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Pakistan, Iran army chiefs discuss peace, security issues

This is the first time in 20 years that an Iranian defence delegation visited Pakistan

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Pakistan wins bronze in the Asian Cup Cadet Championship

Qaisar Khan of Pakistan won the bronze medal in the Asian Cup Cadet Championships.

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US oil exports to India soar ahead of sanctions on Iran

Last month, India’s oil ministry asked refiners to prepare to limit imports of Iranian oil ahead of US sanctions that take effect in November

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Iran TV film on evils of dancing online sparks controversy

A film on Iranian state television showing social media users being upbraided for allegedly promoting dance online has sparked criticism from reformists in the Islamic republic. The broadcast, aired Friday on flagship channel Irib 1, featured men and women whose faces were not shown being questioned and made to repent for activities portrayed as contrary…

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Electricity crisis hits Makran as Iran cuts off power supply

On Monday, the people of Gwadar, Kech and Panjgur had to make do without electricity from 10am until 12 in the night

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How the group stage of FIFA World Cup 2018 unraveled

The group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup ended and defending champions Germany were eliminated from the tournament. The football world is guaranteed to have a new champion. Here is a recap of how the round-robin stage went. Here are in-depth highlights of the group stage of FIFA World Cup 2018. Group A Teams:…

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Iran striker retires at 23 over World Cup criticism

Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun has announced his retirement from international football aged just 23, saying criticism from fans of his performance at the World Cup had harmed his mother’s health. Azmoun, a rising star, who with 11 goals had been Iran’s top scorer in qualification for the finals in Russia, drew brickbats from fans after…

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US’s Haley tells India to ‘rethink’ Iran ties

The US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley on Thursday urged India to reconsider its ties to Iran, one of its key energy suppliers, as fresh US sanctions on buyers of Iranian oil loom. Washington has stepped up pressure on major Iranian customers to stop importing its oil, warning no trading partner will be exempt…

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US says India talks ‘a priority’ after postponing twice

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Thursday that a top-level strategic dialogue with India will take place as soon as possible, after Washington put off the meeting for a second time in months. The talks were expected to cover issues including US sanctions against Russia and Iran, arms sales and trade….

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US tells India to cut Iranian oil use

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday it was important India cut Iranian oil use, but said the United States would work to allow India to use an Iranian port as corridor to Afghanistan. “Sanctions are coming (on Iran) and we’re going forward on that, and…

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US presses UN Security Council to sanction Iran

The United States urged fellow UN Security Council members Wednesday to punish Iran for “malign behavior” in the Middle East, at a meeting on implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. “When confronted with a country that continually violates this council’s resolutions, it is imperative that we pursue meaningful consequences,” said Jonathan Cohen, the…

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Ronaldo in need of Portugal supporting cast to perform

Cristiano Ronaldo’s off-night against Iran nearly cost Portugal their World Cup dream and underlined the stark need for his team-mates to contribute more in support of the Real Madrid superstar. Ronaldo carried Portugal through their first two group games, hitting a memorable hat-trick in a 3-3 draw with Spain before netting the winner in a…

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World Cup sees Iranian women score spot in the stands

For many of the thousands of joyful women packed into Tehran’s largest football stadium, their first ever chance to watch a game at a sports arena was a victory for freedom despite Iran’s agonising World Cup elimination. Cheering and with their cheeks painted with the national colours, women showed they were just as caught up…

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Iran equalise in stoppage time to hold Portugal 1-1

Portugal advanced to the World Cup round of 16 behind Spain from Group B after Ricardo Quaresma’s stunning strike on the stroke of halftime was cancelled out by a dramatic stoppage-time penalty by Iran’s Karim Ansarifard on Monday. Portugal finished tied on five points with Spain, who drew 2-2 against Morocco to top the group…

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Spain, Portugal target last 16 as Russia ride momentum

World Cup heavyweights Spain and Portugal can lock down spots in the last 16 on Monday, as hosts Russia ride a wave of national euphoria into their clash with Uruguay. Spain crashed out in spectacular fashion in the group stage four years ago in Brazil, but the 2010 champions are on course to reach the…

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Iraq bombs meeting of Islamic State leaders in Syria: military

Iraq has launched an air attack on a gathering of Islamic State leaders inside neighboring Syria, killing 45 members of the hardline militant group, its military said on Saturday. F-16 fighter jets destroyed three houses on Friday which were connected by a trench in the town of Hajin, where the leaders were meeting. Those killed…

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The dream goes on for Iran despite Spain defeat

Iran’s dream of reaching the knockout stage of the World Cup survived Wednesday’s loss to Spain and coach Carlos Queiroz promised his team would give their absolute all to take their second chance against his native Portugal next week. Queiroz said his players deserved huge credit for their battling performance after going down 1-0 to…

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Saudi-led coalition storms Yemen’s Hodeidah airport compound

Troops backed by a Saudi-led coalition stormed the airport compound in Yemen’s main port city Hodeidah on Tuesday after fierce battles with Iran-aligned Houthis, residents and Yemeni military sources said. The capture of the airport from the Houthis would be an important gain for the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates,…

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Iran stun Morocco with stoppage-time own goal

A heartbreaking stoppage-time own goal from substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz gave Iran a dramatic 1-0 win over Morocco in their World Cup Group B opener on Friday. In a group where Spain and Portugal are strong favourites to qualify for the knockout stage, the result gives Iran an outside chance of an upset but was a…

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Israel has bombed Iranian-backed militias in Syria: Netanyahu

Israel has attacked Iranian-backed Shi’ite Muslim militias in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday, casting such actions as potentially helping to stem a Syrian Sunni Muslim refugee exodus to Europe. Israeli officials have previously disclosed scores of air strikes within Syria to prevent suspected arms transfers to Lebanon’s Shi’ite Hezbollah guerrillas or Iranian…

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Saudi-led coalition launches attack on Yemen’s Hodeidah

Troops backed by a Saudi-led coalition on Wednesday launched an assault on Yemen’s main port city of Hodeidah, in the biggest battle of a three-year war between an alliance of Arab states and the Iran-aligned Houthis. Coalition warplanes and warships were carrying out strikes on Houthi fortifications to support ground operations by Yemeni troops massed…

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