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Iran reformist figure presents candidacy for presidential race

Senior Iranian reformist figure Mostafa Tajzadeh submitted his candidacy Friday (May 14) for June's presidential election.


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Iranians find their voices on Clubhouse ahead of poll

As Iran gears up for a presidential election, people from across the political spectrum are taking to the audio app Clubhouse as a rare forum for debate inside the country.


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Turkish power firm halts generation for Lebanese grid

A Turkish firm has halted power generation from two barges moored off Lebanon's coast that provided as much as a quarter of its mains electricity supply, the company said Friday (May 14).


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4 Palestinians killed, over 100 hurt in West Bank unrest

Four Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire in the West Bank on Friday (May 14), including one who attempted to stab a soldier, as clashes injured more than 100 people in the occupied territory.


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Iranian, 20, killed by family over sexuality: Amnesty

A 20-year-old Iranian who identified himself as a non-binary gay person was killed by relatives due to his sexual and gender orientation, Amnesty International said on Thursday (May 13), as a viral ca


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UK sanctions Libyan militia for human rights violations

Britain on Thursday (May 13) announced sanctions on the Kaniyat militia, which is allegedly behind a spate of gruesome murders, kidnapping and torture of civilians in Libya.


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Two Iranian ex-deputies bid to enter presidential race

Two former Iranian parliamentarians known as vocal critics of the authorities on Thursday (May 13) submitted their candidacy for next month's presidential election, AFP correspondents said.


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Muslims mark grim Eid in shadow of Israel-Palestinian crisis

Muslims around the world began marking a sombre Eid al-Fitr on Thursday (May 13) amid rising hostilities between Israel and Palestinians, in the second celebration in the shadow of the coronavirus pan


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Erdogan calls French separatism bill 'guillotine' of democracy

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday (May 12) denounced a planned French law designed to counter "Islamist separatism" as a "guillotine" of democracy.


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From Belarus to Syria, victims look for justice in Germany

From accusations of torture in Belarus and Syria to alleged genocide in Iraq, claimants in some of the world's most serious legal cases are increasingly turning to courts in Germany in their quest for


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Iran to pardon, cut terms for 2,200 prisoners as Ramadan ends

Iran's supreme leader will pardon or commute the jail sentences of over 2,000 convicted prisoners for the Eid al-Fitr holidays that mark the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, his website sai


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Iran's Ahmadinejad submits name for presidential poll

Iranian ultra-conservative ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad put his name forward Wednesday (May 12) as a candidate to succeed moderate President Hassan Rouhani in elections next month.


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In Denmark, Syrian families fear being sent home

Sabriya al-Fayyad is terrified of what the Syrian regime will do to her family if Denmark sends them -- like hundreds of other Syrians -- back to Damascus Wednesday (May 12).


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Libya's latest unity government faces uphill battle

A new unity government in Libya had raised hopes the war-ravaged North African nation had turned a corner towards peace -- but analysts warn that major stumbling blocks remain Wednesday (May 12).


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Hamas barrage at southern, central Israel kills child

Hamas said it fired a barrage of rockets Wednesday (May 12) towards central and southern Israel, where rescue workers reported one of them killed a six-year-old boy.


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Sisi green-lights Egypt's Suez canal expansion after ship blockage

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi approved Tuesday (May 11) the widening and deepening of the southern part of the Suez Canal, after a stranded mega-ship crippled the critical maritime artery fo


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Italian and Turkish fishing boats in high-seas skirmish

A skirmish broke out between Turkish and Italian fishermen near the divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus on Tuesday (May 11), the Italian navy said.


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Iran says warned US navy over 'unprofessional behaviour'

Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Tuesday (May 11) they warned US vessels after Washington said warning shots were fired near Iranian attack boats, the latest confrontation between the rivals in the Gu


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Iran candidates register for presidential election

Iran on Tuesday (May 11) opened registration for candidates hoping to succeed President Hassan Rouhani, who will step down following the June 18 elections after serving the maximum two consecutive ter


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Qatar's emir visits Saudi Arabia as rift eases

Qatar's ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani landed in Saudi Arabia for talks Monday (May 10), in his second visit since the countries re-established relations in January following a bitter thre


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