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Iran MP offers reward for killing Trump, US calls it 'ridiculous'

An Iranian lawmaker offered a $3 million reward to anyone who killed US President Donald Trump and said Iran could avoid threats if it had nuclear arms, ISNA news agency reported on Tuesday (January 2


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Iran seeks help reading plane's black boxes amid pressure to hand them over

Iran has asked the US and French authorities for equipment to download information from black boxes on a downed Ukrainian airliner, a request that will add to international frustration at Tehran’s fai


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South Korea to deploy anti-piracy unit to the Strait of Hormuz

South Korea’s military said on Tuesday (January 21) it plans to expand the deployment of an anti-piracy unit now operating off the coast of Africa to the area around the Strait of Hormuz, after the Un


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EU agrees to consider ways to support formal Libya truce

European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday to look at ways to support a formal ceasefire in Libya if warring sides can move beyond a tentative truce, including a monitoring mission and reviving


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Lebanon urgently needs new government to avoid collapse: Hariri

Lebanon needs to quickly form a new government to stop a cycle of collapse and worsening economic and security conditions, caretaker prime minister Saad al-Hariri tweeted on Monday.


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Iran has not ruled out talks to end nuclear dispute, says official

Iran said on Monday (January 20) that it had not closed the “door to negotiations” in efforts to resolve a dispute over its nuclear agreement with world powers that has escalated steadily since the Un


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Iran says Zarif not attending Davos as its organizers 'changed its agenda'

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will not attend the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos this week because its organizers had “abruptly changed its agenda”, its foreign ministr


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Lebanese security forces, protesters clash for second night

Lebanese security forces fired water cannons, rubber bullets and tear gas on Sunday (January 19) to try to break up stone-throwing protesters in Beirut, which has been rocked by some of the worst viol


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Turkey spars with EU over fresh drilling off Cyprus

Turkey called on Sunday (January 19) its launch of a fresh round of hydrocarbons drilling off the Mediterranean island.


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215 refugees drowned in 2019: IFIR

The International Federation of Iraqi Refugees (IFIR) said on Saturday (January 19) that 215 migrants drowned in 2019 in the waters between Turkey and Greece trying to enter Europe.


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Iran may review cooperation with IAEA if EU pressure mounts: TV

Iran will review its cooperation with the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog over any “unjust” measures, Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani said after EU powers last week triggered a dispute mechan


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Gulf carriers fly over Iraq, Iran after military action deters others

Qatar Airways, Emirates, and several other Gulf airlines still fly in Iraqi and Iranian airspace and to cities in both countries, even as other international carriers have rerouted planes since the Un


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Foreign powers to discuss ways out Libya crisis with rival camps

Libyan rival camps and their foreign backers will attend a summit in Berlin on Sunday (January 19) to discuss ways to end a proxy war over the capital Tripoli and the oil producer, which has displaced


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Sixty killed in Houthi attack on camp in Yemen's Marib

Iran-aligned Houthis attacked a military training camp in the Yemeni city of Marib on Saturday (January 18), killing 60 military personnel and wounding dozens others, Saudi state television said on Sa


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US sanctions Iranian commander over Mahshahr killings

The US State Department said on Saturday (January 18) it had imposed sanctions on a general of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps who commanded units blamed for a massacre of protesters in Novem


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Dozens injured as security forces clash with protesters in Beirut

Dozens of people were wounded in Beirut on Saturday (January 18) as security forces used tear gas and water cannons in clashes with protesters armed with tree branches and sign posts near Lebanon’s pa


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Trump gives dramatic account of Soleimani's last minutes before death: CNN

US President Donald Trump gave a minute-to-minute account of the US drone strikes that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in remarks to a Republican fund-raising dinner on Friday night


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UN envoy hopes for, but cannot predict, speedy reopening of Libya oil ports

The United Nations envoy to Libya said on Saturday he hoped but “could not predict” whether eastern oil ports shut ahead of a pending Berlin summit aimed at reaching a truce in Libya would be reopened


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Iran is sending black boxes of downed plane to Ukraine: aviation official

The black boxes of the Ukrainian airliner which was accidentally shot down by Iranian forces this month will be sent to Ukraine, the Tasnim news agency reported on Saturday.


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Erdogan calls on Europe to support Turkey's moves in Libya: Politico

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has called on Europe to support its work in Libya, where it is providing military support to the internationally-recognized government, if it wants to end the conflict


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