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Admiral Zafar Abbasi attends naval summit in Iran

KARACHI: Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmud Abbasi arrived in Iran on Monday represent Pakistan in the 6th Indian Ocean Naval Symposium. The four-day symposium is taking place in Iranian capital Tehran from April 22 to 25. “Panels from representative countries will exchange views on issues about maritime security in the Indian ocean,”…

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Russia, China to stop bid to ‘sabotage’ Iran deal: Lavrov

Beijing: China and Russia will block any attempts to “sabotage” the Iran nuclear agreement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday, as US President Donald Trump mulls whether to scrap the deal. Trump has set a May 12 deadline to “fix” the 2015 accord, which curbs Tehran’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief and…

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As U.S., North Korea plan to meet, Iran warns against Trump deals

A U.S. push to change the Iran nuclear deal was sending a “very dangerous message” that countries should never negotiate with Washington, Iran’s foreign minister warned as U.S. and North Korean leaders prepare to meet for denuclearization talks.  Speaking to reporters in New York on Saturday, Mohammad Javad Zarif also said that for French President…

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Saudi security shoots down recreational drone near royal palace

DUBAI/RIYADH: Saudi Arabian security forces said they had shot down a recreational drone in the capital on Saturday after online videos showing gunfire in a neighbourhood where royal palaces are located sparked fears of possible political unrest. The Riyadh police spokesman, quoted by the official Saudi News Agency (SPA), said a security screening point noticed…

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Three Iranian security personnel killed at Pakistan border: Revolutionary Guards

LONDON: Three Iranian security personnel were killed by militants in a cross-border attack on the frontier with Pakistan on Tuesday, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said. An Iranian police officer was killed in an ambush on a border post in the city of Mirjaveh in Sistan-Baluchestan province, and two soldiers died when their vehicle was hit by…

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Two Pakistanis killed in illegal attempt to cross into Iran

Iranian forces opened fire near Gwadar, killing two Pakistani men. According to Pakistan security officials, 15 people tried to enter Iran illegally. The Iranian border force opened fire on the illegal entrants. Two of them were killed on the spot while five others were taken into custody. The remaining managed to enter Iran and fled….

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Iran bans foreign social media networks in schools

TEHRAN: Iran’s ministry of education on Sunday banned the use of foreign social media networks in schools, the ILNA news agency reported, amid a push by Tehran to limit the influence of outside online platforms. Schools must “only use domestic social networks” for their communication, the ministry said in a statement, according to the reformist-linked…

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Western attack on Syria is a crime: Khamenei

ANKARA – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said an attack on Syria by the United States, France and Britain on Saturday was a crime and would not achieve any gains. “Today’s dawn attack on Syria is a crime. I clearly declare that the president of the United States, the president of France and the…

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Syria’s Assad vows to ‘crush terrorism’ after Western attack

BEIRUT – President Bashar al-Assad told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani that a U.S.-led attack on Saturday would increase Syria’s resolve to “fight and crush terrorism in every inch” of the country, the Syrian presidency said. Rouhani told Assad that Iran would continue to stand by Syria, “expressing his confidence that this aggression would not…

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Key world reactions to US-led strikes on Syria

The US, France and Britain unleashed air strikes on Syria early Saturday targeting the Damascus regime in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack on civilians. Western powers said the strikes were necessary to halt the use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Here is a selection of the main responses from across the world:…

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Iran warns of ‘regional consequences’ of Syria strikes

TEHRAN: Iran warned of “regional consequences” on Saturday following a wave of punitive strikes in Syria by the United States, Britain and France. “The United States and its allies have no proof and, without even waiting for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to take a position, have carried out this military attack,”…

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Saudi aims to pressure rival Iran at Arab League summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s push for a tough stand against its arch-rival Iran is expected to dominate an Arab League summit on Sunday as regional tensions grow over the wars in Syria and Yemen. The fate of Jerusalem will also be on the annual summit’s agenda, as the United States prepares to move its embassy from…

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Khamenei’s envoy says Iran can destroy Israel: Fars news agency

The Supreme Leader’s envoy at Iran’s Quds force said on Thursday that Tehran could destroy Israel and warned it to avoid any “stupid” measure against the Islamic Republic, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. “If Israel wants to continue its treacherous existence … it should avoid stupid measures. If they give excuses to Iran, Tel…

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Two Gujranwala migrants killed on Pak-Iran border

GUJRANWALA: Iranian border forces have killed two migrants from Gujranwala on the border with Pakistan, the families said on Tuesday. Lakht-e-Abbas and Sarfaraz, in their 20s, were trying to illegally cross into Iran when they were spotted and shot by the Iranian border guards. They died on the spot. Eleven people are still missing. “My…

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Pakistan, Iran share concern on ISIS presence in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Defence Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan Saturday met his Iranian counterpart General Amir Hatami on the sidelines of the Moscow Security Conference in the Russian capital. Both the ministers discussed aims, shared by Pakistan and Iran bilaterally as well as internationally, such as better management of the border, sustainable peace in Afghanistan,…

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Turkish, Iranian leaders meet ahead of Syria summit with Russia

ANKARA: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held talks in Ankara on Wednesday with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan ahead of a three-way summit with Russia on the Syrian conflict. The three countries, Turkey, Iran and Russian, are working together to try to reduce the violence in Syria despite supporting opposing sides in the war. Russia and…

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Iraq brings forward awarding of new oil contracts to April 15

BAGHDAD – Iraq plans to award oil and gas exploration and development contracts in 11 new blocks on April 15, oil ministry spokesman Asim Jihad said on Sunday. Iraq had initially set June 21 as the date to open the bids for the new blocks, located in border areas with Iran and Kuwait, and in…

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Trump says US withdrawing from Syria ‘very soon’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that US forces would pull out of Syria “very soon” and lamented what he said was Washington’s waste of $7 trillion in Middle East wars. In a populist address to industrial workers in Ohio, Trump said US forces were close to securing all of the territory that the…

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Islam is simple, people are trying to hijack it: Saudi crown prince

KARACHI: Mohammed bin Salman, the powerful Saudi crown prince has said that the investments in mosques and madrassas overseas were rooted in the Cold War, when allies asked his country to use its resources to prevent inroads in Muslims countries by the Soviet Union. In an interview with the Washington Post, the Saudi crown prince…

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Protests in Iran against ‘insult to Arab citizens’, water crisis

TEHRAN: Thousands of Arab citizens gathered in the southwest Iranian city of Ahwaz to protest against Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) corporation after a children’s program allegedly omitted any mention of their culture during a show celebrating the country’s diversity. Also, a number of anti-government protests broke out in the country over water crisis….

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Saudi warns it will pursue nuclear weapons if Iran does

WASHINGTON: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Riyadh will follow suit — just days before he arrives in Washington for talks with US President Donald Trump. “Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt, if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we…

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