity by flying a kite during a thunderstorm , could he have survived the shock? Busted and Confirmed. The experiment itself worked perfectly as described, but the current produced by artificial lightning which is a fraction of what a real lightning bolt would contain was fatal.

While consuming only carbonated drinks for one day, Kari's rate of flatulence doubled. Jamie's rate of flatulence did not change after consuming a diet of beef for one day. The amount of potentially deadly gases found in an average flatus , such as carbon dioxide , is too low to cause its concentration to rise to fatal levels in a few hours, even in a small, airtight room.

Lighting a match does not reduce the concentration of hydrogen sulfide and methyl mercaptan , the odorous gases commonly found in flatulence. Wearing special undergarments fitted with a microphone and patched through a sound system and given a hydrogen sulfide meter, Kari was given the lead in this myth. The chair used in the Lighting the Emission episode Adam began by welding attachments to an ordinary chair to allow him an optimal position. A person can fly using a life raft filled with helium.

The amount of helium required to lift a person off the ground or even the raft itself is prohibitively immense, and such a raft of adequate size would be quite flimsy. In fact, the final test of the raft had to be aborted because of an unbalanced release of the ties, causing Adam to become entangled and destroying the raft in the process. The ban on cell phones on aircraft is designed to force passengers to use the expensive in-flight phones.

Cell-phone signals, specifically those in the — MHz range, did interfere with unshielded cockpit instrumentation. Because older aircraft with unshielded wiring can be affected, because of the possible problems that may arise by having many airborne cell phones "seeing" multiple cell phone towers, and because of all the electronic systems in a modern airplane that would have to undergo lengthy and expensive certification, the MythBusters speculated that the FCC by enforcement through the FAA prohibits the use of cell phones while airborne to remain on the safe side, rather than the air companies asking for the ban to increase their revenue from in-flight phones.

Such a prohibition was lifted in Europe. Bullets fired into the air maintain their lethal capability when they eventually fall back down. Busted , Plausible , and Confirmed. In the case of a bullet fired at sufficiently close to a vertical angle to result in a non ballistic trajectory, the bullet would tumble, lose its spin, and fall at a much slower speed due to terminal velocity , so is rendered less than lethal on impact the Busted rating. However, if a bullet is fired at a lower angle allowing for a ballistic trajectory a far more likely case , it will maintain its spin and will retain enough energy to be lethal on impact the Plausible rating.

Because of this potentiality, firing a gun into the air is illegal in most U. This is the only myth to receive all three ratings at the same time. For some reason, although most of the MythBusters were allergic to poison oak when they were young especially Kari, who was exempted from the test because she had once had a dangerous reaction , it did not affect anyone but John the Researcher.

The vodka still gave no results. Both a control and vodka-soaked bandage were quickly removed from hair-covered legs and, while not painless, the vodka-soaked bandage came off less painfully and removed less hair than the control. This myth was not seen in the version aired in the US. After the mixture was put inside the refrigerator overnight, the vodka which has a lower freezing point than water prevented the water from freezing, making the mixture cold and malleable. When tested against a commercial ice pack for twenty minutes, the mixture worked just as well, although the commercial ice pack was slightly better by about half a degree Celsius or one degree Fahrenheit about Tory even joked after the test that the mixture could make a good slushie to drink after use.

Through a double-blind taste test , the cheap vodka seemed to taste better with every subsequent filtration, although the top-shelf vodka beat them all. However, a chemical analysis showed no actual difference between the filtered and unfiltered cheap vodka. A hybrid rocket can be propelled with salami. From Confederate Rocket. Salami, like the paraffin used in the first test, was able to propel the rocket, although it tended to explode instead of providing even thrust.

An arrow can be split in half through a direct hit in the tail by another arrow. From Splitting an Arrow. Even after multiple direct hits on a solid wood arrow with the bone nock removed with a professional archer, a tail-to-tip split could not be achieved. It took an arrow made of hollow bamboo to create the splitting effect seen in the movie, because the second arrow will follow the grain of the first, normal arrow, which will lead to the side before it makes it to the end.

