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Plane catches fire at Tehran airport; 100 passengers evacuated unhurt: state TV

An airliner caught fire on landing at Tehran’s Mehrabad airport on Tuesday but all 100 passengers were evacuated without injury, the head of Iran’s emergency department said on state television.


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Qatar to launch energy-focused Islamic bank with $10 billion capital

Qatar will launch an energy-focused Islamic lender later this year with a targeted capital of $10 billion to finance both domestic and global projects, an executive said on Tuesday.


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Iran sends 300,000 barrels of gas condensate for export from new phase of South Pars gas field: ISNA

Iran has sent 300,000 barrels of gas condensate for export from a new phase of South Pars, the world’s largest gas field, Payam Motamed, operator of the South Pars phase 13 project, said on Tuesday, a


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Thousands demonstrate in Algiers as protest leaders tell army to stay away

Thousands of students, university professors and health workers rallied in Algiers on Tuesday calling for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to quit, and a new group headed by activists and opposition fig


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Saudi king begins $23 billion of entertainment projects, state TV says

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has begun four entertainment projects in the capital, Riyadh, worth a total of 86 billion riyals ($23 billion), the state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday.


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US-backed forces capture Syria suspects tied to American deaths: sources

US-backed forces have captured Islamic State fighters tied to a January suicide bombing in Syria that killed four Americans, US officials say, generating concrete leads for Washington about the deadli


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Iranian border guard killed in fight with armed group near Iraq

An Iranian guard was killed in a fight with an armed group near the western border with Iraq, local media reported on Monday (March 19).


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US-backed SDF says captures Islamic State camp but fight not over

US-backed fighters said they took a big step towards eradicating Islamic State’s last territorial possession in eastern Syria on Monday (March 18), seizing the jihadist camp at Baghouz and cornering r


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Turkey escalates crackdown on dissent six years after Gezi protests

Unzile Aksakoglu struggles to explain to her seven-year-old daughter why her father Yigit has spent four months in jail and may never leave, because of his alleged role in mass protests against Turkey


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Palestinian agency urges donors: Match 2018 funds in 2019

The head of the UN agency that helps 5.3 million Palestinian refugees on Monday (March 18) urged donors who filled a $446 million hole in its budget last year after the Trump administration drasticall


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Report: Yemeni civilian deaths double in 2 areas, 350 killed

An international charity says fighting in two Yemeni provinces has killed at least 350 civilians in the past three months.


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Hundreds protest in Sudan, keep up pressure on Bashir

Hundreds of protesters, mostly students, took to the streets in and near Sudan’s capital Khartoum on Monday (March 18), continuing a three-month wave of demonstrations that has posed the most serious


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ISIS says displacements from Syria's Baghouz will not weaken the group

An Islamic State spokesman said on Monday (March 18) the displacement of “the weak and poor” from Syria’s Baghouz would not weaken the group.


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Damascus vows to bring Kurdish-held areas back under control

The Syrian government said on Monday (March 18) that areas held by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) would be brought back under its control through military force or the kind of “reconcili


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UN rights expert: Israel depriving Palestinians of clean water

Israel is depriving millions of Palestinians of access to a regular supply of clean water while stripping their land of minerals “in an apparent act of pillage”, a United Nations human rights investig


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Algerian doctors call for protests against Bouteflika

Algeria’s doctors have called for mass protests against Abdulaziz Bouteflika during the country’s independence day celebrations on Tuesday (March 19), ratcheting up pressure on the ailing president wh


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Rouhani says Iran will file legal case against US for sanctions

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday (March 18) that the government would file a legal case in Iran against US officials who imposed sanctions on the country as a precursor to action in int


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Syrian, Iranian, Iraqi military chiefs to meet in Damascus: paper

The military chiefs of staff of Syria, Iran and Iraq will hold a rare meeting in Damascus to discuss “ways to combat terrorism,” the pro-Syrian government al-Watan daily reported on Monday (March 18).


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US-backed force says it has taken positions in Islamic State Syria camp

US-backed fighters have taken positions in Islamic State’s last enclave in eastern Syria, they said late on Sunday (March 17), after pounding the tiny patch of land by the banks of the Euphrates.


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Yemen's Houthis say ready to strike Riyadh, Abu Dhabi if coalition moves on Hodeidah

Yemen’s Houthi group said they were building their ballistic capabilities and their forces stand ready to strike Riyadh and Abu Dhabi if implementation of a UN peace deal in the port city of Hodeidah


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