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Iran, Israel play down prospects they'll go to war over Syria

Iran, Israel play down prospects they'll go to war over Syria

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Iran and Israel traded blame Sunday for an unprecedented, weeks-long surge in hostilities between their forces over Syria but played down prospects of a spillover into war. A showdown between the arch-foes has loomed since Feb. 10, when Israel said an armed Iranian...

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Malaysia carries out autopsy on Palestinian gunned down in 'Mossad' hit

Malaysia carries out autopsy on Palestinian gunned down in 'Mossad' hit

GOMBAK (MALAYSIA) (AFP) -  An autopsy was being carried out Sunday on the body of a Palestinian professor who was gunned down in what his family claim was an assassination by Israel's Mossad spy agency. Fadi Mohammad al-Batsh, 35, was killed in a drive-by shooting on Saturday,...

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Egypt adopts law to confiscate assets of terror groups

Egypt adopts law to confiscate assets of terror groups

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday issued a law to regulate procedures to seize, manage and dispose assets of convicted terrorists. The state’s official gazette said that al-Sisi ratified the law following parliamentary approval on April 17. A committee of seven...

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Nigeria: Suicide bombing in mosque kills 4

Nigeria: Suicide bombing in mosque kills 4

At least four people including two suicide bombers were killed in an attack at a mosque on Sunday in northeastern Nigeria, police said. Two female suicide bombers sneaked into a mosque in Bama town of Borno State early morning and detonated explosives, killing themselves and two other...

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Afghanistan: 31 dead in voter registration office blast

Afghanistan: 31 dead in voter registration office blast

A Sunday morning suicide bombing in the Afghan capital Kabul killed over 30 people trying to register for fall elections, officials confirmed. “Thirty-one people were killed and over 50 are injured and undergoing treatment in various public hospitals,” Waheed Majroh, spokesman for...

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Iraqi warplanes chase ‘terrorists beyond border’: PM

Iraqi warplanes chase ‘terrorists beyond border’: PM

Iraqi warplanes are hunting “terrorists beyond Iraq’s border”, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Sunday.   “Iraqi Air Force is chasing terrorists and striking them beyond border to secure the country against their evil and plots,” al-Abadi said in a statement on the...

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Iran detains ex-prosecutor convicted in 2009 torture case

Iran detains ex-prosecutor convicted in 2009 torture case

Iranian police have arrested a former prosecutor known as the "torturer of Tehran," who faces a two-year prison sentence over the death of prisoners following 2009 protests, Iranian media reported Sunday. The official website of the judiciary, Mizanonline.com, said former Tehran...

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Israel dismisses suggestions it killed Palestinian in Malaysia

Israel dismisses suggestions it killed Palestinian in Malaysia

 Israel's defense minister said Sunday a Palestinian scientist shot dead in Malaysia was a rocket expert and "no saint", but dismissed suggestions by Hamas that Israel's Mossad spy agency assassinated him. Two men on a motorcycle fired 10 shots at Fadi al-Batsh, an engineering...

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Saudi finalizes drone regulation after security alarm

Saudi finalizes drone regulation after security alarm

Saudi Arabia was finalizing regulation for the use of recreational drones, state media said Sunday, after a toy aircraft sparked security alarm as it hovered close to royal palaces in Riyadh. "The regulation for the use of remote controlled drones is in its final stages," the Saudi...

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Iran threatens to 'vigorously' resume enrichment if US quits deal

Iran threatens to 'vigorously' resume enrichment if US quits deal

Iran warned Saturday it is ready to "vigorously" resume nuclear enrichment if the United States ditches the 2015 nuclear deal, and said further "drastic measures" are being considered in response to a U.S. exit. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters in New York...

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Saudi king was not in palace during drone incident: Saudi official

Saudi king was not in palace during drone incident: Saudi official

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s King Salman was not present in his palace in Riyadh on Saturday when security forces shot down a toy drone in the area, a senior Saudi official told Reuters. “The king was at his farm in Diriya,” the official said, naming another area of the...

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Turkish opposition leader says Erdogan will lose at polls

Turkish opposition leader says Erdogan will lose at polls

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) — The leader of Turkey's main opposition party predicted Saturday that voters who backed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the past would "side with democracy" instead of a "dictatorship" during the next elections in June. Republican People's Party leader Kemal...

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Trump says he doesn't think personal lawyer will 'flip'

Trump says he doesn't think personal lawyer will 'flip'

(AP)- President Donald Trump said Saturday that he doesn't expect Michael Cohen, his longtime personal lawyer and fixer, to "flip" as the government investigates Cohen's business dealings. Trump, in a series of tweets fired off from Florida on the morning of former first lady Barbara...

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PLO official calls for ICC probe into Israeli ‘crimes’

PLO official calls for ICC probe into Israeli ‘crimes’

A senior Palestinian official on Saturday called for an international investigation into Israeli violence against Palestinians.  Speaking at a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saeb Erekat said the International Criminal Court (ICC) has launched an initial...

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Armenian PM calls for dialogue with opposition protesters

Armenian PM calls for dialogue with opposition protesters

Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan, appointed this month after 10 years as president, called for immediate dialogue on Saturday with opposition protesters who accuse him of clinging to power and demand he step down. Sarksyan's call coincided with a ninth consecutive day of rallies...

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Rightwing migration demo blocks France-Italy border crossing

Rightwing migration demo blocks France-Italy border crossing

Around 100 far-right activists on Saturday tried to block a French alpine pass used by migrants in a bid to "ensure that no illegal immigrant can return to France". Members of the rightwing Generation Identity (GI) movement trudged through the snow up to Col de l'Echelle near the border...

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U.S. President Trump to visit Britain mid-year, possibly July: reports

U.S. President Trump to visit Britain mid-year, possibly July: reports

U.S. President Donald Trump will visit Britain midway through 2018, possibly in July, British newspapers reported on Saturday, citing government sources in Washington and London. A spokeswoman for Prime Minister Theresa May's office said officials were still working out the details of a...

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Iran has 'expected and unexpected' reactions if US leaves deal: Rouhani

Iran has 'expected and unexpected' reactions if US leaves deal: Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday Iran's atomic agency was ready with "expected and unexpected" reactions if the United States pulls out of a multinational nuclear deal, as U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to do. "Our Atomic Energy Organization is fully...

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