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PM Abbasi, Iran’s FM agree on increasing bilateral trade to $5 billion

ISLAMABAD -UNS : Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif Monday called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at Prime Minister Office. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi emphasised the need for Pakistan and Iran to work together ‘in all earnest’ to reach the $5 billion trade target …

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Turkey part of ‘triangle of evil’: Saudi prince

CAIRO -UNS: Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has described Turkey as part of a “triangle of evil” along with Iran and hardline Islamist groups, Egypt’s Al-Shorouk newspaper reported on Wednesday. The Saudi prince also accused Turkey of trying to reinstate the Islamic …

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Iraq orders seizure of assets belonging to Saddam Hussein, former officials

BAGHDAD (AFP) – Iraq has ordered the seizure of assets that belonged to executed dictator Saddam Hussein and more than 4,200 officials from his former regime, an official statement said Monday. The list of ex-regime bosses was drawn up by the Iraqi agency charged with …

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Nuclear technology clock starts ticking in Middle East

By James M. Dorsey The Middle East’s nuclear technology clock is ticking as nations pursue peaceful capabilities that potentially leave the door open to future military options. Concern about a nuclear arms race is fuelled by uncertainty over the future of Iran’s 2015 nuclear agreement, …

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King Salman sacks chief of staff in major military shake-up

Saudi King Salman has sacked the military chief of staff and a host of other commanders in a major shake-up, state media said Monday citing a series of royal decrees. “Termination of the services of General Abdul Rahman bin Saleh al-Bunyan, Chief of Staff,” the …

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Turkey sends special forces into Syria’s Afrin for ‘new fight’

ANKARA -UNS : Turkey has sent special forces into the Syrian region of Afrin in anticipation of urban fighting in its operation against a Kurdish militia, Ankara said on Monday. Turkey on January 20 started an offensive supporting Syrian rebels against the US-backed People’s Protection …

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Israel’s 70th anniversary:US to open Jerusalem embassy in May

WASHINGTON -UNS : The United States said Friday it will relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in May, bringing forward the contested move to coincide with the Jewish state’s 70th birthday — and enraging Palestinians, who called it a “blatant provocation.” Palestinians object to …

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Women in KSA to start own business without male permission

RIYADH (AFP) – Women in Saudi Arabia can now open their own businesses without the consent of a husband or male relative, as the kingdom pushes to expand a fast-growing private sector. The policy change, announced by the Saudi government on Thursday, also marks a …

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66 killed in Irani Plane crash

TEHRAN -UNS-AFP – An Iranian passenger plane on a domestic flight crashed into the country s Zagros mountains on Sunday killing all 66 people on board, officials said. The Aseman Airlines flight left Tehran s Mehrabad airport around 0800 (0430 GMT) for the city of …

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Israel jet crashes after ‘Iranian targets’ attacked in Syria

JERUSALEM: An Israeli F-16 fighter jet crashed in Israel Saturday as the air force was carrying out attacks against “Iranian targets” in Syria after intercepting a drone, a spokesman said. “IDF (Israel Defence Force) has targeted the Iranian control systems in Syria that sent the …

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