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Iranian court bans Telegram Messenger

A court in Iran has ruled to ban the use of a popular messenger, Telegram, TASS reports citing Irib TV. "Taking into account various complaints over the Telegram app and proceeding from security requirements, the court authorities …

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 Iranian MPs slam Rouhani's aide over Azeri remarks

Iranian parliament members of Turkish origin signed a letter denouncing remarks by a senior advisor to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in which he called Azeris "Turkish-speaking Persians." The letter written …

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 Saudi Arabia set to host its first fashion week

Saudi Arabia will host its first fashion week from April 10 which will take place at the Ritz Cartlon in Riyadh, Gulf News reported. The four-day event will feature local Arab designers and European brand names including Roberto …

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Qatar introduces national military service for women

Qatar’s emir has signed off on a law enabling women to do voluntary military service and extending the service for men for as long as one year, PressTV reports. The official Qatar News Agency said the legislation, which was …

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Turkey to extend state of emergency

Turkey's government will extend state of emergency in the country, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said. The minister added that this is necessary, because the fight against the terrorist movement of …

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Turkish Red Crescent to held Afrin people

The Turkish Red Crescent is ready to provide humanitarian aid to all 323,000 people living in Syria’s Afrin, its head Kerem Kinik said. "Our General Staff was in contact with the International Committee of the Red Cross, the …

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 Cat gets Besiktas in trouble with UEFA

Turkish soccer club Besiktas ended up in trouble with European soccer’s governing body, UEFA, after a cat sneaked on to the pitch during their Champions League match against Bayern Munich. Besiktas have been charged by Uefa after …

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Women can now be Iran Air pilots

For the first time, the Iranian flag-carrier airline, Iran Air, is set to recruit female pilots, the CEO of Iran Air Farzaneh Sharafbafi said. The airline publishes a job vacancy advertisement to recruit new pilots …

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 Turkey starts to fight against child labor

Turkey declared 2018 the Year Against Child Labor, according to the Turkish Resmi Gazete website. The country's prime ministry has issued a public mandate, declaring 2018 'The Year Against Child Labor.' The …

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Tehran arrests currency traders as rial plunges

Tehran authorities have detained almost 100 currency traders and frozen bank accounts reportedly worth 200tn rials ($5.3bn) in the biggest crackdown on foreign exchanges in six years. The operation is aimed at tackling a slide in the …

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'Robot fish' created in Turkey (VIDEO)

A "robot fish" has been created by Turkish engineers, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) said. The "robot fish" was developed with the support of TUBİTAK at the …

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 Erzincan citizen wins $11.4 million in Turkish jackpot

A lottery ticket holder in Turkey's Erzincan province hit the jackpot of 42.5 million ($11.4 million) in Thursday evening's draw. The lottery had not hit lucky numbers for the last 11 weeks. As of last week, the amount gathered …

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Hand of convicted thief amputated in Iran's Mashhad

Iran's authorities have amputated the hand of a convicted thief in a prison in the country's city of Mashhad, the media reported. According to the ISNA news agency, one hand of the 34-year-old convict identified only as Ali …

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