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Iran says it will continue ballistic missile program: tweet

Iran said in a letter to the United Nations on Thursday (December 5)that it is determined to go ahead with its disputed ballistic missile program, according to a copy of the letter tweeted by Foreign


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US says Iran may have killed more than 1,000 in recent protests

Iranian security forces may have killed more than 1,000 people since protests over gasoline price hikes began in mid-November, US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook said on Thursday (December


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Esper says US military completes pullback from northeast Syria

The United States has completed its military pullback in northeastern Syria, settling into a more stable posture of about 600 troops in the rest of the country after repositioning and reducing forces,


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US warship in Gulf seizes missile parts of suspected Iran origin

A US Navy warship seized advanced missile parts believed to be linked to Iran from a boat it had stopped in the Arabian Sea, US officials said on Wednesday (December 4), as Trump’s administration pres


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Pentagon official says there are indications Iranian 'aggression' could occur

A senior Pentagon official said on Wednesday (December 4) there were indications that Iran could potentially carry out aggressive actions in the future, amid simmering tensions between Tehran and Wash


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US peace envoy in Kabul for revival of talks

US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Wednesday (December 4) in a bid to breath new life into efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, discussing with President Ashraf Ghani steps that


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Ex-Lebanese PMs seen dealing blow to chances of government led by Khatib

Any candidate for the post of Lebanese prime minister who engages in talks over the make-up of the cabinet before being formally designated premier is violating the constitution, three former prime mi


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Erdogan, Trump have 'very productive' meeting at NATO summit: Turkish official

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump had a “very productive” meeting on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Britain on Wednesday (December 4), Turkey’s communications directo


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Iran's Rouhani calls for release of innocent, unarmed protesters

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called on Wednesday (December 4) for the release of any unarmed and innocent people who were detained during protests against gasoline price hikes, after two weeks of v


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Turkish army, rebel allies killed 68 civilians since Oct. ceasefire deal: SDF

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have accused the Turkish army and its Syrian rebel allies of killing 68 civilians since a ceasefire deal between Turkey and the United States was reached in October.


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Iran acknowledges security forces killed protesters in nationwide unrest

Iranian authorities confirmed for the first time that security forces had shot dead demonstrators during what rights groups have said was the deadliest anti-government unrest since the 1979 Islamic Re


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Lebanon faces tough path to soft landing or deeper crisis

Lebanese politicians must agree a new government that can stabilize the economy and attract international support if the country is to stave off even deeper economic crisis.


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Macron accuses Turkey of working with Islamic State proxies

French President Emmanuel Macron accused Turkey of working with Islamic State (ISIS) proxies and said Ankara needed to clarify those ambiguities during meetings this week.


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UAE praises Syria's Assad for 'wise leadership', cementing ties

The United Arab Emirates’ top diplomat in Syria has praised President Bashar al-Assad for his “wise leadership,” in one of the strongest expressions of support yet from a country that once backed Dama


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Trump criticizes European allies before NATO anniversary meet

US President Donald Trump lashed out at European allies before a NATO anniversary summit in London on Tuesday, singling out France’s Emmanuel Macron for “very nasty” comments on the alliance and Germa


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Iran arrests group planning unrest at Tehran universities: Intelligence Ministry

Leaders of a group planning unrest at universities in Tehran this weekend have been arrested, Iranian authorities said on Tuesday (December 3), adding that many of the 2,021 people detained in the are


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UNICEF says ‘shocked’ at reports of children killed in Turkish shelling in Syria

A UNICEF representative has expressed shock and sadness at reports that eight children were killed in Turkish shelling on Tal Rifat on Monday (December 2).


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Trump administration lifts hold on Lebanon security aid

US President Donald Trump’s administration has lifted a mysterious “hold” on more than $100 million in security aid for Lebanon, congressional and State Department officials said, more than a month af


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Amnesty International says Iran crackdown killed at least 208

Amnesty International said on Monday (December 2) that the crackdown by Iranian security forces on protests last month killed at least 208 people.


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Turkish army shells town in northeastern Syria, killing nine

Turkish army artillery shelled a town in northeastern Syria on Monday (December 2), killing nine civilians, according to Hawar News Agency (ANHA).


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