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OPEC struggles for deal to ease oil supply cuts as Iran resists

By   /  June 22, 2018  /  Business  /  No Comments

VIENNA: OPEC will seek agreement on Friday to raise oil production despite opposition from Iran, which has threatened to block the move as it faces export-crippling US sanctions. OPEC’s de facto leader Saudi Arabia and non-OPEC Russia have said a production increase of about 1 million barrels per day (bpd) or around 1 percent of […]

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Germany’s Merkel calls for solutions to Iran’s “aggressive tendencies”

By   /  June 22, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

AMMAN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday said European countries shared concerns over Iran’s ballistic missile program and called for solutions to its “aggressive tendencies” in the Middle East. “Iran’s aggressive tendencies must not only be discussed, but rather we need solutions urgently,” she said after meeting Jordan’s King Abdullah in Amman. Germany remained party […]

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Iran’s President Rouhani clashes with General Soleimani over Revolutionary guards funding: Reports

By   /  June 20, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

LONDON: Iranian president Ali Rouhani clashed recently with General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Quds Brigade, over the Republican guard’s budget, according to Iranian media reports. An Iranian paper quoted by Al-Arabiya said that the verbal clash between the two leaders took place at a Eid Al-Fitr reception in Tehran. Solaimani is reported […]

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guard chief flays activists seeking talks with US

By   /  June 20, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

LONDON, TEHRAN: Iran has no plans to extend the range of its missiles since their 2,000-km reach is enough to protect the country, the Revolutionary Guards commander said on Tuesday, amid mounting US pressure over Tehran’s missile program. The Guard also criticized Iranian activists who signed an open letter last week asking Iran’s leaders to […]

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Hodeidah offensive: Coalition forces seize weapons supplied by Iran to Houthis

By   /  June 20, 2018  /  Gulf Countries  /  No Comments

JEDDAH: Saudi-led coalition officials on Tuesday displayed weapons and explosives supplied by Iran to Houthi militias in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah. The arsenal included drones, a sniper rifle, roadside bombs disguised as rocks and even a “drone boat” which had been filled with explosives that failed to detonate. Equipment used to produce and […]

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Iran’s Khamenei advises parliament to pass own anti-money laundering law

By   /  June 20, 2018  /  Gulf Countries  /  No Comments

BEIRUT: Iran’s Supreme Leader advised members of parliament on Wednesday to pass their own legislation to combat money laundering, decreasing chances that laws based on requirements by the global Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will be passed. “Some of these treaties have useful parts, it’s not a problem,” Aytollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech […]

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Assad regime, Iran prepare for operation in SW Syria

By   /  June 19, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

ANKARA: Forces of the Bashar al-Assad regime have been preparing for a wide-ranging operation against opposition forces in the southwestern province of Daraa despite strong objections from the U.S. Opposition sources in Syria told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity that Iranian forces as well as Iranian-backed militia groups will also support the operation — expected […]

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FIFA allows Iran women banner as ‘social appeal’

By   /  June 17, 2018  /  Gulf Countries  /  No Comments

MOSCOW: FIFA says a banner displayed at the World Cup in support of women in Iran being allowed to watch games was approved before the tournament. Though FIFA rules prohibit political statements at games, the football’s governing body says the banner was a “social appeal” displayed during Iran’s 1-0 win over Morocco on Friday. FIFA […]

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FIFA World Cup: Iran pip Morocco in Group B

By   /  June 16, 2018  /  Sports  /  No Comments

St Petersburg (IANS) Iran claimed their only second win in FIFA World Cup history as a late own goal upset Morocco 1-0 in a Group B clash here on Friday. Substitute forward Aziz Bouhaddouz headed a free-kick from the left into his own net near the left post four minutes into the second-half injury time as […]

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US, Iran broker truce between rival factions in Iraq amid poll tensions

By   /  June 15, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

BAGHDAD:  An alliance between rival Shiite political coalitions — one pro-Iranian, the other anti — has defused tensions that engulfed Baghdad in recent weeks. Muqtada Al-Sadr, the influential cleric who heads the Sairoon Coalition, agreed to join up in the new Parliament with the Tehran-backed Fattah Coalition in a deal overseen by arch-rivals the US […]

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