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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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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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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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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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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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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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Iran president criticises violence by morality police

Iran president criticises violence by morality police

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday appeared to criticize the morality police after a video emerged of a violent encounter with a woman accused of breaching the country's strict dress code. "Some say the way to promote virtue and prohibit vice is... by going to the street and...

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Russian FM: S-400 purchase Turkey's own call

Russian FM: S-400 purchase Turkey's own call

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov rejected Friday U.S. comments that Ankara risked sanctions over its purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems as "blackmail". "Mr. Mitchell stated that Ankara can be slapped with sanctions if it buys S-400 from Russia. This is exactly an...

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US actress turns down Israeli award over Gaza violence

US actress turns down Israeli award over Gaza violence

American actress Natalie Portman has turned down an invitation to attend a festival in Israel -- where she had been slated to receive an award -- to protest ongoing Israeli violence against Palestinians, Israeli media reported on Friday.   According to Israeli daily Yedioth...

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Netanyahu warns of 'heavy price' if Iran attacks Israel

Netanyahu warns of 'heavy price' if Iran attacks Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday warned Iran that Israeli would “exact a heavy price” from whoever sought to harm its people. “We hear the threats from Iran and the Israeli army is prepared for any possible scenario,” Netanyahu said at a special cabinet...

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Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces in Gaza Strip: medics

Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces in Gaza Strip: medics

Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces in Gaza Strip: medics

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Israeli PM issues veiled warning to Iran

Israeli PM issues veiled warning to Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issues a veiled warning to Iran, saying his country will defend itself against anyone that tries to harm it. The premier's remarks at a Memorial Day ceremony on Wednesday come amid rising tensions between Israel and Iran over an alleged Israeli...

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Erdogan announces snap elections on June 24

Erdogan announces snap elections on June 24

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday announced early presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24. Speaking at a news conference at the presidential complex following a meeting with opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) head Devlet Bahceli, Erdogan said:...

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Iran defense minister in Baghdad for unannounced visit

Iran defense minister in Baghdad for unannounced visit

Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami on Wednesday arrived in Iraqi capital Baghdad for a visit not publicized in advance. An Iraqi army major-general told Anadolu Agency that Hatami planned to stay in Iraq for two days. “An official reception attended by Iraqi Defense Minister...

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