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Turkish lawmakers set to sign off on Libya military support deal

Turkey moved closer to military support for Libya’s internationally recognized government late on Saturday (December 14) when a bilateral deal was sent to parliament that includes provisions for launc


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Security forces fire tear gas, dozens wounded in Beirut protest

Security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at Lebanese protesters in central Beirut on Saturday (December 14) in clashes that went on into the night and wounded dozens of people.


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Qatar sees 'small progress' in resolving Gulf dispute, still believes in GCC

There has been small progress in resolving a bitter dispute between Qatar and some of its neighbors, the Gulf state’s foreign minister said on Saturday (December 14), just days after its premier visit


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US sent troops to Saudi Arabia on defensive basis: Mnuchin

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday (December 14) US troops were in Saudi Arabia on a defensive basis only and that the United States would end all sanctions on Iran when Tehran fulf


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Turkey says Tripoli government has not asked yet for troop deployment

Libya has not made a request to Turkey for sending troops to back forces of the internationally-recognized government battling Khalifa Haftar’s Libya National Army (LNA), Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavus


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US sanctions on Iran violate international law: Mahathir

The American sanctions imposed on Iran violate the United Nations charter and international law, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told a conference in Qatar on Saturday (December 14).


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Turkish UAVs seeking hydrocarbons to fly from Turkish Cypriot airport

The breakaway Turkish Cypriot cabinet has designated an airport on the disputed island as a base for Turkish drones seeking hydrocarbons in the eastern Mediterranean, a news agency said, a move set to


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Ex-premier elected Algerian president; thousands march in protest

A former prime minister was elected Algeria’s new president in a vote the authorities hope will end months of turmoil, but protesters who toppled his predecessor marched again on Friday (December 13),


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Turkey summons US ambassador over Armenian 'genocide' resolution

Turkey’s foreign ministry said on Friday (December 13) it summoned the US ambassador to Ankara over a resolution passed by US lawmakers recognizing the mass killings of Armenians a century ago as a ge


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Turkey, Russia 'very close' to deal for 2nd S-400 system: defense industry head

Turkey is very close to striking a deal to buy a second S-400 system from Russia, and the deal could be signed before April when the first batch of missile defenses will be ready to use, Ankara’s defe


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Libyan commander urges forces to advance toward central Tripoli

Libyan Commander Khalifa Haftar urged his forces to advance toward the center of Tripoli on Thursday (December 12) in what he said would be the “final battle” for the capital.


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US Senate unanimously passes resolution recognizing Armenian genocide

The US Senate on Thursday (December 12) unanimously passed a resolution that recognizes as a genocide the mass killings of Armenians a century ago, a move likely to infuriate Turkey and further strain


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Journalist arrested in Iran, deported to Turkey

Iranian Government deported journalist Aziz Oruc to Turkey on Thursday (December 12) after arresting him at the Armenian border while he was trying to travel to Europe.


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Former Turkish PM Davutoglu forms new party in challenge to Erdogan

Former Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu, once a close ally to President Tayyip Erdogan, applied on Thursday (December 12) to establish a breakaway political party which could erode support for E


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Algeria holds presidential vote boycotted by demonstrators

Algeria’s government held a long-delayed presidential election on Thursday (December 11), despite months of street demonstrations by protesters who view the vote as a charade intended to keep the ruli


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Turkey says US sanctions will not affect Ankara's use of Russian S-400s

US legislation to impose sanctions against Turkey will not impact Ankara’s use of the Russian S-400 missile defense system even if it passes Congress, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said


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US Senate committee approves Turkey sanctions bill

A US Senate committee backed legislation on Wednesday (December 11) to impose sanctions on Turkey after its offensive in northern Syria and plans to buy a Russian S-400 missile system, the latest move


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Iran-backed attacks in Iraq risks uncontrollable escalation - US official

A senior US military official said on Wednesday (December 11) attacks by Iranian-backed groups on bases hosting US forces in Iraq were gathering pace and becoming more sophisticated, pushing all sides


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Iran dismisses Macron's call for release of two jailed French nationals: IRNA

Iran dismissed as interference in its state matters French President Emmanuel Macron’s call for the release of two French nationals jailed in the Islamic Republic since June, Iranian state news agency


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Russia, Turkey, and Iran express concern about militants in Syria's Idlib

Russia, Turkey, and Iran are concerned about the increased presence of terrorist groups in Syria’s Idlib province, the three countries said after talks in Kazakhstan, pledging to coordinate actions ai


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