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Israeli minister: we have secret ties with ‘many’ Arab states

An Israeli cabinet minister said on Sunday that Israel had covert ties with “many” Arab and Muslim states but was obliged not to name them at the other sides’ request. A rare interview given by the head of Israel’s armed forces to a Saudi-owned news site was published on Thursday, further fuelling talk of close…

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Pakistan dispatches relief assistance to earthquake affectees in Iran

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has dispatched a C-130 plane carrying relief assistance for the affectees of the deadly earthquake that struck Iran on November 12, 2017 and wreaked havoc particularly in the Western Iranian province of Kermanshah. According to foreign office, the relief assistance consists of the items identified by the Iranian side in accordance with the…

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Cabinet body seeks proposal on electricity import from Iran to meet Gwadar needs: Malik

ISLAMABAD: The Cabinet Committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Friday assigned the ministry concerned to submit a detailed proposal regarding the import of electricity from Iran to specifically meet the future needs of Gwadar. Briefing the media about the proceedings of the meeting of the cabinet committee held under the chair of Prime Minister…

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Lebanon’s ‘detained’ premier to travel to France

RIYADH: Lebanon’s premier Saad Hariri will travel to France “in the coming days”, a French presidential source said Wednesday, after Beirut accused Saudi Arabia of detaining him following his shock resignation. International pressure has been mounting for Hariri to return to Beirut after his prolonged stay in the kingdom since he announced in a televised…

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Rise of the Crown Prince: Will tensions worsen between Iran and Saudi Arabia?

As Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman consolidates his power in Saudi Arabia, does this mean that the kingdom’s hostilities with Iran will increase? Watch this video to check out the profile of Mohammed bin Salman.

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Israel PM Netanyahu offers quake aid to arch foe Iran

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has offered aid to the victims of the weekend’s deadly earthquake in Iran insisting enmity between the two governments does not prevent humanitarian sympathy. The offer, made in a video conference with the Jewish Federations of North America, was largely rhetorical. Iran does not recognize Israel as a separate…

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Iran scrambles to aid victims of killer quake

SAR-E POL-E ZAHAB: Thousands of Iranians on Tuesday spent a third night in the cold as authorities scrambled to help those made homeless by a major earthquake that killed more than 400 people. As the country marked a day of mourning, President Hassan Rouhani promised swift help following the 7.3-magnitude quake that struck a mountainous…

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Earthquake death toll reaches 450; Iran battles to shelter survivors

  ANKARA: Iran said on Tuesday that rescue operations have ended in areas hit by a powerful weekend earthquake that killed at least 450 people and injured thousands of others, state television reported. “The rescue operations in the (western) Kermanshah province have ended,” Pir-Hossein Kolivand, head of Iran’s Emergency Medical Services, said on state TV….

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Trump’s travel ban partially allowed to go into effect

WASHINGTON: A U.S. appeals court in California on Monday let President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban go partially into effect, ruling the government can bar entry of people from six Muslim-majority countries with no connections to the United States, reported Reuters. A three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals partially…

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Air raids on market kill 53 in north Syria town: monitor

BEIRUT: Air strikes on a market killed at least 53 people, including children, in a town in northern Syria on Monday despite a “de-escalation zone” in place there, a monitor said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was not immediately clear whether the strikes on rebel-held Atareb had been carried out by…

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Thousands protest in Yemen against Saudi-led blockade

SANAA: Young and old, desk clerks and activists, Yemenis from all walks of life took to the streets Monday to protest a Saudi-led blockade that has left thousands struggling to survive. “This siege is oppressive, and the whole world is sleeping!” people chanted as thousands gathered outside the UN offices in the rebel-held capital Sanaa….

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PM expresses grief over loss of lives in quake hitting Iran-Iraq border

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Monday expressed his deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious human lives and the injuries caused due to the devastating earthquake that jolted the bordering regions between Iran and Iraq. “The people and the government of Pakistan stand in complete solidarity with the people and the governments…

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Iran hunts for survivors as quake kills 300 near Iraq border

NEWS DESK: Iranian rescue workers dug through rubble in a hunt for survivors on Monday after a major earthquake struck the Iran-Iraq border, killing more than 300 and injuring thousands, reported AFP. The 7.3-magnitude quake hit a border area 30 kilometres (20 miles) southwest of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan at around 9:20 pm (1820 GMT)…

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Deadly earthquake on Iran-Iraq border claims over 200 lives

NEWS DESK: More than 200 people have been killed and hundreds more injured as a 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook the mountainous Iran-Iraq border triggering landslides that hindered rescue efforts, officials said Monday. According to AFP, the quake hit 30 kilometres (19 miles) southwest of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan at around 9.20 pm (1820 GMT) on Sunday,…

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Iran-Iraq quake death toll rises to 170

NEWS DESK: At least 170 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured when a 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook the mountainous Iran-Iraq border triggering landslides that hindered rescue efforts, officials said Monday, reported AFP. Footage posted on Twitter showed panicked people fleeing a building in Sulaimaniyah, northern Iraq, as windows shattered at the moment the quake…

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Dramatic footage of earthquake that hits Iran,Iraq

A 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook the mountainous Iran-Iraq border late Sunday killing more than 60 people and injuring hundreds more, triggering landslides that were hindering the rescue effort. Watch some dramatic scenes after the quake hits during night.

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Strong quake hits Iran-Iraq border, more than 130 dead

  A 7.3 magnitude quake which struck the Iran-Iraq border late Sunday has killed more than 130 people , a senior official said on state television. The head of Iran’s emergency organization has said that around 129 people have been killed and over 1,000 injured. The US Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.3 temblor was…

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Magnitude 7.2 earthquake rattles northeast Iraq: US monitor

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake rattled northeast Iraq near the border with Iran on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said. The temblor was centered 32 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of Halabja, and had a depth of 33.9 kilometers (21 miles), the US monitor said. The quake struck at 1818 GMT. It struck the mountainous area of…

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Iran tells France nuclear deal ‘not negotiable’

TEHRAN: Iran’s nuclear deal is “not negotiable”, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bassam Ghassemi said Saturday in response to remarks by the French president. Emmanuel Macron called for vigilance towards Tehran over its ballistic missile programme and regional activities, in an interview published Wednesday by the Emirati daily Al-Ittihad. “We have told French leaders on several…

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Civilians wounded in Saudi-led strikes on Yemen capital: witnesses

SANAA: Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition left at least three civilians wounded in Yemen’s rebel-held capital Sanaa late Friday, witnesses said. The strikes hit a residential area near the ministry of defence building, which had been targeted just before. “I was sitting at home and heard the first strike hit the ministry of defence….

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Saudi-led strikes hit defence ministry in Yemen capital

SANAA: The Saudi-led coalition carried out two air strikes on the defence ministry in Yemen’s rebel-held capital Sanaa late Friday, witnesses and rebel media said, without reporting casualties. Warplanes continued to circle in the skies above Sanaa after the strikes, the witnesses added. The Huthi rebel media outlet Al-Masirah also reported the two air strikes….

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