Iran, China, Russia launch joint massive naval drills
Iran, Russia and China started a four-day joint maritime exercise in the Indian Ocean and the Sea of Oman with the aim of improving the security of international maritime trade and countering piracy and terrorism.
Iraqi president threatens to quit over pick for PM
Iraqi President Barham Salih refused on Thursday to designate the nominee for prime minister, Asaad al-Edani, saying he would rather resign than appoint someone to the position who would be rejected by protesters.
A dozen killed as passenger plane crashes in Kazakhstan
Twelve people died when a plane carrying 100 passengers and crew crashed shortly after takeoff from Kazakhstan’s largest city on Friday and slammed into a house, but many on board survived.
Russia says extension of UN arms embargo on Iran out of question
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said a UN arms embargo against Iran would not be extended after it expires in October 2020 despite US demands, according to Russian News Agency Interfax.
UN rapporteur: Khashoggi investigation failed to reach ‘masterminds’ of killing
UN human rights rapporteur Agnes Callamard on Thursday condemned a Saudi court’s death sentences over the 2018 killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul following a secretive trial which she called the “antithesis of justice.
Iran busts terror group in Ahvaz, seizes arms in west
Iranian security forces arrested members of a terrorist group in Ahvaz in the southwestern province of Khuzestan and seized an arms shipment in Javanround in the western province of Kermanshah.
Moderate quake shakes southwestern Iran
An earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale jolted parts of Iran’s southwestern Bushehr Province.
Iranian FM to visit Moscow Monday: Official
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is scheduled to hold talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced.
Iran-Russia trade through national currencies exceeds 50%
Trade transactions in national currencies between Iran and Russia have exceeded 50 percent ofthe two countries’ total bilateral trade this year, said Moscow’s commercial representative in Tehran, Rustam Zhiganshin.
Members of a terrorist group arrested in Ahwaz
Iranian security forces have captured members of a terrorist group in southwestern city of Ahwaz in Khuzestan Province.
Iraqi president submits resignation
Iraqi President Barham Salih has submitted his resignation to parliament after refusing to designate the nominee for premiership, Assad al-Eidani, arguing that he would rather step down than appoint the position to a figure strongly rejected by protesters.
Israel to reinstitute ‘assassination policy’ against Palestinians: Katz
Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz says the Tel Aviv regime would return to “the policy of assassinations” against distinguished figures of Palestinian resistance groups in the Gaza Strip, as its acts of aggression against the besieged coastal enclave continue unabated.
Trump searching for next secretary of state to replace Pompeo
U.S. President Trump is searching for his next Secretary of State, indicating that America’s top diplomat Mike Pompeo will run for the Senate next year, according to an article in the Washington Post.
Iranian religious minorities pay tribute to martyrs
As the new year is approaching, followers of divine religions pay homage to their family members martyred during the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war, known as the Sacred Defense.
U.S. approves new military training deal with Pakistan as it seeks to bolster its weakening foothold
Barely a year after the Trump administration suspended military training for Pakistan, the U.S. government has approved resumption of Pakistan’s participation in its International Military Education and Training Program, or IMET.
Iran, Russia, China stage joint naval drill
Naval forces of Iran, Russia and China kicked off a large-scale maritime exercise in the northern part of the Indian Ocean and the Sea of Oman on Friday morning.
Tehran, Moscow should cooperate to fight Washington’s economic terrorism: diplomat
Kazem Jalali, Iran’s new ambassador to Russia, has suggested that Iran and Russia should cooperate to fight Washington’s “economic terrorism” as the United States has hit both countries with sanctions.
Russia against renewing Iran arms embargo: Ryabkov
The Russian deputy foreign minister has expressed Moscow’s objection to the extension of the United Nations Security Council arms embargo against Iran.
Abdullah Abdullah describes Iran as Afghanistan’s strategic partner
Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah has appreciated Tehran for its cooperation with Kabul in different arenas, describing Iran as a strategic partner of his country.