Also their tests revealed that an arrow fired from a traditional bow wobbles in the air enough that it will not hit the end of the arrow straight. A modern firearm can be fired if completely submerged in water. From Bulletproof Water. All of the firearms a 9mm , a. The entire gun had to be completely submerged in water—all pockets of air must be removed—to prevent a possible explosion when fired.

Furthermore, the break-barrel shotgun a relatively old design destroyed itself when fired under water. Finally, the water pressure might cause the spent cartridge casing to fail to leave the chamber and effectively reduce the gun to a one-shot deal. Obviously, revolvers would not have this problem, as they do not eject their spent casings after each shot. A small room can be quickly painted by detonating a stick of dynamite in a bucket of paint. Furthermore, Adam's and Jamie's customized contraptions, designed to help distribute the paint more evenly, failed to produce any successful results or an intact room.

The test failed to produce any effects. Tory wore the helmet for two tests. The first was an attempt at a local coffee shop to give his order to the clerk without telling her, which failed although the women behind him claimed to receive the message he was trying to broadcast.

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In the second attempt, he attempted to make Jamie remove his trademark beret, with no effect, while Jamie was filming the wrap-up for Facts About Flatulence. Tory, in fact, is visible in the rear of the shot during that episode wearing the helmet. While it is plausible that some sort of "mind influence" determined by looking at EEG recordings was achieved, no actual predictable control of the mind's state occurred. Also, the magnet may have affected the EEG machine's readings. Enough pre-existing scientific evidence exists regarding hypnosis for the Build Team to call the myth plausible, and their EEG readings backed up that evidence.

However, a later myth busts the possibility that one could coerce another person into doing something against his will through hypnosis, so while someone's brainwaves can be influenced through hypnosis, true "mind control" cannot be achieved with it. Under the right conditions, farm chemicals can cause a pair of trousers to combust if they are spilt on and subjected to normal wear and abuse. The Build Team tried to ignite cotton denim pant swatches soaked in fertilizer , gun cotton solution, black powder , and the herbicide sodium chlorate using an open flame, radiant heat source, friction, and impact, but only the herbicide could ignite with sufficient energy under the above conditions except for friction , and it was particularly reactive to impact.

In a full-scale experiment using Buster , paramedics on-hand stated that Buster would most likely survive the blast with only some burns. Research confirms the herbicide as the culprit, as an accidental infestation of ragwort in the country caused a dramatic increase in herbicide use. Despite the fact that it was technically not a true explosion as there was no rapid air compression typical of an explosion , it was agreed that the rapid flash ignition of the pants was quick and energetic enough to be deemed an "explosion" by a layman, rendering the myth confirmed.

After determining this, Frank Doyle and the MythBusters painted Buster's pants with classified "Silver" explosive and the resulting blast completely destroyed him, throwing pieces of his body in all directions. The cell did not work with the car, and while the car did start unmodified when pure hydrogen was introduced, the hydrogen was also violently ignited soon afterwards, making it an unlikely, dangerous, and expensive alternative. Although there's no word on damage to the engine from using used cooking oil, a Mercedes-Benz diesel -fueled car did run on it. However, the MythBusters speculate that once this alternative fuel achieves a significant interest level among the public, used cooking oil will be hoarded as a marketable commodity.

Adam's suction cups were able to hold his weight as well and were relatively much quieter than Jamie's magnets, but the climb was still clearly audible. Further, the mechanisms Adam used to control the vacuums often failed, which caused him to slip and fall down the vent, blowing his cover.

He did, however, make it to the top of the vent, once he perfected the method of operating the device in sequence to his steps up the vent. Finally, breaking through the grate of the air duct at the end was much too noisy, also blowing his cover. While visible beams can be seen, they are only detectable when the powder is airborne, which is not very long.

