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Turkish media reports say the Iranian owner of a leading Farsi-language satellite television network has been shot dead in Istanbul, along with another man. Saeed Karimian, the owner of GEM TV, was gunned down late Saturday. The other man killed was reported to be a business partner. No motive for the killing is known. Based in Dubai, GEM TV dubs Turkish soap operas and other entertainment shows into Farsi and broadcasts them into Iran. Tehran has been critical of GEM TV and similar satellite channels, accusing them of trying to spread Western culture in the country. Iranian media said Karimian had been convicted months of ago, in absentia, of spreading "propaganda" against the Islamic Republic.
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The incident took place yesterday evening on Chapeltown Road outside a health centre. The boy was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. A member of the US military has been killed outside Mosul where US-backed forces continue to battle Islamic State
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IFP- A top Iranian commander says it was not the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers that pushed the threat of war away from the country. The claim that the nuclear deal signed between Iran and six world powers known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has banished the specter of war from the Iranian nation is simply a lie, said a top commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), according to a Farsi report by Basij Press . “If we look to the West, then we must hold the begging bowl” and leave the country’s destiny in the hands of Democrats and Republicans, said Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh, the commander of the IRGC’s Aerospace Force. “Some of our officials say if Iran does not reach agreement with the West, a war may break out. They would inculcate this idea into authorities before the JCPOA [was signed.
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showing soap operas, Islamic regime, and they believe this is promoting Western culture, against Islam. Years ago, some of his family members arrested, putting pressure on them to shut down the television network. And I talked to some people close to his family and they have told me.
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definitely... The Islamic regime was not happy with the programmes being shown. Last year... A court sentenced him to six years
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The regional issues should be resolved by the regional countries and merely through political negotiations, dialogue and understanding, President Rouhani said during the telephone conversation. The Islamic Republic of Iran will spare no effort to establish and promote such a process as everyone is needed to strive in this area,” he added. President Rouhani pointed to the spread of extremism, violence and terrorism in the region, and said, Unfortunately, the region is not in a favorable situation and we are all duty-bound to make efforts to save Muslims from terrorism, establish stability in the region and reinforce fraternity among Muslims.”
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U.S.-backed militias said on Sunday they had made a big advance in Tabqa, a strategically vital town controlling Syria's largest dam, in their campaign to drive Islamic State from its stronghold of Raqqa, 40km (25 miles) downstream. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a group of Kurdish and Arab militias, will wait to assault Raqqa until it seizes Tabqa, its military officials have previously said, but it had made only slow progress since besieging the town early this month. In a statement it circulated on social messaging sites, the SDF said it had captured six more districts of Tabqa and distributed a map showing that Islamic State now controlled only the northern part of the town, next to the dam. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said the SDF had gained almost complete control over Tabqa in its advance. Tabqa was isolated from Raqqa in late March after the United States helped the SDF carry out an airborne landing on the southern bank of the Euphrates, allowing it to capture the areas around the town, including an important airbase, and cut the road.
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IRNA Ishaq Jahangiri, one of the six candidates for the Iranian presidential election expressed his viewpoints on the country's current affairs on Iranian state TV on Saturday. The main points he referred to are as follow: 1. The Islamic Revolution is almost 40 years old now. During this period, Iran has achieved quite a bit. 2. Iran has fully safeguarded its territorial integrity. 3. The Islamic Republic has created a situation in which people are proud of their national and religious identity. 4. We have had shortcomings, as well; fluctuations in economic growth and inflation rates are instances of those. 5. Addressing problems in unprivileged regions is one of the most important causes of the Islamic Republic. And the system has done a great deal to improve those regions; in some related indexes we see 40, 50 and 100 percent growth.
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Press TV- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iranian people have removed the specter of war, dismissing claims that it was the achievement of a certain administration. “Sometimes we hear and have heard in the past that certain individuals say, ‘when we came along and assumed responsibility, we managed to take away the shadow of war over the country,’” the Leader told a group of workers in Tehran Sunday. “No. These statements are not right. It is the presence of the people that has removed the shadow of war, and not the authorities,” Ayatollah Khamenei said. “When you see that the impertinent and bull-necked enemies are refraining from taking any harsh action against the Islamic Republic, it is because of the presence of the people. They fear the people. They are literally afraid,” the Leader added. Ayatollah Khamenei's remarks came ahead of the presidential election in Iran on May 19 which is expected to be a close race.
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Iran? This television network was one of the most popular, showing soap operas, Islamic regime, and they believe this is promoting Western culture, against Islam. Some of his family members arrested, putting pressure on them to shut.
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As is happening today in Iraq and Syria, “the Cambodian Civil War triggered organized looting, and trafficking, which helped to further bankroll the conflict,” she said. Two years ago, UNESCO described the Islamic State’s looting in Syria and Iraq as “industrial” in scale. Norak Satya said the recovery was “an act of encouragement” in the fight against the illicit trade in antiquities. Davis agreed, saying most Cambodian artworks are sacred objects that were never meant to be bought and sold. “They are the rightful property — and legacy — of the Cambodian people,” she said. “Yet, like so many Cambodian families, the country’s ancient treasures were broken apart during the civil war and scattered to the ends of the Earth. As this story shows, they are continuing to surface and likely will for decades to come.” Preserving heritage Sambo Manara, a history professor at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, said the return of looted artifacts to Cambodia would help to preserve Khmer heritage.
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“There’s some of that,” said Captain Zachary Peterson, part of the Army-led Taskforce Forge handing over to the Marines of Taskforce Southwest. “But you can’t let one bad apple make you be down on the group as a whole, when the majority of these guys are good people and they want to see good things for their country.” He said Afghan forces had made major improvements in conducting offensive operations against the Taliban, who on Friday announced the start of their annual spring campaign, when warmer weather usually leads to heavier fighting. “Their attitude and their op tempo right now, all the operations they’re doing, are really encouraging,” he said. More than 8,000 US troops Some 8,400 American troops are based in Afghanistan as part of Resolute Support as well as a separate counterterrorism mission against Islamic State and Al-Qaida, but Nicholson said earlier this year a few thousand more would been required to end the stalemate with the Taliban.
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Nevertheless, Iran cannot wait for investors indefinitely,” he emphasized. Last November, Total signed a basic agreement, worth $4.8 billion to develop South Pars Phase 11 in cooperation with China’s CNPC and Iran’s Petropars. The deal made the French major the first Western company to seal a giant economic deal with the Islamic Republic after the lifting of the sanctions. Phase 11 aims to produce 1.8 billion cubic feet a day of gas among other products. Total has already announced that it would have to wait to see if the US would renew sanctions waivers against Iran in June before proceeding with a final investment decision over the project in South Pars. In early 2000, the company was negotiating with Iran over production of LNG from the same phase – a project that had been named as Pars LNG at the time. However, the plan was filed in 2011 after Total had to quit Iran as a result of international sanctions that banned investments in Iran’s energy projects.
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