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France recalls envoys from US, Australia over submarine deal

Paris has recalled its ambassadors from Washington and Canberra for consultations, citing the “unacceptable behavior” of the US, the UK and Australia in striking a nuclear submarine deal that scuttled a French shipbuilding contract.

Second Dutch minister resigns over ‘mishandling of Afghanistan evacuation’

Dutch Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld has resigned over the government’s handling of evacuations from Afghanistan. The move comes one day after the Netherlands’ Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag stepped down regarding the same case.

Capitol police chief warns of threats ahead of pro-rioters rally

There have been unspecified “threats” tied to the upcoming rally in support of some jailed rioters”, US Capitol Police chief stated, citing calls for National Guard backup.

New convoy of Iranian fuel arrives in Lebanon

Another convoy of tankers carrying Iranian fuel has crossed the border between Syria and Lebanon under an initiative to ease Lebanon’s energy crisis.

US admits Kabul attack killed 10 civilians, not Daesh militants

A US drone strike in Afghanistan last month killed 10 civilians – including seven children – and not Daesh extremists as first claimed, the Pentagon admitted on Friday.

Iran, Tajikistan leaders Discuss Closer Cooperation

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon have underlined the need to enhance relations and cooperation between the two countries.

Rights groups say EU failing Afghans trying to flee Taliban

Human rights groups accuse the European Union of failing to do enough to assist Afghans living in fear of Taliban rule.

US says no plan for Blinken to meet Iran’s FM at UN

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has no plan to meet with his new Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir Abdollahian next week at the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations in New York, U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on Friday.

Poll: Majority of Americans believe democracy is under attack

Most Americans feel democracy in the United States is under attack, according to a poll, as 51% say it is likely that elected officials in the country will successfully overturn the results of a future election because their party did not win.

Afghan neighbors Call for “Inclusive” Govt. in “Independent” Afghanistan

Iran, Russia, China and Pakistan have in a joint statement underlined the necessity of respect for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Afghanistan.

Yemen: Saudi Arabia, US allies source of terrorism

Yemen's Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf dismissed US accusation that mentioned Yemen as a great terror threat, saying Washington should blame Riyadh for supporting terrorists in the region.

Australia to host US military aircraft, nuclear-powered subs

Australia’s new defense treaty with the US and UK will feature muscular defenses, courtesy of US deployment of military aircraft in addition to the agreed nuclear-powered submarines, officials stated after a meeting in Washington.

Iran ministry: Corona virus kills 364

Covid-19 has killed 364 more people in Iran. Iran’s Health Ministry announced Friday, the deaths happened in the past 24 hours.

Putin says US ‘hasty’ Afghan exit ‘more like an escape’

The hasty withdrawal by US and NATO-allied troops from Afghanistan looked more like an escape, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.

EU lawmakers call for Lebanon sanctions over ‘corruption’, ‘Beirut blast’

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling for the EU to adopt targeted sanctions on Lebanese officials said to be engaged in corruption and obstructing the Beirut Port explosion investigation.

US okays $500m copter maintenance deal with Saudi Arabia

The US Department of State has approved a possible $500 million sale to Saudi Arabia to provide maintenance services to the country's helicopter fleet, according to a statement released Thursday.

China rules out foreign interference in countries’ affairs

China's President Xi Jinping said on Friday that external forces should never be allowed to interfere in the internal affairs of countries under any pretext.

Raisi: Unilateralism on the decline globally

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi has said the Islamic Republic’s policy is to oppose unilateralism and support multilateralism based on justice and mutual respect.

Iran becomes full SCO member

The Islamic Republic of Iran has become the ninth full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
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Iran Berates GCC Statement on Three Persian Gulf Islands

Tehran has reacted to Statement 149 of foreign ministers of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) regarding Iran’s ownership of three Persian Gulf islands.