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Slamming human rights duplicity 

Iran's representative at the UN Human Rights Council takes the Western countries to task, for their double standards on human rights issues, and their biased approach toward the situation of women in Iran. Khadijeh Karimi also said that using human rights as a tool for political purposes of specific groups of Western countries, is appalling and disgraceful. She particularly criticized Germany for having supplied chemical weapons to the government of Saddam Hussein during the 1980s war with Iran. The special session of the Human Rights Council on the alleged violation of human rights in Iran was held at Germany's initiative. Tehran has repeatedly censured foreign intervention in its affairs.

Turkey strikes on Syria

Syria is strongly critical of Turkey over the recent wave of airstrikes targeting its territory, calling for the deadly operations to be immediately halted. A diplomat said that Syria deems the security of its borders with Turkey as extremely important. He, however, said that such security should be obtained through dialogue and cooperation, rather than attacks or incursion. He also called Turkey’s airstrikes a breach of both international law and Syria's sovereignty. The deputy minister made the remarks during the 19th summit of the Astana peace process, which aims to find a political situation to the crisis in Syria. Turkey started hitting areas in northeastern Syria two years ago. But it has intensified the strikes since last week when an explosion in Istanbul killed six people. Ankara blames the bombing on Kurdish militant groups based in Iraq and Syria. According to the Turkish defense minister, attacks on 500 targets have already killed over 250 militants. 

Lebanon crisis

Lebanon’s parliament has held a seventh vote to choose a new president, but still to no avail. On Thursday, presidential candidates failed to gain the minimum 86 ballots needed to be elected. A power vacuum could deepen the political crisis in Lebanon, which is already governed by a caretaker cabinet. The country is embroiled with a host of economic and financial issues. There have been delays in electing previous Lebanese presidents. Former President Michel Aoun, whose term ended recently, also took power in 2016 after a two-year vacancy at the presidential palace.

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