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US Asked Pakistan to Help Defuse Tensions with Iran: Yusuf

Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The United States has asked for Pakistan’s help to defuse tensions in its conflict with Iran, Dr. Moeed Yusuf, The Pakistani Prime Minister’s special assistant to the national security and strategic policy planning department, said on Wednesday. “Washington asking Islamabad to play a role in the Middle East …

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Ukrainian Plane Crashes in Iran, Killing 176 People on Board

Ukrainian airliner

TEHRAN – A Ukrainian airliner carrying 176 people crashed on Wednesday due to technical problems shortly after take-off from Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran, killing everyone on board, Reuters reported Wednesday. The Ukraine International Airlines-owned Boeing 737 crashed near the airport and caught fire, the report said. Ukrainian President Volodymyr …

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US Deploys Six B-52 Strategic Bombers to Indian Ocean

B-52

LOUISIANA – US Air Force sends six long-range B-52 Stratofortress bombers to Diego Garcia, a secret military outpost in the Indian Ocean, as tension mounts following an American assassination strike against a high level Iranian general. The bombers will be “available for operations against Iran by order,” CNN’s Barbara Starr …

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Iranians Flock to Their Hometown for Suleimani’s Burial

Iranian

35 people have been killed and 48 injured in a stampede KIRMAN, Iran – Hundreds of Thousands of bereaved people dressed in black were found to pay final tribute to Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani before his burial. Gen. Soleimani was assassinated Friday in an American drone strike in Iraq …

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Germany Says Trump’s Iraq Sanctions Threat ‘Not Helpful

Germany

BERLIN – US President Donald Trump’s threat of sanctions on Iraq was “not very helpful”, Germany’s foreign minister said on Monday. The United States president had warned Baghdad could be hit by sanctions “like they’ve never seen before” if US forces were forced to leave. “I don’t think it works …

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Pakistan Offers Mediation in Middle East Crisis

Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has renewed its offer of mediation in the Middle East crisis and has reaffirmed its determination not to be part of any conflict in the region. It was the first time Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi contacted Tehran management after the January 3rd air strike in …

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US “Must Assume It is at War with Iran”: Brett Mcgurk

Iran

WASHINGTON – The United States is now effectively at war with Iran, warned an American expert on the Middle East, after Donald Trump ordered the murder of Tehran’s highest military commander in Iraq. Qassem Soleimani was killed in an air strike near Baghdad airport. The elite leader of the Revolutionary …

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Trump Threatens Iran After Attack on Baghdad Embassy

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WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump has warned Tehran that it will “pay a very high price” after a crowd of pro-Iranian protesters stormed the American Embassy complex in Iraq after his government announced sending hundreds of additional soldiers to the Middle East. Angry at US airstrikes that killed two …

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China, Iran Ministers Meet, Criticize ‘Bullying Practices’

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BEIJING – China’s foreign minister denounced international “bullying practices” during his meeting with his Iranian counterpart on Tuesday in the country’s latest criticism of US foreign policy under the Trump administration. Wang Yi reaffirmed the strength of bilateral ties in his opening remarks at the start of talks with Mohammad …

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