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Iran military official: West used lizards for nuclear spying

TEHRAN: The former chief-of-staff of Iran’s armed forces said Tuesday that Western spies had used lizards which could “attract atomic waves” to spy on the country’s nuclear programme. Hassan Firuzabadi, senior military advisor to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was responding to questions from local media on the recent arrest of environmentalists. He said he…

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Watch: Salman Ahmad speaks on negative image of Pakistan in the West

Pakistani musician Salman Ahmad spoke on the negative image of Pakistan in the West during a session at the Karachi Literature Festival 2018.

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Erdogan warns German foreign minister to ‘know your limits’

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday told German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel to “know your limits” after he vehemently criticised the Turkish leader for interfering in Germany’s upcoming elections. “He knows no limits! Who are you to talk to the president of Turkey? Know your limits. He is trying to teach us a lesson… How…

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17-year-old Muslim girl assaulted and killed after leaving Virginia mosque

Police found remains Sunday thought to be those of a missing Virginia teenager who they say was assaulted and disappeared overnight after leaving a mosque in the Sterling area, and a 22-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection with the case. According to The Washington Post, the mosque, the All Dulles Area Muslim…

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Iran counts votes after big turnout in presidential election

DUBAI/BEIRUT: Vote counting began in Iran on Saturday after a high turnout in an unexpectedly tight presidential election pitting President Hassan Rouhani, who wants to normalize ties with the West, against a hardline judge who says he has already gone too far.

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Daesh, JuA have access to Pakistan’s educational institutes: DG ISPR

LONDON: Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor has said that terrorist organizations Daesh and Jamaat-ul-Ahraar have access to key educational institutes of the country, Samaa reported. He made the statement during a media briefing at Pakistani High Commission in London. The ISPR chief stated that Pakistan is passing through a…

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UK parliament passes most extreme surveillance law in the West

The British government has passed the Investigatory Powers Bill, which is considered to be the most interfering law of its kind to be ever passed in a Western democracy. Watch this report…

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Assad blames America for ISIS, supports Russia, says sleeps fine in candid interview

LONDON: President Bashar al-Assad claimed Western powers are “becoming much weaker” in Syria, in a confident interview published Sunday in The Sunday Times. “In the past if I said anything, people would say the Syrian president is disconnected from reality. Now it’s different. The West is becoming much weaker,” told the British weekly. “They don’t…

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LIBYA AFTER QADDAFI: 5 Years On

On 20th October 2011, the broad daylight public humiliation and summary execution of Col. Qaddafi, was more than just a physical elimination. It was also the wanton annihilation and naked obliteration of a social fabric, that stitched almost 6.5 million people together as the most developed nation on the African continent. Though Qaddafi was no angel,…

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Turkey jails journalists after coup as Erdogan slams West

ANKARA: Turkey was on Saturday holding 17 journalists on charges of “terror group” membership as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Western critics to “mind your own business” over a relentless crackdown following a failed coup. But in a goodwill gesture two weeks after the July 15 coup bid, Erdogan also announced he was withdrawing thousands…

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Erdogan tells West ‘mind your own business’

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday told the European Union and United States to “mind your own business” after the West expressed alarm over the growing crackdown against suspected accomplices in the failed coup.

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Pope criticizes West for trying to export own brand of democracy to Iraq, Libya

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis criticized Western powers for trying to export their own brand of democracy to countries such as Iraq and Libya without respecting indigenous political cultures, according to an interview published on Monday. Speaking to France’s Roman Catholic newspaper, La Croix, Francis also said Europe should better integrate migrants and praised the election…

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Islamic State-linked hackers post target list of New Yorkers

NEW YORK: A group of hackers linked to Islamic State has posted online a list of thousands of New York residents and urged followers of the militant group to target them, a source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. Federal agents and New York City police officers have been contacting the individuals on the…

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Syrian army advances in west after Russian strikes

BEIRUT: The Syrian army backed by allied militia have advanced in western Syria after heavy Russian airstrikes in areas around the main highway running through major cities, a group monitoring the war said on Sunday. After deadly clashes the military and Lebanese Hezbollah militiamen took control of Tal Skik, a highland area in Idlib province…

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Don't be afraid of Russia, Putin tells West

MOSCOW: Russia is not a threat to the West, President Vladimir Putin insisted in an interview published on Saturday, saying he was still committed to a Ukraine peace deal after a fresh flare-up in the country's east. “I would like to say – there's no need to be afraid of Russia,” Putin told Italian newspaper…

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Iran FM urges talks with West to solve Yemen crisis

NEW YORK: Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has called for dialogue with the U.S. and Western allies to deal with crises in its regional neighbours, saying Yemen would be a “good place to start.”NEW YORK: Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has called for dialogue with the U.S. and Western allies to deal with crises in…

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Iran rejects 'bullying' as West stresses unity in nuclear talks

LONDON: Iran's top leader voiced mistrust on Saturday of U.S. efforts to reach a nuclear deal, even as Washington and its allies spoke of real progress and urged Tehran to take “difficult decisions”. With just 10 days remaining until an end-of-March deadline for a framework agreement, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah AliKhamenei denounced U.S. “bullying” in…

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Iran's supreme leader warns against 'deceitful' West

TEHRAN: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday warned against “deceitful” world powers and branded a letter from Republican lawmakers as a sign of America's internal collapse just days before new nuclear talks. Khamenei's broadside came as US Secretary of State John Kerry left Washington on a trip which will see him once again…

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West needs 'soul-searching' on home-grown extremists: Iran

GENEVA: Western democracies should ask themselves some tough questions about why they have produced some of the extremists wreaking havoc in the world today, Iran's foreign minister said Monday. In a speech before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the West of “selectivity and double standards” in its dealings with…

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Notion West is at war with Islam an 'ugly lie': Obama

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Thursday called on Middle Eastern leaders to stand up to “violent extremism” and stop proxy wars that fuel the rise of terror groups. “The notion that the West is at war with Islam is an ugly lie,” he told the final day of a conference on combatting extremism. “And…

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UN, Western bias birthed extremism, Saad says

MANSOORAH: Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique Tuesday said the government's resolve to wipe out terrorism from every nook and cranny of the country was bulletproof, Samaa reported. “In fact, a partial Unite Nations (UN) and a biased ‘West’ are responsible for all kinds of terrorism, extremism, and violence in the world,” said he…

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