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Lebanon warns Israel over ‘dangerous’ gas exploration bid

President Michel Aoun has warned Israel against its “extremely dangerous” bid to explore oil and gas on Lebanon’s maritime border, parts of which are claimed by the regime, saying the Arab country will not allow any violation of its territorial waters. Aoun’s warning came a day after Israel approved a …

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Saudi support for US push to renew Iran arms ban bitter joke: Tehran

Iran says it is bitterly sarcastic to witness certain warmongering Persian Gulf Arab states throwing their weight behind the US drive to extend a UN arms embargo on the Islamic Republic, adding these states need to understand that submission to America will not make the region secure. Foreign Ministry Spokesman …

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US Attempts to Extend UN Arms Ban to Fail: Iran’s Spokesman

TEHRAN: Washington’s attempts to extend the arms embargoes against the Islamic Republic will fail as Tehran’s consultations with other members of the Security Council show they are all against this move, the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman said. Speaking in a press briefing on Monday, Seyed Abbas Mousavi said Iran predicts …

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Iran, France Finalize Date to Read Black Box of Ukrainian Plane

TEHRAN: Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Mohsen Baharvand said Iran and France have finalized the date to read the black box of a Ukrainian plane that was mistakenly downed near Tehran. “The Iranian Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) has done the necessary correspondence with the air accident …

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Lebanese Foreign Ministry summons US ambassador

The Lebanese media reported on Sunday that the Lebanese Foreign Ministry sent a special summons to the U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon, Dorothy Shea, in light of the related events that took place on Saturday. LBCI reported that the Lebanese Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti summoned the American Ambassador to the Lebanese …

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Iran and Hezbollah are pushing Israel to the brink: Lieberman

The former Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said that Iran and Lebanese Hezbollah are pushing Israel to the brink. In an interview with Maariv on Friday, the former Israeli Defense Minister had expressed his concern about Iran possessing enriched uranium, which he said is eight times the permitted amount according …

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Iraq launches operations against ISIL in Diyala

TEHRAN: The Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced the launch of new security operations against the remnants of ISIL forces in Diyala Governorate. In an interview with Al-Maaloma, an informed source said that military operations were launched against the remnants of ISIL in Abu Khanazir in the northeast of Diyala Governorate. According to …

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Saudi-led coalition continues to prevent 22 Ships from reaching Yemen

TEHRAN: The forces of the US-Saudi aggression continue to detain 22 ships with more than 536 tons of oil derivatives and prevent them from reaching the port of Hodeidah despite obtaining international permits. A source in Hodeidah port told Almasirah on Sunday that ships, seized by the aggression, carry more …

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