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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.

Exiled Iran opposition claims state TV hacking

'During a period of 10 seconds, the faces and voices of hypocrites appeared on (our) Channel One'

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A plaque identifies the Afghanistan Embassy in a leafy, quiet neighborhood in the northwest section of the US capital on August 16, 2021 in Washington, DC, US.

US reportedly closing Afghanistan's embassy, consulates

Currently, no state officially recognizes the Taliban as Afghanistan's representatives

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends a press conference at the end of his visit to crisis-ridden Lebanon, in the capital Beirut on December 21, 2021.

UN Chief: Afghanistan 'hanging by a thread'

'We must pull the economy back from the brink' says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

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A woman uses her mobile telephone as she walks in front of the former US embassy in the Iranian capital of Tehran on November 4, 2021.

Iran arrests 17 over social media horror pranks

Gags include mock murders and suicide as well as throwing cakes in the faces of passengers on escalators

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Une photo non datée obtenue du compte Twitter de Saeid Dehghan, l'avocat de Benjamin Brière, un Français arrêté l'an dernier en Iran pour espionnage, montre ce dernier dans un lieu tenu secret

Iran sentences French national to 8 years of jail for spying

'He is being held hostage for no reason'

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Robert Malley, United States special envoy for Iran, stands in front of the 'Hotel Imperial' near the 'Grand Hotel Vienna' where closed-door nuclear talks take place in Vienna, Austria, June 20, 2021.

Iran nuclear deal unlikely without release of US prisoners

Rights groups accuse Iran of taking prisoners to gain diplomatic leverage

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A woman holds a picture of Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during a ceremony at the Azadi (Freedom) square in Tehran, Iran, on February 10, 2021.

Iran conducts arrest after Khomeini statue 'destroyed'

Taamoli says 'It is not possible right now to speculate on the accused's motives'

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A view shows the the Iranian flag in capital Tehran with the snow-covered Alborz mountain range in the background on January 18, 2022.

Iran urges people to dress warmly to cut gas use

Country facing surge in energy demand as citizens crank up heaters to cope with frigid temperatures

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Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks during an interview with AFP in Kabul on January 22, 2022.

Taliban warns against dissent, women's rights activism

'Nobody should create turmoil, because it disrupts peace and order'

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Barry Rosen, former Iran hostage crisis captive, speaks to i24NEWS from Vienna, Austria on January 21, 2022.

Former Iran hostage crisis captive goes on hunger strike

Rosen says 'Human rights have to be an issue for nation states'

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A handout photo made available by the Iranian Army office on February 17, 2021, shows the Iranian navy amphibious assault ship Lavan (514) taking part in a joint naval drill in the northern Indian Ocean.

Trilateral naval drills between China, Russia and Iran start Friday

The '2022 Marine Security Belt' exercise will take place in the north of the Indian Ocean

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This handout photo released by the Taliban and taken on January 19, 2022, shows Taliban acting Prime Minister Mohammad Hassan Akhund (L) and second deputy prime minister Abdul Salam Hanafi in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Acting Taliban PM calls on world for official recognition

Muttaqi says 'Humanitarian aid is the short-term solution to economic problems'

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An Afghan woman holds her children outside a makeshift clinic near Herat, Afghanistan, December 16, 2021.

Afghan women, girls fight for space in public sphere

'Education, employment, freedom of movement, access to healthcare... all these things have been taken away'

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Dr. Ebtisam Al-Ketbi, president of the Emirates Policy Center, speaks with i24NEWS from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on January 18, 2022.

Iran ‘endangering their situation’ with Saudi Arabia, UAE

Al-Ketbi says that Yemen's Houthi rebels are 'threatening the whole world'

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A truck travels along a highway in Band-e Sabzak area in Badghis, Afghanistan, on October 17, 2021.

Official reports earthquake in Afghanistan, at least 26 dead

Sarwary says 'Five women and four children are among the 26 people killed'

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A woman leaves a Shiite shrine while two men stand guard in Kabul, Afghanistan, November 9, 2021.

Taliban: Girls set to enter schools after Afghan New Year

Taliban spokesperson says a return to women's education is a 'is a question of capacity'

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An Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps member walks past Qiam missile displayed in a missile capabilities exhibition, in Tehran, Iran, January 7, 2022.

China affirms opposition to US sanctions on Iran

China hopes to set up a dialogue mechanism with Gulf countries to discuss regional security issues

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A banner hangs on a bridge Baghdad, showing pictures of (L to R) Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali khamenei, slain Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, Slain Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and the late founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on May 22, 2020.

Bizarre Iranian video imagines Trump's 'assassination'

The video threatens that 'Soleimani’s murderer and the one who gave the order will pay the price'

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An Iranian woman holds the national flag during a rally in Tehran, Iran, on February 11, 2016.

US links prominent hacker group to Iran’s government

The report says MuddyWater is 'a subordinate element within the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security'

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A vendor selling wooden baskets waits for customers on the side of a road in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on January 12, 2022.

Israel donates $500,000 for Afghan refugees

Israel's donation came the same day the United Nations called for $4.4 billion in aid for Afghanistan

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Martin Griffiths, the United Nations humanitarian chief, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in New York, United States, September 28, 2021.

UN requests $4.4 billion in Afghanistan aid, world record

Griffiths says the request for aid is 'an absolutely essential stop gap measure'

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Taliban fighters stand on the diving board over a swimming pool at the Wazir Akbar Khan hill in Kabul, Afghanistan, on January 10, 2022.

Taliban increase payment in wheat as economic crisis deepens

The plan already largely paid laborers in Kabul and will be expanded throughout the country

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Taliban fighters walk along a road at the Wazir Akbar Khan hill in Kabul, Afghanistan, on January 10, 2022.

Iran ‘not at the point of officially recognizing Taliban’

Khatibzadeh says that Iran is still 'not at the point of officially recognizing Taliban'