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The Middle East is the world’s crossroads. It encompasses the Arabian Peninsula, the mountains of Iran, the plains of Turkey and the deserts of the Levant.

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China will build an oil refinery in Iraq

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Iraq has reached an agreement with the Chinese state-owned company CNCEC in charge of building chemical plants. The construction of an oil refinery and an integrated petrochemical complex in...

Turkey’s path to independence

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The events in the Middle East have made a large number of interstate relations of the former “allies” very complicated due to the large-scale operation “Arab Spring”. After the...
An Israeli flag flutters above the wreckage of an Israeli tank sitting on a hill in the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights (Photo by Jalaa Marey / AFP)

Biden Admin Walks Back U.S. Recognition of Golan Heights as Israeli Territory

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The Biden administration is walking back the United States' historic recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the contested Golan Heights region along Israel's northern border, a significant blow to the...
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Pentagon announces strikes on Iraq-Syria border ‘at Biden’s direction’

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The US executed a number of strikes on targeted facilities "utilized by Iran-backed militias" that were allegedly used to launch drone attacks against American personnel, the Department of Defense...
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Vassily Nebenzia: Russia faces resistance to all its reconciliation efforts in Syria

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Russia’s numerous attempts to achieve reconciliation in Syria encounter political counteraction from other states, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vassily Nebenzia said on Friday. "Russia takes maximum efforts to...
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Iraq expects oil prices to reach $80/bbl

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Iraq expects oil prices to reach $80 per barrel, the country’s state news agency reported on Sunday, citing an oil ministry spokesman. The spokesperson, Asim Jihad, did not give a...
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Aramco Closes $12 Billion Pipeline Deal With China, UAE Backing

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China’s Silk Road Fund and Hassana Investment Co., controlled by the Saudi Arabian government, joined a group investing $12.4 billion in Saudi Aramco’s oil pipelines.The consortium, led by U.S....
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Conservative judge Ebrahim Raisi won presidential elections in Iran

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Conservative judge Ebrahim Raisi has been declared the victor of Iran’s presidential election. As the clear frontrunner, Raisi received congratulations from rival candidates hours before preliminary results were announced. Iran’s...
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The United States is withdrawing from the Middle East air defense systems installed to...

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The United States is withdrawing from the Middle East air defense systems installed to put pressure on Iran. The Pentagon informed the Saudi authorities about this in early June....
Representatives of Syria and Iran at meeting held in Tehran on 24th September 2019 (photo SANA)

Iran, Syria stress facilitating barter trade to boost economic ties

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The meeting focused on facilitating barter trade between the two countries, supply of goods and products required by the two countries within the framework of the free trade agreement...
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US sets new Cuba sanctions as Biden meets Cuban-Americans

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The Biden administration announced new sanctions on Friday against Cuba’s national revolutionary police and its top two officials as the U.S. looks to increase...
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Ilyushin ready to modernize its IL-76 aircraft fleet from all around the world

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MOSCOW, July 30. /TASS/. OJSC Il (part of United Aircraft Corporation, UAC) is ready to offer a modernized package for upgrades to Il-76 planes...
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Nord Stream 2 is 99% complete, Fortuna barge is working at final section

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The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is by now 99% complete, the Fortuna pipe-laying barge is working at the final section, a representative with...
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Il-112V to replace Soviet-time military transport aircraft — chief designer

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MOSCOW, July 27. /TASS/. Russia’s latest military transport plane, Il-112V, will help to upgrade Russia’s fleet of military transport aircraft, currently dominated by Soviet-made...

Americans’ optimism about country’s direction over next year drops nearly 20 points since May

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As President Joe Biden completed 100 days in office, the country was optimistic about the coming year, but now, just after hitting the six-month mark, Americans' optimism about the...