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Taliban kills dozens of Afghan forces as peace efforts continue
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Afghan and Pakistani officials talk about peace as Taliban offensives continue in Afghanistan. A series of Taliban attacks in western and northern Afghanistan has killed 21 members of the country's security forces, Afghan officials say. Jamshed Shahabi, spokesperson for the governor in western Badgh [...]
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Pompeo in Egypt amid concerns over Trump’s Middle East policy
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US top diplomat holds talks with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Cairo. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Egypt as part of a Middle East tour aimed at reassuring Arab partners after President Donald Trump announced his plans to withdraw US forces fr [...]
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UN ‘considers Saudi woman a refugee’
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Rahaf al-Qunun, 18, refused to board a flight from Bangkok and barricaded herself in her hotel room. A Saudi woman who fled her family and refused to leave a Bangkok hotel has been declared a legitimate refugee by the UN, the Australian government says. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, refused to board [...]
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Iran hit with sanctions after being blamed for killing dissidents
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Dutch intelligence agency claims Iran ordered killing of two opposition figures, but Tehran strongly denied accusations. The Iranian government is responsible for the killing of two dissident Iranians living in the Netherlands, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday, as the European U [...]
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Hamas arrests 45 Israeli ‘spies & collaborators’ in Gaza linked to botched IDF raid
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From RT: Dozens of Palestinians, said to have been recruited by Israel, have been arrested by Gaza’s Hamas leadership after a botched IDF covert mission in the territory in November, which led to heavy gunfire battles and a tense standoff. The arrested alleged Israeli agents had reportedly been re [...]
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Egypt ‘recovers smuggled artefact’ from UK
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The ancient relic was spotted on display at an auction hall in London, Egyptian officials say. An ancient Egyptian artefact illegally smuggled out of the country has been returned after being displayed at an auction hall in London, officials say. It was retrieved following searches of international [...]
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PA pulls staff from Rafah crossing after ‘abuse’ of its members
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Palestinian Authority cites 'arrest and abuse' of its members as reasons to withdraw staff - a move slammed by Hamas. Gaza Strip - The Palestinian Authority (PA) has said it will withdraw its staff from the Rafah crossing between Gaza Strip and Egypt, effectively shutting down the main exit point fo [...]
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Khashoggi case: Saudi refuses to confirm Qahtani’s whereabouts
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After seven weeks of investigation, the former top aide to Saudi Crown Prince is still missing, Washington Post reports. Saudi authorities are refusing to confirm the whereabouts of Saud al-Qahtani, the former top aide to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), according to the Washington Post [...]
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UNHCR investigates Rahaf Alqanun’s case for asylum
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Saudi officials praise Bangkok's handling of the case as teenager seeks passage to Australia fearing her family. The UN's refugee agency said on Tuesday it was investigating the case of Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun who fled from her family and barricaded herself inside a Bangkok airport ho [...]
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US adviser meets Turkish officials after Erdogan pullout warning
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John Bolton in Ankara after Turkey's leader calls for carefully planned exit of American forces from Syria. John Bolton is in Ankara along with senior US military staff to hold talks with Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin and other officials on the planned troop withdrawal. A scheduled j [...]
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Saudi Woman Fears Death if Repatriated
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A Saudi Woman Fears Death if Repatriated from Bangkok. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun was running from her family who were abusive and she fears that they will kill her if she is returned to Saudi Arabia. The 18 year old is at Bangkok Airport where she had been refused entry by immigration officials. [...]
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Iraq: Several killed in Baghdad women’s shelter fire
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At least six killed, 22 injured after riot in Baghdad's women shelter causes fire, says official. A fire at a women's shelter in Iraq's capital has killed several lodgers, according to police, who gave conflicting accounts of the tragedy. Mohammed Jihad, Baghdad's police lieutenant colonel, called [...]
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Iraq: Several killed in Baghdad women’s shelter fire
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At least six killed, 22 injured after riot in Baghdad's women shelter causes fire, says official. A fire at a women's shelter in Iraq's capital has killed several lodgers, according to police, who gave conflicting accounts of the tragedy. Mohammed Jihad, Baghdad's police lieutenant colonel, called [...]
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Palestine TV offices in Gaza ransacked, equipment destroyed
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Attack on Mahmoud Abbas' Palestine TV offices in Gaza could add to tensions between Palestinian Authority and Hamas. Armed men have raided the offices of President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine TV in Gaza, officials said, in a move that could exacerbate tensions between the leader's Palestinian Authorit [...]
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Turkey seeks ‘major’ US military assistance in Syria: WSJ
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News report comes as Turkey plans to spearhead the fight against ISIL in Syria amid expected withdrawal of US troops. Turkey has asked for major military assistance from the United States in the fight against ISIL in Syria, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported, weeks after Washington announced its [...]
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Yazidi rights group urges US to keep troops in Syria
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Rights group says US troop withdrawal from Syria may allow ISIL to return, posing an 'existential threat' to minorities. A Yazidi rights group has urged the United States to delay its plans to withdraw troops from Syria, saying the move endangers religious minorities as it could allow ISIL to stage [...]
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US warns Syria against use of chemical weapons
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John Bolton's warning comes during his four-day trip to Israel and Turkey to discuss US troop pullout from Syria. US National Security Adviser John Bolton has warned the Syrian government that it should not see the impending US military withdrawal from the country as an invitation to use chemical we [...]
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Croatia gives Israel deadline for sale of US-made fighter jets
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Croatia urges Israel to overcome disagreement with the US by January 11 or says it will cancel deal. Croatia has urged Israel to overcome a rare disagreement with the United States and to confirm it can carry through on a deal to sell 12 used American-made fighter jets. Croatia's Defence Ministry sa [...]
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Two British special forces soldiers injured by Isis in Syria
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Attack comes after Trump said he would withdraw US troops as ‘we have defeated Isis’ Two British special forces soldiers have been seriously injured in a missile attack by the Islamic State (Isis) in Syria. The incident is thought to have happened on Saturday morning and the soldiers were airlif [...]
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Yemen rebels to halt rocket fire at Saudi Arabia amid diplomatic moves
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Yemen’s Shiite rebels have said they will halt rocket fire into Saudi Arabia for the sake of peace efforts, answering a key Saudi demand in the latest push to stop the civil war in the Arab world’s poorest country. The news came as Saudi King Salman said he wanted a political settlement. However [...]
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