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Middle East is not someone’s backyard: China spokesperson

Beijing, China | Xinhua | The people of the Middle East are the masters of the region, and the Middle East is not someone’s backyard, let alone a so-called “vacuum,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Friday. Wang made the remarks at a routine press briefing when asked to comment …

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Iran rejects U.S. claim of sending drones to Russia as “baseless”

Tehran, Iran | Xinhua | Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Friday rejected a recent U.S. claim that Iran is providing Russia with drones for use in Ukraine as “baseless” and politically motivated. Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba, according to a press …

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Experts urge Africa to expedite local manufacturing of pharmaceutical products

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | Xinhua | Experts have called on African countries to expedite the local manufacturing of pharmaceutical products amid the continent’s dependence on externally manufactured medicines. The experts made the call during a virtual meeting hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)’s AfCFTA(African Continental Free Trade Area)-anchored …

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UK issues first-ever red warning for extreme heat

London, UK | Xinhua | The Met Office of the United Kingdom (UK), the country’s national weather service, on Friday issued a red warning for extreme heat, the highest-level alert, that covers parts of England next Monday and Tuesday. The alert, issued for the first time ever, is an upgrade from …

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Iran warns U.S., allies against making “mistakes” in region

Tehran, Iran | Xinhua | Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi warned on Thursday that any “mistakes” by the United States and its allies to stoke a regional crisis will receive a “decisive” response from Iran that will make them regret. “Unfortunately, some countries in the region are transiting insecurity and terrorism from …

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Russia sees progress of quadripartite talks on grain exports

Moscow, Russia | Xinhua | Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Nations have reached consensus on some issues regarding grain exports and the negotiation will continue, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday. There was a substantive discussion during the talks in Turkey’s Istanbul on Wednesday and some elements of possible agreements …

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Sri Lankan president resigns, PM interim president

Colombo, Sri Lanka | Xinhua | Sri Lanka’s Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena on Friday announced the official resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will be sworn in as an interim president. In a media briefing, Speaker Abeywardena said he has received the resignation letter of the president, …

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Iran dismisses U.S. “lies” over Iran’s involvement in Ukraine war

Tehran, Iran | Xinhua | Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday rejected a U.S. official’s claims as “lies” about Iran’s alleged involvement in the Ukraine conflict. The ministry’s spokesman Nasser Kanaani tweeted that “apparently, lying and cheating are contagious among U.S. politicians who resort to fabrication for evil ends.” Jake Sullivan, Biden’s …

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