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Muhyiddin says Sabah poll could set stage for general election

  KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 18 — Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said in Sabah today that the result of the state election could determine when he will call a general election. Muhyiddin is believed to be contemplating an early general election early next year to dispel views that his


Iran coronavirus death toll tops 20,000

A senior Iranian health official has declared a coronavirus red alert covering the entire country as daily deaths and cases increase at an alarming rate, Iranian state TV reported on Friday. Iran's death toll rose by 144 to 23,952 on Friday, while the total number of identified cases spiked by 3,


Turkey Enhances Positions in Northwest Syria after Talks with Russia

Despite a recent agreement with Moscow on withdrawing its heavy weapons from the region, Ankara on Friday sent a new military column to its observation points in the south of Syria’s Idlib province, where Russian warplanes and Syrian forces have recently reduced their military activities. T


2 Turkish soldiers killed in North Iraq

Two Turkish soldiers were killed in an attack by PKK terrorists in a cross-border anti-terror operation area in northern Iraq, according to the Turkish National Defense Ministry, Anadolu reports. The soldiers were killed, and another was injured in an attack by the terrorists to the Ope


Pakistan: Normalisation with Israel ‘pointless’

International normalisation with Israel is “pointless”, Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, said yesterday. “We can’t make a decision on a matter that has been rejected by its owners, the Palestinian people,” Khan told reporters. “The Palestinians, the owners


Turkey conducts clinical trials for Chinese vaccine

Turkey on Wednesday tested the Chinese Sinovac vaccine on three volunteers in its first clinical trial, the country’s health minister said, Anadolu reports. Another 1,771 cases of the virus were reported in the past 24 hours bringing the tally to 296,391, Fahrettin


Iran president accuses UAE, Bahrain of seeking to grant Israel bases in Gulf

Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, on Tuesday accused the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain of seeking to grant Israel bases in the Gulf region, warning that they should bear the consequences of their actions. Rouhani described the Gulf countries’ normalisation agreements with Israel as a &l


Turkey called Egypt to sign maritime jurisdiction agreement, says foreign minister

Turkey’s foreign minister said on Wednesday that the government offered to make a maritime jurisdiction agreement with Egypt, CNN Turk has reported. Mevlut Cavusoglu made his comments in a live interview on CNN Turk. “We told Egypt’s Foreign Ministry tha


4 Afghans charged with arson over Moria fires

Four Afghans have been formally charged with arson for their alleged involvement in fires that destroyed much of Greece’s Moria refugee camp last week, the Associated Press (AP) reports. The four men, who are accused of starting fires that burned for two nights last week, have bee


Iran: 1,044 Centrifuges Active at Fordow

The head of Iran's atomic agency has said that 1,044 centrifuges were active at the Fordow uranium enrichment plant, in line with steps to reduce its commitments to the nuclear deal. The suspension of all enrichment at the underground facility was one of the restrictions on Iran's nuclear activit


Afghan government increases pressure on Taliban at peace talks

The Afghan government ratcheted up pressure for a truce with the Taliban on Monday, reiterating calls for a long-term ceasefire at talks in Qatar. The two sides are in the early stages of meetings in the capital Doha in an effort to hammer out a deal bringing to a close 19 years of bloo


FM: Turkey prevented street fights from breaking out in Libya

The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said his country’s intervention in Libya has prevented street fights from breaking out in the country, Anadolu news agency reported. Cavusoglu explained that the Turkish intervention in Libya contributed to achieving a balance between


Iran denies plan to assassinate US envoy to South Africa

Iran yesterday dismissed claims it is planning to assassinate the US Ambassador to South Africa, Lana Marks, in retaliation for America’s assassination of its General Qassem Soleimani, news agencies reported. Spokesman of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Saeed Khatibzadeh, said: “We


Pakistan detains a suspect in rape of mother on a highway

Pakistani police on Sunday said they have arrested one of two suspects in the rape of a woman who was dragged from her car and attacked in front of her children after her car broke down on a desolate highway in central Punjab province.The police said the woman had locked her car doors when she ran


Afghan Taliban step up attacks despite start of peace talks

Afghanistan witnessed a significant increase in Taliban attacks since the first ever direct peace negotiations between the insurgents and the government began in Doha on Saturday, according to an Afghan security report. The Ministry of Defense said on Sunday that the Taliban carried out attacks i


Tehran tested US mettle over the Aramco attacks

The missile and drone attack on Saudi oil production on September 14 last year left Iran sensing it had received a return on the investment it had made in Yemen’s Houthis. It happened after a series of explosions in oil tankers in the Gulf in May and June 2019 that Saudi Arabia and the US b


Turkey DM: 'Greece violates international agreements by arming 18 islands'

Greece’s violation of international treaties by arming 18 Aegean islands serves only to escalate tensions and sabotage dialogue, Turkey’s top defense official said Sunday, Anadolu Agency reported. Greece should put aside ‘provocative behavior’ that raises tension


Qatar ruler meets Afghan, Taliban delegations during peace talks in Doha

 Qatar's ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani met representatives of both the Afghan government and the Taliban to wish them success during peace talks taking place in the Gulf state, Qatar state media reported on Sunday. Talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban began in the



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