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Iran deepens freight discount to boost oil sales to India: sources


NEW DELHI Iran has offered to raise the freight discount on oil sales to India in return for New Delhi agreeing to boost imports, as the OPEC member is keen to eat into the market share of other producers including top rivals Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

Sweden grants citizenship to scientist sentenced to death in Iran

STOCKHOLM Sweden has granted citizenship to a Stockholm-based scientist being held in Iran under sentence of death, the Swedish foreign ministry confirmed on Saturday.

17 Feb 2018

Turkey summons Dutch charge d'affaires over Armenian 'genocide' motions

ANKARA Turkey summoned the Dutch charge d'affaires to Ankara on Saturday to express its unhappiness with a pair of proposed bills that would see the Netherlands recognize as genocide the 1915 killing of as many as 1.5 million Armenians.

17 Feb 2018

Exclusive: Iran eyeing Iraqi flour market via Russia wheat deal

DUBAI Iran is negotiating a wheat import deal with Russia that would allow it to increase flour exports to neighbouring Iraq, the secretary general of the Iran Federation of Food Industry Associations told Reuters on Saturday.

Economy, Business, World, Iraq 17 Feb 2018

Public reports 'clearly show' Assad's use of chemical weapons: McMaster

MUNICH U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on Saturday that, despite denials, public reports showed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was using chemical weapons, and added that it was time for the international community to hold the Syrian government to account.

World, Syria 17 Feb 2018

Turkey denies use of chemicals in Syria's Afrin, says accusations baseless

BEIRUT, ANKARA Turkey never used chemical weapons in its operations in Syria, and takes the utmost care of civilians, a Turkish diplomatic source said, after Syrian Kurdish forces and a monitoring group accused it of carrying out a gas attack in Syria's Afrin region.

World, Top News, Syria 17 Feb 2018

India, Iran sign pact during Rouhani visit on leasing port

NEW DELHI India and Iran on Saturday signed agreements including Tehran leasing to New Delhi operational control of part of the Iranian east coast port of Chabahar for 18 months.

Business, Top News 17 Feb 2018

Pakistan court sentences child killer, rapist to death

LAHORE, Pakistan A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Saturday sentenced a suspected serial killer to death for the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl, a prosecutor said.

South Asia, World, Top News 17 Feb 2018

Yemeni man pleads guilty in U.S. to trying to join Islamic State

NEW YORK A Yemen-born New York City resident on Friday pleaded guilty to attempting to provide support to Islamic State, admitting that he tried to join the organization and urged someone else to join too.

World, Yemen 17 Feb 2018

Turkish army hit village in Syria's Afrin with suspected gas - Kurdish YPG, Observatory

BEIRUT Syrian Kurdish forces and a monitoring group said the Turkish military carried out a suspected gas attack that wounded six people in Syria's Afrin region on Friday.

World, Syria 17 Feb 2018

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