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Red Cross to scale down humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan

The International Committee of the Red Cross has decided to “drastically” reduce the number of its relief workers in Afghanistan after seven of its employees were killed in attacks earlier this year. The humanitarian organization said on Monday the decision was prompted by growing dangers facing its aid workers, who ...

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Armenia prime minister in Iran for talks

Armenia’s Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan has travelled to the Iranian capital for talks with Iranian officials. Karapetyan reached Tehran on Monday at the head of a delegation, and was received by Iran’s First Vice President Is’haq Jahangiri. The officials then joined a first round of bilateral meeting, and Karapetyan’s accompanying ...

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South Korea ‘develops graphite bomb’ against North

South Korea says it has developed a “graphite bomb” to paralyze North Korea’s electrical power grid in case of a war. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency on Sunday cited a military source as saying that technologies had been secured for the weapon — also called a “blackout bomb” — and ...

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IRGC Navy holds parade in Persian Gulf

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy has held a parade in the Persian Gulf to display its military might and preparedness. Various units of the IRGC Navy attended the parade, which was held in the Persian Gulf waters on Sunday. Speaking to reporters during the parade, Commander of the IRGC ...

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China rejects alleged cyberattacks targeting fugitive tycoon

Beijing has dismissed allegations of cyberattacks targeting Guo Wengui, a New York-based critic of China’s ruling party, saying the billionaire-turned-activist has fabricated the claims amid his ongoing political asylum bid in the US. Guo, 50, has leveled corruption allegations against senior Chinese Communist Party officials. He is under investigation by ...

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Iran’s exports steady as US targets oil revenues

Iran exported 2.25 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil to customers in Asia and Europe in September, data released by the Ministry of Petroleum showed on Saturday. The country also shipped 430,000 bpd of condensate to its clients in Asia where South Korea alone took half of the ...

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IAEA stresses confidentiality of Iran data, rejects criticism

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has rejected criticism that the organization under his watch is being “too soft” on Iran. In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, which was published on Friday, IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano was asked whether critics had a point in purporting that the agency ...

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Can US be trusted anymore amid talks of Iran nuclear deal scrapping?

As a growing number of indications suggest that US President Donald Trump is unlikely to certify Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, the international community, particularly Washington’s Western allies, faces the question of whether the US can be trusted in any future international deal. The US Republican president faces an ...

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