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Iraqi Politician Uncovers Israeli-UAE Plot Against Iraq, Detained by UAE

BAGHDAD: An Iraqi politician has been detained by the United Arab Emirates after uncovering an Israeli-Emirati plot targeting his country, according to reports. Izzat Shabandar, an Iraqi political figure and former lawmaker, was arrested in the UAE earlier this week under orders from the UAE’s “highest-ranking authorities”, pan-Arab al-Mayadeen news …

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Iranians rally to support establishment as riots contained

TEHRAN: There was disappointment in Washington when recent violent riots in Iran that sought to take advantage of protests over a gasoline price hike ended within 48 hours, says deputy commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC). “Based on information we have received, the Americans have gone mad that …

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YPC: US-Saudi Aggression Continues to Detain Tankers

SANA’A: Yemen Petroleum Company (YPC) announced on Thursday that the US-Saudi aggression continues to detain five tankers and prevent them from reaching the port of Hodeidah, while only one tanker was allowed to enter the port. “The coalition of aggression continues to detain tankers and prevent them from reaching the …

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Iran summons Swiss envoy to protest US support for rioters amid fuel price hike

TEHRAN: Tehran has summoned the Swiss ambassador, whose country represents US interests in Iran, to protest Washington’s interference in the Islamic Republic’s internal affairs. Markus Leitner was summoned to the Iranian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday to receive an official protest note regarding the US’s expression of support for a series …

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FM spokesman advises Pompeo to drop 18th-century ideas

TEHRAN: The spokesman for Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abbas Mousavi on Thursday advised the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to clean his mind from the ideas which actually belonged to the 18th-century that let authorities consider themselves beyond the rights and international laws. Mousavi severely condemned the recent …

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US Threatens Egypt With Sanctions Over Russian Arms Deal

WASHINGTON: Egypt’s purchase of Russian fighter jets puts it at risk of US sanctions and endangers future acquisitions of US equipment, a US state department official said on Monday, Reuters reported. “This is something they [Egypt] already know: it puts them at risk of sanctions and it puts them at …

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Iran-Pakistan ties ‘valuable asset’ for both nations: Rouhani

TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined the significance of deepening bilateral relations between Iran and Pakistan, calling for all-out efforts to widen the range of cooperation between the two neighbors. “Close relations between the Iranian and Pakistani nations is a valuable asset that can be used to further develop relations …

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Palestinians censure US policy shift on Israeli settlements

JERUSALEM: Palestinian officials have lashed out at the administration of US President Donald Trump for breaking with decades of American policy against Israeli settlements build on occupied Palestinian land, describing it as yet another blow to international law. Speaking on Monday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington was …

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