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Expert rules out US claims over Iran destructive role in Syria

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SHAFAQNA- IRNA: Efforts made by Moscow and Tehran to fight terrorism are complementary, and Washington’s claims that Iran plays a destructive role in Syria are not correct, said a senior member of the Russian Academy of Sciences on Saturday. Political…

US sanctions ending dollar dominance: Russian expert

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SHAFAQNA- IRNA: An analyst working for the Institute of Economics at the Russian Academy of Sciences said the US sanctions against other countries such as Russia, Iran and China would end the US dollar's dominance in the world. Alexander…

The US is Planning a Major War with Russia and China. Reports

SHAFAQNA- Two recent reports from the United States strongly suggest the United States is planning a major war with Russia and China, but are far from certain that they could in fact succeed in such a war. The reports also provide insights…

Syrian army enter Kurdish-held town of Manbij

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SHAFAQNA | Nasibeh Yazdani : The Syrian army have entered the Kurdish-held town of Manbij in northern Syria for the first time in years on Friday, after the Kurdish YPG militia urged Damascus to protect the town from a threatened Turkish offensive.  Syrian…

Russia warns US of confronting Iran

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SHAFAQNA- IRNA: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned US and its allies of confronting Iran for solving problems in the Middle East. Lavrov made the remarks on Friday while addressing a meeting which was held with the attendance…

Iran, Russia, Turkey agree to boost efforts aimed at Syrian constitutional committee

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SHAFAQNA- The Islamic Republic of Iran, Russia and Turkey have agreed to ramp up efforts for supporting the launch of a Syrian-led political process for the composition of Syria’s inclusive constitution. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad…

Assad says Syria reconstruction cost almost $ 400 billion

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SHAFAQNA- Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad said Syria’s reconstruction will cost between $250 billion and $400 billion , Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov has said after meeting with the Syrian head of state. Borisov’s…

Zarif, Lavrov discussed Syria crisis

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SHAFAQNA- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov held a phone conversation on Wednesday over a number of issues, including the ongoing crisis in Syria. During the talks, the two sides conferred…

OPEC decides to cut 1.2m bpd to rebalance oil markets

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SHAFAQNA- OPEC concluded its 175th meeting with an accord to remove 1.2 million barrels a day of crude from the market, with non-OPEC allies including Russia taking a 400,000 barrel-a-day share. Iran will be exempted from such a cut due to sanctions. Oil-producing…

Astana peace conference on Syria: The guarantor states failed to achieve a UN-backed constitutional committee

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SHAFAQNA – Despite positive comments by the Turkish, Russian, and Iranian delegations on the results of the Astana peace conference, the U.N. envoy to Syria said the latest talks to end the war are a missed opportunity. Astana 11 final…

Syria: Despite Russian-Turkish agreements, terrorists remain in Idlib

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SHAFAQNA- Despite negotiations during Istanbul summit which addresses numerous solutions including Idlib demilitarised zone, constitutional reform and a UN-backed elections for Syria, Walid Muallem, Syrian Foreign Minister,  announced that the…

Syrian MP: The Balance of Power will Change after Receiving S-300

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SHAFAQNA- Russian Il-20 plane was downed in West Syria earlier this month and all of 15 aircrews were died. The aircraft was shot down by Syrian air defenses while they were responding to a wave of Israeli airstrikes. Russia held Tel Aviv responsible…

The 33rd cycling tour of Azerbaijan

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SHAFAQNA- On Sunday, The first stage of the 33rd Azarbaijan international semi-amateur tour kicked off with the presence of 13 foreign and domestic teams from Tabriz. The tournament’s 151-kilometers-first-stage takes place from Tabriz…

Infographics: 10 Key dates of The First World War

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SHAFAQNA: World War I, also called First World War or Great War, an international conflict that in 1914–18 embroiled most of the nations of Europe along with Russia, the United States, the Middle East, and other regions. The war pitted…

Trump defended re-imposing sanctions on Iran at UN security council meeting

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SHAFAQNA- A day after US President appeared before the United Nations and made clear his disdain for a global approach to problem solving, he returned on Wednesday in meeting of the world organization’s most powerful body. Donald…

JCPOA and the future of international relations

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SHAFAQNA- Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal in May. The US withdrawal from the nuclear deal struck between Iran and main powers is “doomed” to significantly have an effect on peace and safety within the Center…

Ayatollah Khamenei received Erdogan and Putin

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SHAFAQNA - Following the end of Tehran trilateral summit on Syrian settlement, Iranian Leader Ayatollah Khamenei received Turkish President Erdogan and Russian President Putin in separate meetings.  Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah…

Rouhani: Fight against terrorism is essential issue until eradication of all terrorist groups in Syria

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SHAFAQNA- The tripartite meeting between Russia, Turkey and Iran held today Friday in Tehran to discuss the situation in the Syrian province of Idleb and restoration of peace in the Arab state as Syrian government forces prepares a large-scale…

Russia: UN Security Council should review Trump’s withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal

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SHAFAQNA - United Nations Security Council diplomats should review Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal at a coming high-level meeting in New York, according to a senior Russian diplomat. Russia’s Deputy UN Ambassador Dmitry…

Iran called for militants to be “cleaned out” of Syria’s Idlib province

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SHAFAQNA - Iran's foreign minister said at the start of a visit to Damascus that "terrorists must be purged" from Syria's Idlib and the entire northwestern province returned to government control. The visit comes days before the leaders of…

Mongolia's Halal meat exports on the path to growth

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SHAFAQNA- Mongolia has an estimated 30 million sheep - more than New Zealand - but has until recently only managed to export a thin slice of its overall meat output. It hopes that will change as it taps overseas appetite for halal mutton from…

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called on followers to keep up attacks against Shi’ite Muslims

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SHAFAQNA : In a new 54 minute long speech for the ‘Eid Al-Adha holiday, the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, instructed his followers to keep fighting, despite their several setbacks across Syria, Iraq, and…

A closer look into the contemporary history of Azerbaijan

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SHAFAQNA- OZY | By: DAN PELESCHUK: The brief but inclusive Azerbaijan Democratic Republic shows that innovation can come from where it’s least expected. The exotic, cosmopolitan city buzzed with activity, its multicultural lifeblood driven…

Turkey Plans to hold meeting on Syria Conflict In September

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SHAFAQNA - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Ankara wants to organize a meeting on regional issues including the Syrian conflict with Russia, France and Germany in Istanbul on September 7. In comments published by Turkish…

Syria and Iran on Trump-Putin talks in Helsinki

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SHAFAQNA - Donald Trump met one-on-one with Russia's Vladimir Putin behind closed doors on Monday in Helsinki. Both leaders expressed confidence that Russia and the United States were entering a period of better relations and cooperation on…

Moving US embassy to Jerusalem on Putin-Abbas recent talks

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SHAFAQNA - While Israel and Hamas exchanged fire in Gaza on Saturday, Palestinian President met with Russian President. Vladimir Putin on his recent talks with Mahmoud Abbas complains about US moving its embassy to Jerusalem.  Russian President…

NATO summit comes ahead of Trump’s direct meeting with Putin

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SHAFAQN — President Trump ripped into NATO allies on Wednesday, slamming Germany for its dependence on Russian energy and demanding that nations double their military spending commitments. Ultimately however, the group resolved differences…

World powers support Iran’s continued oil and gas exports despite US threats

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Shafaqna- European powers including China and Russia, said that they support Iran’s right to export oil and gas, despite threats of sanctions by the US. According to US News, five world powers have agreed with Iran to forge ahead with negotiations…