Mon, 04 Dec 2023

TEHRAN -- Iranian foreign minister said on Sunday that any retaliatory measure, including a pullout of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), by Iran will be possible if Europe does not change its anti-Tehran positions.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remark in an interview with the official parliamentary news agency ICANA, in response to a question whether Iran's withdrawal from the NPT and expulsion of the inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would be among Tehran's retaliatory measures if the European Union (EU) blacklists the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as a "terrorist organization." (Iran-Retaliation-EU Positions)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday dismissed a senior cabinet ally to comply with a Supreme Court ruling that disqualified the minister from serving.

Netanyahu announced he was firing Aryeh Deri, the minister of health and minister of interior affairs, during his weekly cabinet meeting, the PM's office said in a statement. (Israel-Cabinet Ally-Dismissal)

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ISTANBUL -- A new metro line connecting central Istanbul and the city's new international airport officially opened to the public on Sunday, featuring China-made automated driverless trains that could run up to 120 kilometers per hour.

"This 800,000 daily capacity metro line will allow travel from Kagithane Station to the Istanbul Airport in 24 minutes," said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the opening ceremony. (Türkiye-Metro Line-China-made Trains)

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DAMASCUS -- A total of 16 civilians were killed, and four others wounded on Sunday when their residential building collapsed in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, state news agency SANA reported.

The five-storey building, which the Interior Ministry said had housed seven families in the predominantly Kurdish neighborhood of Sheikh Maksoud, collapsed due to a water leakage affecting its basis. (Syria-Building Collapse-Casualty)

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