Wednesday, May 25, 2016


News and Features from the Middle East

U.S. Examining Whether Indian Port Deal With Iran Violates Sanctions

U.S. senators questioned whether India's deal to develop a port in Iran violates international sanctions, and the State Department said it is examining the question.
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Hard-Liner Elected Head Of Iran's Powerful Assembly Of Experts

Iran's Assembly of Experts has chosen hard-liner Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati to head the powerful body, which is responsible for electing and overseeing the work of Iran’s supreme leader.
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Video Iraq Says Towns Outside Falluja Retaken

Iraqi security forces captured several areas on the outskirts of Fallujah on the first day of an offensive aimed at wresting the strategic city from Islamic State militants, Iraqi military officials said on May 23.
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Iran Admits Jailing Internet Freedom Advocate

For the first time, Iran has officially acknowledged that it has imprisoned a U.S. permanent resident who advocates for Internet freedom.
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Iran: Slain Taliban Leader Wasn't Here

Iran has denied reports claiming that Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansur had traveled to Iran before being killed in a U.S. drone attack in Pakistan.
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India To Develop Iranian Port

Iran and India have signed an agreement to develop the Iranian port of Chabahar.
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Iraq Starts Op To Retake Fallujah From IS

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has announced the launch of military operations to retake Fallujah from Islamic State (IS) militants.
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Iranian Film Wins Two Awards At Cannes

British film director Ken Loach has won the Palme d'Or for Best Picture at the Cannes Film Festival for his drama "I, Daniel Blake."
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Iraq Launches Operation To Retake Fallujah From IS

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has announced the launch of military operations to retake Fallujah from Islamic State militants.
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Tehran Calls On U.S. To Encourage Investment In Iran

Iran's foreign minister has called on the United States to encourage investors to engage with Tehran.
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