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COVID-19: Iran-Iraq borders closed to Arbaeen pilgrims

TEHRAN  Border crossings between Iran and Iraq have been sealed to prevent Iranian pilgrims from traveling to the neighboring country for the annual Arbaeen pilgrimage. There is no possibility of Iranian...

8 YPG/PKK terrorists ‘neutralized’ in N.Syria

ANKARA  Turkish security forces in the past 24 hours neutralized eight terrorists attempting to infiltrate into the area of Turkey’s anti-terror Peace Spring Operation in northern Syria, an official statement...

9 still missing after Beirut port blast: Lebanon army

BEIRUT  The Lebanese army said on Saturday that nine people were still missing after last month’s explosion at the Beirut port. A military statement said that two Syrian nationals were among...

Attack foiled as explosives-laden car found in NW Syria

HATAY, Turkey A potential terrorist attack was thwarted as authorities seized a vehicle rigged with explosives in northwestern Syria on Saturday. A car found in Syria’s Afrin region was fitted with...

Iraq seeks to enforce rule of law: President

BAGHDAD  Iraqi President Barham Salih said Saturday that he seeks to enforce the rule of law at the highest level of government. “The reform process requires the provision of a favorable...

Slim chance of second COVID-19 wave in Pakistan: Study

KARACHI, Pakistan  The latest study by Pakistan's leading blood diseases institute suggests there is a slim chance of a second wave of the novel coronavirus here, further strengthening the government's...

Hamas urges 'normalizers' to repeal deals with Israel

ANKARA Palestinian group Hamas on Friday urged Arab nations to repeal normalization agreements with Israel, calling it "the enemy of the Palestinian people and the Arab nations."  The call followed an...

France, Lebanon at stalemate over proposed deadline

PARIS  French President Emmanuel Macron expressed disappointment Wednesday over Lebanon's failure to form a new government by mid-September in accordance with a schedule laid out by both countries. The agreement on...

Pakistan parliament passes anti-money laundering bills

KARACHI, Pakistan Pakistan’s parliament on Wednesday passed an anti-money laundering legislation, which was a key demand from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to remove the South Asian nuclear state...

Rocket targets Baghdad’s Green Zone

BAGHDAD A Katyusha rocket landed early Tuesday inside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, where the US embassy and many other diplomatic missions and government offices are located.  According to security sources,...

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Pakistan rejects nomination of 'senior' Indian diplomat

KARACHI, Pakistan Pakistan has rejected the nomination of an Indian diplomat for the post of its Charge d’Affaires in Islamabad, terming him too senior for...

Legendary Nepalese climber dies at 72

KATHMANDU, Nepal  Ang Rita Sherpa, a legendary climber who holds the record for the highest number of summits on Everest without supplemental oxygen, died on...

China sends 3rd maritime satellite into space

ANKARA China on Monday sent another maritime satellite into the space, local media reported.  The new sea and ocean-monitoring satellite was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite...

With no new cases, N.Zealand moves to lift restrictions

ANKARA New Zealand is set to lift all restrictions across the nation from Wednesday night as the country reported no fresh coronavirus cases for a...

Turkish forces 'neutralize' 2 PKK terrorists in N. Iraq

ANKARA Turkish security forces have neutralized two PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, the National Defense Ministry said on Monday. The terrorists were targeted in an air-backed...