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Iran-Russia ties

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi who just came back from Russia speaks about the major achievements accomplished by a delegation he led on his two-day trip to Moscow. Raeisi said talks with top Russian officials were in line with the Islamic Republic’s foreign policy goals. He said the two countries can keep on their trade and banking relations based on their national currencies and break the dominance of the US dollar. Raeisi added that the two countries have decided to increase their trade volume to ten billion dollars annually. He further said that Tehran and Moscow have agreed on expanding oil and gas fields and exchanging related technologies. The Iranian president said, cooperation in agriculture, transportation and defense sectors were also discussed. Raeisi expressed optimism that such cooperation would help in bringing security, peace and stability to the region.

War on Yemen

A Saudi-led coalition carries out fresh airstrikes against the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah. Yemeni media reported that the coalition’s warplanes targeted a communication building and a nearby sports stadium in the city overnight. At least three people have been killed and 17 others wounded in the attack. Most of the victims are said to be children who were playing near the building. Yemen’s capital and other major cities have seen relentless nighttime airstrikes by Saudi and Emirati jets in the recent days. The attacks have killed dozens of civilians, including women and children. The increased in attacks come after the Yemeni army successfully hit targets deep inside the United Arab Emirates with drone and missile. The UAE is part of the Saudi-led coalition waging a deadly war against Yemen since 2015.

Sudan protests

Thousands of people take to the streets in Sudan to denounce the killing of dozens of protesters in an on-going post-coup crackdown. The demonstrations mainly took place in the capital Khartoum. A tally kept by a group of medics says at least 72 people have been killed in regular protests since the military coup in October. The latest rallies come as the US is pressing for the restoration of civilian rule in the country. Washington has released a statement saying it will continue to withhold financial aid from Sudan until the military stops its acts of violence. Sudanese authorities have repeatedly denied using live rounds against protesters. They claim that a number of security forces have been wounded during the rallies.

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