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Korean imports of Iran oil up 48% in 7 months

South Korea’s crude oil imports from Iran soared 47.7 percent in the first seven months of this year from the same period last year, customs data showed on Tuesday. The world’s fifth-biggest crude importer bought 10.67 million tonnes of Iranian crude over the period, or 368,952 barrels per day, from ...

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China says will protect interests if US harms trade ties

China warns it will “not sit idle” and will take “all appropriate measures” to protect its interests in the face of possible US sanctions after President Donald Trump ordered a probe into trade ties with Beijing. The Chinese Commerce Ministry issued a statement on Tuesday, expressing “serious concern” over the order ...

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Ayatollah Shahroudi named new head of Expediency Council

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has appointed Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi as the new chairman of Iran’s arbitration body, the Expediency Council.   Ayatollah Shahroudi replaces Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani who passed away in January after a 27-year stint on the council, which mediates on legislative differences between the Parliament ...

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Taliban seize district in northern Afghan province

Taliban militants have seized control of a district headquarters in Afghanistan’s northern province of Faryab, officials say. Security forces were forced to pull out of the Ghormach district to avoid civilian casualties, said Nasratullah Jamshidi, an army corps spokesman for the northern region, on Sunday. The military official said after ...

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Barnaby Joyce could be disqualified over dual citizenship

Australia’s deputy prime minister has emerged to be a dual citizen, causing a headache for the conservative government in Canberra which holds a slim one-seat parliamentary majority. Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce told parliament on Monday that officials in New Zealand had informed him he could be a “citizen by descent” of ...

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Iran reports increase in oil exports to India

Iran says its exports of crude oil to India have increased by 16 percent over the past month in what the country says is a fresh sign that speculations over the decline of exports to one of its largest Asian buyers are inaccurate.  Figures released by the Ministry of Petroleum ...

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World nations stand with Iran on JCPOA: Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the 2015 nuclear agreement benefits the entire region and the world, warning that any attempt to damage the deal will backfire. Speaking at the last meeting of his cabinet on Sunday, Rouhani rejected claims by US President Donald Trump and opponents of the Islamic Republic who ...

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Duterte says cannot end Philippines’ drug problem

The Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte has once again admitted that his government cannot afford to eradicate drug smuggling in the country. “We can’t control it,” Duterte said of the drug problem in a speech to medics at the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City on Friday. He claimed that ...

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