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Dozens pulled from rubble as Turkey quake toll hits 35

Rescue teams working through the night pulled 45 people from collapsed buildings, Turkey’s disaster authority said on Sunday (January 26), as the death toll from a powerful earthquake in the country’s


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Erdogan says Haftar cannot be expected to respect Libya truce

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday (January 26) that eastern Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar could not be expected to respect a ceasefire called between his forces and pro-govern


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US will not lift sanctions to negotiate with Iran: Trump

The United States will not lift sanctions on Iran in order to negotiate, US President Donald Trump tweeted late on Saturday (January 25), seemingly in response to a Der Spiegel interview with Iran’s f


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Lebanese security fire water cannons at protesters

Lebanese security forces on Saturday (January 25) fired water cannons and tear gas at anti-government protesters trying to breach a security barricade outside government headquarters in central Beirut


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US senator presses for declassified report on Jamal Khashoggi's slaying

US Senator Ron Wyden said on Friday he will move to compel America’s intelligence chief to release information about the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi if the administration does


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Turkey quake kills at least 21, rescuers dig for survivors

A powerful earthquake struck eastern Turkey late on Friday (January 24), killing at least 21 people and collapsing buildings in towns near the center of the tremor, which was strong enough to be felt


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Absent Iran faces detente calls from worried West and Middle East

Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif skipped this year’s Davos, but Tehran was still a hot topic for many Western and Middle Eastern powers hoping for detente less than three weeks after the United St


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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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