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Iran Warns Europe against Obstructing ‘Gains’ of Lifting Arms Embargo

Iran warned the European Union against taking any steps that would obstruct “gains” from lifting an arms embargo on Tehran expected to expire later this month. The embargo on conventional arms shipments to Iran is set to expire on October 18 after the United States failed to win suppo


Nearly Two Decades After US Invasion, Afghans Fear Taliban Return

Almost two decades after the United States launched airstrikes against Afghanistan's ruling Taliban regime and started what would become America's longest-ever war, the hardline group are in a stronger position than ever. The invasion that followed those October 7, 2001 strikes quickly toppled th


Iran Reports Record High 3,902 New Coronavirus Cases

Iran has registered a record high 3,902 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, with the total number of identified cases in the worst-hit country in the Middle East rising to 475,674, state TV reported on Monday. Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told the television station that 23


Turkish leader, NATO chief hold talks in Ankara

Turkey’s president received the head of NATO on Monday amid continued efforts to resolve differences between Turkey and Greece over the Eastern Mediterranean. Recep Tayyip Erdogan and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg gathered behind closed doors and discussed a range of issues for ab


UN condemns deadly suicide attack in Afghanistan

The United Nations has strongly condemned Saturday’s suicide attack on a government building in Nangarhar province, eastern Afghanistan, and underlined that the perpetrators must be brought to justice. At least 13 people were killed and dozens more injured in the attack that targeted a dist


Fines and business closures among new Iran coronavirus restrictions

Concealing one’s COVID-19 infection should carry the severest penalty, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday in announcing new measures to stem a rapid rise in cases, reported Reuters. “Anyone who feels ill and it’s clear to them that they are ill, must not hide


Schools, mosques closed in Tehran as coronavirus infections rise

Schools, libraries, mosques and other public institutions in Tehran were closed for a week on Saturday as part of measures to stem a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases, Reuters reported citing authorities in the Iranian capital as saying. The closure plan, which will also affect universities,


Turkey starts human trials for homegrown COVID-19 shot

Efforts in Turkey to develop an indigenous vaccine against the novel coronavirus have reached the human trials stage. Speaking to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the phone, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said three other vaccine efforts in Turkey would also reach this point in the next seven


Malaysia will not re-impose coronavirus curbs for now despite spike

Malaysia will not re-impose widespread coronavirus restrictions on travel despite a recent spike in infections, which a government minister said was partly caused by migrants from neighboring countries.Malaysia imposed a nationwide lockdown in March but has been gradually lifting the curbs, though


Iran Police Disperse Pro-Azerbaijan Demonstrations

Police dispersed demonstrations in northwestern Iran in support of Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Protests broke out on Thursday in Tabriz, the capital of Iran's East Azerbaijan province, where a large Azeri minority lives, wrote Fars which also publishe


Nazri wants Umno out of Perikatan by GE15, but remain for now to fight Covid-19

Padang Rengas MP Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz has urged Umno to leave Perikatan Nasional (PN) and not give up any seats to them in the 15th general election (GE15). However, Nazri said in a Malaysiakini report that Umno should remain in the coalition for now to fight against the Covid-19 p


Turkey, Iran deploy drones in north Iraq against Kurd rebels

Turkey and Iran are increasingly adopting “game-changing” drones as their weapon of choice against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, prompting fears for the safety of civilians and stoking geopolitical tensions.“Not a day goes by without us seeing a drone,” said Mohammad Has


Turkish official sees Ankara unswayed over EU sanctions on Eastern Mediterranean

Turkey would be even more determined to protect its territorial rights in the Eastern Mediterranean if the European Union ultimately decides to impose sanctions on it over offshore oil and gas exploration, a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said.The senior official, who requested anonymity, said


UN registers Turkey-Libya maritime deal

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday registered a Turkey-Libya deal on the delimitation of maritime jurisdiction areas in the Mediterranean. The agreement “has been registered with the Secretariat, in accordance with Article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations,” said


Suicide bomber kills 9 at checkpoint in south Afghanistan

An Afghan official says at least nine people including four civilians were killed when a suicide car bomber attacked a military checkpoint in southern Afghanistan. Omer Zwak, a spokesman for the provincial governor in Helmand, said on Thursday a small child and three security personnel were wound


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




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