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India urges Iran to release 17 Indian crew on board seized container ship

New Delhi has called on Tehran to release 17 Indian crew members on board a container ship confiscated by Iran on Saturday.

Islamabad says ‘committed to expanding close cooperation’ with Tehran, urges intelligence collaboration

Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari had a phone call with his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi on Thursday, saying Islamabad seeks to improve bilateral ties with Tehran in various areas including in intelligence sharing.

China says supports holding conference on Ukraine with participation of Moscow, Kiev

Beijing supports holding an international conference on settling the Ukrainian crisis with the participation of Moscow and Kiev, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has stated.

Russia’s Putin twice as popular as US President Biden in ME and African states: Poll

Russia and Beijing are already playing more important roles in the Middle East and North Africa than ten years ago, and in another decade could rival US influence in the region, according to a recent opinion poll.

NATO chief: Iran, Russia, China and N. Korea aligned against west

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says an "alliance of authoritarian powers" is working more closely together against Western democracies.

Pakistan says looking forward to President Raisi’s visit to Islamabad

Pakistan announced it is "looking forward" to hosting Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, noting that the two countries have revived all channels of mutual communication.

Pakistan says reserves right to import gas from Iran despite US objections

Pakistan has stressed it is within its rights to import natural gas from Iran despite the US objections to fresh attempts by Islamabad to revive a 2009 gas supply agreement with Tehran.

Pakistan court suspends ex-PM Imran Khan’s Jail sentence

A Pakistani court has suspended former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s jail sentence in a case related to “illegal selling of state gifts.”

Russia, China reach shipping agreement with Yemen’s Houthis: Report

The Yemen-based Houthi fighters have told Moscow and Beijing that their ships can sail freely through the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden without fear of being attacked, Bloomberg has reported, citing sources.

CENTCOM chief expresses deep concern about Iran-China-Russia alliance

The head of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) General Michael Kurilla has expressed concerns over the growing alliance between Tehran, Beijing and Moscow.

Afghanistan tops list of world’s unhappiest country: Report

Finland remained the world's happiest country for a seventh straight year in an annual UN sponsored World Happiness Report. Afghanistan, plagued by a humanitarian catastrophe since the Taliban regained control in 2020, stayed at the bottom of the 143 countries surveyed.

Officials say China to boycott Ukraine peace talks without Russia

China will boycott the negotiations to end the Russia-Ukraine conflict unless Moscow has a seat at the table, the Politico magazine has reported, citing officials familiar with the matter.

Afghanistan’s Taliban government accuses Pakistan of bombing civilians

Afghanistan’s Taliban government has accused Pakistan of killing eight civilians in an air raid on Monday. The group responded by opening fire on Pakistani targets, allegedly wounding seven people.

“Afghanistan has turned into major producer of methamphetamine”

An Iranian official says neighboring Afghanistan is now a major producer of methamphetamine in the region, voicing Tehran's readiness to tackle the problem.

Taliban denies US general’s claim over extremist groups

A Taliban spokesman has rejected a US military official's claim that the group's inability or unwillingness to contain extremist groups will destabilize central and southern Asia.

Asif Ali Zardari voted Pakistan’s president for second time

Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of Pakistan's slain first female leader Benazir Bhutto and the father of former foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, was voted in as president for a second time Saturday.

China’s FM calls for permanent UN membership for Palestine

Beijing supports Palestine in becoming a full member of the United Nations (UN), Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Thursday.

Shehbaz Sharif elected Pakistan’s Prime Minister for second time

Pakistani legislators have elected Shehbaz Sharif as the country’s prime minister for a second time following a controversial election last month which was marred by allegations of large-scale rigging and delayed results.

Pakistan says US sanctions ‘may not apply’ to gas pipeline project with Iran

Pakistan’s caretaker energy minister has stated Washington’s anti-Tehran sanctions, imposed over its nuclear program, may not apply to the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline as Islamabad was going to start work on the project within its territory and connect to the neighboring country.

EU agrees on 13th package of sanctions against Russia, blacklisting companies in China for first time

The EU has approved its 13th package of sanctions against Moscow, the EU’s Belgian presidency announced on Wednesday on X (formerly Twitter).

China criticizes proposed US sanctions over Ukraine war

China responded to reports that Washington is planning to impose “broad” sanctions on the country, vowing to defend Chinese businesses from measures intended to target firms for allegedly helping Russia in its war on Ukraine.

Russia, Iran navies train in India alongside vessels from US, Europe

India has kick-started a nine-day mega naval exercise in Visakhapatnam with participation of around 50 navies that came amid the fractious geopolitical environment including growing global concerns over deteriorating situation in the Red Sea.

Taliban boycott UN-sponsored meeting in Qatar

The Taliban refused to attend a UN-sponsored conference in Qatar, insisting that their delegation should be recognized as the sole representative of Afghanistan.

Beijing raps EU plan to target Chinese companies with Russia sanctions

Beijing slams “illegal sanctions” and will defend the interests of its firms, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has announced following a report that the EU could blacklist some of the country’s firms for allegedly helping Russia evade the bloc’s restrictions.

Iran president wishes for further development of bilateral relations in New Year message to China

Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi has wished for further expansion of ties between Tehran and Beijing in a message issued on the occasion of the Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival.

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