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Iran will not match Bahrain envoy move: deputy minister TEHRAN: Iran will not reciprocate Bahrain's decision to reinstate its ambassador, deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said in remarks published Saturday, charging that the Gulf state's Sunni rulers were still repressing its Shiite majority. "As long as the regime's repression of the Bahraini people goes on, Iran will not take any decision to return its ambassador to Manama," the website of Iran's Arabic-language Al-Alam television quoted Amir Abdollahian as saying. "The return of the Bahraini ambassador to Tehran was a decision of the Bahraini government." Bahrain announced last Sunday that it had returned its ambassador to Iran, after an absence of nearly 18 months amid a deep rift between the two governments over Shiite-led pro-democracy protests that erupted in the Sunni-ruled kingdom in February last year. Manama recalled its ambassador from Tehran on March 15, 2011 in protest at what it said was Shiite Iran's "blatant interference" in its internal affairs. Tehran retaliated by recalling ...

China says will BEIJING: China on Saturday welcomed the naming of Lakhdar Brahimi as the new international envoy for the conflict in Syria, vowing support and cooperation for his mission after he replaced Kofi Annan. "China will support and cooperate positively with Brahimi's efforts at political mediation," the foreign ministry said in a statement. Beijing, a traditional Damascus ally, differs with the West on how to handle the conflict. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...
Toll from deadly Iraq attacks rises to 82: officials  BAGHDAD: The death toll from a wave of deadly attacks across Iraq on Thursday has risen to at least 82, security and medical officials said on Friday, updating an earlier toll. The spate of bombings and shootings struck 15 cities nationwide, leaving 270 people wounded in the bloodiest day to hit the country in three weeks, just days before the Eid festival that marks the end of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The deadliest attack ...
Syrian protesters lash out over regime onslaughts  MAREA: Syrians took to the streets of the northern rebel-held town of Marea after weekly Muslim prayers on Friday, lashing out angrily as the regime's bloody onslaught shows no sign of abating. "God damn your soul Hafez, for fathering Bashar al-Assad," protesters chanted, referring to the autocratic president's predecessor and father Hafez al-Assad. "Freedom forever, whether you like it or not." One carried a placard with "Aazaz" written in letters dripping in red, in memory of the ...
Big anti-Israel rallies in Iran for Quds Day TEHRAN: Big anti-Israel rallies took place in cities across Iran on Friday for the country's annual Quds Day, which supports the Palestinian cause and an end to the Jewish state. State television showed crowds marching under blazing sunshine and holding Palestinian flags and banners reading "Death to Israel". The demonstration, a regular event established after Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution, this year took place amid heightened tensions between Israel and Iran over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme. The Jewish state ...
Bombs, gun attacks kill more than 50 in Iraq BAGHDAD: A spate of bombings and gun attacks that killed at least 53 people in Iraq overshadowed preparations on Friday to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, amid warnings that insurgents could strike again. The violence on Thursday, the deadliest in a single day since unrest last month killed 113 on July 23, struck 15 cities and towns nationwide and left 260 wounded in more than a dozen explosions and shootings across the ...
At least 45 killed in Iraq attacks: officials  BAGHDAD: A wave of attacks in Iraq on Thursday killed at least 45 people and wounded more than 180 people, security and medical officials said. The deadliest attacks struck in and around Baghdad, where 18 people were killed in multiple bombings. Attacks also struck Tal Afar, Kirkuk, Daquq, Dibis, Kut, Al-Garma, Al-Baaj, Badush, Tuz Khurmatu, Mosul, Taji, Khales and Baquba. The violence was the deadliest since July 23, when 113 were killed in what was the deadliest day ...


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