Mon, 30 Jan 2023

TEHRAN -- The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday imposed new sanctions on a number of individuals and entities of the European Union (EU) and Britain for "supporting terrorism and inciting violence and unrest" in Iran.

The move came as a "tit-for-tat" action, the ministry said in a statement published on its website, citing their interference in Iran's internal affairs, dissemination of false information about Iran and participation in cruel sanctions against Iranians as further reasons for imposing the sanctions. (Iran-Sanctions-UK-EU)

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BAGHDAD -- Hundreds of Iraqis rallied on Wednesday near the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) in downtown Baghdad to protest the recent devaluation of the Iraqi dinar and demand the government take action to stabilize the currency.

The demonstrators gathered outside the CBI complex on al-Rasheed Street amid a heavy security presence as riot police cordoned off the area, a source with the Interior Ministry said on condition of anonymity. (Iraq-Currency Devaluation-Protest)

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CAIRO -- Egypt's Suez Canal posted a record-high annual revenue of 8 billion U.S. dollars in 2022 from the passage and transit of 23,851 ships, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said in a report on Wednesday.

The number of ships crossing the waterway increased by 8 percent in the seven years following the completion of a canal development project in 2015, with 135,000 ships crossing the canal in 2016-2022 compared to 125,000 ships in 2008-2014, it said. (Eygpt-Suez Canal-Revenue)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian on Wednesday after he attempted to stab them at a military post in the occupied West Bank, the military said.

The Palestinian suspect "attempted to carry out a stabbing attack" on a road outside Kdumim, an Israeli settlement west of Nablus city, said a military statement. (Israel-Kill-Palestinian).

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