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Lebanon vows to protect sovereignty amid border dispute with Israel

Lebanese President Michel Aoun reaffirmed on Wednesday Lebanon's strong commitment to protecting its land and maritime sovereignty, highlighting the need to draw its borders with Israel.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/16 9:09:55

Palestinians assert right to return on 71st anniversary of Nakba Day

The Palestinians marked on Wednesday the 71st anniversary of the Nakba Day, or "Day of the Catastrophe," the day after Israel declared its independence in 1948.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/16 9:07:42

Iran's Supreme Leader says US will retreat without conflict

Iran's Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said that US will retreat from the current escalation without conflict, adding that there is no need to negotiate with Washington.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency | 2019/5/16 8:48:14

Iran attends Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations

The Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations (CDAC) started work in presence of officials from 47 Asian countries including Iran in Beijing, China.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency | 2019/5/16 8:43:26

Marc Wilmots in Tehran to lead Iran national team

Former Belgian football player Marc Wilmots who is supposed to be the head coach of Iranian national football team arrived in Tehran early on Wednesday.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency | 2019/5/16 8:40:56

Still controversial

Israeli and US flags are projected on the walls of the ramparts of Jerusalem's Old City, to mark one year since the transfer of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Wednesday.
Source: AFP | 2019/5/15 21:48:42

US orders embassy exodus

The US on Wednesday ordered all non-emergency staff to leave its embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Arbil, as tensions mount between the US and Iraq's neighbor Iran.
Source: AFP | 2019/5/15 21:48:41

US military says on high alert in Iraq, Syria over threats from Iran

The US military said on Wednesday that the US forces are on high alert in Iraq and Syria over fears of "imminent threats" from Iran-backed forces in the region.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/15 19:05:14

2 Saudi oil pipeline booster stations targeted by drone attacks

Saudi Arabia announced Tuesday that two of its oil pipeline booster stations were targeted by drone attacks, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/15 12:46:16

UN deputy chief calls for inequality reduction, inclusive development

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on Tuesday highlighted the importance of Sustainable Development Goal 10 on reducing the scourge inequality within and among countries.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/15 12:44:36

Trump dismisses report about US considering sending 120,000 troops to combat Iran

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday dismissed a New York Times report about US top security officials reviewing a plan to send as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East to counter Iran.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/15 12:41:22

UNGA president calls for social structural transformation to end inequality

To put an end to inequality is a colossal challenge that requires collective solutions and a deep and structural transformation in societies, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) President Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces said on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/15 12:39:52

Sudan condemns drone attacks on Saudi oil pumping stations

Sudan's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday strongly condemned the drone attacks on two oil pipeline pumping stations in Saudi Arabia.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/15 12:27:59

Egypt condemns drone attacks against Saudi oil pipeline booster stations

Egypt condemned on Tuesday the attacks by explosive-laden drones on two oil pipeline booster stations in Saudi Arabia.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/15 12:25:37

Iran's top leader rules out talks with US

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday ruled out any talks with the US government over the disputed issues, Tasnim news agency reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/15 10:05:29

Saudi Arabia says attack on Riyadh oil facilities an 'act of terrorism'

Saudi Arabia said explosive-laden drones had struck oil pumping stations in the Riyadh region on Tuesday in what it called an act of terrorism two days after Saudi oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.
Source: AFP | 2019/5/14 21:48:41

UN looks to official verification of Yemen rebel withdrawals from Red Sea ports

With the first rebel redeployment in the demilitarization plan for Red Sea ports in Yemen, a United Nations spokesman said on Monday that the focus now is on removal of military materials and de-mining before official verification of the withdrawals.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/14 15:10:35

UNESCO conference emphasizes need for sustainable water security

The first UNESCO International Water Conference, which aims to present innovative solutions to problems related to the governance and management of water, opened here on Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/14 15:08:51