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Trump sees many options short of war with Iran after attacks on Saudis

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (September 18) there were many options short of war with Iran after US ally Saudi Arabia displayed remnants of drones and missiles it said were used in a cr


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Israeli voters deliver deadlock, Netanyahu's tenure in doubt

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to win a ruling majority in an election that produced a virtual tie between his right-wing bloc and a center-left grouping that would be led by former


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UN Security Council to vote Thursday on call for Idlib truce

The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Thursday on a draft resolution calling for a truce in northwest Syria, though diplomats said the measure is likely to be opposed by veto-power Rus


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Saudi says Iranian sponsorship of attack undeniable, displays arms

Saudi Arabia displayed remnants of what it described as Iranian drones and cruise missiles used in an attack on Saudi oil facilities as “undeniable” evidence of Iranian aggression.


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Trump orders more Iran curbs as Saudi readies attack evidence

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he ordered a major increase in sanctions on Iran in the latest US move to pressure Tehran, which US officials say probably carried out a crippling weekend atta


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Iran's Zarif rejects as 'distraction' US accusations over Saudi attacks: ISNA

Iran dismissed US accusations over weekend attacks of Saudi Arabia’s oil sites as a distraction from the realities in the Middle East, Iran’s Students News Agency ISNA quoted Foreign Minister Mohammad


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European Court of Human Rights holds hearing on Demirtas imprisonment

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) held a hearing on Wednesday (September 18) about the case of imprisoned former Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demir


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Erdogan says 2-3 million Syrian refugees in Turkey, Europe can be resettled in 'safe zone'

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday (September 18) that a planned “safe zone” in northern Syria could host 2-3 million Syrian refugees that have settled in Turkey and Europe after eight


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Israeli troopers shoot Palestinian woman, say she tried to stab them

Israeli security personnel shot a Palestinian woman who tried to stab them at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday (September 18), Israeli police said, and Palestinian officials said sh


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Saudi Arabia promises 'material evidence' linking Iran to oil attack

Saudi Arabia said it would show evidence on Wednesday (September 18) linking regional rival Tehran to an unprecedented attack on its oil industry that Washington believes originated from Iran in a dan


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Saudi Arabia joins maritime protection mission: state news agency

Saudi Arabia has joined an international maritime mission to protect commercial shipping in the Strait of Hormuz and other areas, Saudi state media reported on Wednesday (September 18), citing an offi


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Lawyers for US consulate worker charged in Turkey applied to Europe court

Lawyers for Metin Topuz, a US consulate employee in Turkey on trial on espionage charges, applied in January to the European Court of Human Rights, a person close to the matter said on Tuesday (Septem


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Costly Saudi defenses prove no match for drones, cruise missiles

Billions of dollars spent by Saudi Arabia on cutting edge Western military hardware mainly designed to deter high altitude attacks has proved no match for low-cost drones and cruise missiles used in a


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Israel's Netanyahu teetering in close election race: polls

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in a battle for political survival after exit polls following Tuesday’s (September 17) election showed the race too close to call and the Israeli leader’s decade-


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Turkey tells banks to write off $8 billion in bad loans

A Turkish regulator on Tuesday told banks to write off 46 billion lira ($8.1 billion) of loans by year end and set aside loss reserves, one of Ankara’s most aggressive moves to clean up the worst remn


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US believes Saudi oil attacks came from southwest Iran: official

The United States believes the attacks that crippled Saudi Arabian oil facilities last weekend originated in southwestern Iran, a US official told Reuters on Tuesday.


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Saudi Arabia's oil supply fully back online: energy minister

Saudi Arabia’s oil supply is fully back online after weekend attacks halved output and the kingdom will achieve 11 million barrels per day (bpd) capacity by the end of September and 12 million bpd by


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Egypt orders trial for Italian ex-honorary consul for smuggling artefacts

Egypt has ordered Italy’s former honorary consul to stand trial in absentia over charges of attempting to smuggle thousands of artefacts out of the country, the public prosecutor’s office said on Tues


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Tunisia confirms Saied and Karoui to contest presidential runoff vote

Tunisia’s electoral commission on Tuesday (September 17) said law professor Kais Saied and detained media mogul Nabil Karoui won most votes in Sunday’s presidential election, beating major political l


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Kuwait foreign minister calls on armed forces to be on high alert: KUNA

Kuwait’s foreign minister called on the country’s armed forces to be on high alert and prepared to confront any incident that may destabilize the country’s security, state news agency KUNA reported on


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