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Trump 'feeble-minded' for Jerusalem embassy move: Iran

Trump 'feeble-minded' for Jerusalem embassy move: Iran

Iran denounced President Donald Trump as "feeble-minded" over Monday's controversial move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, calling for resistance from the Palestinians and the international community. "America has entered a crisis of strategic decision-making that looks at the...

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Yemen, UAE reportedly reach deal over island

Yemen, UAE reportedly reach deal over island

An agreement has reportedly been reached between the Yemeni government and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to withdraw the UAE forces from the strategic Socotra Island, according to Yemen’s official Saba news agency. Tensions have mounted between Yemen and the UAE in recent days, when...

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Shi'ite cleric Sadr leads in Iraq's parliamentary election

Shi'ite cleric Sadr leads in Iraq's parliamentary election

 (Reuters) - Moqtada al-Sadr was leading in Iraq’s parliamentary election with over half of the votes counted, the electoral commission said on Sunday, pointing to a surprise comeback for the powerful Shi’ite cleric who had been sidelined by Iran-backed rivals. Shi’ite...

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Palestinian minister calls for defending Al-Aqsa

Palestinian minister calls for defending Al-Aqsa

Palestinian Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs, Yousef Adeis, on Sunday called on Arab and Islamic worlds to defend Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque against Israeli violations.   Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Adeis said Israeli violations at Islamic and Christian holy...

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Gaza running low on cooking gas after vandals trash crossing

Gaza running low on cooking gas after vandals trash crossing

A leading businessman says blockaded Gaza is rapidly running out of cooking gas after a large crowd destroyed parts of the only cargo crossing through which fuel and gas can enter the territory from Israel. Samir Hamada, head of the association of cooking gas vendors, said Sunday that...

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Saudi military says troops arrive in Yemen's Socotra island

Saudi military says troops arrive in Yemen's Socotra island

A Saudi military spokesman says that its troops have landed on the Yemeni island of Socotra, listed by UNESCO as a world natural heritage site and the focus of a dispute between Yemen and its ally the United Arab Emirates. Turki al-Malki, spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition fighting...

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Kurdish women fighters film sparks furious Cannes row

Kurdish women fighters film sparks furious Cannes row

A stirring film about Kurdish women fighters taking on Daesh (ISIS) militants sparked a furious row between critics at the Cannes film festival Sunday, with some being accused of misogyny. "Girls of the Sun", which follows a platoon of Yazidi women battling the extremists who had...

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Israel approves controversial Jerusalem cable car project

Israel approves controversial Jerusalem cable car project

 Israel's government on Sunday gave the green light to a controversial cable car project planned to run between West Jerusalem and the Old City in annexed east Jerusalem. The decision came on the eve of the US moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem....

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Iraq PM says to impose security in Kirkuk after riots

Iraq PM says to impose security in Kirkuk after riots

Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Sunday ordered Iraqi forces to enforce security in northern Iraq’s Kurdish region, following violent protests in the wake of the country’s parliamentary polls. In a statement issued by his office, al-Abadi said he ordered security forces in Kirkuk...

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Gunmen attack Gorran Movement HQ in Iraq’s Sulaimaniyah

Gunmen attack Gorran Movement HQ in Iraq’s Sulaimaniyah

Gunmen attacked the headquarters of the Gorran Movement in Iraq’s northern city of Sulaimaniyah on Saturday. The attack came shortly after the movement complained about alleged vote violations during Iraq’s first parliamentary election since the defeat of the Daesh terrorist group...

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Public office in Afghanistan comes under armed attack

Public office in Afghanistan comes under armed attack

A public office in eastern Afghanistan came under an armed attack on Sunday, officials said. Gunmen entered the general finance directorate in Jalalabad, capital of Nangarhar province bordering Pakistan, said Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor. Security...

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Abadi’s coalition leads Iraq polls: Spokesman

Abadi’s coalition leads Iraq polls: Spokesman

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi’s coalition is leading in the country’s parliamentary election, a coalition spokesman told Anadolu Agency. “Preliminary results show that the Victory Coalition is leading the polls,” Hussein al-Adli said on Sunday. On Saturday, Iraqis...

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Iran may remain part of nuclear accord: Rouhani

Iran may remain part of nuclear accord: Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated on Sunday that Tehran would remain committed to its 2015 nuclear deal if its interests can be protected and said the U.S. withdrawal from the accord was a "violation of morals". "The U.S. withdrawal ... is a violation of morals, the correct...

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Suicide bombers hit Indonesian churches; 11 dead, 41 hurt

Suicide bombers hit Indonesian churches; 11 dead, 41 hurt

Suicide bombers on motorcycles and including a woman with children targeted Sunday Mass congregations in three churches in Indonesia's second-largest city, killing at least 11 people and wounding dozens in one of the worst attacks on the country's Christian minority, police said. The...

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'Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood ready for dialogue'

'Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood ready for dialogue'

The international relations representative of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, known as Ikhwan, on Saturday said the brotherhood is ready for dialogue with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to find a political solution in the wake of the 2013 military coup. "We are ready and open to...

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Iraqi parliament speaker objects to poll violations

Iraqi parliament speaker objects to poll violations

Iraq’s parliament speaker on Saturday objected to what he said were electoral violations seen during the weekend general elections. Speaking at a press conference, Salim al-Jabouri, who leads the Civil Society for Reform Party, urged the Independent High Electoral Commission to...

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Lawmakers sign Jerusalem Oath in defense of sacred city

Lawmakers sign Jerusalem Oath in defense of sacred city

We would rather die than forsake Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque, Nureddin Nebati, a ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party's deputy and head of the Interparliamentary Jerusalem Platform, told Anadolu Agency on Saturday. Nebati made the remarks on the sidelines of a symbolic "Jerusalem...

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Egypt denounces Russia Today poll on disputed territory

Egypt denounces Russia Today poll on disputed territory

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt has protested to Moscow after a Russian state-affiliated broadcaster organized a survey over ownership of a disputed Red sea border triangle claimed by Sudan. The protest came ahead of a meeting in Moscow between the foreign and defense ministers of Russia and...

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