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Iran to ban 15 US companies for Israel ties

Tehran: Iran said Sunday it will impose sanctions on 15 US companies for supporting Israel’s “terrorist actions” as part of reprisals for the increasing pressure being announced by Washington lawmakers. The decision, which is largely symbolic since the firms do not do business with Iran, come two days after the US announced new sanctions against…

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Iran denies harassing US warships in Gulf, warns of clashes

TEHRAN: Iran denied on Saturday U.S. accusations that its fast-attack boats were “harassing” warships at the mouth of the Gulf, and said Washington would be responsible for any clashes in the key oil shipping route.

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Iran pilgrims to join this year’s Hajj: Saudi

RIYADH: Iranian pilgrims will participate in this year’s annual hajj, Saudi Arabia said on Friday, after an absence last year. “The ministry of hajj and the Iranian organisation have completed all the necessary measures to ensure Iranian pilgrims perform hajj 1438 according to the procedures followed by all Muslim countries,” the official Saudi Press Agency…

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UN praises Iran’s ‘exemplary’ refugee efforts

While Iranians would bear the brunt of Donald Trump’s visa ban, if it ever comes into force, international officials say the country has quietly emerged as one of the most generous towards refugees. “The leadership demonstrated by the Iranian government has been exemplary in hosting refugees and keeping borders open,” said Sivanka Dhanapala, who heads…

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Ambassador of Iran meets General Bajwa

Rawalpindi: Mehdi Honardoost, the Ambassador of Iran to Pakistan, called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa today (Saturday). Matters of regional security and mutual interest were discussed, according to ISPR. The visiting dignitary acknowledged and appreciated Pak Army’s contributions towards regional peace and stability. He also expressed his appreciation for ongoing…

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ECO summit: Red carpet rolled out for Iran’s Rouhani

ISLAMABAD: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Tuesday was accorded a very warm welcome on his arrival here to participate in the 13th Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) summit’s meeting. Federal Minister Abdul Qadir Baloch received the visiting dignitary at the Nur Khan Air Base. The Iranian foreign minister, ambassadors of Pakistan and Iran and senior officials were…

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US State Department tweets, then deletes congratulations for Iran Oscar win

The U.S. State Department on Monday issued and then deleted a congratulatory message for an Oscar win by a prominent Iranian director who criticized President Donald Trump’s travel ban as “inhumane.” The State Department’s official Persian-language Twitter account, @USAdarFarsi, tweeted congratulations to the Iranian people and Asghar Farhadi, director of “The Salesman,” after the movie…

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Iran’s ‘The Salesman’ wins Oscar as Farhadi boycotts

TEHRAN: Iranian film “The Salesman” on Sunday won the Oscar for best foreign language film, but director Asghar Farhadi skipped the Hollywood gala in protest at a travel ban by US President Donald Trump. Farhadi initially said he would head to Hollywood for Oscars night, where his film — the story of two actors whose…

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Iran, Pakistan to join hands for trade prosperity

TEHRAN: Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Pakistani PM’s Adviser Sartaj Aziz discussed issues of mutual interest and implementation of bilateral trade projects signed between the two countries. Sartaj Aziz, expressing gratitude to the Islamic Republic for sympathizing with Pakistani nation and government on recent terrorist attacks, called for a boost in regional cooperation to…

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Regional rivals Iran, Turkey trade barbs over Syria

ISTANBUL: Diplomatic tensions escalated Tuesday between Turkey and Iran as the countries traded accusations over their roles in the Syria conflict and the Middle East. The pair have been regional rivals for centuries but have sought to forge a pragmatic relationship in recent years, with the Islamic Republic strongly supporting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after…

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Iran says Saudi, Israel working to damage country

TEHRAN: Iran on Monday criticised what it said was coordination between Israel and regional rival Saudi Arabia, describing attempts to create an “international atmosphere” against Tehran. Foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said the two countries “imagine they can compensate for their numerous defeats and failures in the region by creating an international atmosphere against our…

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Washington encourages Israel-Arab alliance against Iran

Arab countries when speaking publicly on the subject, with the exception of Egypt and Jordan which have peace deals with Israel and maintain diplomatic relations. Gulf states like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar do not have diplomatic relations with Israel — although that does not prevent them from sharing informal links. Retired…

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Iran in new military drills despite US warnings

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard is to conduct military drills next week, a senior commander announced Saturday, despite warnings from the United States and fresh sanctions over a ballistic missile test. “The manoeuvres called ‘Grand Prophet 11’ will start Monday and last three days,” General Mohammad Pakpour, commander of the force’s ground units, told a news…

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Iran beats US in wrestling cup final

TEHRAN: As the US and Iran wrangle over sanctions and missile tests, their athletes grappled in the ring on Friday in wrestling’s Freestyle World Cup final, with the Iranians emerging victorious. Iran won the tournament in five out of eight weight categories following three days of bouts in the Kurdish-majority city of Kermanshah. Iranian wrestlers…

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Iran says Israel ‘biggest threat’ to world peace

Iran said Thursday that Israel’s atomic arsenal is the biggest danger to world peace, a day after US President Donald Trump vowed to prevent Iran developing a nuclear weapon. Israel is the “biggest threat to the peace and security in the region and the world,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said, quoted by state news…

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Trump promises Israel that Iran will never get bomb

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump hailed the United States’ “unbreakable” bond with Israel on Wednesday and promised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Iran would never be permitted to build a nuclear weapon. Trump’s vow was designed to address Israeli concerns over the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, which Netanyahu has warned expires too…

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Iran’s Rouhani in Gulf to soothe relations

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited Oman and Kuwait on Wednesday for talks to improve relations with Gulf neighbours, strained by the conflicts in Syria and Yemen. He was welcomed by Sultan Qaboos in Muscat, where the two discussed bilateral relations and the situation in the region, Oman’s official ONA news agency reported. “Tehran has always…

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Court upholds suspension of Trump’s travel ban

WASHINGTON: A U.S. federal appeals court on Thursday unanimously upheld a suspension of President Donald Trump’s order that restricted travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.

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Iran earn consolation Davis Cup wins against Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Iran on Sunday registered back-to-back consolation victories against hosts Pakistan on the final day of their Davis Cup Group II Asia-Oceania zone match. Pakistan, hosting international tennis after a 12-year hiatus, had already won the tie by taking the first two singles and then the doubles match on Saturday. Iran’s Hamid Reza Nadaf beat…

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Trump appeals decision that lifted the travel ban

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Saturday denounced a judge who lifted the travel ban he had imposed on citizens of seven mainly Muslim countries, taking an unusual jab at an independent branch of the U.S. government as he vowed to bring back the restrictions.

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Iran tests missile and radar systems

TEHRAN: Iran is holding a military exercise on Saturday to test its missile and radar systems, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration imposed sanctions on Tehran for a recent ballistic missile test. The United States sanctioned 13 individuals and 12 entities related to Iran’s missile programme and Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn…

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