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US welcomes Saudi effort to ‘checkmate’ Iran

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of Defence James Mattis has welcomed Saudi-led efforts to ‘checkmate’ Iran’s growing influence in the Middle East and adjacent regions. In a transcript released by the Department of Defence in Washington on Thursday, Mr Mattis said that the move to form an alliance of Arab and other …

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Iran ‘biggest state sponsor of terrorism’: US defence secretary

US Defence Secretary James Mattis said Saturday that Iran was the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism, as President Donald Trump slapped fresh sanctions on the country’s weapons procurement network. “As far as Iran goes, this is the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world,” Mattis said at …

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ATR eyes 20-plane deal with Iran

TOULOUSE: A deal for Iran to buy 20 short-haul passenger aircraft from ATR should be signed imminently, the head of the European planemaker told Reuters on Friday. The deal will come after Iran, which had not directly purchased a Western-built plane in nearly 40 years, signed contracts with Europe’s Airbus …

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‘Trump may not be as hard on Pakistan as it will be on Iran’

KARACHI: “At a time when Russian President Vlamdir Putin seems to have a soft corner for US President-elect Donald Trump and vice versa, Pakistan has an opportunity to improve its relations with Russia without agitating the US,” said Abdullah Khurram, a South Asia and Middle East Fellow at Johns Hopkins …

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Two women arrested in Iran for riding motorcycle

Two women were held in Iran after they were filmed riding a motorcycle, thus breaking “revolutionary norms and values”. The women “exploited the opportunity” presented by the absence of police at a national park to commit an “obscene act” worsened by the viral footage, officials in Dezful city said. Local …

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Khamenei condemns Britain after PM May calls Iran a regional threat

DUBAI: Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei condemned Britain on Saturday as a “source of evil and misery” for the Middle East after British Prime Minister Theresa May called Iran a regional threat. “Shamelessly, the British have recently called … Iran a threat to the region, but everyone knows that …

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Britain’s May says to help Gulf leaders ‘push back’ Iran

DUBAI: Prime Minister Theresa May told Gulf leaders on Wednesday that Britain would help “push back” against Iranian aggression as they agreed on a strategic partnership to deepen ties. Addressing a summit of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council in Bahrain, May reaffirmed British support for traditional allies in the region, …

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Rouhani says Iran will not let Trump rip up nuclear deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday he would not let US President-elect Donald Trump rip up a global nuclear deal, warning of unspecified repercussions if Washington reneges on the agreement. Trump had said during campaigns for the White House that he would scrap Iran’s pact with world powers under …

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