Middle Orient

Iran fails to launch satellite into orbit as Pentagon watches

The details surrounding the failed launches, and causes of its failure were unclear, however, the report stated. Iran failed to launch another satellite in space in mid-June, according to CNN citing US defense officials. The Pentagon and defense officials were observing the launch and stated that while the June launch …

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Iran official says US has agreed to lift oil, shipping sanctions

The new US administration of President Joe Biden aims to restore the Iran Deal, but the sides disagree on which steps need to be taken and when. Iran said on Wednesday that Washington had agreed to remove all sanctions on Iran’s oil and shipping, and take some senior figures off …

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US: Election of Raisi unlikely to change dynamics of nukes talks

Iran’s supreme leader determines Tehran’s policy on important issues, US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said on Monday, signaling that the election to the presidency of hardliner Ebrahim Raisi won’t change the dynamics of the talks on the nuclear issues between Iran and the world powers in Vienna. “Iran will …

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Iran claims sabotage of Iran Atomic Energy Organization failed – explainer

Despite Iranian claims, both in July 2020 and April 2021, the Islamic Republic initially lied to the global media in trying to downplay sabotage operations. A sabotage operation against one of the buildings of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEO) in Karaj, near Tehran, failed and caused no damage or casualties …

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Germany’s Largest Right-Wing Extremist Group is Turkish, not German

The German Parliament and other federal agencies estimate that the true number Grey Wolves in Germany is above 18,000. This is five times more than the number of members (3,500) of Germany’s neo-Nazi party. The ideology underpinning the Grey Wolves movement is a Turkish version of Aryanism and sets itself …

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Iran wants ‘guarantee’ US will not leave nuclear deal again

One Republican senator said the United States would need to ratify the Iran nuclear agreement as a treaty to be able to provide such an assurance. Iran wants a guarantee from the United States that it will not leave the Iran nuclear agreement again. “The US must give a guarantee,” …

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Syria’s Idlib University bans mixed-gender online groups

Idlib University, managed by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s government in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, issued a decision banning mixed-gender groups on social media, causing uproar and division among students. Idlib University, which is run by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s Syrian Salvation Government in the northwestern province of Idlib, recently banned mixed-gender …

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Iran accuses US of interfering in domestic affairs

State Department spokesperson Ned Price described President-elect Ebrahim Raisi’s landslide win as “pre-manufactured.” Iran accused the United States on Tuesday of meddling in its domestic affairs after the State Department cast doubt on the legitimacy of incoming Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s landslide victory. The 60-year-old hard-line judiciary chief won more …

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Doha’s Decision-Makers Deliberate on Diplomatic Dialogues, Dose Distribution

Qatar on Monday kicked off its three-day Economic Forum 2021, which will bring together world leaders, diplomats, and leading businessmen to discuss “global leadership and strategies to support post-pandemic economic growth.” In his opening remarks, Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani called the event “a springboard for a …

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Netanyahu Slams Israeli Government for US Understandings

Israel’s Opposition Leader Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday accused the Naftali Bennett-led government in Israel of “endangering the security and future” of the state after it was reported that Foreign Minister Yair Lapid had agreed with Secretary of State Antony Blinken on a “no surprises” policy regarding Iran’s nuclear program. “I …

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