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Tankers ship Iranian fuel cargoes to US for seizure

Tankers carrying Iranian fuel cargoes covered by a US warrant for seizure are sailing to the United States after talks between US authorities and ship owners, a US government source and a shipping sou


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With Trump's help, Israel and the United Arab Emirates reach historic deal to normalize relations

Israel and the United Arab Emirates reached a historic peace deal on Thursday that will lead to a full normalization of diplomatic relations between the two Middle Eastern nations in an agreement that


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Iran's coronavirus death toll passes 19,000 as new cases spike: TV

Iran recorded 174 deaths from coronavirus and 2,625 new cases on Thursday (August 13) to take its death toll to more than 19,000 and total cases to 336,324, the Health Ministry said.


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Parliament speaker urges new Lebanese government after huge blast, US envoy due in Beirut

Lebanon’s parliament speaker called on Thursday for quickly forming a new government in the first legislative session since the catastrophic explosion that killed 172 people last week and pushed the


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Turkish police detain 25 in protest to support women's rights accord

Turkish police on Wednesday (August 12) detained 25 women protesting against the possibility of President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party pulling Turkey out of an international accord designed to protect wo


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Israel halts fuel shipments to Gaza over fire balloon launches

Israel on Thursday (August 13) said it will stop shipments of fuel into Gaza in response to Palestinians in the enclave launching incendiary balloons that have torched tracts of farmland on the Israel


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'I'll kill you': LGBT+ activists call on Facebook to move faster on Arabic hate speech

Rami was beaten up on the streets of Alexandria, Egypt, in early July by men who he says began harassing him on Facebook for being gay and then tracked him down in real life.


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Turkish schools to begin reopening on September 21: education minister

Turkish schools will start to reopen on Sept. 21 in a gradual transition back to in-person education, Education Minister Ziya Selcuk said on Wednesday (August 12), delaying the reopening by three week


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Syria's Assad stops speech due to low blood pressure before resuming: TV

Syrian President Bashar al Assad suffered low blood pressure for a few minutes while delivering a speech to parliament before resuming normally, state television said on Wednesday (August 12).


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Next Lebanon government to face $30 billion reform test

Lebanon may be in line for $298 million in emergency aid after the Beirut port blast, but the more than $30 billion some estimate it may need to rebuild its shattered economy will not be forthcoming w


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Jordan to close border with Syria after spike in COVID-19 cases

Jordan will close for a week its only land trade border crossing with Syria after a spike in COVID-19 cases coming from its northern neighbour, officials said on Wednesday (August 12).


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Greece, US foreign ministers to meet over Eastern Mediterranean tensions

The foreign ministers of Greece and the United States will meet in Vienna on Friday to discuss tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Greek foreign ministry said, amid a dispute between Athens and


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Kuwait Oil Company says it has contained and isolated oil leak

Kuwait Oil Company said on Wednesday it has contained and isolated the source of an oil leak that occurred on Tuesday night, located near Kilo 18 of the Seventh Ring Road.


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Yemen president Hadi to head to US for medical treatment, sources say

Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi will leave Saudi Arabia and head to the United States for medical treatment early on Wednesday (August 12), two sources close to the matter told Reuters on Tu


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US attempts to win more support with streamlined bid to extend Iran arms embargo

The United States streamlined its bid on Tuesday (August 11) to get the UN Security Council to extend an arms embargo on Iran, a move that could win Washington more support in the 15-member body but i


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Greece urges Turkey to withdraw vessel from continental shelf

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias urged Turkey on Tuesday (August 11) to withdraw a vessel from the Greek continental shelf.


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US did not fully assess civilian risks when pushing Saudi arms sales: report

The US Department of State did not fully evaluate the risk of civilian casualties when it pushed through a massive sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia last year, a government watchdog’s


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Turkey says it will license new Mediterranean areas this month

Turkey will issue seismic exploration and drilling licenses in new areas of the eastern Mediterranean by the end of August and continue its operations in the region, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu


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Iran arrests five Iranians for spying for foreign powers: judiciary

Iranian authorities have arrested five Iranians on charges of spying for Israel, Britain and Germany, convicting and handing down prison sentences on at least two of them, the judiciary said on Tuesda


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Israel closes Gaza crossing after Palestinians launch incendiary balloons

Israel on Tuesday (August 11) closed one of its main border crossings with the Gaza Strip after Palestinians launched incendiary balloons that set fire to areas on the Israeli frontier.


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