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Iran ready to restore ties with Saudi Arabia on this condition

At least 10 countries have offered to mediate in the escalating feud between Saudi Arabia and Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday, noting that Tehran would restore ties with Riyadh if Saudi Arabia changes it regional policies. Answering a question about Iraq and Kuwait’s reported offer to help defuse the tension between regional rivals,…

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Iran fires anti-aircraft cannons at media drone

Iranian authorities said they fired anti-aircraft cannons at a media drone flying over Tehran University on Monday, local media reported. Shots from several air defence guns were heard in the west of the city after a drone was spotted in a no-fly zone. There were conflicting reports from the governor’s office and Revolutionary Guards as…

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Iran’s first post-sanctions Airbus flies in

A first Airbus aircraft arrived in Iran on Thursday as part of a huge order placed after the lifting of international sanctions on the Islamic republic. The plane to be used for internal flights landed at Tehran’s Mehrabad airport. Iran Air chief executive officer Farhad Parvaresh has said the airline expects to receive several more…

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Iran gets 1st Airbus passenger jet

TEHRAN: Iran formally received the first commercial plane from France’s Airbus on Wednesday, Tehran Times daily reported. The delivery of an A321 is the first in a batch of 100 jets purchased by Iran Air to renew its aged passenger fleet, the report said. According to Iran’s official IRNA news agency, the A321 has already…

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Oil slides 2 percent on strong dollar, doubts of OPEC output cuts

NEW YORK: Oil prices fell 2 percent on Tuesday to the lowest in nearly a month, extending the previous session’s sell-off as the U.S. dollar strengthened and doubts mounted over whether producing countries would implement of a deal to cut output.

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Iran finally receives Saudi hajj invite

TEHRAN: Iran said Tuesday it had finally received an official invitation from Saudi Arabia for its pilgrims to attend this year’s hajj, two weeks after Riyadh announced it. There was no official Iranian delegation at last year’s Hajj pilgrimage after Saudi Arabia severed relations with Iran following the torching of its missions in Tehran and…

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Thousands throng Iran’s Rafsanjani funeral

Tehran: Hundreds of thousands of mourners led by Iran’s supreme leader gathered at Tehran University early on Tuesday for the funeral of former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. State television showed people pouring on to the streets around the campus where Ayatollah Ali Khamenei led the eulogies for Rafsanjani despite their “differences”. President Hassan Rouhani, parliament…

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UAE orders removal of ‘Persian Gulf’ from school book: report

The United Arab Emirates has ordered the removal from a textbook of the term “Persian Gulf” for the waterway that is the subject of a bitter naming dispute with Iran, a newspaper reported Monday. The UAE education ministry stepped in after complaints that the book was using that name instead of “Arabian Gulf” that Arab…

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U.S. Navy destroyer fires warning shots at Iranian vessels

WASHINGTON: A U.S. Navy destroyer fired three warning shots towards four of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps vessels on Sunday after they closed in at a high rate of speed in the Strait of Hormuz, two U.S. defense officials told Reuters on Monday. The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the USS Mahan…

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PM condoles death of Iran’s ex-President Rafsanjani

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Monday expressed deep grief over the death of former President of Iran Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who breathed his last yesterday in Tehran. The Prime Minister said Rafsanjani was an influential figure not only in Iran but also a symbol of reconciliatory peace efforts at the international level. Terming…

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UN agrees to Russian-Turkish peace plan for Syria

BEIRUT: A ceasefire held across most of Syria on Saturday as Russia and Turkey secured unanimous passage of a UN resolution backing their efforts to “jumpstart” talks aimed at ending the nearly six-year conflict.

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Images of homeless living in graves shock Iran

Tehran: Images of homeless drug addicts living in empty graves just outside the Iranian capital have deeply shocked the public and prompted reactions even from President Hassan Rouhani. Shahrvand newspaper on Tuesday published the images in a report on the homeless people — about 50 men and women — who dwell in a cemetery in…

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Iran nuclear deal powers to meet January 10

BRUSSELS: A high-level commission that oversees Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers will meet in Vienna on January 10 to address a complaint by Tehran about the renewing of sanctions by the United States. The meeting was called on Saturday by the European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who coordinates follow-up of the nuclear…

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Syrian rebels shell Aleppo as Assad urges peace talks

ALEPPO: Syrian rebels shelled Aleppo on Friday killing at least three people, media reported, as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies said the insurgents’ withdrawal from the city could pave the way toward a political solution for the country.

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Russia, Iran, Turkey agree on need to widen Syria truce

Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed on Tuesday to guarantee Syria peace talks and backed expanding a ceasefire in the war-torn country, laying down their claim as the main powerbrokers in the conflict. “Iran, Russia and Turkey are ready to assist in preparing the agreement in the making between the Syrian government and the opposition and…

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‘Assad, Russia and Iran have blood on hands’

Washington: US President Barack Obama declared Friday that Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime and its Iranian and Russian backers are responsible for the slaughter of civilians in Aleppo, with “blood… on their hands.” “The world as we speak is united in horror at the savage assault by the Syrian regime and its Russian and Iranian allies…

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Aleppo evacuees tell of pain and dreams of returning

ALEPPO: “It was the final time I saw Aleppo.” Among a sea of sobbing men and hungry children Friday, Mohammad mourned his evacuation from his home town and Syria’s second city.

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Poor Aleppo: Human Meltdown or Human Apathy

By: Naumaan Ansaari Dear protesters and celebrators over the misery of people of poor Aleppo. I have a message for both of you all. Did you ever realized the meaning when remnant people of Aleppo left messages on social network saying that it will be their final call? Why would have they said that? Did…

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Syria rebels announce new evacuation deal for Aleppo

ALEPPO: Syrian rebels announced a new evacuation deal for Aleppo civilians and the injured on Wednesday, after shelling and air strikes sent terrified residents running through the city’s streets.

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Turkey, Russia, Iran to meet on Syria war: minister

ANKARA: Turkey, Russia and Iran will hold a meeting in Moscow on December 27 to try to find a solution to the five-year conflict in Syria, Ankara said on Wednesday.

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Iran says Aleppo ‘victory’ shows its regional clout

TEHRAN: Iranian officials celebrated the impending defeat of rebels in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Wednesday, saying it showed that Tehran had become the leading power in the region.  Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan rang his Syrian counterpart Fahd Jassem al-Freij to congratulate him on the “victories of the Syrian army and resistance forces in…

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