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Trump reveals Mideast peace plan recognizing Israel settlements in occupied West Bank

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday (January 28) proposed the creation of a Palestinian state with a capital in eastern Jerusalem, in an effort to achieve a peace breakthrough with Israel that will b


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Syria government forces take major town south of Idlib city: war monitor

Syrian government forces took control of a town south of Idlib city on Tuesday (January 28) in a significant advance for President Bashar al-Assad as he seeks to recapture rebel-held territory in the


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Netanyahu formally indicted in court on corruption charges

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was formally indicted in court on Tuesday (January 28) on corruption charges after he withdrew his request for parliamentary immunity from prosecution.


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Turkish court keeps businessman jailed after lawyers walk out

Defense lawyers walked out of a Turkish courtroom on Tuesday (January 28) in protest against judges in the case of businessman and philanthropist Osman Kavala, who was again remanded as a trial contin


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Motion for Iran to quit nuclear proliferation treaty enters parliament

A motion for Iran to quit the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was introduced in parliament on Tuesday (January 28), the assembly’s news site ICANA reported, in a move that appears to raise the


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Trump discusses Syria, Libya with Turkey's Erdogan: White House

US President Donald Trump discussed developments in Syria and Libya in a phone call with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday (January 27), a White House spokesman said on Twitter.


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Thousands flee northwest Syria as Assad pushes closer to Idlib city

A renewed drive by President Bashar al-Assad to recapture rebel-held territory in Syria’s northwest sparked a fresh exodus of many thousands of civilians toward Turkey’s border on Monday (January 27)


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Aircraft crashes in central Afghan province

An aircraft crashed in central Afghanistan on Monday (January 27) and authorities were trying to locate the wreckage in a mountainous area which is partly controlled by the Taliban, officials said.


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Lebanese MPs debate 2020 budget as protesters throw stones at police

Projected revenues in Lebanon’s 2020 budget may be unrealistic because of a contraction in the country’s economy, the chairman of the parliamentary budget committee said on Monday (January 27), as pro


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Iranian passenger plane slides off runway into highway, passengers safe

A Caspian Airlines plane slid off the runway onto a highway on landing at an airport in southwestern Iran on Monday (January 27), but all passengers were evacuated without injury, Iranian state media


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Iran's Rouhani calls for unity, accuses Trump of exploiting rift

Iranians should not allow US President Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” approach to harm national unity ahead of parliamentary elections, President Hassan Rouhani said in a speech, lashing out at har


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IMF says Kuwait's economic growth slowed to 0.7% in 2019

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said growth in Kuwait’s non-oil sector had strengthened in 2019 but lower oil prices and output cuts weighed on its oil sector, resulting in overall economic grow


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Turkey quake rescue winds down after dozens pulled from rubble

A major rescue operation to pull survivors from collapsed buildings in eastern Turkey began winding down on Sunday (January 26), a day and a half after a powerful earthquake killed dozens.


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Oman's foreign minister meets Iran's foreign minister Zarif: Tweet

Oman’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah will meet Iran’s Foreign Ninister Javad Zarif in Tehran on Sunday (January 26) to discuss maritime security in the Hormuz str


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Afghan forces launch air, ground attacks on Taliban, killing 51

Afghan forces used ground attacks and air strikes in multiple operations against the Taliban during the last 24 hours, killing 51 fighters in an escalation that signaled renewed deadlock in peace talk


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Syrian government forces capture towns in advance on rebel-held Idlib

Syrian government forces have taken control of several towns in northwestern Idlib province, a war monitor and Syrian state media reported, amid a renewed push by President Bashar al-Assad to recaptur


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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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