Sat, 23 Jan 2021

TEHRAN -- Iran announced on Tuesday the dismantlement of five spying teams working for the U.S., Israel and some European states.

"After continuous strikes on the espionage services of imperialism, a number of agents linked to those intelligence services were identified and arrested," the official IRNA news agency quoted a senior Iranian intelligence official as saying. (Iran-Security-Spy Networks)

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BEIRUT -- Lebanese President Michel Aoun vowed on Tuesday to continue investigations into the explosions that rocked Beirut on Aug. 4, killing 171 people and wounding around 6,000 others.

"I will not remain silent nor will I rest until we reveal all the facts about these explosions; referring the explosions to the Supreme Judicial Council is the first step in this direction," Aoun said in a statement. (Lebanon-Explosions-Probe)

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BAGHDAD -- Iraq on Tuesday condemned the deadly airstrike that killed two Iraqi officers and one soldier in the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq.

"We condemn the blatant attack carried out by Turkey through a plane that targeted Sidekan area in the Kurdistan region," the media office of the Iraqi Presidency said in a statement. (Iraq-Turkey-Airstrike)

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ANKARA -- Turkey will issue seismic exploration and drilling licenses for new areas of the eastern Mediterranean at the end of this month, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday, vowing to continue the activities in the region which has seen escalating tension with Greece.

"Turkey will defend its rights in the Mediterranean and make no concessions," he said at a press conference with his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov. (Turkey-Drilling-Licenses)

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