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 Battle against Daesh Still Continuing in Cultural, Ideological Fields: Iran’s Shamkhani

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On Monday, speaking at a meeting with Sheikh Humam Hamoudi, the head of Iraq’s Islamic Supreme Council and the country’s first deputy parliament speaker, in Tehran, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani warned against the spread of extremist ideology of Daesh after its collapse in Iraq e Syria. “The patience and perseverance of the Iraqi people and the braveries of the country’s army, security and popular forces, especially Hashd al-Shaabi, led to the destruction of the region’s greatest threat (Daesh), despite the discontent of some countries”, he said. But he underlined that the battle against the terrorist group is continuing in cultural, ideological and security fields with the intention of uprooting “Daesh-creating thinking” supported by some regional countries. Sheikh Hamoudi acclaimed Iran’s major role in fighting terrorist groups in Iraq and the entire region and said Iraqis gained the recent victories despite economic and security problems and will continue along the same path with the support of its “true allies”. Amid tensions in Iraq, Iran is known as the first country to help the Arab country and has always voiced support for Iraq’s solidarity and prosperity.

 Germany to provide EUR 750,000 for Maltese Relief Service projects in Ukraine

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Germany will provide an additional EUR 750,000 for humanitarian projects of the Maltese Relief Service in Ukraine in 2018-2019, the German Embassy in Ukraine has reported. “The government of the Federal Republic of Germany will continue to provide support to the Maltese Relief Service to continue its humanitarian assistance project with the aim of psychosocial care of persons affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine. For this purpose, Germany will allocate about EUR 750,000 in 2018-2019”, the embassy said in a statement on Thursday. The project provides for the development of skills of representatives of local authorities, humanitarian agencies and support services in the form of training events, as well as providing direct services to support those affected by the conflict in Donbas. The embassy said that earlier this project received EUR 1.2 million in support from the German government. The diplomats said that target areas of the measures are Donetsk and Luhansk regions, where mobile teams are deployed to help people in remote areas.

 Trump Promises ‘Major Sanctions’ in Response to North Korea ICBM Test

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U.S. President Donald Trump says “major sanctions” will be imposed on North Korea, after Pyongyang tested an intercontinental ballistic missile that experts say is likely capable of hitting anywhere in the U.S. mainland. In a tweet Wednesday, Trump said he spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping about the “provocative actions” of North Korea. He again vowed that the “situation will be handled,” but did not elaborate. “President Trump underscored the determination of the United States to defend ourselves and our allies from the growing threat posed by the North Korean regime,” the White House said in a statement on the call with Xi. The readout also said Trump “emphasized the need for China to use all available levers to convince North Korea to end its provocations and return to the path of denuclearization.”
North Korea on Wednesday said it tested a Hwasong-15 missile “tipped with a super-large heavy warhead which is capable of striking the whole mainland of the U.S.”

 Rouhani: Saudi tensions with Iran ‘to cover up defeats’

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Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has accused Saudi Arabia of stoking tensions with his country to distract from its own problems. In an interview with Iranian television on Tuesday, the Iranian leader said his country’s relations had improved with neighbouring states, such as Turkey and Pakistan, but that Saudi Arabia was an exception. “Saudi Arabia is looking for tension with Iran to cover up defeats in the region and internal problems,” Rouhani said, blaming Riyadh for the poor state of relations between the two regional powers. “The second reason is the situation inside Saudi Arabia, the situation is tense and there are internal disputes, so they portray Iran as an enemy to cover up their failure and their internal problems.” Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of arming Houthi rebels in Yemen and blamed it for a missile attack north of its capital earlier in November. Iran rejects the accusation of involvement in the attack. The Saudis were also opposed to the Iran nuclear deal, which saw Iran reduce its nuclear enrichment capability in return for limited sanctions relief from the EU and the US.

 Iranian, Armenian Top Diplomats Discuss Bilateral Ties

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On Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, with a high-ranking delegation of diplomats and businessmen from the country’s private sector, met his Armenian counterpart, Eduard Nalbandyan in the Armenian capital of Yerevan to discuss about a range of issues, including ways to improve bilateral relations between the two countries. Zarif highlighted the necessity for further efforts to expand the ties in political and economic areas and to increase closer Tehran-Yerevan cooperation in the areas of oil, gas, electricity, and transit. He also stressed the need to facilitate transportation and eliminate problems fronting by companies of the two countries for cooperation. The Armenian Foreign Minister, for his part, hailed bilateral relations between Iran and Armenia as increasing and said that his country is ready to boost the relations with the Islamic Republic in all areas, economy in particular. After the meeting, Zarif participated in a joint business forum of the two countries in Yerevan and delivered a speech at the event.

