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Daily Archives: July 12, 2017

Iran’s Rouhani slams Saudi-led blockade against Qatar

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has denounced a blockade imposed by a Saudi-led bloc of states against Qatar, saying resorting to such pressure tactics against neighboring states as a “wrong” policy. Rouhani made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah in Tehran on Wednesday. He further called ...

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Iraqi military rejects Amnesty report on Mosul ‘abuses’ as baseless

A senior Iraqi military official has rejected as “baseless” an Amnesty International report accusing government forces of human rights violations during the months-long battle to liberate Mosul from Daesh terrorists. The Amnesty released a report on Tuesday, saying, “Iraqi government and US-led coalition forces appear to have committed repeated violations ...

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US State Dept. approves $3.9bn Patriot missile sale to Romania

The US State Department has approved a $3.9 billion Patriot missile sale to Romania, a deal which is likely to anger neighboring Russia. The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement on Tuesday that the sale will boost the defensive capabilities of the Romanian military. “The proposed sale of ...

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Intl. firms negotiate $200 billion of oil deals in Iran

Asian and European companies are negotiating participation in Iran’s oil and gas development projects which need $200 billion worth of investment, according to Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh. Iran looks to absorb 65% to 70% of this sum from abroad, the minister told Iran’s Parliament where he was Tuesday to answer ...

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Iran rejects US defense secretary’s meddlesome remarks

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan has dismissed as meddlesome and disgraceful the recent remarks by his US counterpart Jim Mattis against the Islamic Republic, saying they run counter to all principles of the international law. Instead of ordering other nations around, the US defense secretary and ruling administration ...

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‘Saudi-led alliance seeking regime change in Qatar’

The Persian Gulf diplomatic crisis has intensified, with the Saudi-led alliance warning that the Qatari siege will not end unless Doha meets all its demands. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates announced in a joint statement on Tuesday that the new anti-terror agreement reached between Qatar and the United ...

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