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Iran shrugs off US threat of imposing "toughest sanctions"

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Monday dismissed the US threats of imposing the "toughest sanctions" on the Islamic republic, according to Iran's presidential website.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/22 9:34:40

Iran to remain in Syria as long as Damascus needs: spokesman

Iran is in Syria at the demand of the Syrian government to fight terrorism, Iran's Forein Ministry spokesman said Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/22 0:21:08

Iran denies helps to Taliban in Afghanistan

Iran's Foreign Ministry on Monday denied the allegations that it helps a Taliban push in an Afghan province bordering Iran, state TV reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/22 0:18:45

US to pressure Iran with the 'strongest sanctions in history'

The US will increase the financial pressure on Iran with the "strongest sanctions in history," after Washington pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday.
Source: AFP | 2018/5/21 23:23:39

Officials say Palestinian president, 82, hospitalized

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was hospitalized in the West Bank on Sunday, doctors and Palestinian officials said, giving conflicting accounts of the leader's condition.
Source: Reuters | 2018/5/21 22:58:40

Syria army declares capital, outskirts safe, empty of rebels

The Syrian army on Monday declared the capital Damascus safe and empty of rebels, following the defeat of the Islamic State (IS) in areas south of Damascus, according to the state news agency SANA.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/21 22:46:37

Syrian army captures key IS stronghold south of Damascus

The Syrian army on Monday fully wrested control over the Hajar al-Aswad area, a key Islamic State (IS) stronghold south of the capital Damascus, according to the state TV.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/21 21:21:42

Iran says political sympathy of Europe with nuke deal "not enough"

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said here Sunday that the political support of the Europeans to the Iranian nuclear deal is "not enough."
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/21 0:12:55

Erdogan in Bosnia for only election stop allowed within EU

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Bosnia on Sunday to hold his only election rally outside Turkey, while other EU countries have banned such events ahead of Ankara's presidential and parlimentary elections next month.
Source: AFP | 2018/5/20 23:23:40

Cleric Sadr meets Iraq PM Abadi, hinting at coalition

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with Moqtada al-Sadr on Saturday, less than 24 hours after the Shi'ite cleric's bloc was declared winner of Iraq's parliamentary election, the clearest sign yet they could work together to form a coalition.
Source: Reuters | 2018/5/20 23:18:39

Holy month

Pakistani women showing their identity cards to get free food distribute during Ramadan in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Sunday. Muslims throughout the world are celebrating Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, refraining from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from sunrise to sunset. Photo: AP
Source: AP | 2018/5/20 22:58:40

IS fighters 'leaving final stronghold' in Syrian capital

A first batch of Islamic State group fighters left their final stronghold in Syria's capital early Sunday under a deal struck after weeks of fierce combat, a monitor said.
Source: AFP | 2018/5/20 22:58:40

Iran satisfied with EU talks over nuke deal: lawmaker

Iranian government is satisfied with the recent talks with its European partners over preserving the nuclear deal and securing Iran's interests, first vice speaker of the parliament said on Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/20 21:11:30

17 killed in N. Afghan fresh flooding: officials

At least 17 people were killed and 23 others wounded after heavy torrential rains caused fresh flooding in two Afghan northern provinces, authorities said Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/19 22:54:14

Kuwait circulates draft resolution urging Security Council to send int'l force to Gaza

Kuwait has circulated a draft resolution urging the UN Security Council to send international force to protect civilians in Gaza, diplomatic sources said here Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/19 13:48:00

Shiite cleric Sadr's coalition wins Iraq's parliamentary elections

The political coalition led by prominent Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr won most seats in Iraq's parliamentary election on May 12, the Iraqi electoral commission said Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/19 13:23:43

Lebanon urges world to respect its will to stay away from regional turmoil

Lebanese President Michel Aoun called Friday on the international community to respect the Lebanese will to stay away from the turmoil in the Middle East region, a statement by the president's media office said.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/19 9:08:29

Iran nuclear deal not perfect but better than no agreement: Merkel

The European Union (EU) has no intention to abandon the Iran nuclear deal after the US withdrawal from it, visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/19 9:04:59