Iran cuts oil output in some areas to save flood-hit people

Iran has shut down some oilfields in Khuzestan province as intensive efforts are underway to control damage from flash floods and prevent possible environmental pollution, Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh says. Zangeneh said Friday some oil pipes in the province have been emptied for the first time, and oil output has been reduced in some flood-hit areas as precaution. The minister stressed that oil production in the province has not stopped. The oil minister, who is in Khuzestan to marshal the ministry’s equipment and forces to alleviate the situation in the flood-stricken areas,…

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Damascus reserves right to retake occupied Golan Heights by any means: Official

A Syrian official says Damascus reserves the right to re-establish control over the Golan Heights, which the Israeli regime has been occupying for more than half a century, stating that a military option to regain the area could not be ruled out. “The Golan Heights is an integral part of the Syrian territory. We have the right to return this land at any time and by any means, which we consider necessary. In my opinion, the only language, which Israel understands is the language of force and resistance,” the director…

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Putin hails Russian military advancements, says new ICBM almost final

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile is in its final testing phase, hailing the amount of work the Russian military has put into developing advanced weapons. According to Press TV, speaking at a meeting with senior officers and prosecutors on the occasion of their promotion on Thursday, Putin commended the “large-scale systematic work that has been conducted in recent years to comprehensively develop the army and provide advanced military hardware for the armed forces.” He noted that “the final tests of the Sarmat missile…

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Terrorist bombing hits Hazara market in Pakistan’s Quetta

A bomb hidden among bags of potatoes at a Pakistani market killed at least 16 people, half of them ethnic Hazaras, officials said, in an attack apparently aimed at minority Shia Muslims. According to Press TV, officials said at least 30 people were wounded in the blast in the southwestern city of Quetta, capital of Baluchistan Province. The attack came after a lull of at least a year in attacks against Hazaras, though there have been isolated shootings. The blast took place at Hazar Ganji, a fruit and vegetable market on the outskirts…

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