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Heavy downpours wreak havoc in Istanbul, flooding historic Grand Bazaar

Strong rains in Istanbul on Saturday (August 17) flooded several neighborhoods, as well as the Grand Bazaar, while officials said one person was found dead in the city.


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Sudanese factions sign accord on transitional government

Sudan’s main opposition coalition and the ruling military council on Saturday (August 17) signed a final power-sharing agreement, paving the way for a transitional government following the overthrow o


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Civilian death toll mounts as Syrian offensive widens

Air strikes have killed more than two dozen civilians including 11 children in rebel-held northwestern Syria in the last two days in an escalation of a Russian-backed offensive, a war monitor and loca


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Updated: Houthi drone attack on Saudi oilfield causes gas fire, output unaffected

A drone attack launched by Yemen’s Houthi group on an oil field in eastern Saudi Arabia on Saturday (August 17) caused a limited fire at a gas plant but had no impact on oil production, state-run oil


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Saudi-led coalition fires flares over Yemeni port of Aden: residents

Saudi-led coalition warplanes fired flares over Yemen’s Aden at dawn on Saturday (August 17), residents said, near camps occupied by southern separatist fighters who last week seized control of the po


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US warrant issued for seizure of Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar

A US court has issued a warrant for the seizure of an Iranian tanker that British Royal Marines had seized last month in Gibraltar, a court document showed on Friday (August 16).


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SDF says it has fulfilled its obligations under Manbij agreement

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Friday (August 16) that the situation that is developing east of the Euphrates River is not related to the group’s earlier commitment to withdraw its fighter


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Turkey says Syria safe zone center to start work next week

A joint Turkish-US operation center to establish and manage a safe zone in northeast Syria will be fully operational next week, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Friday (August 16).


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Iran tanker may leave Gibraltar on Friday, US legal bid still looms

An Iranian tanker whose detention exacerbated frictions between Tehran and the West could sail free from British territory Gibraltar on Friday (August 16), though a US request to halt its passage coul


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Turkey's military pension fund says reached deal to buy British Steel

Turkey’s military pension fund OYAK has reached a provisional agreement to take over British Steel, it said on Friday (August 16), adding it planned to close the deal by year-end.


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Syria says air defenses foil missile strike

Syrian air defenses identified a missile that was fired toward the city of Masyaf near Hama late on Thursday (August 15) and destroyed it before it hit its target, a Syrian military source said.


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Sudan opposition to nominate economist Abdalla Hamdok as PM: sources

Sudan’s main opposition alliance will nominate Abdalla Hamdok, an economist who has served in international institutions, to be prime minister in the country’s transitional government, opposition sour


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Palestinian youths stab Israeli policeman, one youth shot dead

Two Palestinian youths stabbed an Israeli policeman in Jerusalem’s Old City on Thursday and were shot by officers, killing one of them, police said.


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Rights groups criticize UN decision to hold conference on torture in Egypt

Human rights activists on Thursday criticized a United Nations decision to hold a conference in Cairo on torture with an Egyptian state organization.


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Kosovo investigates 22 police officers over extraditions to Turkey

Kosovo’s special prosecutors are investigating the role of 22 police officers in the last year’s arrest and extradition of six Turkish nationals, a move activists called human rights violation, the p


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Turkey-backed Syrian rebels to send fighters to Idlib area: official

A Syrian rebel force supported by Turkey will send fighters to reinforce positions facing a Russian-backed Syrian government offensive in the Idlib region in the northwest of the country, an official


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Gibraltar decides to free seized Iranian tanker, paving way for ship swap

Gibraltar decided on Thursday (August 15) to free the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1, detained off the British overseas territory six weeks ago by Royal Marines, paving the way for a possible swap for a B


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Missile strike halts traffic at Tripoli airport, kills worker

Missiles hit the only functioning airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Thursday (August 15), killing one worker, the airport said.


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Tens of thousands rally in Yemen's Aden to support separatist takeover

Tens of thousands of Yemenis rallied in Aden on Thursday (August 15) in support of separatist forces who took over the southern port, the temporary seat of Yemen’s Saudi-backed government, in a move t


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Israel bars US Democratic lawmakers Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib under pressure from Trump

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday (August 15) barred US Democratic congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from making a planned trip to Israel, shortly after US President Donald Trump


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