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Iraq receives 36 out of 73 Russian T-90 battle tanks

Iraq receives 36 out of 73 Russian T-90 battle tanks

Iraq has received 36 Russian-made T-90 battle tanks as part of a deal, Iraqi Army Chief of Staff Gen. Othman al-Ghanimi said Monday. The delivery comes as part of a purchase agreement signed last year between Iraq and Russia for a total of 73 T-90s. The rest of the tanks will be...

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Libyan coast guards rescue 324 migrants in open water

Libyan coast guards rescue 324 migrants in open water

Libyan coast guards rescued 324 migrants, including 35 women and 16 children, on Monday off the coast of northwestern Libya, local authorities said. According to a statement issued by the Libyan coast guard, the migrants were located seven miles from the town of Zuwara. The migrants...

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Abbas to seek wider peace process in UN speech: officials

Abbas to seek wider peace process in UN speech: officials

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will call for an alternative to U.S.-mediated negotiations with Israel during a rare address to the United Nations Security Council, Palestinian officials said Monday. Addressing the council Tuesday for the first time since 2009, the longtime Palestinian...

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Saudi foreign minister rejects Qatari proposal of EU-style security pact

Saudi foreign minister rejects Qatari proposal of EU-style security pact

Saudi Arabia has no interest in participating in a European Union-style regional security alliance as proposed by Qatar, its Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Monday. Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said Friday that Middle Eastern states should put their differences...

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Iraq hands 6-year jail term to German militant teen: judiciary

Iraq hands 6-year jail term to German militant teen: judiciary

BAGHDAD: An Iraqi court has sentenced a German teenager to six years in jail for membership of the Daesh (ISIS) group and illegal entry into the country, a judicial source said Monday. The source told AFP that the girl, aged 17, was Sunday handed a five-year term for belonging to Daesh...

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UK calls on Iran not to deepen Yemen crisis

UK calls on Iran not to deepen Yemen crisis

Britain called on Iran to stop taking actions which could escalate the conflict in Yemen after a United Nations group of experts found that missiles and military equipment of Iranian origin were introduced into Yemen after an arms embargo. "I call on Iran to cease activity which risks...

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Iranians find site, wreckage from plane crash

Iranians find site, wreckage from plane crash

Iran's Press TV is reporting that search and rescue teams have reached the site of the plane crash that authorities say killed all 65 people on board. The Aseman Airlines ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, went down on Sunday in foggy weather,...

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Iraqi court sentences Turkish woman to death for joining Daesh

Iraqi court sentences Turkish woman to death for joining Daesh

An Iraqi court has sentenced a Turkish woman to death by hanging for joining Daesh (ISIS), a spokesman for the criminal court in Baghdad said in a statement Monday. Ten other women of various nationalities were sentenced to life in prison, he said. All the verdicts can be appealed....

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Turkey: Soldiers die after vehicle topples in flooded river

Turkey: Soldiers die after vehicle topples in flooded river

The bodies of two Turkish soldiers who went missing in a flood after heavy rains pummeled the country's southeast were found late Sunday, the military said. The Turkish army said the soldiers were on guard in southeastern Sanliurfa province on the border with Syria before they were...

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Iran postpones hunt for plane lost in mountain blizzard

Iran postpones hunt for plane lost in mountain blizzard

The hunt for a plane that disappeared with 66 people onboard in Iran's Zagros mountains was stopped until morning as blizzard conditions made progress impossible for rescue teams, state television said Sunday. "With the wind intensifying, and with snow, rain and darkness, it is not...

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Netanyahu says Israel could act against Iran's

Netanyahu says Israel could act against Iran's "empire"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel could act against Iran itself, not just its allies in the Middle East, after border incidents in Syria brought the Middle East foes closer to direct confrontation. Iran mocked Netanyahu's tough words, saying Israel's...

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Saudi women can now open businesses without male permission

Saudi women can now open businesses without male permission

Women in Saudi Arabia can now open their own businesses without the consent of a husband or male relative, as the kingdom pushes to expand a fast-growing private sector. The policy change, announced by the Saudi government on Thursday, also marks a major step away from the strict...

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Plane carrying 66 people crashes in Iran after disappearing from flight radar

Plane carrying 66 people crashes in Iran after disappearing from flight radar

An Aseman Airlines flight carrying dozens of passengers from Tehran to Yasuj in Iran has crashed in a mountainous area, according to reports that stated all 66 people on board had died. The plane crashed in a mountainous area near the town of Semirom, the news agency ISNA quoted...

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Jordan's military says it foiled smuggling plot: report

Jordan's military says it foiled smuggling plot: report

The state news agency Petra reports that Jordan's military says it has foiled a plot to smuggle in weapons, drugs and terrorists by using an old pipeline linking the kingdom with Syria and Iraq. Saturday's report says smugglers used a house near Jordan's northern border and dug tunnels...

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Israel strikes Gaza after soldiers hurt, two Palestinians dead

Israel strikes Gaza after soldiers hurt, two Palestinians dead

Israeli fire killed two Palestinian teenagers in Gaza, local health officials said on Sunday, after Israel launched attacks against 18 targets belonging to militant groups in the enclave in response to an explosion that wounded four Israeli soldiers. The flare-up, which started on...

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Trump turns on FBI over school shooting after criticism from survivors

Trump turns on FBI over school shooting after criticism from survivors

 U.S. President Donald Trump said Saturday the FBI was so caught up in the Russia probe that it failed to heed signs which could have prevented the Parkland school shooting. His comments came as he faces criticism from survivors of the attack over his ties to the powerful National...

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Tillerson to N.Korea on talks: 'I'm listening'

Tillerson to N.Korea on talks: 'I'm listening'

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in an interview to air Sunday that he is "listening" for signs that North Korea is ready to engage in direct talks. "My job as chef diplomat is to ensure that the North Koreans know, we keep our channels open," Tillerson told the CBS news show...

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Iran growing powerful 'network of proxies': US warns

Iran growing powerful 'network of proxies': US warns

 Iran is building and arming an increasingly powerful network of proxies in countries like Syria, Yemen and Iraq that can turn against the governments of those states, U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Saturday. "What’s particularly concerning is that this network of...

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Iraq receives 36 out of 73 Russian T-90 battle tanks      Libyan coast guards rescue 324 migrants in open water      At least 88 people killed in regime offensive on besieged Ghouta      FSA seeks solution to detained ISIS militants      YPG denies deal for army to enter Afrin      Saudi foreign minister rejects Qatari proposal of EU-style security pact      Abbas to seek wider peace process in UN speech: officials      Iraq hands 6-year jail term to German militant teen: judiciary