Four Macron’s ideas for Africa

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According to the article in few years the African continent will start an economic revival and Macron, who knows the continent because he has lived and worked there, has announced that he will start his tour in Africa on November 28, when he will speak to students in Ouagadougou. The aim is to involve them in a new process that will be focused in four main pillars. The first one is about the possibility of a rapid growth for Africa, the second regards France and the importance to take in consideration all the continent and not only francophone Countries, the third is about a development in the French institution. It will be achieved through a provision with which the affairs regarding African issue will be included in the activity of all ministers. The last one is about Europe and Africa and the need for the EU to open its own borders to the other continent.

Calls by Sinai tribes to join Armed Forces in war on terrorism stirs debate in Egypt

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After the Friday terrorist attack on Al-Rawda mosque, the tribes of Egypt’s Sinai peninsula asked to fight against terrorism with the Egyptian Armed Forces. The Union of Sinai Tribes stated that the tribes will exact revenge on all terrorist in Sinai. However, a member of the Arab Tribes Council, Ibrahim Rafie, which represents tribes in Egypt’s Western Desert, said in an interview on the TV show ‘On My Responsibility’ that he does not support the idea of armed militias and that only members of the official army should be allowed to carry weapons. On the other hand El-Awady believes that the Sinai tribes, along with the Armed Forces, are capable of eliminating terrorism. Ahmed Kamel El-Beheiry, a researcher at the Ahram Centre for Strategic and Political Studies, said that allowing armed civilians against terrorism could have dangerous consequences and he added that: those who carry arms side-by-side with the state could also use them against the state”.

 China invests 4 bln yuan in ITER project in decade

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China has invested four billion yuan (about 600 million U.S. dollars) in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project in the past 10 years, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MST) announced Tuesday. The largest international scientific cooperation project in the world, the ITER is a France-based international nuclear fusion research and engineering project that explores commercial uses of fusion power. It is jointly funded by China, the EU, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Russia and the United States. China’s Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) — the “artificial sun” — was the first tokamak device to break the 100-second barrier. According to the ITER’s plan, the construction of the “artificial sun” will be completed by 2025, and the commercial uses of fusion power is expected to be available around 2050, said Pan Chuanhong from the MST.

Iraqi warplanes launch air raids on Islamic State hideouts in Anbar

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ANBAR – A security source announced to IKH News that on Monday Iraqi Air Force have launched air raids on Islamic State hideaways in the desert area linking Anbar to Nineveh and Salahuddin provinces. According to the source, “It is the first airstrike to be launched on this area within three years”, and the targets are hideouts that were used by IS militants to launch attacks on the areas recently liberated. During the airstrikes many of IS were killed and many IS secret tunnels, weapons and ammunition were destroyed. These operations are combined with those that have been undertaken to recapture villages from IS members: on Sunday, the War Media Cell said in a statement that Iraqi troops have managed to comb over 100 villages and regions falling between south of Hatra and north of Rawa, declaring the end of the first part of second phase of the Upper Euphrates and al-Jazirah Combing Operations. The Joint Operations Command also announced on Saturday that only fifty percent of the regions between Salahuddin and Anbar provinces were liberated. At least 15 Islamic State members were killed in airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition jets in the western desert, the War Media Cell said in a statement. Combing operations are still ongoing: the final victory against Islamic State could be declared only after the full liberation of desert areas from militants.

Iran stresses unity among Muslims to foil enemies’ plots

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TEHRAN – On Monday, during a meeting with the Afghan Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan Mohammad Mohaghegh, the Head of the Expediency Council Ayatollah Shahroudi emphasized on the unity between Shia and Sunni as a way to foil enemies’ plots. The Department of Public Relations of Iran’s Expediency Discernment Council reported that in the meeting Ayatollah Mahoud Hashemi Shahroudi told Mohammad Mohaghegh that “I would like to praise the struggles and sacrifices of the Afghan brothers in the fight against the Takfiri terrorists”. Ayatollah Shahroudi stressed his concern against the US plots and the dangers of American attempts to divide the ranks of Muslim nations. In this regard he said: “One of the major dangers facing the Afghan nation is the danger of American influence, because the United States wants to implement its sinister and divisive plans in Islamic societies like Iraq and Afghanistan”. The chairman of the Expediency Council also highlighted the need to expand economic cooperation among Iranian and Afghan merchants, in this way Iran could help Afghanistan in its efforts to develop. Also in the meeting, referring to the successes obtained by Shia and Sunni unity in Afghanistan, the head of the Islamic Unity Party of Afghanistan, expressed his hope for the complete failure of the US conspiracy in this country thanks to the vigilance of the Afghan government and nation. Mohammad Mohaghegh also referred to the role of the Joint Commissions for the Development of Relations between Afghanistan and Iran, presenting to Ayatollah Shahroudi a report on the implementation of the agreements between the two nations on water and transport issues.

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