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Iran Says UN Arms Embargo on Tehran Has Been Lifted

Iran's Foreign Ministry released an official statement on Sunday announcing the termination of arms restriction imposed on the country. It said that the definitive and unconditional termination of arms restrictions and travel bans requires no new resolution, state news agency IRNA reported.


Landslide in Northern Pakistan Buries Bus With 15 Onboard

A landslide in northern Pakistan on Sunday buried a minibus with 15 people onboard under tons of mud and rock with rescue workers digging through the wreckage in the hopes of finding survivors, police said. Police officer Wakil Khan said the landslide overtook the minibus that was travellin


Ministry: Iran's COVID-19 Death Toll Above 30,000

The death toll in Iran from the coronavirus pandemic has crossed the 30,000 mark, the health ministry announced Saturday. "We have lost 253 of our fellow citizens to COVID-19 over the past 24 hours," ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told a daily briefing. The latest deaths raised the overall


Ex-Pak PM accuses country’s army chief of toppling his government

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday accused the country’s army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa of toppling his government, pressuring the judiciary, and installing the current government of Prime Minister Imran Khan in the 2018 elections. Sharif was speaking via video link


Police detain 467 for violating Covid-19 SOPs, mostly for not wearing face masks

Police yesterday detained 467 people for violating the Covid-19 standard operating procedures, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said. Ismail, who is also defence minister, said that most of those who were nabbed did not wear face masks, which has been made a manda


Erdogan tells Trudeau suspension of drone exports is against alliance spirit

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Canada’s suspension of the export of some drone technology was not in line with the spirit of alliance, Erdogan’s office said late on Friday. Canada suspended the export of some drone technology to Turke


Malaysia’s Mahathir says political uncertainty won’t end with Anwar as PM

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Friday he doubted whether opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim had the numbers in parliament to take the premiership and even if he did the country would remain in political deadlock.Anwar met the king on Tuesday in a bid to prove he has a parlia


Afghanistan: Peace negotiator’s sojourn to entice India, Pakistan

Afghanistan is walking on a tight rope, balancing its ties between arch-rivals India and Pakistan, lest their enmity affects the peace process in the war-torn country. Last week, Abdullah Abdullah, chairman High Council for National Reconciliation flew to capitals of India and Pakistan, meeting l


Turkey denies deliberately holding Greece minister's plane in air

The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denied allegations of deliberately holding the plane of Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in the air for some time, on its way to enter Turkish airspace. Spokesman for the Turkish Foreign Ministry Hami Aksoy announced in a statement on Thursday


Iran: One of 2 Cyberattack Targets was Country's Ports

One of the targets of large cyberattacks on two Iranian government institutions this week was the electronic infrastructure of the country's ports, an Iranian news agency reported on Friday. The government's Information Technology Organization on Thursday reported the hacking of two institutions


Turkey registers 1,693 more coronavirus patients

Turkey registered 1,693 more coronavirus patients and 1,311 new recoveries over the past 24 hours, the country’s Health Ministry said on Thursday. Turkey’s patient count to date now stands at 342,143, with recoveries totaling 299,679, according to the ministry data. Some 116,103 more


Iran Acknowledges Cyberattacks on Government Departments

Iran's cybersecurity authority acknowledged on Thursday cyberattacks on two governmental departments this week. The cyberattacks occurred Tuesday and Wednesday and were under investigation, the state-owned IRAN daily newspaper said. While the report did not say which government departments


Turkey: Death toll from bootleg liquor rises to 45

Turkey has stepped up crackdown on bootleg alcohol as the death toll from poisoning since Oct. 9 rose to 45 on Wednesday.They died after consuming intoxicating liquor in Istanbul, Izmir, Mersin, Aydin, Mugla, Kirikkale, Trabzon and Zonguldak provinces.Since then, nationwide raids against producers


Iran Criticizes IAEA Chief

Several Iranian government agencies lashed out Tuesday at head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi who told an Austrian newspaper that Iranians continue to enrich uranium to a much higher degree than they have committed themselves to. State-owned ISNA news agency &ldquo


2 Afghan Military Helicopters Collide, 9 Soldiers Killed

Two Afghan army helicopters collided while transporting wounded soldiers in the southern Helmand province, killing nine Afghan service members, the country's Defense Ministry and local officials said Wednesday. The two Soviet-era Mi-17 helicopters crashed due to technical problems while taking of


Indonesia FM Calls for 'Equal Access' to COVID-19 Vaccines

Developing countries must have 'equal access' to future Covid-19 vaccines, Indonesia's foreign minister warned, as wealthy nations scoop up billions of doses. Retno Marsudi said it was crucial for rich and poor nations to work together so "we can guarantee equal access to a safe and affordable va


Iran Virus Death Toll Hits Record High

For the third time in a week, Iran on Wednesday marked its highest single-day record for new deaths and infections from the coronavirus, with 279 people killed and 4,830 new patients. Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari made the announcement as Iran struggles with the worst outbreak in th


Turkey calls for dialogue on Aegean, East Mediterranean

Turkey is calling for dialogue to resolve matters in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean regions, the country’s defense minister said Monday.  "Do not test us. Let's solve whatever needs to be done through talks, through dialogue," said Hulusi Akar, speaking at a ceremony marking the




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