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Analysts say a new support ship Iran is building will expand its naval presence in waters vital to international energy supplies. The ship also provides a large, floating base from which to run the small fast boats that largely make up its fleet designed to counter the U.S. Navy and other allied forces in the region.
Economic protests challenge Iran’s leaders as hopes for nuclear deal fade
Street protests in several Iranian cities in recent weeks, sparked by the soaring costs of food and other staples, have underscored the challenges facing Iran’s government from global shortages caused by war in Ukraine and the continued imposition of Western sanctions as talks to restore a 2015 nuclear deal remain stalled.

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Pakistan’s ousted prime minister urges followers to banned rally
Protest marches have raised fears of major violence between supporters of ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan and security forces. The government of Khan's successor, Shahbaz Sharif, has banned the rally and warned Khan he could face arrest if he went ahead with the demonstrations.
Taliban say deal signed with UAE firm to manage airports 
The Taliban announced a deal Tuesday allowing an Emirati company to manage three airports in Afghanistan after the fall of the country's U.S.-backed government. However, the United Arab Emirates did not immediately acknowledge the deal.

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