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Kazakhstan govt. says coup attempts failed, 10k arrested

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has stated coup attempts in the country have failed. This as the country's Interior Ministry announced in a statement Nearly 10,000 people were detained during the recent unrest

Iran UN envoy calls on US to deliver Achaemenid tablets

Iran's ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations stressed Washington must deliver Achaemenid tablets to Tehran completely and without any excuse.

Chinese, Saudi FMs discuss Iran nuclear deal, Yemen

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks on Monday with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud in Wuxi City of Jiangsu Province. The top diplomats discussed a range of issues, including the Iran nuclear deal and Yemen.

Russia: Chances to restore JCPOA increasing

The Vienna negotiations aimed at reviving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) are speeding up and the chances for reaching a solution have increased, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov says.

Prominent Iranian actress to chair French film festival

Well-known Iranian actress Leila Hatami was named as the president jury of the 28th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemas.

Blast kills 9 minors in eastern Afghanistan

Nine children were killed and four others injured in an explosion near a school in eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar.

Iran futsal team, coach, players among world top 10

Iranian men's National Futsal Team, its coach and several male and female players were selected among global top 10 list by Futsalplanet.com.

Polls: Most Americans support Iran nuclear deal, favor sanctions removal

Most US voters still support the Iran nuclear deal and believe US’s anti-Tehran sanctions should be lifted, according to new Morning Consult polling.

Putin says Russia not to allow ‘color revolutions’ in neighboring countries

Speaking of the events in Kazakhstan, Russian President Vladimir Putin emphasized that Moscow will not allow the “color revolutions” to take place on its doorstep.

SANA: US building Syria refinery to increase oil theft

Official sources say the United States and Kurdish forces have launched the construction of an oil refinery in Hasaka Province in northeastern Syria to smuggle crude oil from the energy-rich region to the Iraqi territory.

Iran’s Farhadi loses Golden Globe race to Japan’s Hamaguchi

The movie “Drive My Car”, directed by Japanese filmmaker Ryusuke Hamaguchi, won the Golden Globe for best non-English language film. “A Hero” directed by Asghar Farhadi was among the five nominees in the Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language category.

Intl. peacekeepers to stay in Kazakhstan until situation stabilizes

The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) peacekeepers will continue to fulfill their tasks in Kazakhstan until the situation in the country stabilizes fully, Andrey Serdyukov, who leads the CSTO peacekeeping effort in Kazakhstan, says.

Ministry: Over 160 killed, 6k arrested in Kazakhstan unrest

Official sources say more than 160 people were killed and 6,000 including several foreign nationals, detained in Kazakhstan during the unrest that shook the central Asian country.

Report: Saudi Arabia seeks to upgrade depleted air defense

Saudi Arabia has appealed to regional countries to replenish the depleted stock of intercepting missiles for its US-made Patriot air-defense system as Yemeni forces ramp up rocket and drone strikes on the kingdom, the Financial Times reported.

Iranian goalie nominated for best women goalkeeper of 2021

Iran futsal goalkeeper Farzaneh Tavasoli has been shortlisted for the best women goalkeeper of the world in 2021.

Palestine new envoy to Iran appointed

Salam Al-Zawawi was sworn in before President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, as Palestine’s new ambassador to Iran.

Russia says not optimistic about talks with US

A top Russian diplomat says Moscow is not optimistic about the forthcoming talks with Washington. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Rybakov added Russia will not give in to US pressure or make any concessions ahead of the Geneva talks set for 10 January.

Kazakh government says situation ‘stabilized’ following unrest

The situation in all regions of Kazakhstan hit by unrest has been stabilized, Acting Interior Minister Yerlan Turgumbayev said in a statement.

Iran blacklists dozens of US officials over Gen. Soleimani assassination

Tehran has updated its list of US individuals blacklisted for involvement in the assassination of top Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and his companions. Iran has added 51 US officials and commanders to the list.

Lebanon hit by nationwide blackout

Electricity was cut off throughout Lebanon on Saturday. Lebanon’s state electricity company has announced its power plants had stopped working after protesters stormed a key substation and tampered with the electrical equipment.

Iran, Turkmenistan call for inclusive govt. in Afghanistan

Iran and Turkmenistan call for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan, with the participation of all ethnicities.

Around two dozen killed in Pakistan snow-related traffic jam

At least 21 people died in an enormous traffic jam caused by tens of thousands of visitors thronging a Pakistani hill town to see unusually heavy snowfall.

Russia says all parties recognize progress in nuclear talks

As the new round negotiations on the removal of US sanctions against Iran continues in Vienna, a Russian diplomat says all participants recognize that some progress is being made towards an agreement on restoration of the 2015 nuclear deal.

“90% of health centers at risk of closure in Afghanistan”

International Rescue Committee (IRC) has warned that up to 90 percent of health centers in Afghanistan might shut down by the end of this year.

Russia slams US stance over Kazakhstan unrest

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has denounced remarks by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken over Moscow's involvement in Kazakhstan unrest. The top US diplomat has said Kazakhstan would have a difficult time getting the Russian forces, invited to quell the unrest, to leave the country.

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