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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sweden grants citizenship to scientist sentenced to death in Iran

Sweden grants citizenship to scientist sentenced to death in Iran

STOCKHOLM: Sweden has granted citizenship to a Stockholm-based scientist being held in Iran under sentence of death, the Swedish foreign ministry confirmed on Saturday. Ahmadreza Djalali, a medical doctor and lecturer at the Karolinska Institute in the Swedish capital, was arrested in Iran...

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3 men accused of trying to export drone parts to Hezbollah

3 men accused of trying to export drone parts to Hezbollah

 A federal grand jury in Minnesota has indicted three people on charges that they conspired to export drone parts and technology to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia in Lebanon. The U.S. Attorney's Office for Minnesota said in the announcement Friday that two suspects - brothers...

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Iranian passenger plane skids off runway on landing

Iranian passenger plane skids off runway on landing

Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting that an Iranian passenger plane has skidded off the runway after its landing gear jammed during a domestic flight. The Friday report said all 104 passengers and crew of the Fokker-100 plane were safely taken to the airport terminal in the...

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Qatar calls for EU-style security pact for Middle East

Qatar calls for EU-style security pact for Middle East

Middle Eastern states should put their differences behind them and forge a security pact modeled on the European Union in order to pull the region back from the brink, Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said Friday. He asked the international community to keep up diplomatic...

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Israeli protesters urge Netanyahu to step down

Israeli protesters urge Netanyahu to step down

Israeli demonstrators gathered in Tel Aviv Friday to urge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign after police recommended he be charged with bribery in two corruption cases. Police said Tuesday enough evidence had been found for Netanyahu to be charged, saddling the four-term...

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Turkey: six journalists sentenced to life

Turkey: six journalists sentenced to life

ANKARA- A Turkish court Friday sentenced three prominent journalists to life in jail on charges of aiding the network blamed for a failed coup in 2016, TRT Haber television said, even after Turkey's highest court had ordered the release of one of them.  Mehmet Altan, an economics...

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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