Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei delivers a speech in Tehran, on April 30, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

Here is a brief look at Press TV Newsroom's headlines from 09:00 GMT to 17:00 GMT, April 30, 2018.


Iran’s Leader warns about US, Saudi plots

The Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution says the US Treasury has turned into a war room against Iran. Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei made the remark in a meeting with workers and laborers in the Iranian capital. He said Washington seeks to trigger insecurity in the region and provoke the Saudis to pit Muslims against one another. Ayatollah Khamenei noted that the enemies continue to confront Iran through economic pressure. He said if certain regional countries are wise enough, they will not lock horns with Iran or they’ll be defeated. Iran's Leader underlined that the Persian Gulf and West Asia are “our region”, adding that it is the US, not Iran, that must leave the region.

Pompeo defends Israel’s crackdown on Palestinians

The US secretary of state has reiterated Washington’s support for the ongoing deadly Israeli crackdown on Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip. Mike Pompeo made the pledge during a joint press conference with his Jordanian counterpart, Ayman Safadi in Amman. When asked about Israeli attacks in Gaza, the top US diplomat said Israel has the right to defend itself and that Washington fully supports Tel Aviv on the issue. 46 people have been killed since Israeli forces began targeting Palestinians holding anti-occupation protests along the so-called buffer zone on March 30. Thousands of Gazans have also been injured by Israeli bullets and teargas shells. The United Nations and International rights groups have condemned the brutal Israeli force against the protesters seeking the recognition of the right of Palestinians to self-determination.

Afghanistan explosions

At least 29 people have been killed in twin bombings that targeted the Afghan capital Kabul during the morning rush hour. Police say the first attack took place near the country’s intelligence agency after an assailant on motorcycle blew up his explosives. Another explosion rocked the same area minutes after the first one causing casualties among journalists. Many other people were also wounded in the explosions. The Daesh terror group claimed responsibility for the bombings.

Iran nuclear deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emanuel Macron say they're in favor of keeping the Iran nuclear accord despite the US challenges to the deal. Putin held a telephone conversation with Emmanuel Macron on Monday during which they called for all sides to abide by the agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The Kremlin released a statement confirming the politician’s stance. Macron had called Putin to inform him of his talks with US President Donald Trump last week. This comes as Trump has yet to announce his final decision on the agreement. A deadline looms next month for the US president to make a decision on whether to extend sanctions relief for Tehran under the 2015 pact.

Brexit deal warning

The EU's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has warned negotiations with Britain over its decision to leave the European Union may collapse. Barnier said the EU is ready to work with the UK to reach an agreement. He added that the bloc expects London to withdraw from its position over several key issues including the Irish border. British Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected the EU proposal to remove hard border between the republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland as a threat to the constitutional integrity of the UK.

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