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Tajikistan President Emomali Rakhmon's secular government is frequently accused of cracking down on religious believers

Iran opens drone factory in Tajikistan

The UAVs will be able to carry out attacks as well as surveillance missions

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Afghan resistance movement and anti-Taliban uprising forces take part in a military training at Malimah area of Dara district in Panjshir province  of Afghanistan on September 2, 2021.

Afghanistan: Civilians flee fighting in Panjshir Valley

The NRF was the last to hold out against the Taliban's takeover of the country last year

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Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof poses as he arrives on May 27, 2017 for the Un Certain Regard prize ceremony at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France.

Iran filmmakers condemn arrest of fellow directors

Letter says Iranian security agencies 'raided homes and offices of several filmmakers'

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A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency shows Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi holding a press conference ahead of departing to Qatar at Mehrabad airport in Tehran, Iran, on February 21, 2022.

Iranians protest over government price hikes

Raisi announces a series of measures to tackle the country's economic woes

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EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell listens during a press statement with German Foreign Minister on August 28, 2020 in Berlin, Germany.

EU: Stalled Iran nuclear talks have been 'reopened'

'The negotiations had stalled, and now they have been reopened'

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A technician walks in the Rumaylah oil field near Iraq's southern port city of Basra, on March 19, 2022.

Iraq strikes deal with Iran to secure summer gas imports

Summer temperatures in Iraq routinely reach 126°F, sending demand for refrigeration and A/C soaring

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Members of Afghanistan's Powerful Women Movement, take part in a protest in Kabul, Afghanistan, on May 10, 2022.

Afghanistan: Taliban’s veil order sparks protests in Kabul

'We want to be known as human beings, not slaves imprisoned in the corner of the house'

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A picture shows antiquities repatriated from Switzerland on display at Iran's National Museum in Tehran, Iran, on April 16, 2022.

Iranian archaeologists against bill permitting trade of artifacts

'It legally authorizes looters to destroy our heritage'

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International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Rafael Grossi during an interview with The Associated Press, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, December 14, 2021.

IAEA warns Iran not forthcoming on past nuclear activities

'The situation does not look very good,' says IAEA chief Rafael Grossi

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Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani speaks to IOC President Thomas Bach ahead of the opening ceremony for the World Athletics Championships on the Corniche in Doha, Qatar, September 27, 2019.

Iran confirms upcoming visit of Qatar's Emir to Tehran

Emir's trip aims at bringing parties to the Iran nuclear pact to a 'new middle ground'

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An Afghan woman wearing a burqa in the old city of Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 11, 2013.

Afghan women ‘feel like prisoners’ under Taliban rule

'We don't have basic human rights. This is terrifying for all women in Afghanistan'

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A Taliban fighter stands guard near the site of a blast in Kabul on April 29, 2022.

IS-K: A lingering shadow over Taliban-ruled Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s Islamic State affiliate group is now attempting to recruit militants from minority groups

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A burqa-clad woman prays near a tomb inside the Blue Mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, on October 30, 2021.

Taliban order Afghan women to wear all-covering burqa

'Those women who are not too old or young must cover their face, except the eyes, as per sharia directives'

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An Iranian woman walks past a mural showing Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Iran's capital of Tehran, on March 9, 2022.

Rising oil prices buying Iran time in nuclear talks, officials say

Oil exports from Iran are back up to around 1.5 million barrels per day, with most going to China

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A woman holds up an illustration of a portrait of Qasem Soleimani, the slain top commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Beirut, Lebanon, on January 3, 2022.

US Senate passes motion barring removal of IRGC from terror list

The resolution prohibits the lifting of existing sanctions on the IRGC as well

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Manifestation devant l'ambassade d'Iran à Bruxelles pour Ahmadreza Djalali, un universitaire iranien détenu à Téhéran  condamné à mort pour espionnage, le 13 février 2017

Iran sentences Swedish-Iranian to death, accused of espionage

The execution scheduled to take place by May 21

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Cars move on a street in Moscow, Russia, on March 10, 2022.

Report: Russian carmaker hit by sanctions asks Iran for spare parts

Numerous car makers have stopped sales of their cars or parts to Russia since the invasion of Ukraine

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Girls arrive at their school in Kabul, Afghanistan, on March 23, 2022.

Afghan women defend right to drive as Taliban curbs licenses

'We have been verbally instructed to stop issuing licenses to women drivers'

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Taliban members stand guard at the Eidgah Mosque in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on May 1, 2022.

Afghan leader hails 'security' to mark end of Ramadan

'Congratulations on victory, freedom and success. Congratulations on this security and for the Islamic system'

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Taliban fighters walk at the frozen Qargha Lake, near Kabul, Afghanistan, February 11, 2022.

Second terror attack in two days in Kabul, at least one dead

The attacks come as the country prepares for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr

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A woman wearing a burqa and a child walk past Taliban fighters along a roadside in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on December 12, 2021.

At least 50 killed as blast rips through Kabul mosque

Wave of deadly bombings rocks the country in last two weeks of Ramadan

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Demonstrators burn Israeli and US flags during the annual Jerusalem Day rally in Tehran, Iran on April 29, 2022.

Iran marks anti-Israeli 'Jerusalem Day' after 2-year pandemic suspension

Demonstrators chanted 'death to Israel' and 'death to America'

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Taliban members stand next to a sign installed outside the Kabul International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on February 5, 2022.

Deadlock in talks to run Afghan airports

The full operation of Kabul airport is crucial for reviving Afghanistan's shattered economy

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A national flag of Iran waves in front of the building of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, in Vienna, Austria, December 17, 2021.

Iran: Newspaper publishes article praising Hitler on Holocaust Remembrance Day

On Friday, Iran will mark Al-Quds Day, a day of solidarity with the Palestinian cause