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Some 400,000 Internally Displaced in Syria's Aleppo: UN Special Envoy

Some 400,000 Internally Displaced in Syria's Aleppo: UN Special Envoy

TEHRAN (Press Shia) – There are around 400,000 internally displaced persons (IDP) in the Syrian city of Aleppo, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said Thursday. Some 30,000 people have been displaced in recent days, the UN official said. “There is a figure, a figure which you need to take into account and which we were confronted with today … in Aleppo there are...

Russia Will Continue to Fight to Rescue Aleppo: Lavrov

Russia Will Continue to Fight to Rescue Aleppo: Lavrov

TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Russia will continue its operations in eastern Aleppo and will rescue the Syrian city from terrorists, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday during a visit to Turkey. Speaking at a joint press conference after a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in the Mediterranean town of Alanya, Lavrov said Russia would continue efforts to...

Iraqi Troops Retake 2 Villages around Mosul, Free over 2,000 Families

Iraqi Troops Retake 2 Villages around Mosul, Free over 2,000 Families

TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iraqi fighters from Popular Mobilization Units liberated two more villages near the northern city of Mosul as they are helping government forces in their drive to push Takfiri Daesh terrorist out of their last stronghold in the Arab country. The pro-government forces, better known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi, managed to take complete control of...

Kremlin Asks Turkey to Explain Erdogan's Remark about Toppling Assad

Kremlin Asks Turkey to Explain Erdogan's Remark about Toppling Assad

TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's statement that his forces in Syria were there to topple President Bashar al-Assad had come as a surprise to Moscow and that it expected an explanation from Ankara. In a speech on Tuesday, Erdogan condemned what he said was the failure of the United Nations in Syria and cast Turkey's...

Russia Says Hopes Aleppo Situation Can Be Resolved by Year-End: Report

Russia Says Hopes Aleppo Situation Can Be Resolved by Year-End: Report

TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Wednesday he hoped that the situation in Syria's Aleppo could be sorted out by the end of this year, the RIA news agency cited him as saying. "We are hoping for this of course," Bogdanov was quoted as saying, when asked if the situation in Aleppo could be resolved by the end of 2016. "We...

Turkish Forces in Syria to End Assad’s Rule: Erdogan

Turkish Forces in Syria to End Assad’s Rule: Erdogan

TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Turkish army launched its operations in Syria to end the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “Why did we enter? We do not have an eye on Syrian soil. The issue is to provide lands to their real owners. That is to say we are there for the establishment of justice. We entered there to end the rule of the...

Iran’s Rouhani Felicitates Ortega on Reelection as Nicaragua’s President

Iran’s Rouhani Felicitates Ortega on Reelection as Nicaragua’s President

TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in message on Tuesday congratulated Daniel Ortega for his reelection as the president of the Central American state. President Rouhani expressed the hope that Ortega’s new term would result in further expansion of relations between the two countries. Rouhani also wished health and success for President Ortega and prosperity...

Daesh Claims Responsibility for Ohio State University Attack

Daesh Claims Responsibility for Ohio State University Attack

TEHRAN (Press Shia) - ISIS (also known as Daesh or ISIL) claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a car-and-knife rampage at Ohio State University, the group's news agency said. On Monday, Somali-born student Abdul Razak Ali Artan plowed his car into a group of pedestrians and began stabbing people with a butcher knife before he was shot to death by a police officer. Before carrying out the...

West’s Silence on Saudi Crimes Speaks Volume of Its Hypocrisy: Pundit

West’s Silence on Saudi Crimes Speaks Volume of Its Hypocrisy: Pundit

TEHRAN (Press Shia) – A London-based political Analyst and writer said some West states’ muted response to the heinous crimes committed by the Saudi regime in the Middle East region proves their grandstanding on such principles as human rights and democracy. “I would say that the West’s silence speaks volume of its hypocrisy and grandstanding on such principles as human rights,...

4 Arrested in Okinawa for Obstructing US Base Transfer Work

4 Arrested in Okinawa for Obstructing US Base Transfer Work

TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) - Four men were arrested Tuesday for obstructing work on moving a major US military base within Okinawa, despite local pressure for it to be moved outside Japan’s southernmost island prefecture, police said. The four men are suspected of piling around 1,400 concrete blocks at the gate of the US Marine Corps Camp Schwab from Jan. 28 to 30, blocking the passage of...