Ankara faces new wave of biting sanctions, now from Europe

ANKARA: The European Council’s decision to impose sanctions on Turkey over its drilling activities in disputed offshore territories in the eastern Mediterranean has caused a political earthquake in the country. In the final declaration, the council said it would suspend civil aviation talks and “agree not to hold … further meetings of the EU-Turkey high-level dialogues […]

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Iran's foreign minister walks back from remark on missile talks

Iran’s foreign minister walks back from remark on missile talks

TEHRAN: Iran’s foreign minister said Wednesday that his country has no choice but to manufacture missiles for defense purposes — comments that reflect more backtracking after a remark by the top diplomat suggesting the missiles could be up for negotiations.Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an interview with NBC News that aired earlier this week that if […]

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Iranian bread permanent guest at Kuwaiti tables

Iranian bread permanent guest at Kuwaiti tables

KUWAIT CITY: Khalil Kamal makes sure he regularly visits Kuwait’s popular Souq Al-Mubarakiya, where he enjoys his favorite kebab meal with onion, rocket and freshly baked Iranian bread.The smell of the bread wafts through the market as it bakes in a traditional oven at the Al-Walimah restaurant in downtown Kuwait City.The restaurant’s Iranian baker takes […]

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US ‘suspects’ Iran seized UAE based oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz

US ‘suspects’ Iran seized UAE based oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz

LONDON: The US said it suspects Iran has seized an oil tanker that drifted into Iranian waters as it traveled through the Strait of Hormuz. Ship tracking data shows the Panamanian-flagged oil tanker Riah, which is based in the UAE, stopped transmitting its location on Saturday. The incident is the latest involving shipping in the […]

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Iran’s top diplomat warns US is ‘playing with fire’

Iran’s top diplomat warns US is ‘playing with fire’

CAIRO: A museum commemorating the life and works of Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz has opened in Cairo, nearly 13 years after the Nobel laureate’s death.The Naguib Mahfouz Museum and Creativity Centre houses the belongings and personal library of Mahfouz, who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature — the only Arab to do so.The center, […]

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Turkey’s government marks 3rd anniversary of failed coup

Turkey’s government marks 3rd anniversary of failed coup

DUBAI: Qais Al-Khazali poses in public as an Iraqi politician who understands and defends the national interest. When he is asked about his Iranian connections, he answers that he goes there only once a year as a tourist. His evasive responses are a cover for a violent sectarian agenda. Al-Khazali is one of the leading […]

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Hamas rebuffs leader’s call for worldwide attacks on Jews

Hamas rebuffs leader’s call for worldwide attacks on Jews

GAZA CITY: The militant Hamas group is distancing itself from a leader who called for the slaughter of Jews worldwide.In a statement Monday, the Islamic movement said recent remarks by Fathi Hammad, a member of its politburo, “don’t represent the movement’s official positions.”Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, said Hammad’s remarks conflicted with its amended […]

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France sees risk of stumbling into US-Iranian conflict

France sees risk of stumbling into US-Iranian conflict

PARIS: Iran’s breaching of caps on its uranium enrichment after the US pulled out of world powers’ nuclear deal with Tehran was “a bad reaction to … (a) bad decision,” raising fears of a stumbling into war, France’s foreign minister said.Tensions have risen as Washington has blamed Iran for several attacks on oil tankers and […]

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Yemen sides meet to discuss Hodeidah on a ship

Yemen sides meet to discuss Hodeidah on a ship

ANKARA: An increase in Turkish military deployments near the Turkish-Syrian border has raised fears of an extensive conflict east of the Euphrates. A significant deployment of heavy weapons has taken place near the strategic northern border town of Tal Abyad, controlled by the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia. The control of Tal Abyad helped the YPG connect […]

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