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Turkey's Erdogan to visit Iran amid tension over KRG independence referendum

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Iran in October, amid rising tension over Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) independence referendum on Sept. 25, local media said Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/18 1:25:30

Khamenei warns US over ‘wrong move’ on nuke deal

Iran will not be bullied by the United States and will react strongly to any “wrong move” by Washington on Tehran’s nuclear deal, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday.
Source: Reuters | 2017/9/17 22:58:39

Hamas agrees to resolve split with Fatah

Hamas said Sunday it had agreed to steps toward resolving a decade-long split with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah, announcing it would dissolve a body seen as a rival government and was ready to hold elections.
Source: Reuters | 2017/9/17 22:53:39

Palestinians welcome reconciliation efforts by Hamas

Palestinian political factions welcome move by Islamic Hamas movement to end split for reconciliation, a statement said on Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/17 20:06:41

3 suicide bombers killed in attack on US forces in northern Iraq

Three suicide bombers on Sunday attacked the US forces in northern Iraq and they were killed by the US troops, a Kurdish official website said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/17 17:52:10

Iraqi forces launch anti-IS operation near border with Syria

The Iraqi forces on Saturday launched an operation to clear the desert area near the border with Syria from the Islamic State (IS) militants, the Iraqi military said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/16 16:36:44

Russia, Turkey, Iran to send 1,500 military police to de-escalation zone in Syria's Idlibe

Russia, Turkey and Iran which held the latest round of peace talks on Syria on Thursday and Friday have agreed to each contribute 500 military police to be deployed in the de-escalation zone in Syria's Idlibe province.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/16 13:29:32

Turkey's S-400 deal signals closer ties with Russia but no alternative to NATO

NATO member Turkey has signed an agreement with Russia on advanced S-400 missile defense system, a multi-billion deal that signals closer ties with Moscow amid tensions with its fellow allies.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/16 10:06:22

Russian envoy urges US to stay in Iran nuclear deal

Russia's UN envoy Vassily Nebenzia on Friday asked the United States to stay in an international agreement with Iran over Iran's nuclear program.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/16 8:04:46

Kurdish parliament approves independence referendum on Sept. 25

The parliament of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan on Friday approved the independence referendum to be held on Sept. 25.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/16 6:59:53

Qatar says ready to solve crisis through dialogue

The Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said that he is ready to sit at a negotiating table to solve the 100 days long regional crisis in Berlin, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported on Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/16 2:18:33

Arab League condemns twin terror attacks in Iraq

Arab League (AL) Chief Ahmed Aboul-Gheit on Friday condemned the twin attacks that killed 83 people in southern Iraq.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/15 20:05:10

83 people killed, 93 wounded in twin deadly attacks in southern Iraq

Up to 83 people were killed and 93 wounded on Thursday in coordinated attacks of a car bomb and a gunfire near the city of Nasriyah in Iraq's southern province of Dhi Qar, a provincial medical source said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/15 9:41:40

Russian submarines fire 7 cruise missiles at vital IS targets in Syria

Two Russian submarines fired seven Kalibr sea-based cruise missiles at crucial facilities of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria from underwater position in the eastern Mediterranean, the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/15 0:57:59

Iraq, Turkey step up pressure over Kurd vote

Iraq and Turkey on Thursday stepped up the pressure on Iraqi Kurdistan over its planned independence referendum, as the governor of oil-rich Kirkuk province that decided to take part in the vote was sacked.
Source: AFP | 2017/9/14 23:28:40

Defensive angle

Fighters from the Islamist rebel faction al-Rahman Corps guard a lookout point on the frontlines in Ain Tarma, at a rebel stronghold east of the Syrian capital Damascus on Thursday. Photo: AFP
Source: AFP | 2017/9/14 23:18:40

UN official urges Palestinian parties to seize positive momentum to reach agreement

The United Nations urged the Palestinian parties on Wednesday to "seize the current positive momentum and reach an agreement on national unity."
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/13 21:18:09

Saudi calls on citizens to report terrorism through social media

Saudi public security Wednesday called on citizens to use social media to report suspected terrorist activities, Al Akhbariya TV channel reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/13 16:24:19