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Iran slams ‘duplicitous, opportunist’ US support for protests

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has denounced US officials’ “duplicitous and opportunist” support for recent gatherings in protest against economic conditions in some Iranian cities. “The great Iranian nation regards the opportunist and duplicitous support of the American officials for certain gatherings over the recent days in some Iranian cities as nothing ...

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Russia, US cooperation good for global security: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for “pragmatic cooperation” with Washington in his New Year wishes to US President Donald Trump. According to a statement released by the Kremlin on Saturday, Putin told Trump that “a constructive Russian-American dialogue is especially needed to strengthen strategic stability in the world.” He ...

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Muslim world won’t compromise on al-Quds, says Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has once again criticized US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel, stressing that the Israeli-occupied city is of great value to all Muslims. Addressing the 16th Islamic Circle of North America-Muslim American Society Convention in Chicago, the United States, ...

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Israeli warplanes once again launch attacks on Gaza Strip

Israeli fighter planes have carried out an attack on the besieged Gaza Strip, targeting positions belonging to the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.   The Israel military confirmed the Saturday night attack, claiming it was in response to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip on Friday. There are have been no reports ...

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Putin hails normalization of ties in letter to Erdogan

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has written to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the occasion of the New Year, lauding normalization of bilateral ties over the past year. Putin wrote the letter Saturday, stressing that the two sides had not only succeeded in putting their bilateral ties back on track over the ...

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Germany’s Merkel vows to address political rift

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has vowed to address ongoing political divisions in Germany by prioritizing social cohesion and swiftly forming a new government. In her annual New Year’s address on Sunday, Chancellor Merkel said Germans had rarely been so split over the changes taking place in their society, adding that ...

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Ex-Catalan president wants his former govt. reinstated

Catalonia’s former leader, Carles Puigdemont, has urged Spain to reinstate the secessionist government that he headed but that was dismissed following an illegal independence referendum. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy dismissed the former regional government of Catalonia — an autonomous region of Spain — and called for snap elections to ...

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