Turkey, US at odds again over Ankara’s ouster from F-35 program

ANKARA: The US announced it was formally removing Turkey from its F-35 fighter jet program on Wednesday, following the delivery of the first part of a Russian S-400 missile defense system to Ankara.  “F-35 cannot coexist with a Russian intelligence collection platform that will be used to learn about its advanced capabilities,” the Pentagon said in […]

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Archaeologists find mosque from when Islam arrived in holy land

Archaeologists find mosque from when Islam arrived in holy land

RAHAT, Israel: Archaeologists in Israel have discovered the remains of one of the world’s oldest rural mosques, built around the time Islam arrived in the holy land, they said on Thursday.The Israel Antiquities Authority estimates that the mosque, uncovered ahead of new construction in the Bedouin town of Rahat in the Negev desert, dates back […]

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Iranian official in surprise visit to Lebanon

Iranian official in surprise visit to Lebanon

Author:  article author:  NAJIA HOUSSARI Thu, 2019-07-18 01:02 BEIRUT: “Lebanon must be kept out of all regional crises,” said Iran’s Shoura Council assistant speaker for international affairs, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, during a surprise visit to Beirut on Wednesday. “We say at the top of our voice that Iran and its allies will not allow the Zionist […]

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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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