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Lebanese protest

A protester poses in front of burning tires in Beirut, capital of Lebanon on Wednesday. The country ended a painful wait by unveiling a new cabinet line-up, but the government was promptly scorned by protesters and faces the Herculean task of saving a collapsing economy. Photo: AFP
Source: Global Times | 2020/1/22 23:08:41

2 missiles fired at Ukraine airliner

Iran has confirmed two missiles were fired at a Ukrainian airliner brought down this month, in a catastrophic error that killed all 176 people on board and sparked protests.
Source: AFP | 2020/1/21 22:33:41

South Korea rethinks patrols off Iran

South Korea's military said on Tuesday it plans to expand the deployment of an anti-piracy unit now operating off the coast of Africa to the area around the Strait of Hormuz, after the US pressed for help to guard oil tankers.
Source: Reuters | 2020/1/21 20:48:40

3 rockets land near US embassy in Iraq's Baghdad

Three Katyusha rockets on Monday landed near the US embassy in the heavily fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad, an Interior Ministry official said.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/21 8:59:00

Iran to leave NPT if nuke case sent to UN Security Council: FM

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday that the Islamic republic will leave the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in case the nuclear case of the country is sent to the UN Security Council.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/21 7:51:59

Iran says nuclear deal not dead yet

Iran said Monday that it had not closed the door to negotiations to resolve a dispute over its nuclear agreement with world powers that has escalated since 2018 when the US withdrew from the deal.
Source: Global Times | 2020/1/20 22:48:40

UN envoy to Yemen condemns Houthi missile attack on Marib's military camp

The UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths on Sunday condemned a missile attack on a government military camp in the Yemeni northeastern province of Marib.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/20 13:52:31

UK, France reiterate commitment to upholding Iran nuclear deal

Britain and France on Sunday reaffirmed their commitment to the Iran nuclear deal while acknowledging the need to define a long-term framework to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, said a Downing Street spokesperson.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/20 13:48:59

2,400 Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters reach Libya: monitor

As many as 2,400 Turkey-backed Syrian rebels have so far reached Libya to fight against the east-based army led by Khalifa Haftar, a war monitor reported Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/20 8:42:58

Iran warns of repercussions for IAEA over Euro moves

Iran's parliamentary speaker on Sunday warned of unspecified repercussions for the UN's nuclear watchdog if European nations that launched a dispute mechanism against the Islamic republic act “unfairly.”
Source: AFP | 2020/1/19 22:13:41

Iran FM rules out negotiation over new nuke deal

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif ruled out the possibility of any negotiation over a new nuclear deal, Tehran Times daily reported Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/19 8:09:09

US imposes sanctions on Iran's IRGC general

The US State Department said Saturday that it had imposed sanctions on a brigadier general of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/19 7:52:37

'Khamenei should be careful with what he says'

US President Donald Trump said Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei should be very careful about what he says after Khamenei harshly criticized the US in a Friday prayers sermon in Tehran.
Source: AFP | 2020/1/18 21:08:40

Iran's FM warns against "politicizing" Ukrainian plane crash

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday warned against any attempt to politicize the recent Ukrainian passenger plane crash in the outskirt of capital Tehran, state TV reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/18 20:56:46

Greece ready to help Libya's post-conflict transition: FM

Greece is ready to help Libya going forward once a solution is found to the conflict there, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias told the press here on Friday following his meeting with Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA).
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/18 20:53:09

Trump warns Iranian supreme leader to be 'very careful with his words'

US President Donald Trump fired back Friday evening at Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who earlier had mocked him as a "clown" - then in a subsequent tweet Trump said Iran's leaders "should abandon terror and Make Iran Great Again!"
Source: CGTN | 2020/1/18 20:06:47

Turkey sends troops to Libya ahead of Berlin conference

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that his country is deploying troops in Libya to ensure the stability of the UN-backed government in Tripoli, a move aiming to influence the upcoming Berlin peace talks, experts said.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/17 23:22:18

Iran's top leader says US assassination of Soleimani "cowardice" act

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday said that the US assassination of Iran's Quds commander, Qassem Soleimani, was a "cowardice act" which hurt its superpower prestige.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/17 23:01:17