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JCPOA to Stand without US: Brookings Senior Fellow

JCPOA to Stand without US: Brookings Senior Fellow

TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – A senior fellow with the Transatlantic Program of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) said the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world power, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), would stand even without the US. “I think that if Iran and the other 5+1 stick to the deal there is a good chance the US will refrain from taking...

Iranian Pilgrims Faced No Serious Issues in This Year’s Hajj, Official Says

Iranian Pilgrims Faced No Serious Issues in This Year’s Hajj, Official Says

TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian officials in charge of Hajj pilgrimage did their best this year to make sure the country’s pilgrims face no serious problems during the Hajj rituals, an official said on Thursday. This year’s Hajj was held in good conditions, Supreme Leader’s Representative for Hajj and Pilgrimage Affairs Ali Qazi Asgar said during a meeting with prominent...

JCPOA to Remain ‘Viable’ Even If US Withdraws: SIPRI Chief

JCPOA to Remain ‘Viable’ Even If US Withdraws: SIPRI Chief

TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – The director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), would remain a “viable” agreement even if the US left it. “…I think the other parties are likely to stand by the JCPOA, which will, therefore, remain a...

Syrian Forces Retake Major District in Deir Ez-Zor

Syrian Forces Retake Major District in Deir Ez-Zor

TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Syria’s army and its allies continued to make gains in their military campaign against Daesh (ISIL) terrorists in Deir ez-Zor, managing to recapture more areas in the eastern province. On Thursday, Syrian forces carried out intensive operations against Daesh terrorists’ hideouts in al-Mayadeen city in the southeastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor, establishing...

Army Won’t Be Used against Kurds: Iraqi PM

Army Won’t Be Used against Kurds: Iraqi PM

TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday said the Iraqi army would not be used against the Kurdish people. “We won’t use the army against the people and we won’t wage a war against the Kurds,” al-Abadi said in televised comments broadcast on Iraqi state television.He went on to stress that the Iraqi armed forces were devoted...

Civilian Casualties Remain Near Record High Levels in Afghanistan

Civilian Casualties Remain Near Record High Levels in Afghanistan

TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) - Civilian deaths and injuries in Afghanistan remained near record high levels in the first nine months of the year, largely as a result of ground engagements, new data from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) indicates. Altogether, from January 1 to September 30, 2017, UNAMA documented 8,019 civilian casualties (2,640 deaths and 5,379 injured),...

Envoy Says No Muslim Genocide, No Ethnic, Religious Problems in Myanmar

Envoy Says No Muslim Genocide, No Ethnic, Religious Problems in Myanmar

TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Myanmar’s ambassador to Japan claimed Thursday there is no ethnic cleansing or genocide of Rohingya Muslims in his country despite violence that has led a half million of them to flee the country. Myanmar security forces responded to militant attacks with a broad crackdown in August in Rakhine state, which borders Bangladesh. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled...

Ceasefire Deal Sealed for Southern Damascus: Report

Ceasefire Deal Sealed for Southern Damascus: Report

TEHRAN (Press Shia) – A ceasefire deal for a Syrian militant-held pocket south of Damascus was reached on Thursday, brokered by Egypt and Russia, Egyptian state media reported. The ceasefire, which includes the Jaish al-Islam terror group, went into effect at midday on Thursday (1000 GMT), Egypt’s state TV reported, according to Reuters.Takfiri militants hold a small pocket of territory...

Turkey to Close Border Gates with Iraqi Kurdish Region

Turkey to Close Border Gates with Iraqi Kurdish Region

TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Turkish president spokesman said Ankara will gradually close the border gates with northern semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq in coordination with Baghdad and Tehran. Ibrahim Kalin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman made the remarks on Thursday.Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim is expected to visit Baghdad on Sunday to meet with Iraqi...

Hamas Says Deal Reached in Palestinian Reconciliation

Hamas Says Deal Reached in Palestinian Reconciliation

TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have reached agreement on aspects of their bid to end a decade-long split during talks mediated by Egypt in Cairo, officials said Thursday. Details of the agreement have not yet been released and a news conference was being planned for Thursday at 10:00 GMT in the Egyptian capital, where talks have been taking place since...