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Turkey to examine lifting opposition MPs' immunity

The Turkish parliament will examine lifting some opposition lawmakers' immunity, its speaker said on Wednesday (February 24), as the pro-Kurdish party comes under renewed pressure from the government.


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Syria's rebel-held northwest to get Covid vaccines by end March: WHO

Syria's rebel-held northwest will receive its first shipment of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine by the end of next month, the World Health Organization said Tuesday (February 23).


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Turkey accuses Greek jets of 'harassing' Turkish boat

Turkey on Tuesday (February 23) accused Greek fighter jets of "harassing" a Turkish boat in the Aegean as tensions rise again between the NATO allies over maritime issues.


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Iran starts limiting UN inspections until US lifts sanctions

Iran confirmed it had begun implementing new restrictions on inspections by the UN nuclear watchdog Tuesday (February 23) after the United States failed to lift economic sanctions by a weekend deadlin


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S. Korea, Tehran agree 'proposals' on oil billions: Seoul

South Korea and Iran have agreed a way forward that could see billions of dollars of frozen oil money unblocked, Seoul said Tuesday (February 23), but signaled that the agreement was effectively subj


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Khamenei says Iran could boost uranium enrichment to 60%

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday (February 22) the Islamic republic could boost uranium enrichment to 60 percent if needed, defiantly vowing to "not back down on the nuclear is


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Saudi arms producer in defense venture with Lockheed Martin

Saudi Arabia's state arms producer signed an agreement Sunday (February 21) with US contractor Lockheed Martin to form a joint venture, a statement said, as Washington reviews weapons sales to the kin


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Iran says talks with IAEA chief 'fruitful' as deadline looms

Iran said Sunday (February 21) it had held "fruitful discussions" with UN nuclear watchdog chief Rafael Grossi in Tehran, ahead of a deadline when it is set to restrict the agency's inspections unless


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Turkey's Erdogan seeks 'win-win' relationship with US

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday (February 20) that he wants to forge a "win-win" relationship with the United States, to end years of fractious ties between the NATO allies.


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Yemen government accuses rebels of using civilians as human shields

Yemen's Saudi-backed government accused Houthi rebels Saturday (February 20) of using civilians as human shields in their renewed offensive against its last major toehold in the north.


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Russian air assault kills 21 ISIS jihadists in Syria: monitor

A wave of Russian air strikes killed at least 21 Islamic State group jihadists in the Syrian desert over the past 24 hours, a war monitor said on Saturday (February 20).


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Algeria frees first democracy activists after presidential pardons

Algeria on Friday (February 19) released more than 30 pro-democracy activists from jail, including a prominent journalist, in the first batch freed under presidential pardons issued ahead of the secon


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Iran renews call to US to lift all sanctions imposed by Trump

Iran on Friday (February 19) renewed its call for the US to lift all sanctions imposed by former president Donald Trump, after an offer for talks from new President Joe Biden's administration.


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Turkey hires law firm to lobby Biden over F-35 jets: report

Turkey has hired an international law firm to help it win back its spot in the US-led F-35 fighter jet program, state media reported on Friday (February 19).


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ISIS claims killing of 4 Tunisia soldiers, beheading: SITE

The Islamic State (ISIS) group has claimed responsibility for the February 3 killing of four soldiers in a rugged region of central Tunisia, SITE Intelligence Group reported.


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Ancient Jordan site restoration brings locals, refugees jobs

In the ruins of an ancient Byzantine church in northern Jordan, local townspeople and Syrian refugees work side-by-side on a project that preserves cultural heritage and fights poverty.


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US accepts talks with Iran, backtracks on Trump sanctions claim

European powers and the United States on Thursday (February 18) warned Iran it would be "dangerous" to limit UN nuclear agency inspections and asked Tehran to return to full compliance with a 2015 nuc


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UN says Houthi attack on government stronghold 'must stop'

A Houthi rebel assault on the Yemeni government's last northern stronghold must stop, the UN envoy to the country said Thursday (February 18), warning of a potential humanitarian disaster.


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Erdogan sues opposition rival in row over Iraq deaths

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday (February 18) sued his main opposition rival for claiming he was personally "responsible" for the deaths of 13 Turks in Iraq.


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Lebanon judge removed from Beirut blast probe: judicial source

A Lebanese court Thursday (February 18) removed the judge leading a probe into Beirut's massive blast last August, a judicial source said, in line with a request from two former ministers he had charg


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