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Iranian parliament backs membership in SCO

Tehran, Nov 27 (UNI) The Iranian parliament voted on Sunday to back the Islamic Republic's entry to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), state news agency Fars reported.
Iran has been seeking to upgrade its observer status to full membership of the Asian security organization, which comprises China, Russia, India, Pakistan, and four Central Asian nations.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian signed a memorandum commitment to SCO full membership at the group's summit in Uzbekistan's capital, Samarkand, in September.
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Switzerland closes Istanbul consulate over security concerns

Switzerland closes Istanbul consulate over security concerns

02 Feb 2023 | 11:11 PM

Istanbul, Feb. 2 (UNI) Switzerland joined the growing list of Western countries having their consulates in Istanbul temporarily closed over security concerns in Türkiye.

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Yemen's army thwarts Houthi attack on Taiz

02 Feb 2023 | 8:27 PM

Aden, Yemen, Feb. 2 (UNI) Yemen's government army announced on Thursday thwarting an attack by the Houthi militia against the country's southwestern province of Taiz.

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ECB raises rates by 50 bps

02 Feb 2023 | 8:24 PM

Frankfurt, Feb. 2 (UNI) As expected, the European Central Bank (ECB) on Thursday increased interest rates by 50 basis points (bps) and sent out a dovish message about the outlook for future rate hikes.

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Türkiye summons Norwegian envoy over planned Quran protest

02 Feb 2023 | 7:43 PM

Ankara, Feb. 2 (UNI) Türkiye's Foreign Ministry summoned Norway's ambassador to Ankara on Thursday and urged the Norwegian authorities to prevent a planned Quran protest.

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Sri Lanka to release over 100 acres of land under security forces to civilians

02 Feb 2023 | 7:17 PM

Colombo, Feb. 2 (UNI) A total of 108 acres of land under security forces in northern Sri Lanka will be released and distributed among 197 families on Friday, the President's Media Division (PMD) said on Thursday.

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