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Despite the IS claim, interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian blamed the Taliban, saying "terrorists" had fired a total of 23 rockets.

A statement by the jihadist group on its Telegram channels said IS fighters "planted an explosive device in... the cemetery in the city of Jeddah yesterday (Wednesday)."

Arab leaders congratulate Biden, Harris on US election win

Gasia Ohanes

Arab leaders congratulate Biden, Harris on US election win

Leaders of the UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Yemen, Palestine, Sudan, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Libya congratulated Biden, while Saudi Arabia and Syria have not yet released statements.

Nagorno-Karabakh 'execution' video prompts Council of Europe probe: report

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Nagorno-Karabakh 'execution' video prompts Council of Europe probe: report

Europe's top human rights watchdog has launched a probe into alleged human rights violations in the Nagorno-Karapakh conflict.

Hundreds protest in Iraq after attacks on activists

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Hundreds protest in Iraq after attacks on activists

Hundreds of protesters have blocked roads and bridges in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah after one activist was kidnapped and another ...

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Iran hackers 'bypassing Whatsapp encryption' to target dissent: reports

The reports point to major technological strides for Iran's cyberespionage capabilities.

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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 ...

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IS claims knife killing of Tunisian National Guard

In a statement, IS said its "fighters" had carried out the Tunisia attack.

Iran bill seeks to ban all 'foreign messaging apps'

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Iran bill seeks to ban all 'foreign messaging apps'

A bill seeking the replacement of all foreign messaging apps with locally-made alternatives has been submitted in Iran.

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#Don't_Execute: viral campaign to stop Iran protester hangings

A rare viral internet campaign urging Iran not to execute men detained over anti-government protests has halted their executions, but has not ...

Iran executes man for killing guard in 2017-18 protests

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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.

Iranian hackers claim major attack on Israeli railway system

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Iranian hackers claim major attack on Israeli railway system

An Iranian hacker group has claimed responsibility for a major cyberattack affecting 28 railway stations in Israel, in the latest in a series of ...

Chechnya's Kadyrov blames blogger murder on foreign secret services

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Chechnya's Kadyrov blames blogger murder on foreign secret services

Chechen strongman Kadyrov claimed foreign secret services killed dissident blogger Mamikhan Umarov in Austria and have pinned the blame on the ...

Iran Revolutionary Guard convoy targeted by 'roadside bombs'

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Iran Revolutionary Guard convoy targeted by 'roadside bombs'

Jaish Al-Adl, which was formed in 2012, have targeted Iranian military and security forces in numerous deadly skirmishes and suicide bombings.

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Iran sentences former exiled opposition figure to death

Former opposition figure Ruhollah Zam has been sentenced to death by Iran.

Kamal Afzali

Condemned Iranian spy arrested 'months before' Soleimani assassination

Mahmoud Mousavi Majd had been detained and imprisoned by Iranian authorities months before Soleimani's assassination, the Iranian judiciary's ...

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Iran opens trial of former judiciary deputy head

Akbar Tabari is accused of obstructing "the execution of justice" against influential senior Iranian officials "by forming a criminal group".

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Iranian scientist freed by US back in Iran: reports

Iranian scientist Sirous Asgari has been reunited with his family in Iran after his release from prison in the United States.

Former Rouhani aide 'apologises' for supporting LGBTQ families

The New Arab

Former Rouhani aide 'apologises' for supporting LGBTQ families

According the Islamic Penal Code, any action which "contributes to the spread of homosexuality" is punishable by up to ten years in prison.

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Medical professionals died as Iran ignored virus concerns: report

Interviews with over 30 medical professionals and a review of communications by doctors on messaging apps and other documents reveal many ...

The last thing Muslims need this Ramadan? Extra scrutiny

Malia Bouattia

The last thing Muslims need this Ramadan? Extra scrutiny

Comment: The run up to Ramadan has seen a slew of Islamophobic smear campaigns suggesting Muslims are not following the rules. The truth ...

In war-torn Syria, digital learning battles power cuts

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In war-torn Syria, digital learning battles power cuts

As Syria's educators take their classes online due to the coronavirus pandemic, distance learning proves to be difficult in a country battered ...

New EU trade mechanism offers hope to pandemic-hit Iran

Sabena Siddiqui

New EU trade mechanism offers hope to pandemic-hit Iran

The recent launch of the EU's Iran-trading mechanism, Instex, offers hope to Tehran at a time when economic deadlock and the Covid-19 outbreak ...

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