Magnitude 5.5 quake strikes southern Iran; felt in Bahrain

DUBAI: The US Geological Survey says a magnitude 5.5 earthquake has struck in southern Iran near a nuclear plant, shaking Bahrain and other areas around the Persian Gulf. There was no immediate report of damage or injuries. The USGS says the quake struck at 0634 GMT some 100 kilometers, about 60 miles, east of Bushehr. Iranian state television, citing officials, described the quake as a magnitude 5.9. Varying magnitudes are common immediately after a temblor. In Bahrain, an island kingdom off Saudi Arabia, people on social media said they felt…

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Quake hits near Iran nuclear power plant

TEHRAN: A moderately strong 5.9-magnitude earthquake today hit Iran’s southern region of Bushehr, home to the country’s only nuclear power plant, without causing casualties or damage, media reported. “The earthquake had no effect on the activity of the plant,” Mahmoud Jafari, project manager at the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear plant, said according to the Telegram news channel of Iran’s state television. The University of Tehran’s seismology centre said the epicentre of the earthquake that hit at 0634 GMT was in the sparsely populated Kaki region, around 80 kms from the Bushehr…

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Syria regime forces shell Damascus jihadist bastion

BEIRUT: Syrian regime forces shelled the last pockets in Damascus controlled by the Islamic State group, preparing the ground for a possible assault on the jihadist stronghold, a monitor said on Wednesday. After fully retaking the Eastern Ghouta region on the edge of the capital, the Syrian regime has turned its attention to other areas across the country that still escape its control. Among them are neighbourhoods in southern Damascus from which many civilians have fled but are still held by IS, including the Yarmuk area that hosts a Palestinian…

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