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Saudi airports come under fresh retaliatory raids by Yemen

SANA’A: Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah forces have carried out fresh retaliatory strikes against military sites in Saudi Arabia’s Abha and Jizan airports after bypassing the kingdom’s air defenses. During the attacks on Thursday night, drones operated by the Yemeni resistance forces once again targeted aircraft hangars and other military positions inside …

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Erdogan says he is open to mediate talks between US and Iran

ANKARA: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said that he’s willing to accept an offer to mediate talks between Iran and the US to ease rising tension in the Middle East. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s attempts failed to find a common ground in de-escalating tensions between the US …

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Yemeni forces say they have intercepted Saudi-led reconnaissance drone

SANA’A: Yemeni army forces, supported by allied fighters from the Popular Committees, have intercepted and targeted an unmanned aerial vehicle belonging to the Saudi-led military coalition as it was flying in the skies over Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border region of Jizan. An unnamed source in the Yemeni air defense forces …

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Netanyahu threatens Gaza with ‘large-scale military operation’

TEL AVIV: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened a “large-scale” military offensive against the Gaza Strip. Netanyahu claimed Wednesday that Israel wants to “restore calm,” but “same time we are preparing for a large-scale military operation, if such an action is required.” “Those are my instructions to the army,” …

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Protesters at UN offices in Tehran urge Zakzaky’s release

TEHRAN: A large group of protesters have gathered in front of the United Nations offices in the Iranian capital to demand the immediate release of top Nigerian Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, who is still being kept in government prisons despite suffering from major health issues. During the gathering on …

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Hajj is a political religious obligation: Imam Khamenei

TEHRAN: As the time for Abrahamic rituals of Hajj approaches— the time when people leave for Mecca to perform Hajj— organizers and officials of Iran’s Hajj organization met with the Leader of the Revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei on Monday July 3, 2019. The following is the extract of the statements his …

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Hundreds of Ethiopian Israelis protest police violence

TEL AVIV: Demonstrators in Tel Aviv blocked a major highway and other main intersections on roads around the country, protesting systematic discrimination by police toward the community. Hundreds of Israelis protested Tuesday against alleged police brutality toward Ethiopian Israelis across the country after police shot dead an Ethiopian Israeli teen. …

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Senior aid to Iran FM holds talks with Syrian officials

TEHRAN: Iranian Foreign Minister’s Senior Aid of Special Political Affairs Ali Asghar Khaji met and held talks with senior Syrian officials in Damascus on Tuesday. In a meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem, the two sides stressed the need for enhanced coordination and consultations between the two countries regarding …

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Iran to comply with JCPOA in European fashion: Zarif

TEHRAN: “Iran is committed to the full implementation of the #JCPOA: as long as E3/EU implement THEIR economic commitments,” Zarif tweeted on Tuesday night. He went on to add, “So moving forward, Iran will comply with its commitments under the JCPOA in exactly the same manner as the EU/E3 have—and …

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