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EU-Iran trade One year after launch, EU countries and Iran close first deal under INSTEX payment mechanism

The deal was for the supply of medical equipment to Iran. INSTEX was devised in 2018 by Germany, France and the UK as a special purpose vehicle to bypass the unilateral sanctions imposed by the US

Five years of war in Yemen Saudi-led war on Yemen completes five disastrous years

Intervention by the Saudi-led coalition, which is supported by the US and others, has led to what the United Nations has called the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis of the century” in Yemen

COVID threat in prison Incarcerated people among the most vulnerable to Coronavirus infection

There is a growing demand for releasing prisoners worldwide as prison facilities in most countries are overcrowded and lack basic hygienic conditions, jeopardizing the implementation of preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19

New Iraq PM Adnan al-Zurfi , considered close to US, is Iraq’s PM-designate

President Barham Salih declared Adnan al-Zurfi, the former governor of Najaf, the country’s new prime minister designate on March 17. Al-Zurfi may have a tough time winning parliamentary approval due to his perceived pro-US stance and allegations of corruption

Oil price war Turmoil in international oil markets after Saudi Arabia launches ‘price war’

The fall in the international prices of oil may be good news for oil-importing countries such as India. However, economies of most of the oil producing countries will suffer massively if the prices remain at this level

Pro-assange protest Assange’s extradition hearing begins amid massive protests outside court

The formal hearings for the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange began on February 24, Monday, within the premises of the high-security Belmarsh prison where he is being held. Large crowds of his supporters gathered outside

Tax havens US and UK are among the safest tax havens in the world

According to the Financial Secrecy Index 2020 published by the Tax Justice Network, the US has emerged as the second safest tax haven. The British overseas territory of the Cayman Islands is the “safest tax haven” in the world

Iranian parliament. In Iran’s parliamentary elections, conservative sections have the advantage

The elections to the Majlis that are scheduled for February 21 are taking place at a time of intense diplomatic and political aggression by the US. This has strengthened the conservative sections in the country

Afghan election Ashraf Ghani emerges as preliminary winner in Afghan presidential elections

The final results of the elections are still awaited as opposition candidates have alleged widespread fraud and rigging, and have challenged the preliminary results

US troops in Afghanistan US finalizes deal with Taliban, to withdraw 5,400 troops from Afghanistan

Meanwhile, the Taliban has intensified its war against government forces in several provinces of Afghanistan. It carried out an attack in Kabul on Monday, killing over 16 people.

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