Sat, 23 Sep 2023

JERUSALEM -- Israel announced Monday it will start to produce natural gas from a disputed Mediterranean maritime field "as soon as possible," despite U.S.-brokered border demarcation talks between Israel and Lebanon.

"The production of gas from the Karish rig will commence without delay, as soon as it is possible," Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid's office said in a statement, adding the production "is not connected to the negotiations (with Lebanon)." (Israel-Gas Production-Disputed Field)

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TEHRAN -- The Iranian nuclear chief on Monday accused the E3 group of France, Britain and Germany of seeking to destroy Iran's nuclear industry, semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

Europe's main intention is to isolate Iran despite signs that it is determined to reach an agreement with Iran, Mohammad Eslami, president of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, was quoted as saying in a televised interview. (Iran-Europe-Nuclear Industry)

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ISTANBUL -- Two policemen were shot and wounded by a fugitive during routine identification checks in a crowded district of Istanbul, according to a statement by the Istanbul governorate.

The incident happened in the Fatih district where two suspects were stopped by the police officers and asked for identification, said the statement. (Türkiye-Gunmen-Shoting Police)

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SANAA, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- A total of 17 Houthi militants were killed when attempting to infiltrate into a military camp in the government-controlled province of Marib in central Yemen, a military source on the frontline told Xinhua on Monday.

The operation happened late on Sunday night in Madghal district in the northwestern part of the province. (Yemen-Houthis-Operation)

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