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Whole of Iran on coronavirus red alert due to rise in deaths, health official says

A senior Iranian health official has declared a coronavirus red alert covering the entire country as daily deaths and cases increase at an alarming rate, Iranian state TV reported on Friday (September


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Netherlands prepares case against Syria for 'gross human rights violations'

The Netherlands is preparing a case against Syria at the UN’s highest court, seeking to hold the government of President Bashar al-Assad accountable for human rights violations, including torture and


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'They should have let us die in the water': desperate Lebanese migrants sent back by Cyprus

For years, small boats have left northern Lebanon’s coast, packed with desperate migrants hoping to reach European shores. Until recently, they carried mostly Syrian and Palestinian refugees. But with


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Jordan to jail organisers of large social events to stem COVID-19 spike

Jordan announced on Thursday (September 17) jail sentences of up to a year for anyone organising weddings, parties, funerals or social gatherings where more than 20 people attend, in the latest measur


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US hopes to name Qatar as major non-NATO ally, official says

The United States hopes to move forward with naming Qatar as a major non-NATO ally, a status that provides foreign nations with benefits in defense trade and security cooperation, a senior US official


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Saudi-led coalition says intercepts drone, Houthis say Abha airport hit

A Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Thursday (September 17) it had intercepted and destroyed an explosive drone launched towards the kingdom, as Yemen’s Houthi group said it had hit a targ


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US blacklists Hezbollah official, Lebanon-based companies

The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on a Hezbollah official and two Lebanon-based companies as the country experiences a deep economic crisis, accusing them of being linked to the Iran-bac


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NATO keeps France-Turkey probe under wraps as tempers flare

A NATO investigation into a naval standoff between French and Turkish ships in June has been rated too sensitive to discuss in public and does not apportion blame, as Paris and Ankara wage a war of wo


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Algerian referendum looms as test for president and opposition

A vote on a new constitution in Algeria in November marks a turning point for a country that has been rocked by huge protests and political upheaval and which is now struggling to move on from the tum


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Syria says US sanctions behind acute fuel crisis

Syria is experiencing worsening gasoline shortages as a result of tougher US sanctions disrupting crucial fuel imports, its oil minister said on Wednesday (September 16), the latest crisis to hit the


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US plans to enforce UN sanctions on Iran with its own action

The United States said on Wednesday (September 16) it plans to impose sanctions on those who violate a UN arms embargo on Iran, which Washington says will now stay in place instead of expiring in Octo


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Turkish, Russian officials nearing deal on Libya ceasefire, political process: minister

Turkey and Russia have moved closer to an agreement on a ceasefire and political process in Libya during their latest meetings in Ankara, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told an interview wi


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US prosecutors indict two Iranians over alleged hacking spree

US prosecutors on Wednesday (September 16) announced two Iranians had been indicted on allegations they were hackers connected with a string of cyber intrusions at US and foreign universities, a Washi


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US threatens to sanction arms makers that sell to Iran

The Trump administration vowed on Wednesday (September 16) to impose the “full force” of US sanctions on any international arms manufacturers who deal with Iran once Washington sees a United Nations a


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Greece struggles to bring migrants into temporary camp after fire

Greek authorities were still struggling on Wednesday (September 16) to move thousands of migrants sleeping rough into a temporary camp, a week after the overcrowded Moria migrant camp burned down, whi


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Turkish police detain 106 over alleged Gulen links – Anadolu

Turkish police detained more than 100 people, mostly soldiers on active duty, in an operation on Wednesday (September 16) targeting supporters of the Muslim preacher who Ankara says was behind a faile


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French initiative is last chance to save Lebanon, Jumblatt says

Leading Lebanese politician Walid Jumblatt said on Wednesday (September 16) it seemed some people did not understand that French-led efforts to lift Lebanon out of crisis were the last chance to save


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Turkey extends operations of energy drill ship off Cyprus until mid-October

Turkey said on Tuesday (September 15) it had extended the operations of its Yavuz energy drill ship in disputed Mediterranean waters off Cyprus until Oct. 12, in a move that could stir tension between


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Algeria upholds conviction of journalist; rights groups fear new crackdown

An Algerian appeals court upheld the conviction of a journalist on Tuesday (September 15) in what rights campaigners called a new crackdown on dissent aimed at preventing the revival of mass protests


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UN war crimes experts urge Turkey to rein in rebels in Syria

Turkey must rein in Syrian rebels it supports in northern Syria who may have carried out kidnappings, torture and looting of civilian property, United Nations war crimes investigators said on Tuesday


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