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US offers $10 million reward for information to disrupt Hezbollah finances

The United States on Monday offered a reward of up to $10 million for information that could help disrupt financing of Hezbollah, the armed Shia group backed by Iran.


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New Generation High Council issues statement in response to lawmakers’ open letter

The New Generation Movement’s High Council published a statement on Monday evening (April 22) regarding the concerns raised by the Movement’s caucus in the Council of Representatives.


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Opponents of Egypt's constitutional reforms call for 'no' vote

Opponents of constitutional amendments that could see Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stay in power until 2030 urged people to vote “no” on Monday, the third and final day of a referendum on th


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Saudi security forces arrest 13 accused of planning attacks: SPA

Saudi Arabia said on Monday (April 22) it had arrested 13 individuals in connection with planning attacks in the kingdom, a day after security forces said they had thwarted an attack north of the capi


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Five Algerian billionaires arrested in anti-graft investigation

Five Algerian billionaires, some of them close to former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika who quit over mass protests, have been arrested as part of an anti-graft investigation, state TV said on Monday


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Protect Iraq's water, environment, says Hennis-Plasschaert on Earth Day

To mark Earth Day 2019, United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert released on open letter on Monday (April 22) calling on Iraqis to protect the environment and work to bette


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US to end all waivers Iran oil imports, crude price jumps

The United States on Monday (April 22) said it will eliminate in May all waivers granted to eight economies allowing them to buy Iranian oil without facing US sanctions, as it ratcheted up pressure to


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Turkey detains nine people over attack on main opposition leader

Turkey has arrested nine people, including a member of the ruling AK Party, after the country’s main opposition leader was punched and his car was stoned at a soldier’s funeral at the weekend, the int


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Sudan's military council warns against road blocks as protests continue

Sudan’s ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) warned on Monday (April 22) against protesters blocking roads and limiting the movement of citizens as protests continued after president Omar al-Bas


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Former Turkish PM says alliance politics harmed Erdogan's AK Party

A former prime minister and close ally of President Tayyip Erdogan strongly criticized the ruling AK Party on Monday (April 22), blaming policy changes and an alliance with nationalists for its poor p


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Saudi can raise oil output but will assess impact of Iran waivers ending

Saudi Arabia is willing to compensate for any potential loss of crude supply if the US ends waivers granted to buyers of Iranian oil, but the kingdom will assess the impact on the market before raisin


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US to announce end to Iran sanctions waivers, oil prices spike

The United States is expected to announce on Monday (April 22) that all buyers of Iranian oil will have to end their imports shortly or face sanctions, a source familiar with the situation told Reuter


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Updated: Four killed in failed attack on Saudi state security building

Four alleged Islamic State militants were killed on Sunday (April 21) when authorities thwarted an attack on a state security building in Saudi Arabia’s central Riyadh province, authorities told state


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Khamenei appoints new chief for Iran's Revolutionary Guards

Iran’s top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has replaced the chief commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards, state TV reported on Sunday (April 21), days after the United States desi


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Leader of Turkish opposition party safe after crowd attacks him

The leader of Turkey’s main opposition party was attacked by several shouting men on Sunday before security guards led him safely away from a crowd in Ankara on Sunday (April 21), according to the par


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Pakistan asks Iran to act on militants behind Baluchistan killings

The Baloch insurgents who killed 14 people along Pakistan’s coast this week are based in neighboring Iran, Pakistan’s foreign minister said on Saturday, heightening tensions ahead of Prime Minister Im


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Algiers court summons former PM Ouyahia in public waste probe: state TV

An Algerian court has summoned former Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and current Finance Minister Mohamed Loukal, two close associates of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in a probe into the wasti


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Erdogan's AKP lodges second call for rerun of Istanbul election: Anadolu

Turkey’s ruling AK Party submitted a second petition to cancel and re-run Istanbul elections it lost three weeks ago, citing thousands of ballots cast by people it said were ineligible to vote due to


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Heavy clashes erupt in southern suburbs of Libya capital

Heavy clashes broke out in the southern districts of the Libyan capital Tripoli on Saturday (April 20), with shelling audible in the city center, residents said, as the death toll from two weeks of fi


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Sudan protest leaders, army rulers to talk on power transfer

Protest leaders were to hold talks Saturday with Sudan's military rulers who have so far resisted calls to transfer power to a civilian administration, leading figures in the protest movement said.


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