Iran tests medium-range missiles in Gulf Jan 17, 2021 0 270 12345 dpa TehranIran’s armed forces tested medium-range missiles on Saturday during a large-scale sea manoeuvre in the Gulf.The tests, of missiles with a range of 1,800 kilometres, were successful, according to Tasnim news agency.Cruise missiles and drones were also tested during the exercise conducted by the Navy and the Revolutionary Guards.They also presented a new helicopter carrier and a new missile ship which are to provide greater security in the Gulf against any potential military threats from the United States, according to Iranian sources.In recent weeks there has been speculation in Iran that outgoing US President Donald Trump could provoke a military conflict with Tehran before departing from the White House.Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Trump and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo want to continue “warmongering” against Iran in their remaining days in office.“The planet will be better off without them,” Zarif wrote on Twitter.Trump not only unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 Vienna nuclear deal between major world powers and Tehran in 2018, but also imposed draconian sanctions on Iran. In the past two years, these have led to an acute economic crisis in the oil-rich theocratic state.President Hassan Rowhani hopes that Trump’s successor Joe Biden will return to the nuclear deal and lift the sanctions.Tehran says its manoeuvres are not a threat to countries in the region, but are merely a defence tactic.Iran is due to hold a presidential election in June. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES India begins world’s biggest Covid-19 vaccination drive Jan 17, 2021 0 1199 Uganda’s president Museveni wins re-election Jan 17, 2021 0 246 Pakistan approves AstraZeneca vaccine for emergency use Jan 17, 2021 0 82 China donates 1 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to Cambodia Phnom Penh: China is to give Cambodia 1 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by state-owned Sinopharm, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced. Hun Sen revealed the donation on Facebook on Friday .. Bombings and shootings leave at least 18 dead in Afghanistan dpa Kabul A series of bombings and shootings in six Afghan provinces has left at least 18 dead, despite ongoing peace talks, officials said on Saturday. In the capital Kabul on Saturday morning, two police officers were .. Palestine to elect new president in July in 1st vote since 2006 Ramallah/Gaza: Palestinian voters will go to the polls at the end of July to elect a new president for the first time in 15 years. The voting date was set for July 31, according to a decree signed by incumbent Mahmoud Abbas on .. Indonesia quake death toll hits 45; aftershock rattles residents dpa Jakarta A 5.0-magnitude aftershock on Saturday rattled residents in an Indonesian province where at least 45 were killed and more than 600 injured in a shallow earthquake. Friday’s quake in West Sulawesi province ..