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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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Davis Cup: Pakistan defeats Iran in men’s doubles category

ISLAMABAD: In the Davis Cup tennis tournament continuing at Sports Complex in Islamabad, Pakistan on Saturday defeated Iran in men’s doubles category. The pair Aisam-ul-Haq and Aqeel Khan defeated their Iranian counterparts in the straight sets by 6-1, 6-2 and 6-2. It is worth mentioning that Pakistan is hosting the Davis Cup tie after 12…

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Cancer Day being observed worldwide today

ISLAMABAD: The World Cancer Day is being observed on Saturday (4th February) with a resolve to continue fight against cancer by raising awareness. The aim of the day is to promote healthy lifestyle, ensuring early detection of disease and achieving treatment for all. Cancer is a leading cause of death around the world. Low-income and…

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Iran world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism: US Defense Secretary

Tokyo: US Defense Secretary James Mattis said Saturday that Iran was the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism, as President Donald Trump slapped fresh sanctions on the country’s weapons procurement network. “As far as Iran goes, this is the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world,” Mattis said at a press conference in…

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Judge orders White House to list people excluded by Trump ban

BOSTON/SEATTLE: A federal judge in Virginia ordered the White House to provide a list of all people stopped from entering the United States by a travel ban imposed last week on citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries by President Donald Trump.

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US hits Iran with fresh sanctions after missile tests

WASHINGTON: The United States slapped fresh sanctions on Iran Friday to punish Tehran for recent ballistic missile tests and its support for Yemen’s Houthi rebels. The first sanctions against Iran by the Trump administration targeted companies and individuals in Iran and China identified by the United States as supporting Tehran’s ballistic missile program and the…

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Davis Cup returns to victorious Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday welcomed the return of international tennis after a 12-year hiatus, taking a 2-0 lead against Iran in a group II Davis Cup match in Islamabad. International sporting events have been rarely held in the country which has fought an insurgency for years. Hopes were high at the Davis Cup match in…

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Trump lashes both friend and foe

Washington: US President Donald Trump stepped up his war of words against the world on Thursday, firing on friend and foe alike even as his new top diplomat arrived for work. Even Russia, with which Trump hopes to mend ties, was not spared: US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said sanctions will stay…

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Iran rejects ‘baseless’ warning from Trump

TEHRAN: Iran on Thursday rejected a warning from US President Donald Trump’s administration over its latest missile test as unfounded and “provocative”. “Claims made by US President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor are baseless, repetitive and provocative,” Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said, quoted by state news agency IRNA. President Donald Trump himself tweeted…

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Trump puts Iran ‘on notice’

President Donald Trump on Thursday said Iran was now formally “on notice” after a recent missile test, while also claiming the Islamic Republic was on the brink of collapse when it signed an international nuclear deal. “Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile.Should have been thankful for the terrible deal…

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