Tue, 20 Apr 2021

TEHRAN -- Iran on Sunday said that time is "not appropriate" for Iran to hold an informal meeting with Europe and the United States.

"Considering the recent positions and actions of the United States and three European countries, the Islamic Republic of Iran does not consider the time to be appropriate for an informal meeting proposed by the European coordinator of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)," said Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh. (Iran-U.S.-Meeting)

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ADEN -- The Yemeni government and the Houthi rebel group swapped on Sunday 36 prisoners in the country's turbulent northeastern province of Marib, a military official told Xinhua.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the local military source said the Houthi rebel group released 18 prisoners linked to the government forces following a tribal mediation. (Yemen-Houthis-Prisoners)

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RAMALLAH -- Fatah, a major faction in Palestine, has agreed to ally with other five factions to run in the upcoming general elections, according to a Fatah official on Sunday.

"Five factions have officially informed us that they are ready to ally with Fatah to contest in the elections in a unified list," Azzam al-Ahmad, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, told reporters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (Palestine-Fatah-Elections)

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BAGHDAD -- At least five security members were killed and four others wounded on Sunday in a car bomb explosion in Iraq's western province of Anbar, a local official said.

The blast took place in an area in the west of the town of Haditha, some 200 km northwest of the capital Baghdad, when a joint force of the Iraqi army and tribal fighters came close to a suspected car to check it, Mabrouk Hameed, mayor of Haditha, told Xinhua. (Iraq-Bombing-Deaths)

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