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Hezbollah raps Saudi-crafted OIC statement

Officials from Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement have strongly criticized the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for leveling accusations against the group as well as Iran. At the end of its latest summit on Friday, the OIC issued a statement accusing Hezbollah of backing terrorism and causing instability in the Middle ...

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Grounds laid for Iran, EU structured cooperation: Mogherini

The grounds for structured cooperation between Iran and the European Union have been laid, says EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. Mogherini made the remarks on her website on Sunday, after returning from a trip to Tehran where she headed a delegation of seven EU commissioners and met with Iran’s high ...

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26 Yemenis die in floods triggered by rainfall

A total of 26 people have lost their lives in western Yemen as floods caused by heavy downpour hit the war-ravaged impoverished country and destroyed dozens of homes. Abdulrahman Jarallah, director of the health bureau in Yemen’s western Hudaydah province, released the death toll recorded between Wednesday night and Friday ...

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Five Turkish policemen killed in PKK militant attacks

At least five Turkish police officers have been killed and eight others sustained injuries when militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) carried out two separate attacks in the troubled southeastern provinces of Mardin and Sirnak. Security sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said four policemen were killed when PKK militants ...

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Israel extends administrative detention of senior Hamas figure

Israeli authorities have extended the administrative detention of Hassan Yousef, a leader of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, for another six months. The Palestinian Prisoner Center for Studies (PPCS) reported that Israeli officials took the decision against 60-year-old Yousef, who is a resident of the occupied West ...

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War-hit Yemen closest ever to peace: UN envoy

The United Nations special envoy for Yemen says reconciliation between warring sides to the conflict gripping the Arab country has never been as close as it is now. In an address to the UN Security Council on Friday, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said both Houthi Ansarullah fighters and Saudi-backed loyalists to Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, Yemen’s former ...

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Syrian army, allies launch operation to retake northern Aleppo

Syrian army soldiers together with fighters from the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, have mounted a large-scale military operation to liberate swathes of land in the strategic northwestern province of Aleppo from the clutches of foreign-backed Takfiri militants. On Thursday, Syrian forces backed by Russia’s air power, pressed a fierce offensive just north ...

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Parliament tensions hindering Iraq’s major reforms: Abadi

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has called on lawmakers to exercise self-restraint amid political tensions at the parliament which have delayed a vote on his cabinet reshuffle.  Abadi warned on Thursday that divisions in the parliament would hinder his efforts to implement reform plans. The Iraqi parliament has witnessed a tumultuous week amid a ...

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