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US offer to sell Patriot system to Turkey has expired: US official

The US offer to sell Raytheon Co’s Patriot missile defense system to Turkey has expired, following Ankara’s decision to accept Russian S-400 systems, a State Department official said on Thursday (Augu


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US will aggressively enforce sanctions over Iran tanker: State Dept.

The United States will aggressively enforce its sanctions to prevent the private sector from assisting an Iranian oil tanker that is traveling through the Mediterranean and that Washington wants seize


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Tunisian PM delegates his powers to focus on presidential race

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, leader of the secular Tahya Tounes party, speaks during a rally in Tunis, Tunisia August 8, 2019. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi.


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Iranian tanker wanted by US not heading to Greece: Greek prime minister

An Iranian tanker which the United States wants seized is not heading towards Greece as it sails through the Mediterranean, Greek Prime Minister Kyrikos Mitsotakis told France 24 TV on Thursday.


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Cleared for takeoff: Saudi women start exercising their newest right

Saudi Arabia’s international airports are the scene of the latest “first” for women citizens, who can now leave the country without permission from a male relative as the kingdom chips away at its hea


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Syrian offensive puts Turkish troops and border plans in peril

Syrian army advances in northwest Syria are putting Turkish troops in the firing line and threaten Ankara’s hopes of preventing a new wave of refugees on its southern border.


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Iran ready to work on French nuclear deal proposals, does not want war: Zarif

Iran is prepared to work on French proposals to salvage the international nuclear deal that Tehran signed with world powers in 2015 but it will not tolerate US interference in the Gulf, its foreign mi


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UN warns aid programs in Yemen will close if countries do not pay pledges

The United Nations warned on Wednesday (August 21) that 22 “life-saving” aid programs will be forced to close in Yemen in the next two months if countries do not pay more than $1 billion in funding th


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Syrian army opens corridor for people to leave rebel bastion

Syrian government forces opened a corridor on Thursday (August 22) for people who want to leave insurgent territory in northwest Syria, where an army offensive has gained ground, state media said.


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Turkey says all its observation posts in Syria will remain in place

All of Turkey’s observation posts, formed under an agreement with Russia and Iran, will remain in place and support will continue to be provided to the posts, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Ka


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Trump says other countries need to fight Islamic State

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that other countries will need to take up the fight against Islamic State militants, citing Russia, Pakistan, Iraq, and Iran as examples.


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Macron to meet Iranians before G7 to float ideas for defusing crisis

France’s President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday he would meet Iranian officials ahead of this weekend’s G7 summit and make proposals aimed at de-escalating tensions between Washington and Tehran


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US drone shot down over Yemen: officials

A US military MQ-9 drone was shot down in Yemen’s Dhamar governorate, southeast of the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa, two US officials told Reuters on Wednesday (August 21), the second such incident


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Tens of thousands flee Russian-led onslaught on opposition enclave

Ten of thousands of people have fled to the Turkish border in the last few days as the Syrian army pushed a major advance further into the opposition’s last major stronghold, residents, rights groups


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Iranian news agency says Adrian Darya tanker leased to IRGC

Iran’s semi-official ILNA news agency said on Wednesday (August 21) the tanker Adrian Darya tanker, which was released after being detained in Gibraltar, is currently leased to the country’s elite Rev


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UN postpones conference on torture after rights groups' criticism

The United Nations has postponed a conference in Cairo on torture that was to take place in September following criticism from rights groups that say torture is rampant in Egypt.


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Syrians facing forced removal from Istanbul given temporary reprieve

Turkey has extended to Oct. 30 its deadline for Syrian migrants not registered in Istanbul to leave the city or face forced removal, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Tuesday (August 20).


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Pompeo warns of 'new turmoil' if UN arms embargo on Iran lifted in 2020

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pushed the international community on Tuesday (August 20) to work out how to stop Iran from being “unshackled to create new turmoil” when a United Nations arms embarg


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More than a hundred migrants feared dead off Libya coast

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Tuesday it fears that a boat packed with migrants sunk off the Libyan coast with more than a hundred people dead.


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Saudi Arabia implements end to travel restrictions for Saudi women: agency

Saudi Arabia has begun allowing adult women to travel without permission and to exercise more control over family matters, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday, following a flurry of royal decre


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