Also, as Kari found, blowing too much powder can cause enough of the beam to break and set off the alarm. Furthermore, most laser systems use invisible infrared laser trip beams. Inspired by Mac's use of a night vision camera to navigate Gin. None of the beams are visible through the goggles - Tory was only able to see the points where the beams were hitting. He said that the goggles actually made it harder to get through the lasers.

While the technique is workable enough with visible-beam systems, the fact that infrared beams cannot be readily detected or traced makes locating the relevant photocells too difficult in a real-world situation. Neither Kari's makeup nor Tory's night vision goggles helped them see the infrared beams, and while a combination of the two allowed Tory to catch a momentary glimpse of the infrared beams, Kari still found that she had a problem in that it was still possible to break the beam by blowing too much powder forward.

In a scene not shown in some versions of the episode, Kari built an apparatus that deflected the beams from mirror to mirror until it reached the receptor while creating a doorway that she and Tory could walk through. However, the device was massive, and just sticking it in was enough to set off the alarm.

When Grant temporarily disabled the alarm to give them time to set it up, it did work, but it was deemed busted due to its impracticality. When Jamie tried it during a practice run, the method failed catastrophically, so it was not used in the actual test. The drilling caused some noise, but not enough to trip a sonic alarm. It did, however, cause the entire glass panel to break, but because it was tempered and laminated, the glass held together. Jamie then used pliers to pick out the pieces until an arm-sized hole could open up, allowing access to the doorknob on the other side, but it was a near impossible task to do consistently.

The sensor is extremely sensitive. Even the slight lifting of the case needed to insert the knife can set it off, and it took three attempts just to get the knife in. Also, the freshly chewed gum is too pliable to keep the sensor held down once the knife is removed. This was Plan B in case the movie myth was busted, as Tory reasoned that they would bring tape if they were in a heist.

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  5. If one can get the knife in without setting it off, the knife can then be held in place with tape to keep the sensor depressed. In a segment not shown in some versions of the episode, right before the safecracking, Adam set off a pressure sensor that Grant installed on the floor right in front of the safe. He successfully overloaded it, though, turning the pedestal that had held the Buster idol on its side and putting it on the sensor to overload it.

    Modern safes are designed with this old technique in mind, and the tumblers proved too quiet to be heard even with amplification. After prying off the safe knob, with help from a borescope and a length of piano wire, Adam managed to crack the safe, but it would take time that may not be available to a surreptitious safecracker for Adam, 45 minutes , especially given the fact that the safe for the test was rated to be crackable by a professional safecracker in only 5 minutes—though most safecrackers are not required to be quiet in doing so.

    The concept worked see the Air Duct Climb section but Adam did not have the stamina to scale the entire building. Making the climb would be highly visible and requires significant physical training. All tests showed that cereal has superior values of calories , fats , sugars , and proteins compared to cardboard. Furthermore, chemicals within the cardboard may be toxic. Archimedes was able to build a powerful steam cannon, using technology available at the time.

    A flash-boil -powered cannon, built even with modern materials and techniques, was barely able to push a projectile out of the barrel. A more modern pre-boiled, valve-triggered system, like those used in aircraft catapults , was able to project a cannonball a considerable distance, and required far less pressure than the MythBusters had originally projected.

    Also see Holman Projector which worked on a similar principle. Busted , then Confirmed. Jamie, Adam, Tory, and Grant all had their teeth checked by Kari. At first Jamie was the one with the brownest teeth, not Adam. However, after hearing the news, he had his teeth bleached to make them white again. After this, Adam did have the brownest teeth.

    The overall result, from best to worst: Grant, Tory, Adam, and finally Jamie before his bleaching. For this to happen, the whirlpool would have to be significantly stronger than any maelstrom ever recorded. A whirlpool can generate a vortex large enough to pull down a swimmer and, especially if combined with the effects of dizziness and disorientation which caused Adam to vomit after mere seconds , induce drowning. The MythBusters only tested according to the most powerful maelstrom ever recorded, and did not determine the minimum size needed to submerge a swimmer.

