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Iran Nuclear Deal Close to Completion, Says Mogherini

Tehran -  Diplomats in Vienna are close to clinching a historic deal on Iran’s nuclear program, according to European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

“We are near to close the deal, it is a good deal,” Mogherini told reporters late Sunday after meetings with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who was heading to Tehran for consultations with his leadership before returning to Vienna.

Turkey Mulling Sending Troops to Syria

Reports coming out of Turkey suggest that Ankara is preparing for a military intervention in neighboring Syria.

Several Turkish media outlets reported that the Ankara government is gearing up for a ground incursion into Syria.

They said that the government has ordered the army to deploy forces to border areas in a bid to prevent significant gains by Kurdish forces fighting against ISIL terrorists.

Lavrov calls political dialogue in Syria amid terrorist threat

Moscow calls for the soonest beginning of political dialogue on Syria with the purpose of preventing the spread of the terrorist threat in the Middle East, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday.

"Today, when the terrorist threat is imminent and it is spreading far outside of its borders, there should be no more excuses for stalling political processes [in Syria]," he said at a meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem in Moscow.

Rouhani Urges Collective Efforts, More Cooperation to Uproot Terrorism


TEHRAN, (ST)- Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has called for cooperation and unified efforts to uproot terrorism and violence from the region and the entire world.

Rouhani’s remarks came in a message of condolences he sent to Emir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah of Kuwait in which he condemned Friday’s terrorist attack which targeted worshippers in “Imam al-Sadq” mosque in the Kuwaiti capital and claimed the lives of scores of people.

Iraqi Army Kills 53 ISIL Terrorists in Anbar


BAGHDAD-At least 53 Takfiri ISIL terrorists, including five terrorist commanders, have been killed in two separate operations by the Iraqi air force in the country’s western province of Anbar and the northern province of Kirkuk.

According to a statement released by the Iraqi Interior Ministry on Saturday, a total of 28 ISIL extremists were killed when Iraqi aircraft carried out precision strikes against terrorist hideouts in the town of al-Qa’im, located nearly 400 kilometers northwest of the capital, Baghdad, Arabic-language al-Forat news agency reported.