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Trump is a ‘clown’ who will betray Iranians, says Iran’s supreme leader

TEHRAN: As he addressed Friday prayers in Tehran for the first time since 2012, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said President Donald Trump is a "clown" who only pretends to support the Iranian people. Khamenei said Trump will "push a poisonous dagger" into the nation's back. He said the outpouring of grief at the funeral for Iran's top general,...

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Iran says it unintentionally shot down Ukrainian plane amid mounting tensions post missile strike

TEHRAN: Iranian armed forces on Saturday admitted that they unintentionally shot down the Ukrainian airliner that crashed this week and blamed "human error" for the mistake. The plane, which crashed on Wednesday killing all 176 people on board, was mistaken for a "hostile plane" and was hit while enemy threats were at the highest level, according to a press statement...

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UK Parliament approves Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal

The United Kingdom now has one foot out of the European Union's door after Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit Bill was endorsed by the House of Commons on Thursday. Succeeding where his beleaguered predecessor, Theresa May, had repeatedly failed, the Conservative Party leader saw his EU-agreed framework for leaving the European body backed by 330 members of parliament with 231...

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Iran plane crash: Highly likely jet was hit by Iranian missile, leaders say as new video emerges

Officials in the UK, US, Canada and Australia have said it is highly likely a missile was to blame for the crash of a passenger jet over Iran. All 176 people on board were killed when the Ukraine International Airlines jet crashed on Wednesday, minutes after taking off from the Iranian capital of Tehran. Among the dead were 82 Iranians,...

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US House passes resolution to limit Trump’s ability to wage war on Iran

WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives passed a resolution on Thursday to stop President Donald Trump from further military action against Iran, rebuking the president days after he ordered a drone strike that killed a top Iranian commander and raised fears of war. The Democratic-controlled House voted 224-194, mostly along party lines, sending the war powers resolution to the Senate....

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US says ready to hold negotiations with Iran ‘without preconditions’

WASHINGTON: While justifying the killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani by the United States as an act of self-defence, US ambassador to the United Nations said that Washington was prepared to hold negotiations with Iran "without preconditions". In a letter to the UN Security Council, US ambassador Kelly Craft said that the US stands "ready to engage without preconditions in serious negotiations...

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Two rockets reportedly hit Baghdad Green Zone

BAGHDAD: Two rockets hit the Green Zone in Iraq’s capital of Baghdad, a day after Iran launched missiles at bases housing US and other coalition forces in Iraq, according to a report Wednesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average pared gains following reports of an explosion in Baghdad. It closed 161 points higher but about 80 points lower than it had...

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Trump announces ‘powerful’ sanctions but not military retaliation after Iran missile strikes

President Donald Trump addressed the US nation Wednesday morning from the White House. de-escalating a crisis with Iran following its missile strikes overnight on two bases in Iraq where US troops are stationed. "I'm pleased to inform you the American people should be extremely grateful and happy," Trump said. "No Americans were harmed in last night's attack by the Iranian...

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Seven injured in Iran nuclear plant earthquake

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake on Wednesday rattled an area less than 50 kilometres (30 miles) from Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant near the country's Gulf coast, a US monitor said. The quake, which had a depth of 10 kilometres, struck 17 kilometres south-southeast of Borazjan city at 6:49am (0319 GMT), the US Geological Survey said on its website. State news...

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Ending corrupting presence of America in region is important: Khameneni

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday said that “Iran slapped American on the face last night" by launching at least 15 missiles at US forces in Iraq following the killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad last week. In a televised speech addressing the nation after Tehran targeted two US military bases in Iraq, Khamenei said, “Military action like...

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Trump says all is well after Iranian missile strike, FM Zarif calls attack self-defence

Trump on Tuesday confirmed that Iran had carried out missile strikes on a US base in Iraq. The US president said that an assessment of the casualties and damages was taking places and a statement would be made early Wednesday. "All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties and damages taking...

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Ukrainian jet crashes in Iran; all 180 on board dead

TEHRAN: All 170 people on board a Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed Wednesday after taking off from Tehran were killed, Iran's Red Crescent said. "Obviously it is impossible that passengers" on flight PS-752 "are alive," the head of Red Crescent told semi-official news agency ISNA, adding that 170 passengers and crew had boarded the plane. The Boeing 737 belonging to Ukraine...

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Tehran claims 80 dead in missile strike on US bases

BAGHDAD: At least 80 people were reportedly killed by Iranian missiles targeting US military bases in Iraq, Iranian news network Press Tv said. Iran on Wednesday fired missiles at Iraqi bases used by the US military, officials in Washington and Tehran said, in the first act of the Islamic republic's promised revenge for the US killing of a top Iranian general. The...

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US declines visa to Iranian FM Javad Zarif to attend UN meeting

WASHINGTON: The United States has denied a visa to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that would have allowed him to attend a United Nations Security Council meeting in New York on Thursday, a US official said. Monday’s comments by the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, came as tensions escalate between the two countries after the United States...

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Pentagon discards Trump threat to hit Iranian cultural sites

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon on Monday distanced itself from US President Donald Trump's assertions that he would bomb Iranian cultural sites despite international prohibitions on such attacks. US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said the US will follow the laws of armed conflict. When asked if that ruled out targeting cultural sites, Esper said pointedly, "That's the laws of armed conflict". The split between...

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35 killed, 48 injured in stampede at Iranian general’s funeral procession: report

TEHRAN: Iranian state television on Tuesday said 35 people were killed and 48 others injured in a stampede that erupted at a funeral procession for Gen Qasem Soleimani slain in a US airstrike. According to the report, the stampede erupted in Kerman, the hometown of Soleimani where the procession was underway. A procession in Tehran on Monday drew over 1 million people...

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Defiant Trump warns Iran of ‘major retaliation,’ threatens sanctions on Iraq

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump threatened "major retaliation" on Sunday if Iran avenges the killing of a key military commander and he warned of massive economic sanctions against ally Iraq if the country expels US troops based there. The twin threats came as Iran announced it was further reducing compliance with a tattered international nuclear accord, ending limitations on numbers...

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