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Russia’s multilayered Syrian diplomacy worries Iran

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Al-Monitor — The Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi, widely known for its tourist attractions, has recently turned into a diplomatic hub, with dialogue over the Syrian crisis now serving as its main international attraction. On Nov. 22, the presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey attended a trilateral summit in Sochi to coordinate their efforts on the future of Syria. Just a day before, Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in the resort, with his warm welcome catching the eyes of the media. Moscow has also declared its plans to host a national Syrian congress in Sochi, consisting of different Syrian factions, to discuss the political process as well as a new constitution for the country.

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Iranian media: Yemen ex-president's death result of his 'betrayal'

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Al-Monitor - The death of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has received extensive coverage in Iran, with media outlets and newspapers describing his fate as the result of his “betrayal” of the Houthis.

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Does the Middle East’s stability hinge on Iran’s expulsion?

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Al-Arabia - As developments across the Middle East continue to signal landmark breakthroughs in the near future, Iran is resorting to desperate measures to safeguard a fading role.

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Saleh killed in Yemen following peace overture; UAE denies Houthi missile claim

Yemen
Al-Monitor - Iran is calling for a dialogue between all Yemeni groups amid reports that a missile was launched from Yemen toward the United Arab Emirates and that clashes have intensified between Houthis and followers of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was killed Dec. 4.

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Why is Iran and its media ignoring latest developments in Yemen?

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Al-Arabia - Usually the Iranian media compete to broadcast news of Houthi infiltrations against the Yemeni people or the Arab countries, starting from besieging Yemeni cities and starving people there, to the launch of Iranian-made ballistic missiles against Saudi Arabia. But with the latest developments during the past 24 hours in Sanaa, the media and its officials are keeping silent, specially after residents of the Yemeni capital refused to obey the Houthis’ orders in an incident described as cleansing of the first Arab capital occupied by Iranian militias since 2014.

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