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Lives will be lost as Syria aid access cut, aid agencies warn

A UN Security Council resolution that leaves only one of two border crossings open for aid deliveries from Turkey into rebel-held northwestern Syria will cost lives and intensify the suffering of 1.3


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On fifth attempt, UN Security Council renews Syria aid via Turkey

The United Nations Security Council on Saturday (July 11) approved aid deliveries to Syria through one border crossing from Turkey, a day after its authorization for the six-year-long humanitarian ope


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Israelis protest against government response to coronavirus

Thousands of Israelis demonstrated on Saturday (July 11) in Tel Aviv, angered by what they say has been an inept government response to the economic hits they have taken during the coronavirus crisis.


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Iran's president calls for ban on weddings, wakes to halt virus spread

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called on Saturday (July 11) for big gatherings such as weddings and wakes to be banned to stem a rise in coronavirus infections, but insisted the country’s economy had


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Turkish parliament passes disputed bar associations law

Turkey’s parliament passed a law on Saturday (July 11) on changing the structure of bar associations, a move that lawyers argue will further undermine judicial independence in a country where they say


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Iran will develop oil industry despite US sanctions - Zanganeh says

Iran is determined to develop its oil industry in spite of US sanctions imposed on the country, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said in a televised speech on Saturday (July 11).


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Russia, China veto Syria aid via Turkey for second time this week

Russia and China vetoed a last-ditch attempt by Western members of the UN Security Council to extend approval - which expires on Friday (July 10) - for humanitarian aid to be delivered across two bord


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UNESCO says World Heritage Committee to review Hagia Sophia

UNESCO said on Friday (July 10) its World Heritage Committee would review Hagia Sophia’s status after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan declared the ancient monument in Istanbul a mosque again.


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Turkey's Erdogan says Hagia Sophia becomes mosque after court ruling

President Tayyip Erdogan declared Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia open to Muslim worship on Friday (July 10) after a top court ruled that the building’s conversion to a museum by modern Turkey’s founding stat


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Explosion heard in western Tehran: Iran state media

An explosion was heard in western Tehran on Friday (July 10), the official IRIB news agency reported, citing online reports.


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First coronavirus case confirmed in Syria's northwest - aid groups

The first coronavirus case was confirmed in northwest Syria on Thursday (July 9), aid workers said, raising fears for a region where hospitals lie in ruins and camps overflow with people after nearly


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Russia fails again at UN ahead of last-ditch vote on Syria cross-border aid

Russia on Thursday (July 9) failed in a second UN Security Council bid to cut aid access to Syria from Turkey, diplomats said, and the council will now vote on a last-ditch attempt to extend approval


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Lebanon not planning to negotiate with Iran on fuel imports: minister

Lebanon currently has no plan to negotiate with Iran for the import of fuel, energy minister Raymond Ghajar said on Thursday (July 9), after the leader of the Tehran-backed Hezbollah group said it was


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Record stimulus tightens Turkey's grip on markets as foreigners flee

Turkey’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, including the central bank’s record programme of quantitative easing (QE), has tightened the grip state institutions have on the country’s bond market an


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Severe bread shortages loom for Syria as fresh US sanctions grip

Syria could face severe bread shortages for the first time since the start of the war, another challenge for President Bashar al-Assad as he grapples with an economic meltdown and fresh US sanctions,


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Coronavirus infections rise above 250,000 in Iran

Iran’s total number of coronavirus cases has reached 250,458 and a record 221 people died of the disease over the past 24 hours, raising the overall death toll to 12,305, the Health Ministry said on T


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Russia fails at UN in bid to cut Turkey border aid access to Syria

A Russian bid to halve access for humanitarian aid deliveries to Syria from Turkey to just one border crossing failed at the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday (July 9), garnering just four


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UN chief warns foreign interference in Libya conflict at 'unprecedented levels'

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the Security Council on Wednesday (July 8) that the conflict in Libya has entered a new phase “with foreign interference reaching unprecedented


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Turkish factory production seen slumping more than 22% in May: Reuters

Turkey’s industrial production is expected to have contracted 22.5% annually in May due to the near economic standstill brought on by measures to stem the spread of coronavirus.


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Pompeo says UN arms embargo on Iran must be extended to prevent further regional conflict

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday (July 8) urged the UN Security Council to extend an arms embargo on Iran and said the US and partner forces last month seized a vessel carrying arms to H


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