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Ukraine to press for plane crash black boxes as Iran minister visits


[1/20/2020 5:24:39 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Ukraine will press Iran to hand over the black boxes from the crash of a Ukrainian passenger plane at a meeting with a visiting Iranian delegation on Monday, Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko told reporters. Ukraine would convey the message to visiting Minister of Roads and Urban Development Mohammad Eslami, that returning the black boxes would show that Iran wanted an unbiased investigation of the crash, Prystaiko said. Iran had said on Sunday it was trying to analyze the black boxes from the airliner its military shot down this month, denying an earlier report it would hand them to Ukraine. All 176 aboard the flight died. *Reuters

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Erdogan says Turkey starting troop deployment to Libya


[1/16/2020 10:29:40 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Turkey is beginning to send troops into Libya in support of the UN-recognized government in Tripoli, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, days before a summit in Berlin which will address the Libyan conflict. Speaking in Ankara, Erdogan added that Turkey will continue to use all diplomatic and military means to ensure stability to its south, including in Libya. Erdogan is due to meet leaders of Germany, Russia, Britain and Italy on Sunday to discuss the conflict. He also said Turkey would start granting licenses for exploration and drilling in the eastern Mediterranean in 2020, in accord with a maritime agreement with Libya. He said Turkey’s Oruc Reis ship would begin seismic activities in the region. *Reuters

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Turkey, Russia talks over ‘secure zone’ in Syria’s Idlib to enforce ceasefire: Turkey


[1/15/2020 7:13:59 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Turkey and Russia are discussing the establishment of a ‘secure zone’ within Syria’s northwestern Idlib region where Syrians displaced by fighting can shelter during the winter, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Wednesday. Syrian government attacks in the region were continuing despite a ceasefire which came into effect three days ago, Akar told reporters in Ankara, and Turkey was reinforcing an observation post which has been surrounded by Syrian forces. The minister said Turkey has not received an official request regarding a call by the Iraqi parliament on Jan. 5 for the withdrawal of foreign troops. *Reuters

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US House to vote Wednesday to send impeachment articles to Senate


[1/14/2020 10:32:48 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The US House of Representatives will vote on Wednesday on a resolution to send articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate, according to a Democratic lawmaker and a Democratic aide. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democrats at a party meeting that she would also name the lawmakers who would serve as House managers for a Senate trial on Wednesday as part of an impeachment resolution, Democratic congressman Henry Cuéllar said. *Reuters

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Iranians protest for third day after Ukrainian plane disaster


[1/13/2020 5:13:54 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Iranian protesters gathered for a third day on Monday in the capital amid public anger over the military’s admission that it had shot down a civilian airliner last week, videos from inside Iran posted on social media showed. It was not immediately possible to authenticate the video. “They killed our elites and replaced them with clerics,” scores of protesters chanted at a Tehran university after the downing of the plane carrying 176 people, some of them Iranian students. There were no survivors. *Reuters

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Qatar emir calls for de-escalation at ‘sensitive’ time on Iran visit


[1/12/2020 8:56:45 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Qatar’s ruler, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, said during a visit to Iran on Sunday that de-escalation and dialogue were needed to resolve regional crises at a “sensitive” time. The emir, who has allied with Iran, was speaking in a televised news conference with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a visit to Tehran after Iran-backed militia launched a series of attacks on US bases in Iraq and Iran shot down a civilian aircraft, killing 176 people. Sheikh Tamim thanked Iran, with which his country shares a giant gas field, for supporting Doha by providing air and land routes after the Arab Quartet imposed a trade and transport boycott on Qatar in mid-2017 due to its support of terrorist and extremist networks around the Middle East. *Reuters

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Haitham bin Tariq Al Said named Oman's Sultan


[1/11/2020 4:05:06 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Oman's state TV announced Saturday that Haitham bin Tariq Al Said was named Sultan of Oman, succeeding Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who passed away Friday evening. Oman's defense council had called on the royal family council to convene in order to choose a successor following the death of Sultan Qaboos. The 1996 Omani statute stipulates that a successor must be named by the ruling family within three days of the throne falling vacant.

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