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Iran-P4+1 talks

Iran’s deputy foreign minister Ali Bagheri Kani says his country will not backtrack on its demand for lifting sanctions against the Iranian nation. That’s the demand Iran is pursuing in talks with the remaining signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal. The Iranian official says the US was the party that left the deal in 2018, and therefore it should take the first step. He was speaking to Italian news agency, Ansa. Bagheri Kani is also the top Iranian negotiator in the talks over the nuclear agreement. He spoke about the draft documents Tehran presented during the latest round of negotiations in Vienna this week. Bagheri said the proposals are logical and well-founded, and could be a basis for further talks. But, Britain, France and Germany, all parties to the nuclear deal, have expressed dismay over Iran’s demands, saying they go against the terms of the accord. Iran rejects that.

Israel 'extra-judicial execution'

The fatal shooting of a young Palestinian man by Israeli forces in occupied al-Quds on Saturday draws widespread condemnation from officials, the UN, and rights groups. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says Mohammad Salima’s killing is the continuation of the Israeli aggression that should not be tolerated. Prime Minister Mohammad Shatayyeh slams the killing as a crime of execution. He says, it should be added to an International Criminal Court file investigating Israeli war crimes. The UN Human Rights Office also says it was shocked by the “extra-judicial execution.”

US base targeted 

Multiple explosions have occurred inside a US base in al-Tanf region, southern Syria. Local media say US helicopters were seen flying over the area following the explosions. No further details are available. But, unconfirmed reports say there were two blasts and they were caused by an attack. Back in October, the US base in Syria’s al-Tanf was also targeted, in what American officials called, a coordinated drone strike. That attack left no casualties. The US keeps the base in Syria without an authorization from Damascus, and has unilaterally declared a 55-kilometer de-confliction zone around the facility.

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