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Tajikistan President’s Special Envoy: We seek to upgrade relations with Syria

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Damascus, Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad on Wednesday received Tajikistan President's Special Envoy for the Middle East Zubaidullo Zubaidzoda.Mikdad presented Zubaidzoda a detailed political and field review on the latest development to the crisis in Syria, thanking Tajikistan's leadership and people for their standing by Syria in its war against terrorism.Mikdad affirmed the importance of upgrading bilateral relations between the Syria and Tajikistan in various fields through activating the joint agreements and others practical measures that the two sides can consider to achieve this objective.Mikdad stressed that the steadfast Syrian people, who made the highest sacrifices and stood in the face of the most harsh forms of siege and economic pressure imposed by the ...

Tajikistan President’s Special Envoy: We seek to upgrade relations with Syria

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Damascus, Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad on Wednesday received Tajikistan President's Special Envoy for the Middle East Zubaidullo Zubaidzoda.Mikdad presented Zubaidzoda a detailed political and field review on the latest development to the crisis in Syria, thanking Tajikistan's leadership and people for their standing by Syria in its war against terrorism.Mikdad affirmed the importance of upgrading bilateral relations between the Syria and Tajikistan in various fields through activating the joint agreements and others practical measures that the two sides can consider to achieve this objective.Mikdad stressed that the steadfast Syrian people, who made the highest sacrifices and stood in the face of the most harsh forms of siege and economic pressure imposed by the ...

Islamic State in Afghanistan Growing Bigger, More Dangerous

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The collapse of the Islamic State's self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq is doing little to slow down the terror group's branch in Afghanistan.Newly unclassified intelligence suggests IS-Khorasan, as the group is known, is growing both in numbers and ambition, now boasting as many as 5,000 fighters � nearly five times as many as estimates from last year � while turning its focus to bigger and more spectacular attacks.Military officials say the numbers, shared by U.S. Forces-Afghanistan for the latest quarterly report by the Lead Inspector General for Operation Freedom Sentinel, issued Tuesday, are "low confidence" estimates but that IS-Khorasan has fighters in Kabul, as well as in Nangarhar and Kunar provinces and in other parts of northeastern Afghanistan.More worrisome, according to

Saudi Arabia, WHO Sign Agreement of Comprehensive Health Coverage

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Geneva, Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al Rabeeah, Minister of Health, signed here today an agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO) with regard to a comprehensive health coverage for 2030 on the sidelines of the 72nd Session of the World Health Organization being held in Geneva.The signing ceremony is attended by Saudi ambassador in Geneva Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Wasil and WHO Region Director in the Middle East Dr. Ahmad Al-Mandhari.Source: Saudi Press Agency

Saudi Arabia, WHO Sign Agreement of Comprehensive Health Coverage

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Geneva, Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al Rabeeah, Minister of Health, signed here today an agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO) with regard to a comprehensive health coverage for 2030 on the sidelines of the 72nd Session of the World Health Organization being held in Geneva.The signing ceremony is attended by Saudi ambassador in Geneva Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Wasil and WHO Region Director in the Middle East Dr. Ahmad Al-Mandhari.Source: Saudi Press Agency

Abu Sleiman: Law gives Ministry of Labor, government powers over unions, members

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Minister of Labor Kamil Abu Sleiman commented over the leaked video showing Labor Union Head Bechara el Asmar making jokes on Patriarch Sfeir, saying: "the law gives the Ministry of Labor and the government full powers over the unions and its members."He added: "I look forward to the legal pressure and I will consider all the available options and then submit them at the first cabinet session."Sleiman's fresh words came on Saturday in an interview with "Voice of Lebanon" Radio Station.Source: National News Agency

KSA Sacrifice Meats’ Shipments Arrived, at Rohingya Refugees’ Camps, in Bangladesh

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Jeddah, Shipments of sacrifice meats containing 80 thousand slaughtered animals arrived at various Rohingya refugees' camps, in Cox Bazaar areas, in order to be delivered to them, as soon as they arrive to Chittagong seaport.As much as 10 kg of meat will be earmarked to each family, in accordance with set mechanism for the delivery, in collaboration with a Bangladeshi relief body.Source: Saudi Press Agency

Sadr calls on his followers not to demonstrate and sit in Najaf

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Najaf The leader of the Sadrist movement Moqtada al-Sadr called on his followers to remove the city of Najaf from any sit-ins or demonstrations."My leader says: No demonstrations and protests in Najaf, and you have to maintain their peacefulness in all the provinces, otherwise I have nothing to do with them," said the activist in social media and close to Sadr, Saleh al-Iraqi."Keeping your demonstrations peaceful is in itself a victory and restoring your rights from the corrupt, with thanks and appreciation," he added.Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Trump Denies Report He’s Considering 120,000 Troops to Counter Iran

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PENTAGON, U.S. President Donald Trump has rejected a report that he is considering sending 120,000 troops to counter Iran, but didn't rule out deploying "a lot more" soldiers in the future."I think it's fake news," Trump said of a New York Times report that the White House is considering a plan to send 120,000 troops to the region."Now, would I do that? Absolutely. But we have not planned for that," Trump said Tuesday.The Pentagon has dispatched an aircraft carrier and nuclear-capable bomber planes to the region in the last few days, with a Patriot missile battery and a landing platform dock ship on the way. The Patriot system offers protection from aircraft and missiles, while the LPD carries Marines and the aircraft, hovercraft, or boats needed to put them ashore to fight in distant plac...

Trump Denies Report He’s Considering 120,000 Troops to Counter Iran

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PENTAGON, U.S. President Donald Trump has rejected a report that he is considering sending 120,000 troops to counter Iran, but didn't rule out deploying "a lot more" soldiers in the future."I think it's fake news," Trump said of a New York Times report that the White House is considering a plan to send 120,000 troops to the region."Now, would I do that? Absolutely. But we have not planned for that," Trump said Tuesday.The Pentagon has dispatched an aircraft carrier and nuclear-capable bomber planes to the region in the last few days, with a Patriot missile battery and a landing platform dock ship on the way. The Patriot system offers protection from aircraft and missiles, while the LPD carries Marines and the aircraft, hovercraft, or boats needed to put them ashore to fight in distant plac...