CAIRO -- Egyptian and Spanish naval forces conducted joint military drills across the domain of the Egyptian Navy's Southern Fleet in the Red Sea, the Egyptian military spokesman said in a statement on Thursday.
The exercise involved Egyptian frigates Al Nasser and Abu Qir and Spanish frigate Santa Maria, said Egyptian military spokesman Tamer al-Refai. (Egypt-Spain-Naval Drill)
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ISTANBUL -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani discussed on Thursday cooperation possibilities in the fight against terrorism over the phone, Turkey's presidential office said.
During the conversation, Erdogan told Rouhani that it is necessary to act together against terror organizations, which threatens the unity and integrity of Syria, the presidency announced in a written statement. (Turkey-Iran-Fighting Terror)
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TEHRAN -- Ambassador of Switzerland to Iran Markus Leitner was summoned on Thursday to Iran's Foreign Ministry after the U.S. issued claims about alleged attempts by Iran and Russia to influence American elections.
According to a report by official news agency IRNA, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh said that Leitner was summoned to hear Tehran's protest against the accusation, as the envoy of the country that represents U.S. interests in Iran. (Iran-U.S.-Elections)
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BEIRUT -- Lebanon named on Thursday former Prime Minister Saad Hariri as new premier, with 65 votes out of 128, to form a cabinet, one year after the eruption of nationwide protests that led to his resignation, MTV local TV channel reported.
Hariri is expected to adopt the French initiative which aims at implementing necessary structural reforms to unlock financial support for Lebanon and save the country from deep crisis. (Lebanon-New PM-Hariri)