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Situation in Syria's Idlib province is rapidly deteriorating: Russia

The situation in Syria’s Idlib province where Russia and Turkey have tried to create a de-escalation zone is rapidly deteriorating, Maria Zakharova, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, said on Wed


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Turkish economy softening but no sign of contraction now: Finance Minister

Turkey’s economic growth has softened but government moves to cut tax and accelerate the transfer of billions of lira to the Treasury mean Ankara currently sees no recession or negative growth, Financ


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Yemen prisoner swap terms expected in coming days: gov't delegate

Yemen’s warring parties are expected to agree on the terms of a prisoner exchange in around 10 days, a representative of the internationally recognized Yemeni government said on Wednesday (January 23)


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Iran discovers oil in Abadan region: minister

Iran has discovered oil in the southwestern Abadan region for the first time, Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh was quoted as saying by the Mehr news agency on Wednesday (January 23).


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Putin and Erdogan to hold Syria talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold Syria talks in Moscow on Wednesday (January 23), with Turkey saying they will focus on Ankara's so-called "s


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Gulf Arab economies likely to grow more slowly through 2020: Reuters poll

Gulf Arab economies will grow at a slower pace than previously forecast, a quarterly Reuters poll of economists found, as oil output cuts, lower crude prices and weaker global growth put pressure on r


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US official says upcoming Mideast conference not aimed at demonizing Iran

The United States said Tuesday (January 22) an international conference next month to promote peace and stability in the Middle East is not aimed at demonizing Iran, which has denounced the gathering


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Lebanese director credits street children actors for Oscar nod

Tuesday’s Oscar nomination for the Lebanese film “Capernaum,” praised for its depiction of poverty in the slums of Beirut, is a “huge victory” for the street children who acted in it, according to dir


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Two explosions hit Yemeni capital Sanaa: Alarabiya TV

Two explosions hit south of Yemen’s Houthi-held capital, Sanaa, early on Wednesday, with one of them being an operation that targeted missiles and weapons cache, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV reported.


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FIFA leads top soccer bodies' attack on Saudi TV piracy

In their strongest attack yet on broadcasting theft, soccer’s governing bodies and top leagues have condemned Saudi Arabia-backed pirate network beoutQ.


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Israeli shelling kills Hamas militant after soldier hurt on Gaza border

An Israeli tank fired into the Gaza Strip on Tuesday (January 22), killing a Hamas militant in what the army described as retaliation for the wounding of a soldier and a brief incursion during a viole


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Car bomb kills one, injures 14 in Syria: state media

A car bomb detonated in the government-held Syrian city of Latakia on Tuesday (January 22), killing one person and wounding 14, Syrian state media reported.


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Turkish journalist serving life gets another six years in prison: Anadolu

A Turkish court on Tuesday (January 22) sentenced a prominent journalist serving a life sentence to almost six additional years in prison for leaking information deemed secret by the government, the s


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Lebanon dollar bonds slip after Moody's credit rating cut

Lebanon’s dollar-denominated sovereign bonds came under pressure on Tuesday (January 22) after Moody’s cut the country’s credit rating to Caa1 on worries about a possible debt default.


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144 rescued migrants taken to Libya despite dangers: UN

More than 140 refugees and migrants rescued at sea by the ‘Lady Sham’ ship have landed in Misrata, Libya, and been taken to a detention center, United Nations aid agencies said on Tuesday (January 22)


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Egypt says clashes kill 7 troops, 59 militants in Sinai

Egypt says at least seven troops, including an officer, have been killed in clashes with militants in recent operations in restive northern Sinai Peninsula.


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Turkey planning international investigation into Khashoggi case: minister

Turkey is planning to launch an international investigation into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and will take further steps in coming days, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted


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US aid cuts hit Palestinians, further dimming hope for peace

Tens of thousands of Palestinians are no longer getting food aid or basic health services from America, US-funded infrastructure projects have been halted, and an innovative peace-building program in


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Sudan freezes credentials of two journalists covering protests

Sudan has frozen the credentials of two journalists, including one working for Saudi-owned Al Arabiya who was briefly detained this month over his coverage of anti-government protests, the news channe


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Turkey, US discussed Syria pullout, foreign ministry source says

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed Syria pullout process and bilateral issues in a phonecall on Monday (January 21), a Turkish foreign ministry s


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