Turkey, Russia 'to build hospital' for Syrians fleeing E Ghouta

Turkish president says Ankara and Moscow will coordinate over project, after meeting Russian and Iranian counterparts. Turkey and Russia will collaborate to establish a hospital in Syria’s Tel Abyad to treat those escaping Eastern Ghouta, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday alongside his Russian and Iranian counterparts – Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani […]

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Rouhani says U.S. blacklisting of Iran Guards a 'mistake'

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday defended the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as protectors of Iran a day after the United States labeled the group as a foreign terrorist organization. “The Guards have sacrificed their lives to protect our people, our (1979 Islamic) revolution … today America that holds a grudge against the Guards, blacklists the […]

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Bahrain welcomes U.S. blacklisting of Iran Revolutionary Guards

DUBAI (Reuters) – Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry on Monday welcomed the U.S. decision to designate Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a foreign terrorist organization. Bahrain, led by a Sunni Muslim royal family, has accused Shi’ite Muslim Iran of supporting Shi’ite anti-government groups on its territory. Tehran denies the charges. Source: Read Full Article

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Iran's Rouhani signs trade pacts in Iraq to help offset US sanctions

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq and Iran signed several preliminary trade deals on Monday, Iraqi officials said, as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani began his first visit seeking to bolster Tehran’s influence and expand commercial ties to help offset renewed U.S. sanctions. The deals, among them a plan to build a railway linking the neighbors, emerged soon after the start of Rouhani’s […]

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Rouhani seeks to shore up Iran's influence on Baghdad trip

BAGHDAD/GENEVA (Reuters) – President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to Iraq this week is a strong message to the United States and its regional allies that Iran still dominates Baghdad, a key arena for rising tension between Washington and Tehran. The first Iranian presidential visit to Iraq since 2013 is also meant to signal to President Donald Trump’s administration that Tehran retains […]

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Iran's Rouhani accuses U.S. of trying to change clerical establishment

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the United States on Wednesday of plotting to use economic pressure to overthrow the Islamic republic’s clerical establishment, and ruled out the possibility of talks with Washington. “Iran is in economic and psychological war with America and its allies. Their aim is to change the regime but their wish will not come […]

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Iran's Zarif: Smooth diplomat challenged by hardliners

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who used his charm and knowledge of the West to help strike the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, announced his resignation unexpectedly on Monday on Instagram. “Many thanks for the generosity of the dear and brave people of Iran and its authorities over the past 67 months. I sincerely […]

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