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    With energy exports depressed, Turkmens turn to towel smuggling

    With energy exports depressed, Turkmens turn to towel smuggling


    Moving hundreds of items every trip in trademark Chinese plaid bags which at times have clogged airport luggage belts, informal traders - mostly women in their late forties and fifties - hand them over to relatives or local partners to be resold for up...

    Moving hundreds of items every trip in trademark Chinese plaid bags which at times have clogged airport luggage belts, informal traders - mostly women in their late forties and fifties - hand them over to relatives or local partners to be resold for up to five times the purchase price.
    Iran parliament authorizes firm action against US 'terrorist acts'

    Iran parliament authorizes firm action against US 'terrorist acts'


    President Donald Trump on April 8 designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) a foreign terrorist group, in an unprecedented step that drew Iranian condemnation and raised concerns about retaliatory attacks on U.S....

    President Donald Trump on April 8 designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) a foreign terrorist group, in an unprecedented step that drew Iranian condemnation and raised concerns about retaliatory attacks on U.S. forces.
    Iranian parliament labels entire US military as terrorist

    Iranian parliament labels entire US military as terrorist


    The report by the semi-official ISNA news agency says 173 out of 215 lawmakers at the session voted for the bill on Tuesday. The bill also demands the Iranian government take unspecified action against other governments that formally back the US...

    The report by the semi-official ISNA news agency says 173 out of 215 lawmakers at the session voted for the bill on Tuesday. The bill also demands the Iranian government take unspecified action against other governments that formally back the US designation
    Netanyahu praises Trump move to end waivers on Iran oil

    Netanyahu praises Trump move to end waivers on Iran oil


    "The decision by President (Donald) Trump and the United States administration is of great importance to increase the pressure on the Iranian terrorist regime," Netanyahu said in a...

    "The decision by President (Donald) Trump and the United States administration is of great importance to increase the pressure on the Iranian terrorist regime," Netanyahu said in a statement.
    Saudis grapple with ever-shifting 'red lines'

    Saudis grapple with ever-shifting 'red lines'


    This month, a criminal court in Jeddah acquitted an unnamed Snapchat influencer accused of insulting fellow Saudis, saying every citizen had the right to express his opinion, local media reported without offering specific details.The much-hyped case,...

    This month, a criminal court in Jeddah acquitted an unnamed Snapchat influencer accused of insulting fellow Saudis, saying every citizen had the right to express his opinion, local media reported without offering specific details.The much-hyped case, which followed a broad government crackdown on dissenters and critics, drew both cheers and bewilderment in the kingdom.
    Iran, Pakistan to set up border 'reaction force' after attacks

    Iran, Pakistan to set up border 'reaction force' after attacks


    "We agreed to create a joint rapid reaction force at the borders for combatting terrorism," Iran's Prez Hassan Rouhani told a joint news conference, following months of increased tensions over attacks on both sides of the two countries' frontier. The...

    "We agreed to create a joint rapid reaction force at the borders for combatting terrorism," Iran's Prez Hassan Rouhani told a joint news conference, following months of increased tensions over attacks on both sides of the two countries' frontier. The border skirts the volatile southeastern Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchistan.
    Khamenei appoints new chief for Iran's Revolutionary Guards

    Khamenei appoints new chief for Iran's Revolutionary Guards


    "The Supreme Leader has appointed Salami as the new commander-in-chief of the Guards, who will replace Mohammad Ali Jafari," it said. Jafari had held the post since September...

    "The Supreme Leader has appointed Salami as the new commander-in-chief of the Guards, who will replace Mohammad Ali Jafari," it said. Jafari had held the post since September 2007.
    Western Christians mark Easter at Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre

    Western Christians mark Easter at Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre


    Catholics and Protestants mark Easter on Sunday, while eastern Orthodox Christians celebrated Palm Sunday, with Easter Sunday coming for them on April 28. The church, in the Old City of Israeli-occupied east Jerusalem, is built at the site where...

    Catholics and Protestants mark Easter on Sunday, while eastern Orthodox Christians celebrated Palm Sunday, with Easter Sunday coming for them on April 28. The church, in the Old City of Israeli-occupied east Jerusalem, is built at the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.
    New bout of heavy fighting in Yemen kills dozens

    New bout of heavy fighting in Yemen kills dozens


    Yemeni officials say heavy fighting in Yemen's southern Dhale province pro-government forces and Shiite rebels has killed more than 85 people. Yemen has been embroiled in a civil war pitting the Iran-backed Houthis against the government of President...

    Yemeni officials say heavy fighting in Yemen's southern Dhale province pro-government forces and Shiite rebels has killed more than 85 people. Yemen has been embroiled in a civil war pitting the Iran-backed Houthis against the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, backed by a Saudi-led coalition since March 2015.
    Separate militant attacks kill nearly 50 Syrian soldiers

    Separate militant attacks kill nearly 50 Syrian soldiers


    Syrian government forces came under separate attacks from Islamic State militants and al-Qaida-linked insurgents in different parts of the country that killed nearly 50 soldiers and allied fighters. In one attack, IS militants ambushed Syrian government...

    Syrian government forces came under separate attacks from Islamic State militants and al-Qaida-linked insurgents in different parts of the country that killed nearly 50 soldiers and allied fighters. In one attack, IS militants ambushed Syrian government forces in the desert of central Homs province, setting off two days of clashes that killed 27 soldiers.
    Saudi coalition destroys Yemen rebels' drone cave

    Saudi coalition destroys Yemen rebels' drone cave


    The cave near the presidential palace in Huthi-held Sanaa contained drones to be used in "terrorist operations", Colonel Turki al-Maliki said. The "military target, a cave used by the terrorist Huthi militia to stockpile drones was destroyed," he said....

    The cave near the presidential palace in Huthi-held Sanaa contained drones to be used in "terrorist operations", Colonel Turki al-Maliki said. The "military target, a cave used by the terrorist Huthi militia to stockpile drones was destroyed," he said. Earlier this month, the coalition said that Saudi air defences intercepted two drones launched by Houthi rebels from Yemen.
    IS militants ambush Syrian government troops, kill scores

    IS militants ambush Syrian government troops, kill scores


    The Islamic State group lost its last territories in Syria in March after months of battles with US-backed fighters in the east. But the militants remain active in the desert area where they have increasingly targeted government...

    The Islamic State group lost its last territories in Syria in March after months of battles with US-backed fighters in the east. But the militants remain active in the desert area where they have increasingly targeted government troops.
    Egyptians vote in referendum to extend Sisi's rule

    Egyptians vote in referendum to extend Sisi's rule


    Egyptians were voting Saturday in a referendum that aims to cement the rule of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former coup leader who presents himself as a rock of stability in a turbulent...

    Egyptians were voting Saturday in a referendum that aims to cement the rule of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former coup leader who presents himself as a rock of stability in a turbulent region.
    Egyptians vote on changes that may see Sisi in power to 2030

    Egyptians vote on changes that may see Sisi in power to 2030


    Egyptians began voting on Saturday on constitutional changes that will potentially allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to stay in office until 2030 and bolster the role of Egypt's powerful military. Sisi's supporters say the changes are necessary to...

    Egyptians began voting on Saturday on constitutional changes that will potentially allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to stay in office until 2030 and bolster the role of Egypt's powerful military. Sisi's supporters say the changes are necessary to give him more time to complete major development projects and economic reforms.