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Fire at Iran's Natanz nuclear facility caused significant damage: spokesman

A fire that broke out at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility on Thursday has caused significant damage that could slow the development of advanced centrifuges, an Iranian nuclear official said on Sunday (J


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One killed, one wounded in bomb blast in Afrin: local media

One person was killed and at least one other wounded when a bomb attached to a car exploded in Afrin city in northwest Syria on Sunday (July 5), according to local outlet North Press Agency.


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Lebanon's top Christian clerics blast politicians as hunger, hardship bite

Lebanon’s Christian authorities slammed politicians on Sunday (July 5) for failing to remedy an economic meltdown that has left many poor, piling pressure on the country’s leaders as it spirals deeper


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Israel says 'not necessarily' behind all Iran nuclear site incidents

Israel’s defence minister said on Sunday (July 5) it is not “necessarily” behind every mysterious incident in Iran, after a fire at the Natanz nuclear site prompted some Iranian officials to say it wa


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UAE restructures government, seeking more agility as it deals with coronavirus impact

The United Arab Emirates announced a broad government restructuring on Sunday (July 5) for more “agile and swift” decision-making following the coronavirus pandemic, merging government entities and ap


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Iran records highest daily death toll from COVID-19

Iran recorded its highest number of deaths from COVID-19 within a 24-hour period, official health ministry figures showed on Sunday (July 5).


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Jets hit Libya's al-Watiya airbase where Turkey may build base, sources say

Warplanes struck overnight at an airbase that was recently recaptured by Libya’s internationally recognized government from eastern forces with help from Turkey, a military source with the eastern for


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Fire flares at Iranian power plant, latest in series of incidents

A fire broke out at a power station in southwestern Iran on Saturday (July 4), Iranian media reported, the latest of several recent fires and explosions some of which have hit sensitive sites.


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Iran imposes new curbs as coronavirus toll rises

Iranians who do not wear masks will be denied state services and workplaces that fail to comply with health protocols will be shut for a week, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday (July 4) as he


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French court sentences homegrown militant to 30 years in prison for crimes in Syria

A Frenchman who converted to Islam and went abroad to fight for Islamic State was sentenced by a Paris court on Friday (July 3) to 30 years in prison in France’s first successful prosecution of an Isl


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Iran threatens retaliation after what it calls possible cyber attack on nuclear site

Iran will retaliate against any country that carries out cyber attacks on its nuclear sites, the head of civilian defence said, after a fire at its Natanz plant which some Iranian officials said may h


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Saudi-led coalition says destroyed four drones launched by Yemen's Houthis - Saudi Press Agency

The Saudi-led military coalition battling the Houthis in Yemen said on Friday (July 3) it had destroyed four explosive-laden drones launched by the Iran-aligned group in the direction of Saudi Arabia,


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Turkish court convicts four rights activists on terrorism-related charges

A Turkish court sentenced a former executive of Amnesty International Turkey to more than six years in jail and convicted three other rights activists on terrorism-related charges on Friday (July 3),


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Take coronavirus seriously, Iranian state media urge people

Total coronavirus cases rose to 235,429 in Iran on Friday (July 3), with 154 deaths in the past 24 hours bringing the death toll to 11,260, authorities said as the country tries to fend off new infect


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Blasts at Turkish fireworks factory kill two, wound 73

A series of large explosions shook a fireworks factory in northwest Turkey’s Sakarya province on Friday (July 3), killing two people and wounding 73, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.


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Lebanon's IMF talks on hold, finance minister says

Lebanon’s talks with the IMF are on hold pending the start of economic reforms and agreement on the Lebanese side on a common approach for calculating losses, Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni said.


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US seeks to seize gasoline in four Iran tankers bound for Venezuela

US prosecutors filed a lawsuit to seize the gasoline aboard four tankers that Iran is trying to ship to Venezuela, the latest attempt by the Trump administration to increase economic pressure on the t


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Coronavirus and sanctions hit Iran’s support of proxies in Iraq

Iran’s financial and military support for Shia proxy paramilitary groups in Iraq, a linchpin of its regional foreign policy, has been dramatically disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic and US sanction


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Fire breaks out at Iranian nuclear facility, no damage reported, officials say

A fire broke out at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility but there were no casualties and the site is operating as usual, Iranian officials said on Thursday (July 2).


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Khashoggi's fiancee hopes Turkish trial will reveal fresh evidence

A Turkish court will open the trial on Friday of 20 Saudi officials indicted over the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a step his fiancee hopes will shed more light on the death and reveal


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