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Saudi Arabia calls Iran nuclear deal flawed

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia called the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers a “flawed agreement” on Monday, on the eve of a meeting between the Saudi crown prince and US President Donald Trump who have both been highly critical of Iran. “Our view of the nuclear deal is that …

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Chabahar Port provides the chance for regional convergence: Iranian Envoy

Iran’s ambassador to Kabul described the southeastern Iranian Port of Chabahar as an opportunity for regional convergence in line with serving the common interests of all countries in the region. It needs to facilitate banking relations in order to make use of Chabahar’s capacities, Mohammad Reza Bahrami said in a …

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Iran calls Saudi crown prince ‘delusional’, ‘naive’

TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Thursday that the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is a “delusional” and “naive” person who just tells lies. “His words are not worth to respond, because he is a delusional naive person who just tells bitter lies and sees …

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Shifting alliances as Pakistan manages relationship with US

AP ISLAMABAD: As Pakistan navigates its troubled relationship with the United States and scrambles to avoid being blacklisted for doing too little, too late to stop terror funding, regional alliances are shifting and analysts ponder whether a cozier relationship with countries like Russia will complicate efforts to move toward peace in neighboring Afghanistan. Russia, …

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Russia vetoes UN resolution linking Iran with terror activities in Yemen

By Richard Roth and Steve George, CNN   (CNN)Russia vetoed a United Nations draft resolution Monday that would have linked Iran with the transfer of Iranian-made arms to Houthi militias in Yemen. The UK-proposed draft, which was strongly backed by the United States and its allies, was blocked by Russia …

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Pakistan Under Scrutiny for Planned Troop Deployment in Saudi Arabia

ISLAMABAD —  Pakistan’s decision to deploy troops to Saudi Arabia has sparked domestic criticism the country is taking sides in the Yemeni conflict in violation of a parliamentary resolution, and it’s a move some say likely will upset neighboring Iran. The Pakistani military announced Thursday it was sending a “contingent” …

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Bahrain arrests 4 in pipeline blast, laying blame on Iran

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Bahraini authorities say police have arrested four men suspected of being behind a blast that ripped through a state-run oil pipeline in November. A statement by the Interior Ministry says two of those arrested received “intensive training” in Iranian Revolutionary Guard camps in Iran. Iran …

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Cave discovered in Oman 1,300m above sea level

Muscat: Oman’s Ministry of Tourism has announced the discovery of a new cave – Kittat Al Suwairat – approximately 1,300 metres above sea level in Hamra province. “The Speleological Team of Oman [discovered] yet another of the Sultanate’s natural, geological masterpieces,” the ministry said. The new cave will enable long-term …

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Oman Imposes Six Month Ban On Expat Hiring

Omani Minister of Manpower Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al Bakri has announced a freeze on expat hiring in ten sectors, a move designed to encourage local companies to hire more local expertise. The sectors affected are information systems, sales, marketing, administration, human resources, insurance, media, airports, engineering and technical professions. …

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U.S. troops will stay in Syria to counter ‘strategic’ threat from Iran

BEIRUT — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday committed the United States to an indefinite military presence in Syria, citing a range of policy goals that extend far beyond the defeat of the Islamic State as conditions for American troops to go home. But a crisis unfolding on the …

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