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There won’t be a thaw in Tehran-Riyadh ties under King Salman: Expert

Zanganeh says King Salman is unlikely to seek to ease tensions with Iran given the presence of security-minded people in his royal court.
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Top cleric describes protection of public property as duty of Iraqi army

Ayatollah Sistani has described protection of public rights and property as the moral and religious duty of the Iraqi army and volunteer forces fighting IS.
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How will it be after King Abdullah? (PART 2)

Following the Saudi King’s demise some Iranian analysts look at the direction Iran-Saudi ties will take after Abdullah and different factors which may come into play.
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Why did the US House speaker invite Israeli PM to Washington?

An invitation by the Republican speaker of the House to the Israeli prime minister to address a joint session of Congress without consulting the White House is a token of appreciation by Republicans to Israel.
Saudi king Abdullah

How will it be after King Abdullah? (PART 1)

Following the Saudi King’s demise some Iranian analysts look at the direction Iran-Saudi ties will take after Abdullah and different factors which may come into play.
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Iran’s top MP to visit Turkey to attend an Islamic parliamentary meeting

Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani is to visit Turkey on January 20 to deliver a speech at the 10th meeting of the Islamic Inter-Parliamentary Union (IIPU).
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A perfect subject for Charlie Hebdo cartoonists

An analytical look at the root causes of terrorist attacks in France and their aftermath.
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Can this government build a nation?

With the Afghan Cabinet lineup finally announced, two experts weigh in on the challenges the new government faces.
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Germans rally to oppose terrorism and Islamophobia

A tolerance rally by Muslims in Berlin, joined by German officials, condemns in the strongest terms acts of terror which are committed in the name of Islam.
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Iranian religious, political pundits’ take on Islamophobia after Paris attacks

Two Iranian pundits familiar with Western culture and lifestyle react to Paris terror attacks and the wave of Islamophobia that has followed them.