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Attacks on Saudi oil facilities knock out half the kingdom's supply

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group said it attacked two plants at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry on Saturday (September 14), knocking out more than half the Kingdom’s output, in a move expect


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Turkey says OIC to convene after Netanyahu annexation plans

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will hold an extraordinary meeting on Sunday to discuss Israel’s announcement of its intention to annex areas of the West Bank, the Turkish foreign minist


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US envoy to Saudi Arabia condemns attacks on Aramco oil facilities

The US envoy to Saudi Arabia condemned as “unacceptable” drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities on Saturday (September 14) which were claimed by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement.


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Five confirmed cholera deaths in Sudan since August 28

There have been five confirmed deaths from cholera in Sudan’s Blue Nile state since Aug. 28, the health ministry said in a statement.


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Iran signs $440 million deal with local firm to develop Gulf gas field

Iran signed a $440 million contract on Saturday with local company Petropars to develop the Belal gas field in the Gulf, Iranian state television reported, saying the country’s vital energy sector was


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Australian jailed in Iran identified as Melbourne University academic

A British-Australian woman jailed in Iran has been identified as Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a specialist in Middle East politics at the University of Melbourne.


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Turkey orders arrest of 223 military personnel over suspected Gulen links

Turkey has ordered the arrest of 223 serving military personnel across the country and in the breakaway state of Northern Cyprus over suspected links to a network Ankara accuses of organizing an attem


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Saudi Arabia says fires at Aramco sites 'under control' after drone attacks

Drone attacks on two Saudi Aramco factories in Abqaiq and Khurais provinces on Saturday sparked fires that the state oil company brought under control, the Saudi interior ministry spokesman said witho


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Turkey's Erdogan says to discuss with Trump buying US Patriot missiles: Reuters

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he will discuss buying US Patriot missiles with President Donald Trump this month, saying his personal bond with the US leader could overcome a crisis caused by A


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European powers urge Iran to return to nuclear accord compliance

France, Britain and Germany, the European parties to Iran’s nuclear accord, on Friday expressed deep concern at Tehran’s violations of the 2015 deal and urged it to cooperate with the U.N. nuclear wat


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Russia, Iran and Turkey to discuss Syria's Idlib at Monday summit: Kremlin

The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran will discuss the difficult situation in Syria’s Idlib province when they meet in Ankara early next week for a summit, Yuri Ushakov, a senior Kremlin aide, said o


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European powers concerned by Netanyahu annexation plans

Five major European nations said they were deeply concerned about Israel’s announcement of its intention to annex areas of the West Bank.


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At least two killed, fourteen wounded in bomb blast in Afrin: SOHR

At least two people were killed and fourteen others wounded in an explosion on Rajo street in Turkish-controlled Afrin city in northwestern Syria.


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Britain's move to join US Gulf mission frustrates European plans

Britain’s decision to join a US-led naval mission in the Gulf has delayed European efforts to set up a maritime force to ensure safe shipping in the Strait of Hormuz separate from American patrols, EU


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Gap between EU and UK on Brexit talks 'very wide': Irish PM

The gap between Britain and the European Union in Brexit talks is “very wide” and British proposals on the Irish border fall very far short of what is needed, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on


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Tunisia's exiled autocrat in hospital: lawyer

Tunisia’s ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali has been hospitalized for “a health crisis” in Saudi Arabia, where he has lived in exile since the revolution of 2011, his lawyer Mounir Ben Salha sai


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Mnuchin says US still pursuing 'maximum pressure' against Iran

The United States is still pursuing its campaign of “maximum pressure” against Iran, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday (September 12), even after President Donald Trump parted ways


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Australia lobbies for release of three citizens held by Iran

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said she met last week with her Iranian counterpart, seeking to secure release of three citizens held by Tehran.


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Top Turkish court orders release of jailed Cumhuriyet journalists

Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals ordered on Thursday (September 12) the release of six former employees of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper who were jailed on terrorism-related charges, two of the


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Seven dead, 10 hurt in southeast Turkey blast: governor's office

Seven people were killed and 10 were wounded in southeast Turkey when an improvised explosive placed on a road went off as a vehicle carrying villagers was passing, a governor’s office in the region s


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