Middle East

Turkey-Syria earthquake: Death toll crosses 4,800 with rescue operations in full swing

Rescue and relief operations are in full swing in Turkey and Syria with the death toll from Monday’s devastating earthquake crossing the 4,800 mark in the two countries and raising the ominous specter of a humanitarian catastrophe in the region. Authorities in Turkey on Tuesday morning confirmed the deaths of at least 3,381 people and …

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1,000+ killed, infrastructure and historic sites damaged: What is known about horrific quakes in Türkiye and Syria

On Monday morning, a powerful earthquake struck in southern Türkiye, causing significant destruction across the country and in neighboring Syria. Over a thousand people were reported killed, as buildings collapsed and infrastructure was damaged on both sides of the border. Here is what is known about the disaster so far. …

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Ayatollah Khamenei pardons, commutes sentences of large number of those arrested during Iran’s deadly unrest

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has pardoned or commuted the sentences of a large number of Iranian prisoners arrested during the recent riots in the country. The Leader on Sunday agreed to a request by Iran’s Judiciary Chief Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei to pardon or reduce the sentences of …

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Tehran warns US against triggering war – media

Any military action against Iran by Washington would be considered as the initiation of broader hostilities, diplomats told Newsweek Iranian diplomats have warned that American military action against their country would risk starting an open war, according to Newsweek. There has been speculation surrounding Washington’s possible involvement in a recent …

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Bin Salman urged Baghdad to arrange face-to-face meeting between Saudi, Iranian FMs: Iraqi FM

Iraqi Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein says Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has urged senior Iraqi authorities to arrange a face-to-face meeting between the top diplomats of Riyadh and Tehran, amid a diplomatic process between the two neighbors aimed at mending strained ties. Hussein told Iraq’s Kurdish-language Rudaw television …

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Syria strongly rejects OPCW’s ‘misleading report’ on alleged 2018 chemical attack

The Syrian Foreign Ministry has categorically rejected a report by the chemical weapons watchdog, accusing Damascus of an alleged 2018 chemical attack against its own people. “Syria totally rejects the report released by the so-called ‘Investigation and Identification Team’ of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) about …

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