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Iranian couple arrested over public marriage proposal

An Iranian couple have been arrested after they got engaged in front of a cheering crowd at a shopping centre, BBC reports. Video of the public proposal in the northern city of Arak was shared on social media and shows the pair standing …

Iranian navy thwarts pirate attack on oil tanker

Iranian naval forces intervened to repel pirates who attacked an Iranian oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden, Reuters reported citing state television. The broadcast said pirates in 11 speedboats attacked a tanker with a cargo of 150,000 …

Eurovision ticket sales halted due to irregularities

Just three days after they went on sale, the Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation (KAN) halted the purchase of tickets for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest due to suspected irregularities.  Public broadcaster cites concerns over …

 Hundreds detained for illegal gambling in Istanbul

Turkish police detained 394 people today in mass simultaneous operations across the country against online gambling sites. The Istanbul Cybercrime Division Branch launched the raids in 40 provinces, 207 of which were in Istanbul, for …

Denis Ten's murders face 20 years in prison

The Almaty Prosecutor office demanded a 20-year sentence for the person accused in the murder of Kazakh figure skater Denis Ten. The trial began on December 25, 2018. Two men and a woman were charged in a …

Turkey seizes 1.5 tons of drugs hidden among soybeans

Turkish customs seized 1.5 tons of drugs in an anti-drug operation at the Greek border, the country's Trade Ministry said. According to the ministry, guards found the hashish in a tractor-trailer transporting soybeans at the Ipsala …

Iran executes businessman for economic crimes

Iran on Saturday executed a businessman sentenced to death by a fast-track court set up to fight economic crimes, state television reported, following an outcry against profiteering and corruption that has seen dozens of people jailed. …

Rize police chief killed in Turkey by another officer

Rize police chief Altuğ Verdi has died and two others wounded in shooting believed to have been carried out by a police officer at Rize Police Department in northeastern Turkey. Verdi was taken to the hospital in critical condition …