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Eid-ul-Fitr 2021: Muted celebrations to mark end of Ramadan month; history and significance of festival
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Eid-ul-Fitr 2021: Muted celebrations to mark end of Ramadan month; history and significance of festival

The festival starts early in the morning when people wear new clothes, prepare delectable food and pray for Allah’s blessings

Israel 'not a country, but a terrorist base against Palestine', says Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei
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Israel 'not a country, but a terrorist base against Palestine', says Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei

Iran's supreme leader Khamenei made the remarks during a speech on Al-Quds Day, an annual show of solidarity with the Palestinians, which is seen in Israel as an expression of hatred and anti-Semitism

'New energy' at Iran nuclear talks as diplomats reconvene; agreement possible in coming weeks, says US
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'New energy' at Iran nuclear talks as diplomats reconvene; agreement possible in coming weeks, says US

The aim of the talks is a return to full compliance with the 2015 accord, known as the JCPOA, which has been slowly disintegrating since the US under Donal Trump withdrew from it in 2018

International Judo Federation hands Iran four-year ban over anti-Israel policy
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International Judo Federation hands Iran four-year ban over anti-Israel policy

The International Judo Federation imposed a four-year ban after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ordered a disciplinary review last month which said a previous indefinite ban was not allowed.

Magnitude of 5.9 earthquake strikes southwestern Iran; 5 injured but no major damage, reports State TV
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Magnitude of 5.9 earthquake strikes southwestern Iran; 5 injured but no major damage, reports State TV

State news agency IRNA reported that the quake and several aftershocks caused power blackouts and cut phone lines nearby, but no damage at the Bushehr nuclear complex

Iran to enrich uranium to 60%, its highest level ever, after attack on Natanz nuclear facility
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Iran to enrich uranium to 60%, its highest level ever, after attack on Natanz nuclear facility

Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said the attack, allegedly carried out by Israel, could hurt ongoing negotiations over Iran's nuclear deal with world powers

Iran blames Israel for sabotage at Natanz nuclear site, warns of revenge
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Iran blames Israel for sabotage at Natanz nuclear site, warns of revenge

Israel has not claimed responsibility for the attack. However, Israeli media reported that the country had orchestrated a devastating cyberattack that caused the blackout

Iranian authorities arrest pop singer Sasy's management, producers over music video 'contrary to culture'
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Iranian authorities arrest pop singer Sasy's management, producers over music video 'contrary to culture'

The arrests come as Iranian social media is awash with criticism of popular underground Iranian singer, Sasy's new music video which features actresses, including an American porn star, gyrating atop cars and inside bars.

Israeli Embassy blast: 'Strongly repudiate' unsubstantiated allegations, says Iran over claims of its involvement
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Israeli Embassy blast: 'Strongly repudiate' unsubstantiated allegations, says Iran over claims of its involvement

Referring to the 'suspicious blast' in Delhi on 29 January, the Iranian Embassy added that it 'deliberately led to an unfair onslaught and unsubstantiated defamatory accusations against Iran'

Iran's judokas free to take part in Tokyo Olympics after CAS cancels suspension of country's judo federation
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Iran's judokas free to take part in Tokyo Olympics after CAS cancels suspension of country's judo federation

The Iranian federation hailed a "great victory" and said it hoped the decision would lead to an "improvement" in relations with the International Judo Federation.

Tehran and its allies could be behind Israeli ship blast, writes ultraconservative Iranian newspaper
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Tehran and its allies could be behind Israeli ship blast, writes ultraconservative Iranian newspaper

Citing unnamed "military experts," Iran's leading ultraconservative daily 'Kayhan' wrote in a front-page report that "the targeted ship in the Gulf of Oman is a military ship belonging to the Israeli Army"

Joe Biden confronts Iran-backed militias with Syria airstrikes, but Tehran's destabilising activities are far from over
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Joe Biden confronts Iran-backed militias with Syria airstrikes, but Tehran's destabilising activities are far from over

Several militia groups such as the Hezbollah have received at least some financing, support and weaponry from Iran over the years

Jamal Khashoggi killing: Joe Biden raises concern over human rights in call with Saudi Arabia's king
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Jamal Khashoggi killing: Joe Biden raises concern over human rights in call with Saudi Arabia's king

A US intelligence report on Khashoggi's murder, due to be released shortly, is expected to implicate the king's son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

US conducts airstrike in Syria targeting facilities used by Iranian-backed militias: Pentagon
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US conducts airstrike in Syria targeting facilities used by Iranian-backed militias: Pentagon

The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a US service member

Joe Biden administration formally offers to restart nuclear talks with Iran
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Joe Biden administration formally offers to restart nuclear talks with Iran

The offer comes days before a Sunday deadline when Iran has said it will bar international inspectors from visiting undeclared nuclear facilities and conducting unannounced inspections

US must lift all sanctions if it wants Iran to return to nuclear deal, says Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
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US must lift all sanctions if it wants Iran to return to nuclear deal, says Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei

Tensions have escalated between Iran and the US as Tehran seeks to pressure the new Biden administration to ease the unprecedented sanctions imposed by ex-president Donald Trump

US will rejoin nuclear deal if Iran complies with its provisions, says Secretary of State Antony Blinken
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US will rejoin nuclear deal if Iran complies with its provisions, says Secretary of State Antony Blinken

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was one of the key foreign policy achievements of the Obama-Biden administration. The previous Trump administration withdrew from it

Twitter bans suspect Iran account for violating 'abusive behavior policy' as its post threatens Donald Trump
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Twitter bans suspect Iran account for violating 'abusive behavior policy' as its post threatens Donald Trump

In the image posted by the suspect account, Trump is shown playing golf in the shadow of a giant drone, with the caption 'Revenge is certain' written in Farsi.

'I don't trust them': Ayatollah Ali Khamenei bans import of Pfizer, AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines in Iran
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'I don't trust them': Ayatollah Ali Khamenei bans import of Pfizer, AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines in Iran

Khamenei’s statement reflects decades of tense relations between Iran and the West which have not abated in the waning days of Donald Trump’s presidency

Saudi Arabia to open air space, land and maritime borders for Qatar with a view to ending Gulf crisis
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Saudi Arabia to open air space, land and maritime borders for Qatar with a view to ending Gulf crisis

Qatar's land border has been closed since 2017, when Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain launched a blockade against the Gulf State owing to its support to Islamist extremist groups