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IRIB head in Lebanon

The head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting is in the Lebanese capital on an official visit to boost Tehran-Beirut cultural ties. On the first day of his visit, Peyman Jebelli met with the Lebanese culture minister. In the meeting, the two officials stressed the need to boost bilateral relations, particularly in the cultural sector. Jebeli is accompanied on the visit by senior IRIB officials, including the head of its world service. The IRIB delegation paid tribute to the martyrs of the Hezbollah resistance movement upon arrival in Beirut.

Pakistan politics

Pakistan’s former prime minister is calling for immediate talks with government officials amid crackdown on top aides and supporters. Imran Khan also warned that Pakistan is moving toward devastation. The former prime minister has been locked in a stand-off with the military since the 2022 parliamentary vote. Imran Khan says the polls were set up by the country’s top generals, a charge the military denies. He also says his recent indictment on corruption charges was politically-motivated. His arrest before the trial triggered a series of protests, which saw several military sites stormed and set ablaze. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and has secured release on bail.

Russia warning

Moscow sends a warning to the United States and Britain, saying they would be tempting fate by sending warships to the Black Sea. Russia’s Defense Ministry also says such a move would be ill advised. It says Moscow would defend its borders with all possible means, including military force. The ministry was referring to a British destroyer that sailed through waters off Crimea on Wednesday. It said forces fired warning shots and dropped bombs in the path of the warship to chase it out. Britain has rejected Russia's account of the incident. London says the warship had sailed through Ukrainian waters. On Thursday, Moscow called the move provocative and warned Britain that its naval vessels could be bombed. Russia considers Crimea part of its territory, but it is internationally recognized as part of Ukraine.

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