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Kazakhstan's car industry shows improvements in 2017

In 2017, residents of Kazakhstan bought more than 46,000 new cars worth $1.12 billion, the press service of KazAvtoProm reported. The press service noted that the sales have increased by 28.6% in comparison with 2016. …

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Saudi Arabia allows women at football game for first time

Saudi Arabia has for the first time allowed women to spectate at a football match, part of an easing of strict rules on gender separation by the ultra-conservative Muslim country. It follows a series of reforms intended to modernise the country, …

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 Turkey to establish new ministry - media

Turkey may establish a car manufacturing ministry, local media outlets reported. The  ministry will be created within the framework of the program for the creation of Turkish cars. It will control the production of domestically …

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Almost 4 thousand protesters arrested in Iran

Some 3,700 people were arrested in the days of protests and unrest that roiled Iran over the past two weeks, an Iranian reformist lawmaker Mahmoud Sadeghi said. The official news website of the Iranian parliament, …

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Iran's authorities declare end of 'sedition'

The authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran officially said that the anti-regime protests had ended in the country as thousands of people attended rallies in a state-organised display of support for the Islamic republic, the top commander of …

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Direct shooting at protesters in Iran (VIDEO)

A video of today's shooting, which has become another act of escalating the situation in the republic, was uploaded onto Iran's social networking sites. Sources do not specify in which city of Iran the shooting took place. …

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Three Revolutionary Guard members killed in Iran

Three members of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) were killed in clashes in the Iranian city of Piranshahr on Wednesday, Mehr news agency reported, citing a statement from the Revolutionary Guards. According to the …

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Trump: US is watching Iran protests

US President Donald Trump said Tuesday the US is watching the "brutal and corrupt Iranian regime" amid deadly protests in the country, continuing his public support for anti-government demonstrations. …

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Death toll rises to 22 in Iran anti-regime protests

At least 22 people, including a police officer, have been killed in anti-government protests across Iran, officials said, Yeni Şafak reported. At least five people were killed Monday in protests in Isfahan province, according to …

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U.S. condemns arrest of protesters in Iran

The United States on Friday strongly condemned the arrest of peaceful protesters in Iran and urged “all nations to publicly support the Iranian people and their demands for basic rights and an end to corruption,” the U.S. State …

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What does 2017 bring for Middle East?

The defeat of militants in Syria, the fulfillment of the OPEC deal, the strengthening of Russia's positions and the collapse of the US positions became key events of 2017 in the Middle East, the experts told the correspondents of Vestnik …

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Kazakh coal miners stage sit-in

About 700 coal miners in Kazakhstan are demanding to improve working conditions and a wage rise, the minister of Labor and Social Protection of Kazakhstan Tamara Duisenova said. "According to latest data submitted …

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