Sunday, January 16, 2022



Deadly blast rocks Afghanistan’s Bagram district

At least two children were killed and several others wounded in an explosion near Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul.

UN envoy: No party seeks regime change in Syria

The United Nations’ special envoy for Syria says the developments in Syria have convinced involved parties that no regime change would be necessary in the Arab country.

Thousands of Taliban members dismissed for ‘abuses’

The Taliban have so far dissociated about 3,000 members accused of abusive practices across Afghanistan, head of Purification Commission of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Latifullah Hakimi says.

Rockets target US military base in eastern Syria

Several rockets have reportedly hit a military facility housing US troops in Syria’s oil-producing eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.

Hezbollah, Amal to end boycotting Lebanon cabinet sessions

Powerful Lebanese movements of Hezbollah and Amal have announced they would end a boycott of cabinet sessions.

Kazakhstan: 225 killed; thousands injured during unrest

At least 4,500 people were injured during the recent riots across Kazakhstan, and 225 bodies were taken to the morgues, Serik Shalabayev, chief of the criminal prosecution service of Kazakhstan’s Prosecutor General’s Office says.

Report: Israel prepares weapons wish list for action against Iran, Hezbollah

Israel has reportedly prepared a secret wish list of weapons systems that it wants the US to add to the so-called American emergency stockpile in occupied Palestine for purported military action against Iran’s civilian nuclear sites and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

Report: Iraq Shia leaders discuss “parliamentary coalition”

The leaders of two key Shia political groups in the Iraqi parliament have reportedly held a coordination meeting in the city of Najaf, in a first meeting after the controversial elections that saw the Muqtada al-Sadr bloc win a majority.

Iran reaffirms support for UN efforts to preserve Syria sovereignty

The Iranian foreign minister’s senior advisor for special political affairs has reaffirmed Iran’s support for the UN’s efforts to preserve Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as the world body’s encouragement of dialog between Syrian factions.

Iran urges UN to do more to end Yemen war

The Iranian foreign minister’s senior advisor for special political affairs has called on the UN and the international community to stop the war and lift the inhumane siege on Yemen.

US says has many scenarios for ‘Russian invasion’ of Ukraine

Washington has prepared 18 response scenarios in case Russia decides to invade Ukraine as the West fears it might do, Under-Secretary of State Victoria Nuland claims.

US Secret Service taking Iran Trump threats seriously

The US Secret Service continues to track and monitor threats of vengeance against former President Donald Trump, who ordered the assassination of Iran’s top commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.

US base in Iraq comes under drone attack

An airbase housing US military forces and aircraft near the Iraqi capital Baghdad has come under a drone attack. Air raids on positions of American troops in the Arab country are on the rise.

US says working on laser weapons in ME, citing Iran activity

The US Navy is working on laser weapons in the Middle East to counteract a significant upsurge in Iran's deployment and use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the region, top Central Command (CENTCOM) naval officer and US Fifth Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Brad Cooper says.

Yemen: Detained UAE vessel was carrying weapons

Yemen's National Salvation Government has reiterated that an Emirati vessel its naval forces detained recently was carrying weapons.

Iran envoy seeks ending suspension of UN voting right

Iran's envoy to the United Nations says he expects that the suspension of Tehran's right to vote in the world body will be lifted soon.

Film stars back Emma Watson on Palestinian solidarity post

More than 40 film stars including Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon, Gael García Bernal and Viggo Mortensen, have backed Harry Potter actress Emma Watson, after her post on social media in solidarity with Palestinians angered the Zionist regime officials.

Yemen says Iran peace plan can resolve crisis

Yemeni Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf Abdullah says Iranian peace initiative puts forward an effective solution to the ongoing conflict in the war-ravaged country. He added Saudi Arabia is looking for a pretext to prolong its devastating military aggression against Yemen.

Ties with Iran a priority in Pakistan’s new Natl. Security Policy

The Islamabad government’s newly-unveiled National Security Policy underscores a need for Pakistan and neighboring Iran to keep up close cooperation to both better manage joint borders and ensure regional security.

4 rockets target US Embassy in Baghdad

At least four rockets targeted the US Embassy in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone on Thursday, two Iraqi security officials confirm.

Ex-deputy foreign minister: “China won’t make any sacrifices for Iran”

A former Iranian deputy foreign minister has dismissed the notion that China will make sacrifices for the Islamic Republic due to its good relations with the country

Russia warns US against imposing sanctions on Putin

Washington imposing sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin would be an "over-the-top" measure, comparable to breaking off relations, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Lebanon unions go on strike amid dire economic conditions

A general strike by public transportation and labor unions paralyzed Lebanon Thursday as the country in engulfed in one of the world’s worst economic crises.

Iranian FM heads to China for talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian has headed to Beijing at the head of a high-ranking political delegation for talks with Chinese officials.

Rights group slams rise in executions in Saudi Arabia 

The European-Saudi Organization of Human Rights, ESOHR, has reported a 148% increase in the number of executions in Saudi Arabia last year compared to 2020.

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