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Iran president in Uzbekistan

Iran’s president is paying a three-day visit to Uzbekistan. In a meeting with his Uzbek counterpart, Ebrahim Raeisi says the volume of bilateral trade can be increased by three to four times. Raeisi said Iran is ready to boost ties with Uzbekistan in various areas, particularly in trade and economic sectors. He said the two sides can also expand cooperation in transportation and energy sectors. The Iranian president said that Tehran-Tashkent relations go beyond regional ties and involve deep cultural bonds. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, for his part, described as historic Raeisi’s visit to his country. The two presidents held talks in the city of Samarkand soon after a welcoming ceremony was held upon Raeisi’s arrival. Following the meeting, the two sides signed 17 cooperation documents in different areas. Iran’s president will attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit on Friday. 

Armenia-Azerbaijan clashes

Armenia says Azerbaijan has occupied 10 square kilometers of its territories in recent border clashes. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has demanded that Azerbaijani forces leave the area they have encroached upon. He said the latest annexation adds to the 40 square kilometers Baku occupied last May. Earlier, Yerevan also warned that that the current clashes could turn into a full-blown war. Fighting has been ongoing since late Monday, with both sides trading the blame for the flare-up. Armenia has reported more than 100 deaths while Azerbaijan says it is has lost some 50 soldiers. The clashes have been the deadliest since the 2020 war between the two south Caucasus states. Baku says it wants to establish a corridor through southern Armenia to Azerbaijan’s autonomous Nakhchivan bordering Turkey. Pashinyan has rejected the move, saying it is against a truce reached earlier. 

UK surprise holiday 

A surprise national holiday in the UK for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth the Second has created chaos among the people across the country. Authorities declared national mourning after the death of the queen last week. They have announced a complete shutdown on Monday, the day she will be laid to rest. The announcement has frustrated ordinary citizens as they face the cancellation of their appointments with doctors and the National Health Service. Many poor Britons are panicked over the closure of food banks. A range of other economic activities are also grinding to a halt. Grocery stores, restaurants, and cinemas and other entertainment, would remain closed on the day of the funeral. Air travel is expected to be impacted as well. London's Heathrow Airport has warned of disruption to flights as the Queens coffin will be carried through the capital. 

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