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    Egypt Independent

    Hard-line former Tehran mayor named Iran parliament speaker

    Iran’s parliament elected a former mayor of Tehran tied to the Revolutionary Guard as its next speaker Thursday, solidifying hard-line control of the body as tensions between the US and the Islamic Republic remain high over its collapsed nuclear deal. Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf’s assumption of power comes after a string of failed presidential bids and 12 years as the leader of Iran’s capital city, in which he built onto Tehran’s subway and supported the construction of modern high-rises.

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    Al Jazeera

    Romina Ashrafi: 'Honour killing' sparks outcry in Iran

    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has requested his cabinet to speed up harsher laws in so-called "honour killings" amid a social media outcry over the murder of a 14-year-old girl by her father. Rouhani pushed on Wednesday for speedy adoption of relevant bills, some of which have apparently shuttled for years among various decision-making bodies in Iran. More: How can we stop honour killings?

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    Al Arabiya English

    Coronavirus: UAE sees drop in daily numbers, records 563 new cases

    The United Arab Emirates saw a drop in its daily numbers on Thursday with 563 new coronavirus cases confirmed over the past 24 hours, raising the total to 32,532, according to the Ministry of Health and Prevention. Read the latest coronavirus updates in our dedicated section. The country had been recording around 700-900 new daily cases since the government eased restrictions earlier this month.

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    Al Arabiya English

    Two Russian jets intercept US drone in the Eastern Mediterranean: US Navy

    Two Russian Su-35 aircraft intercepted a US Sixth Fleet drone over international waters in the Eastern Mediterranean in an “unsafe and unprofessional manner,” the US Navy said in a statement. Last Update: 23:11 KSA 02:11 - GMT 23:11

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    Al Arabiya English

    Watch: Zarif asleep during Rouhani speech at new parliament opening session

    Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif appeared to be sleeping as President Hassan Rouhani was delivering a speech in the opening session of Iran’s new parliament on Wednesday, according to a video shared by an Iranian state television. Last Update: 18:13 KSA 21:13 - GMT 18:13

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    Al Arabiya English

    Coronavirus: Italy gives ministers police guard in fear of COVID-19 related violence

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    Al Arabiya English

    Passengers of downed Ukrainian plane in 'state of panic' before attack: Official

    Passengers on the downed Ukrainian flight over Iran were in a state of “panic” before the plane was hit by missiles from the Iranian military in January, according to a Ukrainian forensics head. Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shot down the Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 on January 8, killing all 176 onboard. Iran admitted to downing the plane after days of denying responsibility and insisting the plane crashed due to a “technical failure.”