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Aftermath of Iran-Iraq border earthquake

A woman cries after an earthquake in Sarpol-e Zahab city, western Iran, Nov. 14, 2017. A magnitude 7.3 earthquake jolted the Iran-Iraq border area Sunday, causing the deaths of at least 445 people while injuring more than 7,000.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/15 10:12:01

Jordan stresses on Japan's role in Mideast issues

Jordan on Tuesday stressed on the importance of Japan's role in regional issues in the Middle East including the peace process, the state-run Petra news agency reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/15 7:53:04

Saudi-led airstrikes destroy air navigation system of Yemen's capital airport: spokesman

Saudi-led coalition launched three airstrikes on the main civil airport north of Yemen's capital Sanaa on Tuesday, completely destroying the airport's air navigation system, the airport's spokesman Mazin Ghanim told Xinhua.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/15 7:51:51

Turkey slams US-backed deal for permitting IS to withdraw from Raqqa

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim slammed on Tuesday the US over backing the alleged deal between People's Protection Units (YPG) and the Islamic State (IS) in Syria's Raqqa.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/15 7:49:53

Iran's Rouhani inspects quake damages, pledges compensation to losses

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday travelled to Iran's western Kermanshah province to inspect the damage and rescue operations in the regions hit by a deadly earthquake on Sunday night, state TV reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/15 7:49:29

Lebanese PM should "return freely" to "close period of uncertainty": French PM

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Tuesday said that his Lebanese counterpart Saad Al-Hariri should "return freely" to Lebanon to preserve the country's stability and to avoid a fresh crisis in a region already marred by civil wars and tense conflicts.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/15 7:49:08

Key ports for humanitarian shipments to Yemen remain closed: UN

Two key ports for humanitarian shipments to Yemen have remained closed since Nov. 6, bringing famine closer to Yemenis, said the United Nations on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/15 7:47:53

Millions at risk in Yemen due to second week of border closures: UN official

The top humanitarian official in Yemen warned Tuesday that millions of people in the country remain at severe risk due to the worsening situation in the country due to the closure of land, sea and air borders.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/15 7:44:53

US security officials arrive in Israel to discuss Syria agreement

Officials with the US National Security Council arrived in Israel on Tuesday to discuss with their Israeli counterparts the recent US-Russian truce agreement for Syria, officials and media said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/15 7:43:27

Iran's oilfield, petrochem plants survive strong earthquake: report

Production activities at Iran's Azar oilfield and petrochemical plants in the western provinces have not been affected by the deadly 7.3 magnitude earthquake on Sunday night, Financial Tribune daily reported on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/15 1:49:37

China ready to offer assistance to Iran, Iraq over earthquake: FM spokesman

China on Tuesday expressed its deep concern and sympathy to quake-hit Iran and Iraq, saying it stood ready to offer assistance.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/15 1:41:49

Protesters demand Libyan parliament to dismiss head of Audit Bureau

Dozens of demonstrators on Tuesday protested outside the Libyan parliament in the eastern city of Tobruk to demand the dismissal of Omar Al-Bar'asi, head of the Audit Bureau, accusing him of financial and administrative corruption.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/15 1:22:03

War-torn Syria signs Paris climate accord

Syria has officially signed up to the Paris Agreement, the UN said Tuesday, leaving the US as the only country to reject the global climate-rescue pact.
Source: AFP | 2017/11/14 23:33:39

Iran ends rescue operations as major earthquake kills 530

Iranian officials called off rescue operations, saying there was little chance of finding more survivors from the earthquake that shook parts of western Iran on Sunday, killing at least 530 people, state media said on Tuesday.
Source: Reuters | 2017/11/14 23:28:40

Classes must go on

Syrian displaced children attend a class at a makeshift school in the southern city of Daraa on Tuesday. Conflicts between government and rebel have caused hundreds of thousands of children displaced. According to reports on Tuesday, new air strikes that ripped through a market in a rebel-held Syrian town have killed 61 people, mostly civilians.
Source: AFP | 2017/11/14 23:28:39

A future in rubble

An earthquake survivor sits on debris in front of his collapsed house in a compound in Iran on Tuesday. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says his administration will investigate the cause of massive damage to buildings constructed under a state-owned program after a powerful earthquake hit the area along the border with Iraq on Sunday which killed over 500 people. Photo: AP
Source: AP | 2017/11/14 23:23:40

Saudi king hosts head of Lebanese Maronites

Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Tuesday hosted the head of the Lebanese Maronite church, a historic first at a time when Riyadh is stepping up the pressure on Iran-backed Hezbollah.
Source: AFP | 2017/11/14 22:18:40

Rouhani inspects Iran quake damages and mourns 445 dead

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday travelled to Iran's western Kermanshah province to inspect the damage and rescue operations in the regions hit by a deadly earthquake on Sunday night, state TV reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/14 21:36:09