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An ambulance carrying wounded people leaves the site of an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 29, 2022.

At least 3 killed in Kabul mosque blast

The blast comes nearly a week after a suicide attack, claimed by Islamic State, killed a top Taliban cleric

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Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani holds a press conference in Tehran, Iran, on July 13, 2022.

Iran says ready to swap prisoners with US

'The US must release jailed Iranian citizens without any conditions'

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Representatives from Iran and the European Union attending a meeting of the joint commission on negotiations aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal in Vienna, Austria, on December 3, 2021.

EU assessing Iran’s response to nuclear proposal, consulting Washington

Experts say neither Iran, nor US are willing to give on 2015 nuclear deal to avoid regional war with Israel

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Burqa-clad Afghan women along with children sit on a street in Kabul, Afghanistan, on July 19, 2022.

UN: We 'must not forget' Afghan women and children

'Their fight is our fight. What happens to women and girls in Afghanistan is our global responsibility'

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Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani in front of the Palais Coburg, venue of talks on the Iran nuclear deal, in Vienna, Austria on December 27, 2021.

Iranian advisor: Nuclear deal 'closer' than ever

Iran says there are 'three issues that if resolved' would lead to an agreement in 'coming days'

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Afghan National Army soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. Deep in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, on the front lines against Taliban and Islamic State fighters, U.S. military commanders

Analysis: How the West duped itself into relying on a paper tiger in Afghanistan

A failure to truly adapt to the role of mentors, undermined Western efforts to train the Afghan Army

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Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian at a press conference in Ankara, Turkey, on June 27, 2022.

Iran to respond to EU nuclear proposal by midnight - Foreign Ministry

'There are three issues that if resolved, we can reach an agreement in the coming days'

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Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani holds a press conference in Tehran, Iran, on July 13, 2022.

Iran 'categorically' denies any link with Rushdie's attacker

First foreign ministry statement since Friday's attack on British-American author

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A man takes part in a march to celebrate Pakistan's 75th Independence Day in Karachi on August 14, 2022.

Pakistan celebrates 75th anniversary since establishment

South Asian nation formed following partition with colonial India on August 14, 1947

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Members of the Taliban Badri 313 military unit walk amid the debris of the destroyed Central Intelligence Agency base northeast of Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 6, 2021 after the US pulled all its troops out of the country.

Servicemen reflect on West’s failure in Afghanistan 1 year after Taliban takeover

'It was never going to work'

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Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks at his mausoleum in Tehran, Iran, on June 4, 2022.

Iran regime's violations under spotlight after Rushdie attack

Assassination attempt 'the result of 30 years of the regime's incitement to violence' against author

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Supporters of the Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr hold prayer near the parliament building in Baghdad, Iraq, on August 12, 2022.

Iraqi factions call for new government in rival protests

'You will not break Iraq as long as Sadr is here. There is no going back from this revolution'

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FILE - Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses the nation in a televised speech, in Tehran, Iran, April 9, 2020

Iran’s Supreme Leader: Islamic Jihad proved it can ‘crush the enemy’

'Not a single day goes by without clashes with the Zionist regime in the West Bank'

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Madina, an Afghan former female journalist whose name was changed to protect her identity, silhouetted during an interview in Kabul, Afghanistan, on November 13, 2021.

RSF: Afghanistan lost 60% of journalists under Taliban

Journalists 'work in conditions that are physically and mentally violent and tiring, without any protection'

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Women look at a window display of a women's wear store in Tehran's Grand Bazaar, Iran, on June 21, 2022.

Women in Iran facing ‘virginity checks’ before marriage

'It’s embedded in society. So hopefully education and knowledge-sharing will shrink this belief'

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An Afghan boy skips on the rooftop of an Islamic seminary overlooking the Kabul skyline in Afghanistan, on December 8, 2019.

Top Taliban cleric killed in Kabul suicide blast claimed by Islamic State

Haqqani was known for fiery speeches against the Islamic State, which often claims attacks in Afghanistan

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Former US National Security adviser John Bolton smiles in Westminster, London, UK, on November 16, 2021.

Iran rejects US claim of plot to kill ex-official Bolton

'The US Justice Department has made allegations without providing valid evidence,' says Nasser Kanani

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A visual representation of the digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin, at the "Bitcoin Change" shop in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on February 6, 2018.

Cryptocurrency might help Iran bypass sanctions

Around 4.5 percent of the global bitcoin mining is done in the country

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In this photo taken on June 5, 2022, members of the Taliban attend a computer science class at the Transport and Civil Aviation Ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Taliban swap arms for books as hundreds return to school

'I want to study for my master's and doctorate, and for that, I need to learn English,' says a Taliban member

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a press conference in Bled, in the foothills of the Julian Alps, on August 13, 2020.

US uncovers Iran 'plot' to kill ex-White House official Bolton, Pompeo

Reports suggest second target was former secretary of state and CIA director Mike Pompeo

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Supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr gather outside the Iraqi parliament in the Green Zone in the capital Baghdad, Iraq, on August 5, 2022

Iraq: Sadr calls on parliament to dissolve by end of next week

Sadr's bloc emerged from the October polls as the most significant parliamentary faction

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A view of the Iranian navy vessel "IRIS Lavan", carrying a stack of military unmanned aerial vehicles atop its deck, in the Indian ocean, on July 15 2022.

Iran navy says repelled attack on ship in Red Sea

‘Thanks to the effective (naval) presence and after heavy exchanges, the attacking boats made off’

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Members of the democratic Iranian opposition group NCRI protest against the Iranian regime nearby the Coburg Palais, where talks on the 2015 nuclear deal are held, in Vienna, Austria, on August 4, 2022.

Israeli officials say chances of reviving Iran nuclear deal slim

Israel is preparing for three possible scenarios: new deal, long-drawn talks, or crisis

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Iranian army officials visit an underground drone base tunnel in the heart of Iran's western Zagros Mountains, on May 28, 2022.

US says Russian officials training on Iran drones

US official: The Iran, Russia relationship exemplifies why Washington must maintain presence in Middle East