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Moscow Islamic Center hosting mourning ceremonies in Muharram

MOSCOW (Web Desk) The Islamic Center of Moscow plays host to mourning ceremonies in Muharram.The events mark the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS) and his faithful companions in the 680 AD Battle of Karbala.The followers of Ahl-ul-Bayt take part in the ceremonies during the first ten days of Muharram. …

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Russia rejects claim of targeting civilians in Syria

MOSCOW (Web Desk) Russia has rejected a recent allegation by a shadowy monitoring group that Moscow has conducted air raids on civilian-populated areas in Syria.The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which is based in the United Kingdom, recently claimed that it had documented “intense airstrikes” by Russian and …

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Russia violating int’l law in Crimea: UN

GENEVA (Web Desk) The UN human rights office said in a report on Monday that Russia is violating international law in Crimea,including by imposing Russian citizenship on its people and deliberately transferring hundreds of prisoners and detainees to prisons in Russia.The report, drawn up under an existing request from Ukraine’s …

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Russia to set up new military base in eastern Syria

MOSCOW (Web Desk) Western media sources reported that Russia is about to establish a new military base in Deir Ezzur that will be the Russian forces’ largest base in the war-hit country after Humeimim airbase in Lattakia.The Arabic-language al-Ahd news website quoted western media sources as reporting that Russia is …

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Russia says 850 Takfiri militants killed in Syria’s Idlib

MOSCOW (Web Desk) Russia’s General Staff says about 850 Takfiri militants have been killed as the Syrian forces, backed by Russian warplanes, repelled an attack by militants in a “de-escalation zone” in the Syrian province of Idlib.The Russian General Staff said in a statement on Wednesday that the Jabhat Fateh …

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Russia ‘to urge US to stay in Iran nuclear deal’

MOSCOW (Web Desk) Russia plans to convey a message to the United States asking Washington to stay in a 2015 multilateral deal with Iran.Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Vasily Nebenzya said on Friday that Moscow would be delivering the message in a likely meeting of the parties to …

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Syria forces ignore US-backed militants, advance past Euphrates

MOSCOW (Web Desk) Russia says Syrian government forces have crossed the Euphrates River in their push to liberate the Dayr al-Zawr Province from Daesh, ignoring a warning by a ragtag group of militants that receives US backing.Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday that the Syrian army was …

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Russia: West whipping up hysteria around drills

MOSCOW (Web Desk) Russia has criticized the West for “whipping up hysteria” about ongoing joint military exercises by Russian and Belarusian forces.The exercises, code-named Zapad (West) 2017, started on Thursday and will last until September 20.We believe that whipping up hysteria around these exercises is a provocation,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry …

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Russia launches military drills with Belarus, causing alarm

MOSCOW (Web Desk) Russia is set to launch major joint military drills with Belarus on Thursday, amid continuing tensions between Moscow and NATO.The large-scale drills, called Zapad (West) 2017, are scheduled to be held from September 14 to 20 around the Baltic Sea, in western Russia, Belarus, and the Russian …

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