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Will Iran Descend Into Chaos?

LONDON — Almost since the beginning of this millennium, Iran has been an island of calm amid instability and violence. Afghanistan, its neighbor to the east, descended into chaos following the American-led invasion of 2001; Iraq, across its western border, suffered the same fate after 2003. Eight years later, in …

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Iran flies food to Qatar after isolation by Gulf neighbours

The gas-rich peninsula has seen its land border with Saudi Arabia closed amid claims that it supports terrorist groups By Bethan Staton, News Reporter Iran has started sending fruit and vegetables to Qatar after Gulf nations cut trade links with the emirate. Iran’s national carrier has already delivered 90 tons …

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Abducted Chinese nationals were ‘preaching’ in Quetta, Nisar told

Two Chinese nationals abducted from Quetta last month were involved in preaching instead of business activities — their declared purpose for visiting Pakistan — Interior Miister Chaudhry Nisar was informed in a high level meeting today. Lee Zing Yang, 24, and Meng Li Si, 26, were abducted from Jinnah Town …

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Chinese students learning Urdu eyeing CPEC job opportunities

  APP Urdu may be a bit more challenging than other languages, but a growing number of Chinese students are choosing to learn it as they anticipate opportunities to be offered by Chinese companies carrying out development projects in Pakistan under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).  Beijing Foreign Studies University …

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India says Chabahar plan on track despite odds

  India says its development of the Iranian port of Chabahar as part of its ambitious bid to access Central Asia and Afghanistan is on track despite problems in procuring equipment from Western manufacturers.  The Indian government has committed $500 million to Chabahar which lies on the Gulf of Oman, …

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Iran’s Parliament speaker vows ‘serious’ response to US Senate bill

Iran’s parliament speaker says the legislature is to deliver a “serious” and “clear” response to a push at the US Senate to impose new sanctions on the Islamic Republic. Ali Larijani made the remarks on Sunday as he ordered Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee to “immediately” draw up a …

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ایران نے پاکستانی سرحد کیساتھ بڑی تعداد میں ٹینک تعینات کردیئے

تہران:  ایران کے مشرقی بارڈ ر اور پاکستان کے ساتھ واقع سرحدی قصبے میرجاوہ میں بڑے پیمانے پر ایرانی فورسز کی نقل و حرکت دیکھنے میں آئی ہے، اس حوالے سے سوشل میڈیا پر ایک ویڈیو بھی اپ لوڈ کی گئی ہے جس میں ایرانی ٹینکوں اور دیگر فوجی کانوائے …

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After abductions, Pakistan scrambles to protect Chinese citizens

Reuters Chastened by the militant Islamic State group’s claim to have killed two kidnapped Chinese teachers, Pakistan is beefing up security around Chinese citizens streaming into the country on the back of Beijing’s “Belt and Road” infrastructure splurge. China has often urged Pakistan to improve security after pledging around $57 …

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Afghanistan can have peace only through political solution: US

WASHINGTON: Afghanistan can have peace only through a political solution, said the US State Department while speakers at a Washington think tank urged Pakistan to persuade the Taliban to join the peace process. Proceedings of the Atlantic Council’s panel discussion echoed at the State Department’s news briefing on Thursday afternoon …

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FO rubbishes reports of Pakistani troop deployment in Qatar

The Foreign Office (FO) on Sunday rubbished foreign media reports that Pakistan plans to send 20,000 troops to Qatar in the wake of a deepening diplomatic rift in the Middle East, according to Radio Pakistan. TRT Urdu, a part of the state-owned Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT), earlier reported …

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