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Russia's Gazprom Neft, Iran's NIOC agree Iranian oil field studies

Russia's Gazprom Neft, Iran's NIOC agree Iranian oil field studies

This comes at a time that Tehran has already become determined to take its cooperation with Moscow in the area of energy to a new level following the removal of sanctions against Iran earlier this year, ISNA news agency reported. He also said that the amount of financial payments between Iran and Russian Federation has tripled in 2016. "No other country may have influence on Russia's and Iran's intention to develop ties", Iranian Communications Minister Mahmoud Vaezi said at the talks with ...



IS retakes Palmyra after Syria army withdrawal

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said dozens of Syrian soldiers and allied militias were killed during the fighting that led to the collapse of the army's defences in the heavily garrisoned city. Scores of Syrian troops reportedly have been killed in fighting around Palmyra in recent days. During that time it dynamited a number of temples and destroyed other artifacts.


Saudi police arrest woman for removing veil on Twitter

Saudi police arrest woman for removing veil on Twitter

Malak Al Shehri shared a picture of herself in late November wearing a colourful dress and a black full-length coat. Police spokesperson Colonel Fawaz al-Maiman said she also spoke "openly about prohibited relations with [non-related] men", reported local Arabic-language newspaper Al-Sharq.



Renzi starts final days as Italy premier with party huddle

Analysts did, however, expect Mattarella to ask Renzi to stay on long enough to pass the new budget, with a target date of December 23. On Wednesday, Renzi said the PD would only participate in a government meant to last until 2018 if it was backed by all the main forces in parliament, a prospect a lot of them have already ruled out.



Head of NYC's child welfare agency resigns

Nearly certainly, her departure signals failure to adequately wrestle with forces that sometimes prevent her agency from rushing to the rescue of children in crisis, and deals a blow to de Blasio's approach to rejiggering child protective services.


Iraq sends reinforcements to eastern Mosul after IS attack

Iraq sends reinforcements to eastern Mosul after IS attack

Also Saturday, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir Yarellah announced in a written statement that Iraq's special forces had retaken two more neighborhoods in eastern Mosul bringing them within a few kilometers of the Tigris river which roughly divides the city's east from west.