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Iran reports COVID-19 death every five minutes, hospitals struggle

Hospitals in many Iranian provinces are running out of capacity to handle COVID-19 cases, health authorities say, with novel coronavirus now killing around 300 people a day or one person every five mi


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Air strikes on Syrian rebel camp kill 20 people: sources

Air strikes on a camp in northwest Syria run by rebel fighters backed by Turkey killed at least 20 people on Monday (October 26), a war monitor and a rebel source said.


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Saudi Arabia says intercepts Houthi drones aimed at southern region

The Saudi-led military coalition engaged in Yemen said on Sunday night (October 25) it intercepted and destroyed a second, explosives-laden drone launched by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement towards s


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Kuwait retail co-ops remove French products over Prophet cartoon

Kuwait’s retail co-ops have pulled French products in boycott over the use of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a French school class on freedom of expression whose teacher was then beheaded by an I


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New fighting flares over Nagorno-Karabakh as Aliyev warns against Russian involvement

New fighting erupted between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces on Sunday (October 25) over the mountainous enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh as both sides blamed each other for blocking a peaceful settl


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Turkey extends exploration in disputed Mediterranean area to Nov. 4

Turkey said on Sunday (October 25) that it was extending the seismic survey work of its Oruc Reis ship in a disputed area of the eastern Mediterranean until Nov. 4, taking a step which was set to fuel


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France recalls envoy after Turkey scolds Macron over Muslims

France recalled its ambassador on Saturday (October 25) after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said his counterpart Emmanuel Macron needed mental help over his attitude towards Muslims.


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Turkey's Erdogan says Macron 'needs treatment' over attitude to Muslims

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan launched a fresh attack on his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Saturday (October 24), saying he needed mental treatment over his attitude towards Muslims and Isl


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Egypt begins voting to elect new parliament

Polls opened in Egypt on Saturday (October 24) for parliamentary elections that will stretch over several weeks and are set to be dominated by supporters of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.


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Iran's leader urges penalties for COVID offenders

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on Saturday (October 24) for strict punishments for violators of COVID-19 restrictions as the Middle East’s hardest-hit nation battled a third wave.


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Iran says US-brokered Sudan-Israel deal secured by 'ransom'

Iran’s foreign ministry on Saturday (October 24) described a US-brokered Sudan-Israel deal to normalize ties as “phony” and accused Khartoum of paying a ransom in return for Washington removing it fro


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Turkey to evaluate possible measures as COVID-19 outbreak flares

Turkey will evaluate possible new measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus as the outbreak flares nationwide, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday (October 23).


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Israel, Sudan agree to normalize ties with US help: joint statement

Israel and Sudan agreed on Friday (October 23) agreed to normalize relations in a deal brokered with the help of the United States, making Sudan the third Arab country to set aside hostilities with I


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Syria fuel crisis eases as Iran delivers new oil supplies

Iran has delivered several gasoline and crude oil shipments to Syria, easing a near two-month gasoline shortage aggravated by tougher US sanctions, shippers, port officials and traders said.


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US suspends Turkey visa services after reports on potential attacks

The US Embassy in Ankara said on Friday (October 23) it was temporarily suspending all American citizen and visa services at missions in Turkey over credible reports of potential terrorist attacks and


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Warring Libya rivals sign truce but tough political talks ahead

Libya’s warring sides signed a permanent ceasefire deal on Friday (October 23), but any lasting end to years of chaos and bloodshed will require wider agreement among myriad armed groups and the outsi


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Coronavirus outbreak on the rise again across Turkey - health minister

The coronavirus outbreak in Turkey has risen again nationwide, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Friday (October 23), following a recent surge in daily symptomatic patient numbers.


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Erdogan says Turkey tested Russian S-400s, shrugs off US reaction

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan confirmed on Friday (October 23) that Turkey had been testing the S-400 air defense system it bought from Russia, adding that the objection from NATO ally United State


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Suspected Islamist was under observation on day of Dresden attack

A Syrian suspected of killing a tourist in the German city of Dresden early this month had been classified as a radical Islamist and was under observation on the day of the attack, security officials


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UAE gets Israeli visa exemptions, a first for Arab world

United Arab Emirates citizens will be able to stay in Israel for up to 90 days on a single visit, the Gulf power’s state news agency WAM said on Thursday (October 22), after it became the first Arab n


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