    A snowplow passing by at high speed can displace enough air on one side to flip over a passing car. Even a worst-case scenario—an unusually large plow passing by a light, top-heavy sports utility vehicle at highway speed — could not generate the air pressure needed to cause the SUV to even visibly tip.

    Why does dropping Mentos into a bottle of Diet Coke create a geyser effect? Other active ingredients in the cascade-effect reaction include aspartame artificial sweetener , potassium benzoate preservative , and caffeine in the Diet Coke; and gum arabic and gelatin in the Mentos. The ingredients seem to have a perfect compatibility with each other and, when mixed and added to the nucleation, creates a chemical reaction that forces the soda to release all of its dissolved carbon dioxide at once, thus causing a more violent eruption than carbonated water alone. A stamp placed on the rotor of a helicopter can unbalance the spinning rotors enough to cause it to crash.

    A stamp in a controlled scale test did not cause any changes to the helicopter rotor's rotation. The MythBusters immediately ramped up the test to the scale of 8, stamps, which destroyed the scale model helicopter. The full-sized test also produced the same results, as the stamp did not cause a real helicopter to crash, and according to the pilot, did not cause any significant change in the way the helicopter flew. A stamp placed on the tail rotor also did not cause any noticeable change. One can design an automobile sound system such that the bass can quickly shatter all the windows of the automobile.

    While the large, diesel engine -powered subwoofer that Jamie and Adam built into a Mercedes-Benz D produced sound at dB SPL at 16 Hz a level comparable to those found in cars specially designed for loudness competitions , it caused the sunroof of the car to jar loose, allowing for the pressure of the sound waves to escape. Because of this leakage, not to mention the fact that the forces behind the oscillation caused the woofer to break apart, the speaker system could not possibly create the intensity needed to cause all the windows to explode as the myth stated. A best-case scenario would involve only one window failing, thus creating a path for the pressure to escape.

    A car will achieve a smoother ride on a rough outback road by being driven faster. As far as driving on non-washboard roads, there was no solid conclusion due to a conflict of data. However, when they tested a " washboard " road, the Build Team were able to confirm the theory that driving at a higher speed will indeed cause the body of the car to float over the ridges: the wheels of a car oscillated wildly, but the car suspension allowed for a relatively smoother ride at high speed. Adam first planted the latex on his own thumb to give it warmth and pulse and then found that licking the latex sample to simulate sweat was enough to fool the scanner.

    This allegedly marked the very first time that particular lock had been broken. Jamie was also able to fool the sensor after adding some moisture to the ballistics gel print. Not only was the sensor not fooled, but using a fire extinguisher on a person is dangerous. The neoprene suit did insulate Tory's body heat from his surroundings — until the suit itself warmed up. Inspired by a technique used by Dutch Schaefer Arnold Schwarzenegger to fool Predator thermal sensors.

    Like the neoprene suit, it only worked until the mud warmed up from body heat. Also, Tory left behind mud tracks while attempting this, making him easier to track. Heating the room from the ceiling immediately set off the sensor, while heating the room from the ground did not. However, the sensor was still sensitive enough to detect the difference between human body temperature and the ambient temperature. They also attempted piping the heat in from below and then having Grant strip down to his boxers as close to naked as he dared in an attempt to emit exactly In a scene not shown in some versions of the episode, they found that the suit blocked the body heat, preventing the sensor from seeing the wearer.

    However, a small breach in the suit around Tory's buttocks area triggered the sensor when pointed towards it. Despite that, though, he found he was able to beat the thermal camera by entering the room backwards. Glass blocks out the longer wavelength infrared light used by thermal imaging systems. Kari and Grant were successfully able to hang a pane over the camera using a clamp and drop right into the room. To test this, Kari made a Big Bird-like costume-cum-stealth suit out of a thick yellow rug, but the sensor was still able to pick up her movement.

