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Iran’s Judiciary: Arrests made over downing of Ukraine jetliner

TEHRAN: Iran’s Judiciary says a number of arrests have been made in connection with the recent downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane nearTehran, which killed all 176 on board. Gholam-Hossein Esmaili, the Judiciary’s spokesman, said on Tuesday that special commissions had been set up by the General Staff of the …

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Human error not to undermine IRGC salient achievements: Army chief

TEHRAN: The Commander of Iran’s Army Major General Seyyed Abdolrahim Mousavi said that the human error in the downing of the Ukrainian plane will not undermine the salient achievements made by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). He made the remarks on Tue. in a local ceremony and expressed his …

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NGOs boycott pre-G20 meetings in Saudi Arabia over rights violations

RIYADH: Three prominent international NGOs have boycotted meetings that Saudi Arabia is holding with civil society groups ahead of the annual Group of Twenty (G20) Summit, saying the Riyadh regime is trying to “whitewash its dire human rights record” by hosting such events. In a joint statement issued on Monday, …

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Syria awards top military medal to Martyr Soleimani

TEHRAN: The Syrian Arab Republic has awarded Martyr Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani with its top military medal. The medal, accompanied by a statement signed by Syrian Preside Bashar Assad, was delivered to the Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami on Monday in a meeting that he had with his …

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Iraq negotiating with Russia to buy S-300 missile system: Top Iraqi lawmaker

BAGHDAD: A senior Iraqi legislator says Baghdad is in talks with Moscow to purchase Russian-built long-range, surface-to-air S-300 missile defense systems. The head of the Security and Defense Committee in the Iraqi parliament, Mohammad Reza, told the Arabic service of Russia’s Sputnik news agency in an exclusive interview on Thursday …

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Syrian air defenses down hostile drone in Hama province

DAMASCUS: Syrian government forces have captured and dismantled an unmanned aerial vehicle launched by “terrorists” in the west-central province of Hama. Syria’s official news agency SANA said that that air defense units foiled an aerial aggression attempt on Wednesday evening after they detected and intercepted a hostile drone as it …

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Bahrain court re-imposes death penalty for two pro-democracy activists

MANAMA: Bahrain’s top criminal court has upheld the death penalty of two pro-democracy activists who were convicted based on torture-tainted “confessions”. On Wednesday, the High Criminal Court of Appeals upheld the previous sentencing of Mohammed Ramadhan, 37, and Hussein Moosa, 33, who were convicted in 2014 for their alleged involvement …

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Zarif to Trump: It’s people, not ‘beautiful’ arms that rule world

TEHRAN: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif slams US President Donald Trump for constantly bragging about the size of the US military and its advanced equipment, reminding him that it is people, not “beautiful military equipment,” that rule the world. In a post on his Twitter account on Thursday, Zarif …

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