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US says Saudi prince approved Khashoggi murder but spares him sanctions

The United States on Friday (February 26) for the first time publicly accused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of approving the gruesome murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but stopp


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Turkey students face 3 years in jail over protests: report

Turkish prosecutors are seeking three-year jail terms for seven students over a poster depicting Islam's holiest site with LGBT imagery, local media reported on Friday (February 26).


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UK Supreme Court rejects ISIS bride's legal bid to return

Britain's highest court on Friday rejected a bid by a woman who was stripped of her UK citizenship for joining the Islamic State (ISIS) group to return to challenge the decision.


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Biden, Saudi king speak ahead of Khashoggi murder report

President Joe Biden held a long-delayed first phone call Thursday (February 25) with Saudi King Salman ahead of an imminent US intelligence report expected to link the Arab kingdom's powerful crown pr


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US strikes 'Iranian-backed militant' site in Syria: Pentagon

The US military struck facilities in eastern Syria used by Iran-backed armed groups Thursday (February 25), saying President Joe Biden's new administration was sending Tehran a message after recent ro


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Syria health workers to get Covid jabs from next week

Syria will start giving coronavirus vaccines to its vital healthcare workers across the war-ravaged country from next week, a government minister said Thursday (February 25).


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Two Kurds killed by Iranian security forces in Piranshahr

Hangaw Organization for Human Rights reported on Thursday (February 25) that two ethnic Kurds were killed the previous day when the Iranian security forces opened fire on their truck in Piranshahr.


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Armenian prime minister denounces 'attempted military coup'

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Thursday (February 25) denounced "an attempted military coup" and called on supporters to take to the streets, after the country's top brass demanded his res


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Biden says has seen intelligence report on Saudi journalist's murder

US President Joe Biden said Wednesday (February 24) he has already seen a soon-to-be released intelligence report detailing the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istan


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Nuclear issue key as Iran readies for Rouhani replacement

Iran will vote in June for a successor to President Hassan Rouhani and his moderate-reformist government, but politics in the country is dominated by the nuclear issue and no frontrunner has emerged.


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Germany convicts Syrian in 'historic' torture trial

A German court on Wednesday (February 23) convicted a former Syrian intelligence service agent for complicity in crimes against humanity, in the first court case worldwide over state-sponsored torture


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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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