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Dismissing anti-Iran claims

Iran has slammed the remarks by European Union officials on the recent attack against an Israeli-owned tanker as irresponsible. Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh rejected the accusations as baseless, saying blaming Iran is a scenario planned by the Israeli regime. He said the comments by EU officials do not contribute to the peace and stability of the region. Khatibzadeh noted that Tehran is committed to ensuring the security of the strategic Persian Gulf waterway and the Strait of Hormuz. The reaction comes after the G7 foreign ministers and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell claimed that Iran was involved in last week’s attack on an Israeli-managed vessel off the coast of Oman. Tel Aviv said it is ready to strike Iran in retaliation for the attack. Iran has already warned of a crushing response to any such move.

US war in Afghanistan 

In an exclusive interview with Press TV, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai explains why he rejected the US proposal of bilateral security agreement while in office. Karzai said the US military activities in Afghanistan in the name of fighting the Taliban caused immense suffering to Afghan civilians, including women and children. He said civilian homes and families were bombed and destroyed for no reason. The former president said he gave his full backing to the US initiative for peace in order to end the war on the country. But he said such a process didn’t give the desired results, rather caused more suffering to Afghans. Elsewhere in his remarks, Karzai defended calling the Taliban "brothers" despite the group never welcoming his peace proposal.

UN global warming report

The United Nations’ climate panel says global warming is on the verge of getting out of control and that humans are indisputably to blame. The landmark report warned that greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere are already high enough to cause climate disruption for decades, if not centuries. The intergovernmental panel on Climate Change also warned that the world must brace for heat waves, droughts, hurricanes and other weather extremes, unprecedented in the observational record. The IPCC called for sharp, rapid and sustainable reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. It predicted that the world is likely to exceed the warming limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius around 2030, without immediate reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

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