Iran’s Khamenei says economy should not be tied to U.S. sanctions

Iran and major powers have engaged in talks for the past 11 months in Vienna to revive a 2015 nuclear deal, which curbed Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

The talks were close to an agreement until Russia made demands of the United States to guarantee that sanctions imposed after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine would not hurt Moscow’s trade with Tehran.

Zelensky presses Israel for its Iron Dome missile defence system

In the latest in a series of international appeals, Zelensky addressed the Israeli parliament by video link and questioned Israel’s reluctance to sell its Iron Dome missile defense system to Ukraine. 

“Everybody knows that your missile defense systems are the best… and that you can definitely help our people, save the lives of Ukrainians, of Ukrainian Jews,” said Zelensky, who is of Jewish heritage.

Saudi Arabia says it isn’t responsible for oil supply shortage from attacks on its facilities

Saudi Arabia isn’t responsible for any oil supply shortage to the international market that results from attacks on its facilities from the Iranian-backed Houthi terrorist militias, Saudi Press Agency reported, citing an official source in Kingdom’s foreign ministry.

“The Kingdom stresses the importance of the international community to realize the gravity of Iran’s continued behavior of equipping the terrorist Houthi militias with ballistic missiles technology, and advanced UAVs with which they target the Kingdom’s oil, gas and refined products production sites,” the statement said.

World ‘sleepwalking’ to climate catastrophe: UN chief

UN chief Antonio Guterres said on Monday the world is “sleepwalking to climate catastrophe”, with major economies allowing carbon pollution to increase when drastic cuts are needed.

The planet-saving goal of capping global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius (34.7 Fahrenheit) is already “on life support”, he told a sustainability conference in London.

Israeli PM to visit India in April

Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will visit India next month, in a trip marking 30 years since the countries established diplomatic ties, his office has said.
“At the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi — Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will pay his first official visit to India in early April,” Bennett’s office said in a statement on Saturday.

Lebanese president extends invitation to Pope Francis

Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun has invited Pope Francis to visit his country during a visit to the Vatican City.

A source told Arab News that during his 25-minute audience in the Apostolic Palace, President Aoun, a Maronite Christian, “brought to His Holiness a message of love on behalf of the Lebanese, and renewed his invitation to go to Lebanon.”

Tunisia: Mass anti-Saied protests take place in capital Tunis

Thousands of Tunisians have taken to the streets of the capital Tunis in the latest of a series of rallies against President Kais Saied, accused by opponents of grabbing power amid a deepening political crisis.

In July last year, President Saied suspended parliament and sacked the prime minister, before further expanding his legislative and executive powers and suspending some parts of the constitution.

Kyiv refuses to surrender Mariupol

Russia says Ukraine has until 5am Moscow time to respond to an offer on laying down arms and humanitarian corridors.

Russia, Ukraine ‘close to agreement’ in negotiations, says Turkey

Turkey has said Russia and Ukraine made progress on their negotiations to halt the war and the two sides were “close to an agreement”.

Russian forces invaded Ukraine on February 24 with President Vladimir Putin calling his country’s actions a “special operation” meant to demilitarise Ukraine and purge it of what he sees as dangerous nationalists. Ukraine and the West say Putin launched an aggressive war of choice.

Jammu & Kashmir to host Gulf investors in follow-up of Dubai Expo

The Indian Administered Jammu and Kashmir (IAJK) is all set to host a delegation from the Gulf countries at Srinagar to strengthen ties and look at the investment opportunities in the region starting on Sunday, March 20.

As part of the four-day programme, Manoj Sinha, Lieutenant Governor of UT of IAJK along with the Principal Secretary Industries and Commerce and other government officials will be showcasing investment opportunities with a focus on entrepreneurship, tourism, and the hospitality sector.

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IAJK’s Lieutenant Governor’s Advisor Resigns, Likely To Get Key Role In BJP

Farooq Khan, a retired IPS officer who was instrumental in curbing terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir in the 1990s, is being given “important assignment” in the BJP, said officials.

He is likely to be assigned the responsibility of preparing the party for assembly elections in the union territory.

PM Modi, Morrison to hold second India-Australia virtual summit today

PM Modi and Morrison are expected to commit closer cooperation in trade, critical minerals, migration and mobility, and education, with Canberra set to announce investments worth a total of ₹1,500 crore (Aus$ 280 million). According to Prime Minister’s Office, the two leaders will also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest.

IMF seeks details of petrol, power subsidy funding from Pakistan

Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing at Pakistan Overseas Conference in Islamabad on 15 March 2022

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has sought copies of financial agreements with the provincial governments and other details from the federal government to confirm the financing of discounts on electricity and petroleum products announced by Pak PM Imran Khan, Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin disclosed at a press conference on Sunday.

At least six people dead in Bangladesh ferry accident

At least six people have died after a cargo vessel hit a ferry carrying dozens of people along a river outside Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka.

Fire Service official Rozina Akhter said they could not determine how many were on board the ferry.

Local media reported between 30 and 50 people were on the ferry when the collision occurred in Narayanganj, just outside Dhaka, on Sunday.

DR Congo: Fourteen killed in machete attack in Ituri province

Fourteen people, including seven children, have been killed with machetes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Red Cross has said, as a community leader blamed a notorious armed group for the bloody attack.

The attack took place in a displaced people’s camp in the country’s northwestern Ituri province on Saturday, the humanitarian aid group reported.

Recent survey shows 93% of Ukrainians believe in victory over Russia

A recent survey in Ukraine shows that belief in victory over Russia is at an all-time high. 93% of the respondents believe that Ukraine will be able to repel Russia’s attack, and confidence in victory remains prevalent in all the regions of the country.

In two recent surveys, a steady increase was seen in the belief of victory over Russia. A poll on February 28 found that 70% of Ukrainians believed the Ukrainian Armed Forces would prevail over Russian military forces.

New Zealand to provide Ukraine with non-lethal military assistance

New Zealand said on Monday it will provide Ukraine with a further NZ$5 million ($3.46 million) in funds and non-lethal military assistance including some surplus equipment.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the money would be primarily directed to a NATO Trust Fund that provides fuel, rations, communication equipment and first aid kits to support Ukraine as its battles Russian forces that invaded on Feb. 24.

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