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Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the Islamic republic's 1980-88 war with Iraq showed the country can defend itself, without directly addressing the current circumstances.

Iran-backed militias will feel emboldened by a reduction of capable enemies on their doorstep, and could seek to expand their power and influence even further.

Iran ex-judiciary official gets 31 years for graft

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Iran ex-judiciary official gets 31 years for graft

Akbar Tabari received the jail term after being convicted of "setting up and heading a bribery network", judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili told state television.

Iran says Bahrain partner to 'crimes' of Israel

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Iran says Bahrain partner to 'crimes' of Israel

Iran said that through this "shameful" deal, Bahrain has "sacrificed the Palestinian cause at the altar of American elections".

Iran's <em>Khamenei</em> says Mohammed cartoons 'unforgivable'

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Iran's Khamenei says Mohammed cartoons 'unforgivable'

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said republishing cartoons of the prophet Mohammed is 'unforgivable'.

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US-Israel delegation leaves UAE after 'ground-breaking' normalisation visit

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and White House advisor left with the UAE with the US-Israeli delegation on Tuesday.

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Iran's Khamenei says UAE-Israel deal 'betrayed' Muslim world

"I hope the Emiratis soon wake up and compensate for what they have done," the Iranian supreme leader said.

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Shia muslims mark Ashura in Iraq's Karbala despite virus

Small clusters of pilgrims gathered outside the main mosque, wearing the customary black mourning clothes along with less traditional masks and ...

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Shia pilgrims gather for mourning month in Iraq

Pilgrims in Iraq attend a shrine during the holy month despite coronavirus fears.

Iran 'wary' of political changes in Lebanon following blast

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Iran 'wary' of political changes in Lebanon following blast

Tehran is cautious over developments taking place in Lebanon, where a deadly blast killed more than 170 people last week and prompted the ...

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Iran executes man for killing guard in 2017-18 protests

Iran executed a man convicted of killing a member of the Revolutionary Guards during deadly 2017-18 protests.

Iran's <em>Khamenei</em> says sanctions failed, no talks with Trump

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Iran's Khamenei says sanctions failed, no talks with Trump

Iran is refusing to start talks with the US that will only benefit Donald Trump, Khamenei said.

The Iraq Report: Iran outplays Saudi on diplomatic front

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The Iraq Report: Iran outplays Saudi on diplomatic front

Iraq has found itself caught in a delicate balancing act between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

US presence in Iraq 'cause of insecurity', says <em>Khamenei</em>

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US presence in Iraq 'cause of insecurity', says Khamenei

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi of Iraq met Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the Iranian capital during his first trip abroad since taking ...

Iran president calls Iraqi premier's visit 'turning point'

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Iran president calls Iraqi premier's visit 'turning point'

Iran will work to support 'stability and security in Iraq', President Rouhani said after meeting with the Iraqi premier.

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Iraqi PM arrives in Iran for first foreign visit

Mustafa al-Kadhimi is expected to meet with Iranian President Rouhani and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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Daytime rocket attack hits Baghdad as Iran FM visits

The attack took place in the searing afternoon heat as Iran's top diplomat held back-to-back meetings with senior Iraqi officials nearby.

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Iraqi Prime Minister to travel to Saudi Arabia, Iran

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi will travel to Saudi Arabia and Iran next week in a trip carefully calculated to balance Iraq’s ties to the ...

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Iran considers review of death sentences after public outcry

Celebrities joined the campaign using the hashtag #do_not_execute in Persian, which was shared on social media platforms over five million times ...

Back to square one, as the JCPOA turns five

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Back to square one, as the JCPOA turns five

Comment: Trump's unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal has done huge damage to the prospect of any similar future agreement. It's vital we ...

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Coronavirus claims over 20,000 lives across Mideast

Despite having 20,005 deaths from the Covid-19 illness, the Middle East has been relatively lightly hit by the virus, which has killed over half ...

Iran's <em>Khamenei</em> urges fight against 'tragic' virus resurgence

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Iran's Khamenei urges fight against 'tragic' virus resurgence

Iran has been struggling to contain the outbreak since announcing its first cases in February.

Iran-backed militia says PM's actions could bring escalation

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Iran-backed militia says PM's actions could bring escalation

Tensions have risen in Iraq between the state and Iran-backed armed groups after the assassination of a prominent analyst, whose death the US ...

Iran reports record one-day coronavirus death toll of 200

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Iran reports record one-day coronavirus death toll of 200

Iran announced the highest recorded number of Covid-19 deaths in a day, as the virus continues its deadly spread across the Middle East.

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