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Iran arrests 11 pro-Azerbaijan protesters

Iranian authorities on Wednesday arrested at least 11 pro-Azerbaijan protesters, according to the Iranian Human Rights Activists News Agency. It said police forces used tear gas to disperse activists who gathered at a park in Ardabil city in solidarity with Azerbaijan in the wake of Armenian atta


Iran accuses UAE of inciting war

The Islamic Republic of Iran on Thursday accused the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of inciting war, claiming that it became part of the crisis in Western Asia after signing a peace deal with Israel. In a statement, the Iranian Foreign Ministry announced: “The UAE’s normalisation of


Turkish hospitals seek discounts on $2.4 bn medical sector debts

Turkish state and university hospitals are offering to repay debts totalling some 19 billion lira ($2.43 billion) to drugmakers and medical equipment firms, but with a discount, three sources told Reuters on Tuesday. If the deal is accepted, hospitals will repay the medical equipment ma


Iran denies sending weapons to Armenia

Iran denied allegations on Wednesday that weapons and military equipment have been transported to Armenia. Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that the trucks allegedly carrying arms were actually transporting commercial products. In response to journalists’ questions, Khatib


Turkish Authorities Block Newspaper Website for Reporting Military Deaths in Libya

Turkish authorities blocked the website of Yeni Yasam newspaper, days after its editor-in-chief and its news director were sentenced to prison for violating Turkey’s national intelligence laws and disclosing secret intelligence information on the funerals of two Turkish agents who were kille


Pakistan Top Court to Hear Appeal From Daniel Pearl's Family

Pakistan´s Supreme Court was scheduled to hear an appeal Monday by the family of slain American journalist Daniel Pearl challenging the acquittal of a British-born Pakistani in the gruesome 2002 beheading of the Wall Street Journal reporter. The family's appeal was adjourned earlier this mo


Rouhani Comes under Criticism over Call to ‘Curse White House’

The Iranian government came on Sunday under heavy criticism after President Hassan Rouhani urged the people to curse the White House over Iran’s recent financial woes. Iranian activist and prominent journalist Abbas Abdi reiterated that Rouhani should step down to end the political deadlock


Pakistan envoy to Syria reiterates support for Palestinian cause

Pakistan Ambassador to Syria, Saeed Muhammad Khan, yesterday reiterated his country’s support for the Palestinian cause and its full rejection of normalising relations with Israel before the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. Ambassador Kha


Iran: Minimum response to Soleimani’s assassination is pushing US out of Iraq

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, said yesterday that the least severe punishment for US following its assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani is expelling it from Iraq, Iranian media reported. According to the Iran Daily, Shamkha


Bangladesh: World must step up to solve Rohingya issue

Speaking at the UN General Assembly Saturday, Bangladesh’s prime minister reiterated her call for the global community to actively step up to solve the Rohingya issue and the crisis it has caused in Bangladesh.  “More than three years have been passed but not a single Rohingya co


Turkey: Magnitude-4.6 earthquake strikes Aegean Sea

  A magnitude-4.6 earthquake struck Turkey's Aegean Sea, the country's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said early Monday. AFAD said the quake occurred at 7.12 a.m. local time (0412GMT) at the depth of 37.57 kilometers (23 miles).   Read More: Turkey urges Kosovo


Rouhani: Iranians Should Direct their Anger at White House

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the United States on Saturday of “savagery” for inflicting $150 billion of damage on Iran due to sanctions, and said Iranians should direct their anger at the White House. “With their illegal and inhuman sanctions, and terrorist actions,


Turkey Says Ready to Sign Maritime Border Demarcation Agreement with Egypt

Turkey reiterated that dialogue is a priority for the fair sharing of natural resources in the Eastern Mediterranean, adding that it was willing to sign a maritime border demarcation agreement with Egypt. "Turkey supports dialogue at all platforms, especially when it comes to the fair sharing of


Pakistan: Indian fire kills 1 soldier in Kashmir

Pakistan’s military said Sunday that Indian troops opened fire across the border in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing one soldier.In a statement, it said Pakistani troops responded by targeting the Indian posts where the fire originated, causing “substantial damage&rdqu


Iran’s Oil Minister Admits Forging Export Documents to Avoid US Sanctions

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh defended last week his efforts to boost crude exports despite US sanctions and admitted that oil documents were forged to hide the origin of Iranian cargoes. “What we export is not under Iran’s name. The documents are changed over and over, as well


Turkey extends condolences for Ukrainian plane crash

Turkey’s foreign minister extended condolences Friday to Ukraine for a military plane crash that killed 22 people. “I share the sorrow of the families of those who lost their lives in a deadly plane crash in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Twitter.


Turkey: Opposition party mayor among those to be arrested for 2014 Kobani protests

Turkish authorities today issued arrest warrants for 82 people, including an opposition party mayor, following protests in the town of Kobani six years ago. The warrants date back to the October 2014 protests in Turkey sparked by the seizure of the mainly Kurdish Syrian town of Kobani b


Iran official dismisses US sanctions against judges, courts

A top Iranian constitutional official on Friday dismissed the imposition of US sanctions on Iranian judges for alleged gross human rights violations and hit back at the United States over police violence against black people there, Reuters reports. The United States on Thursday blacklis



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