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Iran Sympathizes with Quake-Hit Nepal

Iran Sympathizes with Quake-Hit Nepal

 Iran s foreign ministry spokeswoman on Saturday expressed sympathy with the Nepalese nation and government over the death of scores of people in a massive earthquake in the Himalayan country.Marziyeh Afkham offered the sympathy of the Iranian nation and administration over the tragedy and extended her condolences to the people and government of Nepal and the families of the victims.She also prayed for the quick recovery of those injured in

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Over 1,400 people killed in massive quake in Nepal

Over 1,400 people killed in massive quake in Nepal

 The death toll from Nepal’s massive earthquake has exceeded 1,400 as the rescue operations continue in the stricken areas.Minendra Rijal, Nepal’s minister for information and communication, officially confirmed in a nationally televised briefing that his country’s latest death toll from earthquake had reached 1,457 and will continue to rise.“We never imagined that we would face such devastation,” he said.Earlier in the day, Nepal

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Iran Welcomes Promotion of Ties with Japan: Rouhani

Iran Welcomes Promotion of Ties with Japan: Rouhani

 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed Tehran s willingness to expand its relations with Tokyo in all fields, saying that Japan can seize the opportunities for economic cooperation with Iran."Tehran is keen on the development of cooperation with Tokyo in matters of interest, especially in scientific, technological, ecological, and economic areas," Rouhani said in a Wednesday meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in

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Russia reminds West of its Mideast leverage

Russia reminds West of its Mideast leverage

 By ROOZBEH ALIABADIFollowing Vladimir Putin’s decision to lift restrictions on the export of S-300 air defense systems to Iran, the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, initiated a call to the Russian President only to be assured that the technical specifications of the system make it a purely defensive weapon.Although Russia and Iran agreed on the procurement of the systems back in 2007, the 2010 ban by then President Medvedev

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Russia denies agreement with Greece on gas project

Russia denies agreement with Greece on gas project

Russia denies that it has reached a deal with Greece on a gas pipeline, under which Moscow would provide Athens with an advance payment of up to five billion euros. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said energy cooperation issues were raised at recent talks in Moscow between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, adding that the two leaders did not reach any agreements on any advance payment to Greece.“No,

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Tehran, Moscow Agree on S-300 Delivery by Year-End

Tehran, Moscow Agree on S-300 Delivery by Year-End

 Iran and Russia agreed to finalize all the details of a contract on the delivery of S-300 air defense missile system to Tehran until the end of 2015.The arrangements for supplying the missile system to Iran by the end of the current year were made in a Thursday meeting between Iran s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan and his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu, held on the sidelines of the Moscow Conference on International

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Russia s Decision to Lift Ban on S-300 Delivery  A Step Forward : Iran

Russia s Decision to Lift Ban on S-300 Delivery A Step Forward : Iran

 A senior Iranian defense ministry official hailed as "a step forward" Russia’s decision to scrap a ban on the delivery of S-300 air defense missile systems to the Islamic Republic."If Russia fulfills its commitment to deliver the S-300 missile system to Iran, it will be a step towards boosting the relations and collaborations between the two countries. It will be a step forward," Deputy Defense Minister Reza Talaei-Nik told the Tasnim

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Russia Calls for Removal of All Anti-Iran Sanctions after July 1 Final Deal

Russia Calls for Removal of All Anti-Iran Sanctions after July 1 Final Deal

 TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov underlined that all the western sanction imposed against Iran should be immediately removed if Tehran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany) strike a final deal on July 1."We lay emphasis on our stance that all the sanction related to the resolutions of the UN Security Council against Iran should be removed concurrent with final nuclear

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Iranian FM Calls Turkish Envoy over President Erdogan s Remarks

Iranian FM Calls Turkish Envoy over President Erdogan s Remarks

 TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkish Charge d Affaires Barish Saygen was called to the Iranian Foreign Ministry on Sunday to present explanations over the recent remarks made by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan concerning Iran. The call came after President Erdogan claimed on Thursday that "Iran is trying to dominate the region” and also alleged that Tehran’s measures are annoying Turkey and Saudi Arabia as well as some Persian Gulf Arab

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Iranian FM to Meet Russian, Chinese Counterparts in Lausanne

Iranian FM to Meet Russian, Chinese Counterparts in Lausanne

 TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will hold talks with his Russian and Chinese counterparts in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Sunday as part of diplomatic meetings in the latest round of talks on Tehran s peaceful nuclear program.The top Iranian diplomat s upcoming meetings with Russia s Sergei Lavrov and China s Wang Yi will come on the fourth day of the new round of talks between Iran and the Group 5+1

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Lebanon s army seizes strategic hilltop from militants

Lebanon s army seizes strategic hilltop from militants

 Lebanese forces have wrested control of a strategic hilltop in the eastern province of Beqaa, and prevented Takfiri militants from infiltrating into the region. Units of Lebanese forces launched their operations on the outskirts of Arsal town, situated 124 kilometers (77 miles) northeast of the capital, Beirut, on Friday and succeeded in taking control of some positions previously held by terrorists, according to a statement by the Lebanese

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Saudis announce onset of military intervention in Yemen

Saudis announce onset of military intervention in Yemen

 Saudi Arabia has begun launching airstrikes in Yemen where the Ansarullah fighters have acquired power, says the monarchy’s ambassador to the United States​. Warplanes of the Royal Saudi Air Force reportedly bombed the positions of the Ansarullah fighters and launched attacks against the Sana a airport and the Dulaimi airbase early on Thursday. A Saudi warplane was shot down by the country’s air defense system, the

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