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Khamenei terms Saudis as America’s ‘milking cow’

TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei launched a fierce attack against regional rival Saudi Arabia, saying it was being pumped “like a milking cow” by “infidel” Americans. “The Americans have said, they are just there to pump them for money like a milking cow, and later slaughter them,” Khamenei said in his statement on…

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Pakistan to allay Iran’s concerns on Saudi military alliance

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan intends to take Iran into confidence regarding its decision to join a Saudi-led military alliance being headed by former army chief General (retd.) Raheel Sharif. According to a reliable source, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa is likely to make a visit to Tehran in the next few days…

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Iran driving Israel, Arab states closer: Trump

JERUSALEM: US President Donald Trump said on Monday that shared concern about Iran was driving Israel and many Arab states closer and demanded that Tehran immediately cease military and financial backing of “terrorists and militias”.

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Iran’s Rouhani says missile tests will continue ‘if necessary’

TEHRAN: President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that Iran does not need the permission of the United States to conduct missile tests, which would continue “if technically necessary”. “Our missiles are for our defence and for peace, they are not offensive. Know that while there is a technical need to conduct missile tests, we will do…

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Iran must never be allowed to have nuclear weapons: Trump

US President Donald Trump said on Monday during a visit to Occupied Jerusalem that Iran must never be allowed to have nuclear weapons while also denouncing Tehran’s support for “terrorists”. “Most importantly the United States and Israel can declare with one voice that Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon – never…

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Govt insulted army first, why are social media activists being arrested? asks Imran

  ISLAMABAD: PTI chief Imran Khan spoke out against the crackdown on social media activists by the government and wondered why action was being taken against them when it was the government who had insulted the armed forces in the Dawn Leaks scenario. Talking to media personnel outside his Bani Gala residence, Imran said that…

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PM felicitates Dr Hassan Rouhani on his re-election

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has congratulated President of Iran Dr Hassan Rouhani on his re-election for the second term, in the elections held on Friday (May 19). The prime minister, in a message of felicitation to the Iranian president, said the Iranian people had chosen President Rouhani to guide the country with his…

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Iran has chosen ‘path of engagement with world’: Rouhani

TEHRAN: Iranians have chosen the “path of engagement with the world” and rejected extremism, President Hassan Rouhani said following his resounding re-election victory on Saturday. “The message of our people has been very clearly expressed. The Iranian people have chosen the path of engagement with the world, far from extremism,” he said on state television….

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Iran’s Rouhani: a moderate cleric open to the world

TEHRAN: President Hassan Rouhani, who won re-election on Saturday, has spent three decades at the heart of Iran’s revolutionary establishment but still faces opposition from hardliners for trying to rebuild ties with the West. The 68-year-old cleric, almost always clad in his white turban, repeated his convincing 2013 victory by bringing together moderates and reformists…

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Iran’s Rouhani re-elected with 57 percent of vote: official

TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani won a resounding re-election victory on Saturday as voters backed his efforts to rebuild foreign ties and kickstart the struggling economy. Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli confirmed the result on state television, saying Rouhani had won 23.5 million votes — 57 percent — compared to 15.8 million — 38.3 percent…

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Results show Iran’s Rouhani winning re-election

TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appeared to have secured a convincing election victory with voters backing his efforts to rebuild foreign ties, as initial results were announced on Saturday. With almost all votes counted, Rouhani looked to have an insurmountable lead with 22.8 million votes compared to 15.5 million for his hardline challenger Ebrahim Raisi,…

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Iran counts votes after big turnout in presidential election

DUBAI/BEIRUT: Vote counting began in Iran on Saturday after a high turnout in an unexpectedly tight presidential election pitting President Hassan Rouhani, who wants to normalize ties with the West, against a hardline judge who says he has already gone too far.

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Huge turnout as Iranians deliver verdict on Rouhani

TEHRAN: Iranians poured into polling stations on Friday to deliver their verdict on President Hassan Rouhani and his troubled efforts to rebuild ties with the world and kickstart the struggling economy. There was a festive atmosphere in Tehran where Rouhani, a 68-year-old moderate cleric who spearheaded a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, was mobbed…

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Long queues as Iranians start voting in presidential election

TEHRAN: Iranians began voting on Friday in a closely-fought presidential contest between pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani and hardline challenger Ebrahim Raisi that could determine the pace of social and economic reform and Iran’s re-engagement with the world. State television showed long queues outside polling stations in several cities and said 56 million Iranians out of…

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Ten key dates since Iran’s Islamic revolution

TEHRAN: Ahead of Iran’s presidential election on Friday, here are 10 key dates in the country’s history since 1979: 1979: the revolution On February 11, 1979 the US-backed shah’s government falls, 10 days after the triumphant return from exile of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. An Islamic republic is proclaimed on April 1. 1979: US…

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Iran mine accident search ends with 43 dead

TEHRAN: Iranian rescue workers on Tuesday pulled out the 43rd and last body of victims killed in a mine explosion after six days of round-the-clock digging, the state broadcaster reported. The explosion happened on Wednesday in Zemestan Yort mine in Golestan province when workers tried to jump-start an engine in a tunnel filled with methane…

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Iranian army chief’s remarks against spirit of brotherly relations: Pakistan tells envoy

ISLAMABAD: Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan was called to the Foreign Office on Tuesday for conveying Pakistan’s concerns over the reported remarks of the Iranian Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces regarding cross border actions. The foreign office, in statement, said it was conveyed to the Iranian ambassador that such remarks were against the spirit…

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Astonishing: When Messi’s Iranian lookalike almost got into trouble for stark resemblance

TEHRAN: Iranian student Reza Parastesh looks so much like his sporting hero Lionel Messi that it almost landed him in jail for disrupting public order this week. So many people came out to take selfies with Parastesh in the western city of Hamedan over the weekend that police rushed him into a station and impounded…

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Iran warns will hit militant ‘safe havens’ inside Pakistan

TEHRAN: The head of the Iranian armed forces warned Islamabad on Monday that Tehran would hit bases inside Pakistan if the government does not confront Sunni militants who carry out cross-border attacks. Ten Iranian border guards were killed by militants last month. Iran said Jaish al Adl, a militant group, had shot the guards with…

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Surgeons from Pakistan, Iran perform successful Liver Transplantations

KARACHI: Six patients including two children aged three and 13 years with liver failure received a new lease of life here as they were successfully operated upon by a team of surgeons from Iran and Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT). SIUT sources sharing details of the transplantations with the media said, a team…

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Russia, Turkey, Iran sign deal to set up Syria safe zones

ASTANA: Russia, Iran and Turkey on Thursday signed an agreement to set up four safe zones in Syria that the United Nations described as a promising step to wind down the brutal six-year war.

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