    Kari made a second suit made of the said material, but the alarm went off the instant she set foot in the room. The bedsheet absorbed enough of the ultrasonic waves to mitigate any return signals. Although it took Kari 20 minutes to cross a relatively short hallway, she moved slowly enough to stay below the detector's sampling threshold. A thief can drill into a safe with a thermal lance , fill the safe with water, and detonate an explosive inside without damaging the items inside or prematurely activating the glass relocker.

    Drilling into a safe using thermal rods takes far longer than the myth states.

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    Also, the heat from the thermal rods completely destroyed the items inside. Secondly, the safe was not watertight and had to be sealed from the inside to completely fill it with water. Finally, though the explosion successfully dislodged the safe door, none of the items inside remained intact. It was deemed plausible from historical precedent and police reports, though the MythBusters themselves could not replicate any of the conditions. The myth was also tested by the BBC show Hollywood Science , which was able to replicate the scene using the same type of safe used in the The Score.

    Tesla's oscillator : Nikola Tesla invented a small steam-powered machine that, when attached to an object or building and tuned to vibrate at a certain frequency , can cause an earthquake-like effect on the object to which it is attached. The MythBusters built several variations of Tesla's machine using modified jackhammers , as well as a specially designed computer-controlled electromechanical linear actuator provided by Grant.

    Small-scale tests on metal bars produced mixed results, with the modified tools performing poorly, while the more finely tunable actuator produced significant vibrations in the bar. A scale-model test with a model of Tesla's lab and miniature motor failed to produce any noticeable result. Finally, a full-scale test was attempted: the MythBusters attached the resonator to the side of the span of the Carquinez Bridge , a large truss bridge of a type today designed to withstand such vibrations, to see whether the entire bridge would be shaken.

    The resonator could be tuned to the bridge's resonant frequency; it did produce a vibration, noticeable "hundreds of feet away", like "a big semitrailer truck cruising by", but not remotely of earthquake strength. The MythBusters declared the myth busted. All lava lamp tests produced violent reactions, with the reactions differing depending on the lamp's design: When lava lamps with safety caps exploded, they vented their contents out through the top of the lamp because of the safety cap popping off as designed. They then tested a bottle-capped lava lamp, which leaked due to a poor seal.

    Grant then blew the lava lamp up using a squirt of cold water from a spray bottle to induce thermal shock - and the explosion lodged a piece of glass deep into the ballistics gel dummy planted near the lamp. With the combination of the violent explosion, glass shrapnel in the dummy, explicit warning labels including a notice not to heat the lamp with anything besides the provided bulb , and the recorded incident, the myth was deemed confirmed. Once they tested the other containers, they ran a last test with a jumbo lava lamp, which exploded with enough force to pierce the dummy with numerous shards of glass.

    The cans of beans tested exploded with force proportional to the size of the can. Larger cans explode more violently than smaller cans, especially since large cans do not have a weakened pop-open top, but the Build Team concluded that any can of beans on a stove is potentially lethal. Though the can of potted meat exploded rather violently, the explosion did not have enough force to be deemed lethal. The jar of milk exploded violently, though not with a large amount of force.

    The Build Team concluded that an exploding jar of milk could be lethal if a person happened to be standing over it. A piece of straw can penetrate all the way through a palm tree if propelled by hurricane -force winds. Even firing at the tree while it was bent to increase the size of the pores in the surface of the tree at point blank range added no additional distance into the tree. A piece of reed was tested as the sturdiest organic object that might be mistaken for a piece of straw. At both ranges, the reed only managed to go about two inches into the tree.

    Wind alone can blow the feathers off a chicken. Even wind speeds faster than those ever recorded could not remove any of the feathers of a tethered chicken. The whole bird would more likely be blown away completely.