Sat, 10 Dec 2022

TEHRAN -- Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Saturday vowed to take countermeasures after the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) approved an anti-Iran resolution earlier this week.

In a news conference after a meeting with visiting Omani Foreign Minister Sayyid Badr Hamad al-Busaidi, Amir-Abdollahian criticized the United Nations nuclear watchdog's move as "unconstructive," Iran's official news agency IRNA reported. (Iran-IAEA-Anti-Iran Resolution)

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ADEN, Yemen -- At least four soldiers of Yemen's government forces were killed in an explosion in the country's southern province of Abyan on Saturday, a military official told Xinhua.

"Elements of the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch detonated an Improvised Explosive Device and struck a military vehicle of the government troops in a valley in Mudiyah district, northeast of Abyan province," the local military official said on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Blast)

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BAGHDAD -- Four soldiers and a commander of a paramilitary Hashd Shaabi force were killed on Saturday in two attacks by the Islamic State (IS) militants in the Iraqi provinces of Kirkuk and Diyala.

In the northern province of Kirkuk, IS militants attacked early in the morning an army outpost in the town of Dibis northwest of the namesake provincial capital Kirkuk, some 250 km north of Iraq's capital Baghdad, Col. Na'im al-Obaidi from Kirkuk police told Xinhua. (Iraq-IS-Attacks)

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TUNIS -- Tunisia and France on Saturday signed a 200-million-euro (about 206.9 million U.S. dollars) deal to meet Tunisia's financing needs on the sidelines of the 18th summit of the International Organization of La Francophonie.

The deal was inked between Tunisian Minister of Economy and Planning Samir Saied and French Foreign Affairs Minister Catherine Colonna, according to a statement released by the Tunisian Ministry of Economy and Planning. (Tunisia-France-Francophonie Summit)

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