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Brother of Palestinian teen Tamimi sentenced for stone-throwing

Brother of Palestinian teen Tamimi sentenced for stone-throwing

The brother of a teenager who became a symbol of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after slapping two soldiers has been sentenced to jail for throwing stones at a police officer, the army said Tuesday. Waed Tamimi, the brother of Ahed Tamimi, confessed to his role in a March 2017...

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Hamas leader: 'On our way' to ending Israel blockade

Hamas leader: 'On our way' to ending Israel blockade

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya said Tuesday that an end to Israel's more than decade-long blockade of Gaza was "around the corner", as talk of a possible truce deal intensifies. Indirect negotiations between Gaza's Hamas rulers and Israel brokered by Egyptian and UN officials have...

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Iran urges EU to speed up efforts to save nuclear deal

Iran urges EU to speed up efforts to save nuclear deal

Iran urged Europe Monday to speed up efforts to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers that U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned in May, saying French oil group Total has formally pulled out a major gas project. Efforts by the remaining signatories – EU members Britain,...

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US rejects Turkey's offer to release pastor: report

US rejects Turkey's offer to release pastor: report

President Donald Trump's administration has rejected Turkey's offer to condition the release of an American pastor on clearing a top Turkish bank of billions of dollars in US fines, media reported Monday. Washington and Ankara are locked in a bitter feud over the nearly two-year jailing of...

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Iran detains outspoken lawyer calling for free elections

Iran detains outspoken lawyer calling for free elections

Iranian media is reporting that authorities have detained a human rights lawyer who planned a sit-in protest in front of parliament. The Sunday report by the daily Arman says police detained Ghasem Sholeh-Saadi after he appeared outside parliament on Saturday in an "illegal gathering."...

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Palestinians sort through 8 years of mail held by Israel

Palestinians sort through 8 years of mail held by Israel

 Palestinian postal workers in the West Bank are sifting through eight years' worth of undelivered mail held by Israel. In recent days the Palestinian postal staff in Jericho has been sorting through tons of undelivered mail in a room packed with letters, boxes and even a...

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Iran says US 'action group' will fail to overthrow Iranian state

Iran says US 'action group' will fail to overthrow Iranian state

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Sunday that a new Iran Action Group in the U.S. State Department aimed to overthrow the Islamic Republic, but would fail. He was speaking on the 65th anniversary of a U.S.-backed coup that overthrew a democratically elected Iranian...

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Iran announces new fighter jet

Iran announces new fighter jet

RSS FOLLOW EMAIL PRINT SHARE Agence France Presse TEHRAN: Iran will unveil this week a new jet fighter and upgrade its missile defenses to meet threats from Israel and the U.S., Tasnim news agency said Sunday quoting the defense minister. "Our first priority is our missile capability...

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Tehran museum lionizes war in which Iran took on 'world'

Tehran museum lionizes war in which Iran took on 'world'

With its air raid simulator and battlefield reconstructions, the state-of-the-art Holy Defense Museum in Tehran seeks to glorify the Iran-Iraq war as a time when the country faced down "the whole world." As Iranians prepare to mark the 30th anniversary of the end of the devastating...

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Rouhani to appear before Iranian parliament soon: lawmaker

Rouhani to appear before Iranian parliament soon: lawmaker

 An Iranian lawmaker said Saturday that President Hassan Rouhani would appear before parliament Aug. 28 to answer questions on his government's handling of Iran's economic struggles, but an aide to Rouhani denied a date had been set. Lawmaker Assadollah Abbasi was quoted as saying...

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Israel rejects UN report on protecting Palestinians

Israel rejects UN report on protecting Palestinians

Israel has rejected a report by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres outlining options for strengthening the protection of Palestinians in Israeli-occupied territories. Israel's U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon said in a statement late Friday that "the only protection the Palestinian people...

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Navy mounts new defense system on warship: Iran

Navy mounts new defense system on warship: Iran

Iran's navy has mounted a locally built advanced defensive weapons system on one of its warships for the first time, the Iranian navy chief was quoted as saying Saturday, as tensions mount with the U.S. military in the Gulf. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards confirmed earlier this month it held...

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Egypt president approves law tightening internet controls

Egypt president approves law tightening internet controls

Agence France Presse CAIRO: Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has signed off on a law tightening controls over the internet in the country, the official gazette said Saturday. The legislation on "cybercrime" allows authorities, through a judge, to order the blocking of websites that...

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Jerusalem police shoot knife-wielding 1948 Palestinian man

Jerusalem police shoot knife-wielding 1948 Palestinian man

 Police in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday shot a knife-wielding 1948 Palestinian man who tried to stab an officer near the Damascus Gate, a spokesman told AFP. He was unable to say if the alleged assailant, described in a police statement as a "terrorist," was alive or dead but...

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Netanyahu questioned again over alleged graft

Netanyahu questioned again over alleged graft

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went through a new round of questioning on Friday over one of several graft cases that have threatened to topple him, media reports said. Investigators arrived at the premier's Jerusalem residence in the morning to interview him over allegations...

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Turkey will respond if US imposes more sanctions: minister

Turkey will respond if US imposes more sanctions: minister

Turkey on Friday threatened to respond if the United States levied further sanctions over the detention of an American pastor, which has sparked a diplomatic standoff and battered the Turkish currency. "We've already responded based on the World Trade Organisation rules and will...

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Roman-era tombs discovered in Palestinian village

Roman-era tombs discovered in Palestinian village

A set of Roman-era tombs dating back some 2,000 years have been discovered near the Palestinian city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank during road works, an official said Thursday. The cemetery dating to the first century AD, when the region was under Roman rule, was found in the...

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Turkey will emerge stronger from lira crisis, finance minister tells investors

Turkey will emerge stronger from lira crisis, finance minister tells investors

Finance Minister Berat Albayrak assured international investors on Thursday that Turkey would emerge stronger from its currency crisis, insisting that the country's banks were healthy and strong. In a conference call with thousands of investors and economists, Albayrak - who is...

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