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      Ukraine welcomes ‘constructive’ first talks with Iran on downing of airliner
      Jul31

      Ukraine welcomes ‘constructive’ first talks with Iran on downing of airliner

      Ukraine said on Friday that its first round of talks with Iran about the downing of a Ukrainian airliner shortly after takeoff in Tehran in January had been constructive, and that it was determined “to bring Iran to justice”, Reuters reports. All 176 people on board – including 57 Canadians – were killed when Iranian forces struck the Ukraine...

      Iran delegation visits Ukraine to discuss compensation after plane downed
      Jul29

      Iran delegation visits Ukraine to discuss compensation after plane downed

      An Iranian delegation will arrive in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, today to discuss compensation for the families of the Boeing 737 passengers which were killed by an Iranian missile earlier this year. The Iranian delegation is scheduled to hold talks today and tomorrow concerning the monetary value of the compensation. Last January, the Iranian...

      Turkey blocks Greek confinement bid in E. Mediterranean
      Jul22

      Turkey blocks Greek confinement bid in E. Mediterranean

      Turkey has rejected Greek plans of expanding its continental shelf through islets in the Aegean Sea and confining Turkey to the Anatolian peninsula in the Eastern Mediterranean region, Anadolu reports. As part of the country’s hydrocarbon exploration activities, Turkey announced new seismic research activity in the Eastern Mediterranean via...

      Voice data recovered from downed Ukraine jet, Canada sceptical about Iran explanation
      Jul21

      Voice data recovered from downed Ukraine jet, Canada sceptical about Iran explanation

      Investigators examining the black boxes from the Ukrainian jet accidentally shot down by Iran have recovered its cockpit voice data, France’s BEA accident investigation bureau said on Monday, reported Reuters. Iranian forces say they downed the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 jet on Jan. 8 after mistaking it for a missile amid...

      Iran has sent black boxes of downed plane to France
      Jul18

      Iran has sent black boxes of downed plane to France

      Iran has sent the black boxes from a Ukrainian airliner that it had accidentally downed in January to France for analysis, a Foreign Ministry official said on Saturday. Some 176 people were killed when the Revolutionary Guards, Iran’s most powerful military force, fired missiles at the Ukraine International Airlines mistaking it for a...

      Netherlands to fine store for selling wine from West Bank as ‘Made in Israel’
      Jul16

      Netherlands to fine store for selling wine from West Bank as ‘Made in Israel’

      Dutch government inspectors said they would impose a fine on a store selling wine from the occupied West Bank city of Hebron that is labelled as ‘Made in Israel’. The warning was issued during an inspection on 10 July inspection at the Israel Products Centre in Nijkerk, an importer and retail outfit run by the pro-Israel group Christians...

      Putin opposes US plan to extend Iran sanctions
      Jul16

      Putin opposes US plan to extend Iran sanctions

      Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that sanctions against Iran have no chance of succeeding, the Kremlin said, Anadolu reports. In a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Putin urged preservation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which the Russian side...

      Hagia Sophia: Religious and political leaders are missing their own chances to right historical wrongs
      Jul14

      Hagia Sophia: Religious and political leaders are missing their own chances to right historical wrongs

      Apparently Pope Francis, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, is “very distressed” by the decision to revert the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia into a mosque; it has been a museum since 1934. He made his views known in the latest edition of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano. Quite why he and a whole host of other voices of faith...

      Iran says Ukraine passenger jet downed due to radar ‘misalignment’
      Jul12

      Iran says Ukraine passenger jet downed due to radar ‘misalignment’

      Iran has claimed the downing of Ukrainian passenger jet in January was due to a “misalignment” of the air defence system’s radar, i24 News reported. The Iranian Civil Aviation authority claimed “A failure occurred due to a human error in following the procedure” for aligning the radar, causing a “107-degree error” in the system. A Ukrainian...

      Iran agrees to pay compensation to families of downed Ukraine plane
      Jul03

      Iran agrees to pay compensation to families of downed Ukraine plane

      Iran to compensate victims of downed Ukrainian flight Iran has agreed to compensate the families of the 176 passengers killed when an Iranian missile struck a Ukrainian airliner, Sweden’s foreign minister said yesterday. “We have signed an agreement of mutual understanding that we will now negotiate with Iran about amends, compensation to...