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Iran FM: Tehran and Beijing enjoy stable and strong relationship

Iran and China, the two great civilizations in West and East Asia, have enjoyed good, stable and strong relations during history, Tehran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdolahian wrote in an op-ed in the Global Times. Heading a high-level political and economic delegation, the Iranian FM is visiting Beijing at the official invitation of his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

Blinken: Trump JCPOA withdrawal ‘one of worst decisions in US foreign policy’

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has criticized former President Donald Trump for the current situation over Iran’s nuclear programme. The top diplomat has called Trump’s move to pull Washington out of the Iran nuclear dal as ”one of the worst decisions made in recent American foreign policy”.

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.

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.

Kazakhstan arrests hundreds more over violent unrest

Kazakh authorities have detained nearly 1,700 more people for participation in anti-government protests that rocked the country last week.

UN says $4bn needed for help in Yemen

The United Nations will need about $3.9bn this year to help millions of people in war-torn Yemen, a top UN humanitarian official says.

Saudi Arabia seeks to develop nuclear program

Saudi Arabia aims to take advantage of its uranium resources to develop its nuclear power program, Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud revealed.

Syria joins China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Syria has joined China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which officials say will help Damascus open broad horizons of cooperation with Beijing and others.

Biden admin. slams Trump’s Iran nuclear deal exit

The White House has stepped up criticism of former President Donald Trump, blaming him for the current situation over the Iran nuclear deal.

US says ‘weeks, not months’ remain for salvaging JCPOA

Negotiators between Tehran and the world powers have just weeks, not months, to reach an agreement on rescuing the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the US State Department has announced. Iran has rejected US officials’ remarks about a deadline for reaching an agreement and stressed the country is only after a good agreement.

US lawmakers urge Biden to abandon nuclear talks, impose new sanctions on Iran

110 Republican lawmakers have called on the Biden administration to abandon negotiations with Iran aimed at saving the 2015 nuclear deal and impose new sanctions against Tehran, according to a letter sent Wednesday to the US State Department and obtained exclusively by the Washington Free Beacon.

Iran’s ‘A Hero’ on preliminary list of 2022 BAFTA nominations

Iranian drama “A Hero”, directed by Asghar Farhadi, has been longlisted in the international feature film category in the 75th British Academy Film Awards.

One killed, one injured in ship collision in southern Iran

The collision of two ships near Khamir Port in southern Iran has killed a young man and injured another.

Elderly Palestinian beaten to death by Israeli troops

An 80-year-old Palestinian man has died in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah after being arrested and beaten in handcuffs by Israeli forces.

Report: US quietly ditches Israel gas pipeline to Europe

The US government silently abandoned an eastern Mediterranean pipeline project that would carry Israeli gas through Cyprus to Europe this week by submitting a non-paper to Athens explaining its reasons, according to a report by Middle East Eye.

Yemen berates ‘ridiculous and pathetic’ Saudi use of US film to accuse Iran

Yemen has lambasted the Saudi-led military coalition for using footage of an a documentary on the US invasion of Iraq to accuse the country’s armed forces of stockpiling ballistic missiles in the besieged Red Sea port city of Hudaydah.

Russia launches military drills near Ukraine border

Russia has staged live-fire exercises involving troops and tanks near the Ukrainian border. It comes as Russian and the US negotiators gave no sign of narrowing their differences in briefings after the recent talks in Switzerland.

Lebanon central bank chief banned from leaving country

A Lebanese judge has issued a travel ban against Central Bank Governor over a lawsuit accusing him of financial misconduct.

4 soldiers killed in Armenia-Azerbaijan border clashes

Azerbaijan Republic and Armenia reported clashes on their border Tuesday that killed one Azeri force and three Armenian troops, the latest skirmish following a 2020 war between the two rivals

US says modest progress made in nuclear talks

US State Department Spokesman Ned Price says there was “modest progress” in the Vienna negotiations between Iran and world powers in recent days.

‘Pakistan-based Taliban leader killed in Afghanistan’

A senior leader of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (known as Pakistan Taliban or TTP) has been killed in eastern Afghanistan, a Pakistani security official says.

Kremlin says not optimistic on US talks

The Kremlin spokesperson says Moscow was not optimistic after a first round of talks with the United States on the Ukraine crisis. Dmitry Peskov added Russia would not allow its demands for security guarantees from the west to become mired in tortuous negotiations.

China’s Iran oil imports hit record high despite US bans

China's imports of crude oil from Iran last year hit a record high since the US re-imposed sanctions on Tehran in 2018 with the aim of bringing the country's oil sales down to zero, Bloomberg reported.

‘Afghanistan not to pose threat to other countries’

Acting Afghanistan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi says the new government is exercising power over the whole country, and the Islamic Emirate-led government will not pose a threat to any country in the world.

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