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Iran protests against Georgia forcing women passengers to remove scarf

Iran protested against Georgian police's "disrespect" for a number of Iranian female passengers at the Tbilisi airport to remove their scarves, Tasnim news agency reported on Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/17 19:34:54

US Treasury chief threatens more sanctions on Turkey if pastor not released

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday that the United States would slap more sanctions on Turkey if a detained American pastor was not released.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/17 9:14:47

Russian airbase in Syria destroys 45 drones over past month: ministry

Russia's Hmeimim airbase in Syria has intercepted a total of 45 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in the last month, the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/17 8:24:26

Iraq launches airstrike on IS command center in Syria

Iraqi Air Force has carried out an airstrike on a command center of the Islamic State (IS) militants inside Syria near the border with Iraq, the Iraqi military said Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/17 8:21:33

Over 1.7 million visas for Hajj pilgrims issued by Saudi diplomatic missions

Saudi Arabia announced Thursday that more than 1.7 million visas for Hajj pilgrims have been issued by its diplomatic missions abroad.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/17 8:10:12

US rolls out Iran Action Group to pressure Iran

US State Department on Thursday announced the creation of the Iran Action Group (IAG) to execute the administration's Iran strategy and pressure the country to change its behaviors.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/17 8:07:50

Seeking divine intervention

Muslims pray at a mosque in Istanbul on Wednesday. The Turkish government's framing of its problems as an epic battle for sovereignty against outside enemies, particularly US President Donald Trump, resonates among core supporters, even as fears grow that a further decline in the value of the Turkish lira could threaten bankruptcies.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/17 0:08:40

Qatar pledges 15 bln USD funds for Turkey hit by currency plunge

Qatar has pledged to inject 15 billion US dollars into Turkey's economy hit by a currency plunge amid its escalating row with the United States, to show support for a regional ally.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/16 22:38:13

Security forces kill 2 IS suicide bombers in central Iraq

Iraqi security forces killed two Islamic State (IS) suicide bombers and wounded another on Wednesday in an operation in Iraq's central province of Salahudin, the Iraqi military said.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/16 8:42:27

Abbas reaffirms rejection of US peace plan for Mideast

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reaffirmed on Wednesday that the Palestinians reject the new peace plan proposed by the United States, known as "Deal of the Century."
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/16 8:39:23

Israel sees decline in new start-ups: report

The number of start-ups in Israel has been gradually declining in recent years, according to figures released Wednesday by SNC (Start Up Nation Central) organization.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/16 6:32:21

US trying to get 'surrender' via sanctions, says Iran VP

The United States is trying to make Iran surrender through the imposition of sanctions, Iranian vice president Eshaq Jahangiri said on Wednesday.
Source: Reuters | 2018/8/15 22:28:42

US not to intervene in Canada-Saudi Arabia diplomatic row

The United States on Tuesday tacitly ruled out intervening in the current diplomatic spat between Canada and Saudi Arabia, though it said it supported free speech.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/15 14:08:47

40 children among victims killed in airstrike on Yemen's school bus: Red Cross

International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) said Tuesday that 40 children were among 51 people killed in a recent airstrike on a school bus in Yemen's northern province of Saada.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/15 8:51:10

Iran urges active role of private sector in countering US "economic war"

The private sector should play an important role in countering the "economic war" launched against Iran by the US administration, a top security official said in Tehran on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/15 7:40:13

Syria declares border crossing with Jordan ready to receive Syrian refugees

The recently captured Nasib border crossing between Syria and Jordan is ready to receive Syrian refugees' return from Jordan, state news agency SANA reported Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/14 18:13:46

Iran unveils new homemade ballistic missile

Iran's Defense Ministry on Monday unveiled a new homemade ballistic missile, which can "evade radars and hit targets with pinpoint accuracy," Tasnim news agency reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/14 8:37:01

Thick dust disrupts life in SE Iran

Dust concentration in Iran's southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan has reached the risky level to disrupt people's lives, a provincial official said Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/14 8:35:49