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US imposes fresh Iran-related sanctions on two people, six companies

The United States on Thursday (January 23) said it blacklisted two companies based in Hong Kong, one in Shanghai and one in Dubai for helping Iran’s state-owned National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) exp


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Trump to unveil long-stalled Middle East peace plan ahead of Israeli leaders' visit

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday (January 23) he will release details of his long-delayed peace plan for the Middle East before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his election riv


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World leaders gather in Jerusalem for Auschwitz liberation anniversary

Dozens of world leaders gathered in Jerusalem on Thursday (January 23) to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, amid a backdrop of rising anti-Semitism in Europe and the United Sta


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Militants set off car bombs, storm army positions in Syria's Idlib: SANA

Militants in Syria set off car bombs and used heavy gunfire to storm army positions in Idlib on Thursday, state news agency SANA reported.


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Turkey says it won't send more advisers to Libya while ceasefire is observed: RIA

Turkey does not plan to send more military advisers to Libya while a ceasefire is being observed, Russia’s RIA news agency cited Turkey’s foreign minister as saying on Thursday (January 23).


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Successor to slain Iran general faces same fate if he kills Americans: US envoy

The US special representative for Iran said the successor to Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US drone strike, would suffer the same fate if he followed a similar path of killing Americans, Ashar


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Lebanon's new government may have little reserves left to stabilize economy

Lebanon’s new government faces huge upcoming debt repayments and a currency peg at breaking point, but it may already have run out of the hard cash firepower it needs to tackle these problems.


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Militia ally of Iran's Soleimani shot dead in southwest Iran: IRNA

Gunmen in Iran shot dead a commander of the hardline Basij militia who was an ally of Qassem Soleimani, the senior Revolutionary Guards commander killed in a US drone strike in Iraq, the official news


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Iran will never seek nuclear arms, with or without nuclear deal: Rouhani

Iran will never seek nuclear weapons, with or without nuclear deal, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday (January 22), calling on the European powers to avoid Washington’s mistake of vio


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Iraqi rights commission says 10 killed, 159 wounded in protests since Monday

The Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR) released on Tuesday (January 21) a list of the deaths, injuries, and arrests that it has recorded since the end of the “Nasiriyah deadline” on Monday


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Saudi involved in hacking of Amazon boss Bezos' phone, UN report will say

Two UN officials will report on Wednesday (January 22) that there is enough evidence suggesting that Saudi Arabia had hacked Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos’ phone and both the kingdom and the United St


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Russian-led strikes on rebel-held northwest Syria kill 40: rescuers

Russian-led air strikes killed at least 40 people on Tuesday (January 21) in northwest Syria in a major army assault backed by Iranian militias to clear out rebels that has sent tens of thousands of p


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Political row flares as Lebanon struggles to form government

Tensions between Hezbollah’s two main Christian allies flared on Tuesday (January 21) when one said the other’s “greed” was to blame for holding up the formation of a new Lebanese government that is u


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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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