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Ukrainian experts have gained access to the black box flight recorders of the Ukrainian plane that crashed in Iran, Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said on Friday.

Iran seeks help reading downed plane’s black boxes in new standoff

Iran said it had asked the U.S. and French authorities for equipment to download information from black boxes on a downed Ukrainian airliner, potentially angering countriescwhich want the recorders analysed abroad.

Iraq attacks US embassy in Baghdad

Six Iraqis including two police officers were killed and scores were wounded in Baghdad and other cities on Monday in clashes with security forces, medical and security sources said, as anti-government unrest resumed after a lull of several weeks.
South Korea's military has said it plans to expand the deployment of an anti-piracy unit now operating off the coast of Africa to the area around the Strait of Hormuz after the United States pressed for help to guard oil tankers.

South Korea to deploy anti-piracy unit to Strait of Hormuz

South Korea's military has said it plans to expand the deployment of an anti-piracy unit now operating off the coast of Africa to the area around the Strait of Hormuz after the United States pressed for help to guard oil tankers.
This handout picture taken and released by the Ukrainian presidential press service on January 20, 2020 shows the President Volodymyr Zelensky (3L) during his talks with Iran’s Minister of Roads and Urban Development (not seen) in Kiev. – Ukraine insisted on Janaury 20 that Iran hand over the black box flight recorders of a Ukrainian passenger plane mistakenly shot down by Iranian forces during a spike in tensions with Washington. (Photo by HO / UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / AFP) /

Iran confirms two missiles fired at Ukraine airliner

Iran has confirmed two missiles were fired at a Ukrainian airliner brought down this month, in a catastrophic error that killed all 176 people on board and sparked angry protests.
Four of Iran’s top football clubs Monday threatened to boycott the Asian Champions League unless a reported ban on the Islamic republic hosting international matches is lifted.

Iran clubs to boycott Asian football over hosting row

Four of Iran’s top football clubs Monday threatened to boycott the Asian Champions League unless a reported ban on the Islamic republic hosting international matches is lifted.

Iran protest ban on hosting football games, says country is safe

Iran on Sunday accused Asian Football Confederation’s governing body of bias for a mooted ban on it hosting club matches, after a spate of security incidents including the downing of an airliner.
Iran launched missiles at U.S.-led forces in Iraq on Wednesday in retaliation for the U.S. drone strike on an Iranian commander whose killing last week stoked fears of a new Middle East war.

US admits 11 soldiers injured in Iranian missile attack

Although the US military and President Donald Trump had previously maintained there were no casualties in Iranian missile attack on Iraqi air base on 8 January, it has now been revealed that at least 11 American troops were injured.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is set to deliver a Friday sermon in Tehran for the first time in almost eight years, as the Islamic Republic grapples with the fallout from the targeted killing of its top general in a US air strike and popular anger after it accidentally downed a Ukrainian passenger jet.

Iran’s Ali Khamenei delivers Friday prayer sermon amid crisis

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is set to deliver a Friday sermon in Tehran for the first time in almost eight years, as the Islamic Republic grapples with the fallout from the targeted killing of its top general in a US air strike and popular anger after it accidentally downed a Ukrainian passenger jet.
Two rockets Saturday hit Iraq’s Al-Balad air base, where US troops are stationed, while two mortars hit Baghdad’s Green Zone, a high-security enclave housing the US embassy, security sources said.

US resumes joint military operations in Iraq

The United States on Wednesday resumed joint military operations with Iraq that had been put on pause after the US drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad, the New York Times reported.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) speaks during a ceremony marking the country’s annual army day in Tehran, on April 18, 2019. – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called on Middle East states on April 18 to “drive back Zionism”, in an Army Day tirade against the Islamic republic’s archfoe Israel. Speaking flanked by top general as troops paraded in a show of might, Rouhani also sought to reassure the region that the weaponry on display was for defensive purposes and not a threat. (Photo by – / AFP)

Iran dismisses new ‘Trump deal’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani dismissed a proposal for a new “Trump deal” aimed at resolving a nuclear row.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has told foreign powers to withdraw their forces from the Middle East, warning that they may be in danger if they remain in the region.

Iranian president warns foreign forces in Middle East ‘may be in danger’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has told foreign powers to withdraw their forces from the Middle East, warning that they "may be in danger" if they remain in the region.
Iran is ready to work with all of its neighbours to secure peace in the Middle East in the face of US and Israeli aggression, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday.

Iran’s Hassan Rouhani calls for ‘national unity’ after jet downing

President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday called for “national unity” and flagged the need for changes to the way Iran is run after the accidental downing of a Ukrainian airliner.
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Iran makes first arrests over Ukranian plane downing

Iran on Tuesday announced its first arrests over the shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner in Tehran last week, after the third night of angry protests over the disaster.
Syrian Defense Minister Gen. Ali Ayyoub presented to Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami, the Order of the Hero of the Syrian Arab Republic which was awarded by President Bashar al-Assad to Martyr Lt. General Qassem Soleimani.

Syria honors Qassem Soleimani with posthumous award

Syrian Defense Minister Ali Ayyoub presented to Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami, the Order of the Hero of the Syrian Arab Republic which was awarded by President Bashar al-Assad to Martyr Lt. General Qassem Soleimani.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday that evidence indicates an Iranian missile downed a Ukrainian jetliner on Wednesday and that the strike may have been unintentional.

Countries to sue Iran for nationals’ death in Ukrainian airliner crash

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Vadym Prystaiko, said the countries whose nationals died in the downing tragedy in Iran would gather for a meeting on Thursday to discuss possible legal action against Iran.
Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, said the arrest of Rob Macaire was a “flagrant violation of international law’’.

British ambassador to Iran arrested in Tehran

Britain’s ambassador to Iran has been arrested in Tehran during protests outside a university, the UK Foreign office has said.
Frontline Democratic party hopeful, Bernie Sanders, Sunday, told U.S. President Donald Trump that he would not win re-election.

Bernie Sander: Donald Trump will lose 2020 election

Frontline Democratic party hopeful, Bernie Sanders, Sunday, told U.S. President Donald Trump that he would not win re-election.
Airbase north of Baghdad targeted with rocket barrage, wounding four Iraqi soldiers, as US-Iran tensions simmer.

Another rockets hit Iraq military base hosting US troops

Airbase north of Baghdad targeted with rocket barrage, wounding four Iraqi soldiers, as US-Iran tensions simmer.

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