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Iran, Iraq sign MoU on defense cooperation

TEHRAN: A memorandum of understanding on defense-military cooperation has been signed between Iran and Iraq on Sunday in Tehran. The MoU was signed by Iranian Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehghan and his Iraqi counterpart Irfan al-Hayali who headed a delegation to Tehran aimed at expansion of defense and military cooperation. The memorandum includes expansion…

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Kuwait expels Iranian diplomats over ‘terror’ cell

Kuwait on Thursday expelled Iranian diplomats and closed some embassy missions after the emirate’s top court convicted a “terror” cell of links to the Islamic republic, the foreign ministry said. Sunni-ruled Kuwait, which has a sizeable Shiite minority, is trying to mediate an end to the Gulf’s worst crisis in years after regional powerhouse Saudi…

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Iran condemns new US sanctions, responds with its own

Iran condemned new American sanctions on its ballistic missile programme that were imposed on Tuesday and responded with its own sanctions against Americans, official news agency IRNA reported. The foreign ministry condemned “the United States’ worthless act of imposing illegal sanctions” against people linked to the programme, IRNA reported. Tehran “will in turn apply new…

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U.S. targets Iran with new sanctions over missile program

WASHINGTON: The United States on Tuesday unveiled new economic sanctions against Iran over its ballistic missile program and for contributing to regional tensions and said it was deeply concerned about its “malign activities across the Middle East.” The announcements came a day after President Donald Trump’s administration warned Tehran that it was not following the…

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Grandparents from travel ban states now welcome: US cable

WASHINGTON: Grandparents of US citizens from six Muslim-majority countries are now eligible to receive US visas, according to a State Department memo seen by Reuters that reflects the latest court ruling on US President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The memo, or cable, from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was sent to all US diplomatic…

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warn U.S. against terrorist designation, new sanctions

TEHRAN: A senior commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned the United States on Monday that if it designated the group a terrorist organization and applied new sanctions its action could be perilous for U.S. forces in the region. U.S. officials said earlier this year that President Donald Trump’s administration was considering a proposal that could…

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US-China citizen given 10 years jail for espionage in Iran

A Chinese American accused of “infiltration” in Iran has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, local media reported on Sunday.  The man was identified as Xiyue Wang, a 37-year-old researcher at Princeton University, according to Mizanonline, the official news agency of Iran’s judiciary. Wang, who was born in Beijing according to the report, was…

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Maryam Mirzakhani, first woman to win Fields Medal in mathematics, dies of breast cancer at 40

NEWS DESK: Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian-born mathematician who in 2014 became the first woman awarded the Fields Medal, often called the most prestigious prize in mathematics, died on Saturday, reported NDTV. She was 40. Stanford University, where she had been a professor since 2008, announced her death but did not say where she died. The…

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Tillerson looks to defuse Qatar crisis on Gulf tour

KUWAIT CITY: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived Monday in Kuwait, the key mediator between Qatar and its Arab neighbours, for talks aimed at defusing the Gulf’s worst crisis in years.

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Bilawal criticizes Nawaz, Imran in latest speech

KARACHI: Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari lashed at Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and PTI Chairman Imran Khan in his latest address, Samaa reported. Addressing a rally as part of the party’s election campaign for PS-114 bye-elections in Karachi, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran…

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Turkey’s Erdogan says loyal to Qatar, Arab states’ demands unacceptable

PARIS: President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday reaffirmed Turkey’s support for Qatar in its dispute with four other Arab states, saying their demands against the tiny Gulf nation were unacceptable.

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Qatar responds to demands after deadline extended

KUWAIT CITY: Qatar on Monday responded to a list of demands from Saudi Arabia and its allies after they agreed to give a defiant Doha another 48 hours to address their grievances.

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Total to sign $4.8 bln gas deal with Iran: oil ministry

PARIS: French energy giant Total is to sign a $4.8 billion agreement to develop an Iranian offshore gas field, the oil ministry said Sunday, in the biggest foreign deal since sanctions were eased. “The international agreement for the development of phase 11 of South Pars will be signed on Monday in the presence of the…

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Iran foreign minister reacts to US travel ban as ‘truly shameful’

TEHRAN: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday that the new US ban on travellers from six Muslim countries was “truly shameful”. “US now bans Iranian grandmothers from seeing their grandchildren, in a truly shameful exhibition of blind hostility to all Iranians,” Zarif tweeted. The temporary ban, which came into force late on…

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US travel ban goes into effect

WASHINGTON: The US State Department has ordered all ports of entry to start implementing a ban on visitors from six Muslim countries after the US Supreme Court unanimously endorsed Trump administration’s controversial decision. The implementation began on Wednesday evening, 72 hours after the verdict. The ban applies to Muslim citizens from Iran, Sudan, Syria, Libya,…

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How a hashtag on Wednesdays is fighting Iran’s dress code for women

Before she begins her Wednesday morning, Iranian activist Masih Alinejad spends hours sifting through scores of videos and photos sent to her of women in Iran wearing white headscarves or white clothing as part of a growing online protest. To campaign against the obligatory wearing of headscarves – or hijabs – Alinejad last month encouraged…

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US partially reinstating travel ban ‘regrettable’: Iran FM

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif condemned on Tuesday the US Supreme Court’s decision to partially reinstate President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban targeting citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries. “It’s regrettable that the citizens of the countries on the list have never participated in any act of terrorism against the US and yet they…

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Iran’s Rouhani backs Qatar, rejects ‘siege’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani voiced support on Sunday for Qatar in its confrontation with Iran’s rival Saudi Arabia and its allies, saying a ‘siege of Qatar is unacceptable’, the state news agency IRNA reported. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of support for…

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Iran, Qatar voice support for Saudi after Mecca bombing

TEHRAN: Both Iran and Qatar on Saturday voiced support for Saudi Arabia over a suicide bombing near Islam’s holiest site in Mecca despite their severed ties. “Iran… as always expresses its readiness to assist and cooperate with other countries to confront these criminals, who deal death and ignorantly spread hate,” foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi…

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Arab states demand Qatar closes Jazeera, cuts back ties to Iran

RIYADH: Four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to their regional adversary Iran, an official of one of the four countries said. The demands aimed at ending the worst Gulf Arab crisis in years appear designed…

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Pakistan shoots down Iranian drone near border area

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday (June 19) shot down an Iranian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in Panjgur sector on the Pak-Iran border. According to Foreign Office statement, the drone was hit by Pakistan Air Force as it was unidentified and was flying at around 3 to 4 km inside the Pakistani territory. Pakistan has already shared…

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