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China's economic growth hits 30-year low

China's economy grew last year at the slowest pace in almost three decades.

Pre-election campaign kicks off in Azerbaijan

The campaign season for the snap parliamentary election has begun in Azerbaijan.

Five countries demand compensation from Iran over downed Ukrainian plane

Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne announced that Canada, Afghanistan, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Ukraine are demanding that Iran pay them compensation for a Ukrainian passenger Boeing 737 jet shot down by Iranian missiles.

US Senate starts Trump impeachment process

The Senate formally opened the impeachment trial of President Trump on Thursday, bracing for a deeply divisive debate over his fate as senators swore to deliver “impartial justice” and installed Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to preside over the proceeding, The New York Times reports

State Department: Turkey has less time before introduction of US sanctions for S-400

The US does not set a specific timetable for imposing sanctions against Turkey due to the purchase of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems from Russia, however, Ankara has less and less time to resolve these differences with Washington, Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Clarke Cooper told reporters.

Turkey restores access to Wikipedia

Turkey has restored access to online encyclopedia Wikipedia after the official publication of a Constitutional Court ruling that the more than two-year block was a violation of freedom of expression.

Trump impeachment: House sends historic case to Senate

The US House of Representatives has passed a resolution to submit articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate for a trial.

Putin names successor to Medvedev as Russian premier resigns

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday named Tax Service chief Mikhail Mishustin as the country's new prime minister, The Hill reports, citing The Washington Post.

Russian Prime Minister Medvedev quits after Putin’s call for 'constitutional changes'

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev resigned and said President Vladimir Putin will choose a new government, hours after the Kremlin leader called for a series of constitutional changes in his annual address, Bloomberg reported.

Iranian president apologizes for delayed plane crash admission

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has offered an apology for delaying the admission that the national military was responsible for downing the Ukrainian plane, Iran’s state TV broadcast the speech on January 15, reports TASS.

Ukraine asks Iran to hand over 'black boxes' of plane crashed near Tehran

Ukraine asked Iran to transfer 'black boxes' of Ukraine plane crashed near Tehran law, news.am reported.

Britain, France, Germany formally accuse Iran of breaking nuclear deal

Britain, France and Germany formally accused Iran on Tuesday of violating the terms of its 2015 agreement to curb its nuclear program, which eventually could lead to the reimposing of U.N. sanctions lifted under the deal, Reuters reported.

Iran air crash: New video shows that 2 missiles struck Ukrainian passenger plane

A new video shows that two missiles struck Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, which crashed shortly after taking off from the airport in Tehran early last Wednesday, The Business Insider reports.

Iran's president says downing Ukrainian plane an 'unforgivable error'

Iran's judiciary has arrested some people for their role in the crash of a Ukrainian plane that Tehran said was accidentally hit by an Iranian missile, judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said.

Pompeo says Chinese manufacturer Huawei is no less dangerous than Soviet era programs

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he considers the communication infrastructure from the Chinese manufacturer Huawei to be no less dangerous than programs produced during Soviet era.

WP: Trump plans to divert additional 7.2 bln USD in Pentagon funding for border wall

US President Donald Trump plans to divert an additional 7.2 billion USD in Pentagon funding for the construction of a border wall with Mexico, The Washington Post reported.

US State Department was not notified of 'imminent' threats to embassies

State Department officials involved in US embassy security were not made aware of imminent threats to four specific US embassies, CNN reports, citing two State Department officials who also undermined President Donald Trump's claims that the top Iranian general he ordered killed earlier this month posed an imminent threat to the diplomatic outposts.

Middle Eastern nations must bind together and 'avoid the influence of meddling foreigners', says Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called for countries in the region to bolster ties to overcome turbulence caused by the presence of the US and its allies.

'The world is watching': Trump again warns Iran's leaders about protesters

President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted another warning to Iranian leaders -- "DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTERS" -- as thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in Iran this weekend following Tehran's admittance it mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet, killing all 176 people on board, CNN reports.

Vice President of Abkhazia resigns

The vice-president of Abkhazia, Aslan Bartsits, has submitted his resignation, following the president, Raul Khajimba, TASS reported.