Iran launches satellite part of a Western-criticised programme

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Iran says it has conducted a successful satellite launch into its highest orbit yet, the latest for a programme the West fears improves Tehran’s ballistic missiles. The announcement comes as heightened tensions grip the wider Middle East over Israel’s ongoing war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip – and just days after Iran and Pakistan engaged in tit-for-tat airstrikes in each others’ countries. The Soraya satellite was placed in an orbit at some 750 kilometres above the Earth’s surface with its three-stage Qaem 100 rocket, the state-run IRNA news agency said. It did not immediately acknowledge what …

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