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Lebanon not planning to negotiate with Iran on fuel imports: minister

Lebanon currently has no plan to negotiate with Iran for the import of fuel, energy minister Raymond Ghajar said on Thursday (July 9), after the leader of the Tehran-backed Hezbollah group said it was


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Record stimulus tightens Turkey's grip on markets as foreigners flee

Turkey’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, including the central bank’s record programme of quantitative easing (QE), has tightened the grip state institutions have on the country’s bond market an


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Severe bread shortages loom for Syria as fresh US sanctions grip

Syria could face severe bread shortages for the first time since the start of the war, another challenge for President Bashar al-Assad as he grapples with an economic meltdown and fresh US sanctions,


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Coronavirus infections rise above 250,000 in Iran

Iran’s total number of coronavirus cases has reached 250,458 and a record 221 people died of the disease over the past 24 hours, raising the overall death toll to 12,305, the Health Ministry said on T


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Russia fails at UN in bid to cut Turkey border aid access to Syria

A Russian bid to halve access for humanitarian aid deliveries to Syria from Turkey to just one border crossing failed at the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday (July 9), garnering just four


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UN chief warns foreign interference in Libya conflict at 'unprecedented levels'

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the Security Council on Wednesday (July 8) that the conflict in Libya has entered a new phase “with foreign interference reaching unprecedented


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Turkish factory production seen slumping more than 22% in May: Reuters

Turkey’s industrial production is expected to have contracted 22.5% annually in May due to the near economic standstill brought on by measures to stem the spread of coronavirus.


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Pompeo says UN arms embargo on Iran must be extended to prevent further regional conflict

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday (July 8) urged the UN Security Council to extend an arms embargo on Iran and said the US and partner forces last month seized a vessel carrying arms to H


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Russia working on immediate Libya ceasefire with Turkey – Interfax

Russia and Turkey are working on an immediate ceasefire agreement for the conflict in Libya, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Wednesday (July 8) by the Interfax news agen


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Iran's coronavirus death toll passes 12,000, health ministry says

Iran’s death toll from the coronavirus passed 12,000 on Wednesday (July 8), Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said in a statement on state TV.


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Under 'financial siege', Lebanon must stave off strife, says Bassil

Lebanon is facing a “financial siege” imposed by international powers and its priority is staving off strife caused by the country’s economic meltdown, leading politician Gebran Bassil said on Tuesday


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Bombing in northeastern Syria's Tel Abyad kills at least two: reports

The northeastern city of Tel Abyad was hit by a deadly bombing on Tuesday (July 7), according to local media outlets.


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Russia, China veto UN approval of aid deliveries to Syria from Turkey

Russia and China cast vetoes on Tuesday to block the UN Security Council from extending its approval of aid deliveries to Syria from Turkey for a year, despite UN warnings that the lives of Syrian civ


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Kuwait to disburse $780 million to 70,000 citizens in private sector

Kuwait will disburse some 240.5 million dinars ($780 million) to support Kuwaiti citizens employed in the private sector as part of efforts to soften the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the financ


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Russian, German foreign ministers discuss Syria's humanitarian aid needs

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas discussed Syria’s humanitarian aid needs in a telephone call on Tuesday (July 7).


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Explosion near Iran’s capital kills two, damages factory: IRNA

Two people were killed in an explosion at a factory in the south of Tehran, state news agency IRNA reported on Tuesday (July 7), in the latest in a series of fires and explosions, some of which have h


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Iran's oil storage almost full as sanctions and pandemic weigh

Iran has slashed crude oil production to its lowest level in four decades as storage tanks and vessels are almost completely full due to a fall in exports and refinery run cuts caused by the coronavir


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Shepherd killed by Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps in Sardasht

Hengaw Organization for Human Rights said on Tuesday (July 7) that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) shot and killed a shepherd in the high mountains near Sardasht city on the Wazena plain


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Currency crisis impoverishes Iranians, strains economic defenses

Desperate to afford her daughter’s overseas university fees, 58-year-old retired Iranian teacher Maryam Hosseini withdrew all her savings from the bank to buy US dollars.


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UN expert deems US drone strike on Iran's Soleimani an 'unlawful' killing

The January US drone strike in Iraq that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and nine other people represented a violation of international law, a UN human rights investigator said on Monday (


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