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Iran security, stability depend on own people: FM Zarif

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Islamic Republic’s security and stability depend on its own people, adding that “infiltrators” will not be permitted to violate the rights of the Iranians. “Iran’s security and stability depend on its own people, who — unlike the peoples of [US President Donald] Trumps regional ...

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UN bans 4 more North Korean vessels from international ports

The United Nations has banned four more North Korean ships from entering international ports for breaching sanctions against Pyongyang, bringing to eight the total number of the Eastern Asian country’s blacklisted vessels. The UN Security Council voted on Thursday to deny international port access to the four vessels – the Ul ...

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Iran’s Asia oil exports skid to lowest since April 2016

The latest official figures show that imports of Iranian crude oil by major buyers in Asia tumbled 29 percent in November from the same month a year ago to the lowest volumes since April 2016. In total, China, India, Japan and South Korea imported 1.36 million barrels per day (bpd) ...

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Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung makes biggest 2017 eruption

Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung volcano experienced its biggest eruption of the year this week, spewing clouds of gas and showering ash into the sky, a local official said Friday. The volcano, which roared back to life in 2010 after four centuries of silence, has been erupting steadily since 2015, displacing more ...

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Bangladesh to repatriate 1st group of Rohingya Muslim refugees

Bangladesh has prepared for the repatriation of 100,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees to Myanmar under an agreement between the two countries. Obaidul Quader, the Bangladeshi minister of road, transport and bridges, told reporters on Friday that the first group of the Rohingya would be sent back to Myanmar by January 23. The ...

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Iranian administration vows to address concerns over price hikes after protests

The Iranian administration has assured the nation that it will work to tackle the economic problems in the country following protests in some cities over price hikes and unauthorized credit institutions. Iran’s First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri highlighted the administration’s economic achievements and ongoing efforts in that sphere, emphasizing that the country’s ...

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Iran Air’s new ATR fleet expands to eight with new arrivals

Two more European turboprop aircraft touched down at Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport on Saturday, bringing the number of new Western planes delivered to Iran so far to 11. The ATR 72-600 planes were handed over at Franco-Italian planemaker ATR’s Toulouse headquarters Friday night. They landed in Tehran at 9:51 hours (0621 GMT) following ...

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Nepal bans solo climbers from scaling Everest

Nepal has banned solo climbers from scaling its mountains, including Mount Everest, in a bid to reduce accidents, an official said Saturday. The cabinet late Thursday endorsed a revision to the Himalayan nation’s mountaineering regulations, banning solo climbers from its mountains — one of a string of measures being flagged ...

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Central Bank of Iran warns against investing in cryptocurrencies

The governor of the Central Bank of Iran has warned against investing in cryptocurrencies especially bitcoin which has seen a relentless rise in value in recent weeks. “The Central Bank is giving people necessary warnings about buying and selling these currencies and, at the same time, it is trying to ...

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