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Iran's Rouhani claims victory over unrest he blames on foreigners

Iranian President Rouhani on Wednesday (November 20) claimed victory over unrest he blamed on Iran’s foreign enemies, according to state media, after protests over an increase in gasoline prices last


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Russia says Turkey told Moscow no new Syria operation planned: TASS

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday (November 20) that Ankara had assured Moscow that it did not plan to launch a new military operation in Syria despite earlier comments, the TAS


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Yemen's Houthis release captured South Korean, Saudi vessels

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement released three vessels and 16 people it had seized, South Korea’s foreign ministry and a Houthi military source in Yemen said on Wednesday (November 20).


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Trump shift on Israeli settlements fulfills wish list of evangelical base

A US decision effectively backing Israel’s building of settlements in the occupied West Bank, long a cherished item on conservative Christians’ wish list, is expected to strengthen evangelicals’ suppo


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Updated: Israel launches air strikes in Syria, Damascus says two killed

Israel said its aircraft struck dozens of Iranian and Syrian military targets in Syria on Wednesday (November 20) in retaliation for rockets fired toward Israel a day earlier.


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ISIS exploited Turkey's Syria invasion, drawdown of US troops: Pentagon report

Islamic State has exploited Turkey’s incursion into northeastern Syria and the drawdown of US troops from the region, according to a report published on Tuesday by the Pentagon’s Inspector General, ad


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Afghanistan's president claims victory over Islamic State

Security forces have “obliterated” Islamic State (IS) militants in Afghanistan, President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday (November 19), hours after a prisoner swap with Taliban insurgents raised hopes o


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Turkey aware that US support for Kurdish YPG will not end immediately

Turkey is aware that the US support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters will not end immediately, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday (November 19), but added that Ankara’s battle against the fih


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Kuwait's foreign minister named new PM amid government feud

Kuwait’s ruler on Tuesday (November 19) named Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah as prime minister, elevating him from his role as foreign minister, after a row between ruling family members and parliame


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More than 120 journalists still jailed in Turkey: International Press Institute

More than 120 journalists are still being held in Turkey’s jails, a global record, and the situation of the media in the country has not improved since the lifting of a two-year state of emergency las


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At least 106 protesters killed in Iran during unrest: Amnesty International

Amnesty International said on Tuesday (November 19) that more than 100 protesters had been killed in 21 cities in Iran during unrest that broke out over a rise in fuel prices last week.


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Russia condemns Turkey for floating idea of new Syria operation

Russia said on Tuesday (November 19) it was bewildered by a Turkish pledge to conduct a new military operation in northern Syria if the area was not cleared of people Ankara calls terrorists, warning


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UN rights office urges Iran to rein in security forces at protests

The UN human rights office voiced deep concern on Tuesday (November 19) at the Iranian security forces’ use of live ammunition against demonstrators and urged authorities to rein in its use of force t


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Turkey orders detention of 133 military personnel for suspected Gulen links

Turkey has ordered the detention of 133 military personnel over suspected links to a network Ankara accuses of organizing an attempted coup in 2016, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday (


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Protests force Lebanese parliament to postpone session; banks reopen

Lebanon’s parliament was blocked from holding its first session for two months on Tuesday (November 19) after protesters prevented lawmakers from reaching the building, escalating a wave of demonstrat


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Iran says calm has been restored after fuel price hike unrest

Protests in Iran triggered by petrol price hikes last week have subsided, an Iranian judiciary spokesman said on Tuesday (November 19), a day after the elite Revolutionary Guards warned of “decisive”


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Three members of Iran’s security forces stabbed to death: reports

Three members of the Iranian security forces have been killed by "rioters" near Tehran, Iranian media reported late Monday (November 18).


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US backs Israel on settlements, angering Palestinians

The United States on Monday (November 19) effectively backed Israel’s right to build Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank by abandoning its four-decade-old position that they were “inconsisten


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US threatens sanctions on Iraqi officials over protester deaths

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday (November 18) said the United States was prepared to impose sanctions on any Iraqi officials found to be corrupt as well as those responsible for the deaths


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Turkey will launch Syria operation if area not cleared of YPG fighters: Haberturk

Turkey’s foreign minister has said that Ankara would launch an operation in northeast Syria if the area was not cleared of what he called terrorists, broadcaster Haberturk reported on Monday (November


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