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Jailed Palestinian-American transferred to US: Report

Jailed Palestinian-American transferred to US: Report

A Palestinian-American man who received a life sentence for selling Arab-owned property to Jews has been released to the United States, Israel’s Kan 11 TV channel said Thursday. Gal Berger, a correspondent for the state-owned channel, said the U.S. and Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority...

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Rebel commander dies of ‘heart attack’: Houthis

Rebel commander dies of ‘heart attack’: Houthis

Yemen’s Houthi rebel group on Thursday announced that one of its commanders had died of a "heart attack" while Saudi media said he was killed in a military operation. Abdel-Aziz bin Habtour, leader of the Houthi administration in Sanaa, has publicly expressed condolences to the family of...

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Turkish opposition leader supports safe zone in Syria

Turkish opposition leader supports safe zone in Syria

The leader of Turkey’s opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) on Thursday said he would support a proposed safe zone in northern Syria under Turkey's control. Devlet Bahceli told his party's parliamentary group that he would only support the 30-kilometer (20-mile) safe zone along the...

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US envoy dismisses Israeli media report on peace plan

US envoy dismisses Israeli media report on peace plan

U.S. Envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt on Wednesday night dismissed a report by Israel’s Channel 13 on the so-called “Deal of the Century”, a backchannel U.S. Mideast peace plan details of which have yet to be made public. Greenblatt dismissed the report as “inaccurate”,...

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Fire erupts at Iraqi Oil Ministry building in Baghdad

Fire erupts at Iraqi Oil Ministry building in Baghdad

A fire broke out at Iraq’s Oil Ministry headquarters in central Baghdad on Thursday, according to a local police source. Ahmed Khalaf, a Baghdad police officer, told Anadolu Agency that the fire had torn through at least one floor of the building. Civil-defense teams, he said, were...

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Ankara condemns terrorist attack in Manbij, Syria

Ankara condemns terrorist attack in Manbij, Syria

Turkey condemned the terrorist attack in Syria's northern city of Manbij on Wednesday which killed U.S. soldiers and civilians. Turkey is saddened by the bombing attack killing U.S. soldiers and civilians in the center of Manbij and strongly condemns this heinous terrorist attack, the...

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Tehran condemns journalist’s arrest by US authorities

Tehran condemns journalist’s arrest by US authorities

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasimi has condemned the arrest of Iranian journalist Marzieh Hashemi by the U.S. authorities, calling for her immediate release. In a Wednesday statement carried by Iranian state television, Qasimi alleged that Hashemi had been subjected to...

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Israeli energy minister visits historical Cairo mosque

Israeli energy minister visits historical Cairo mosque

An Israeli official on Wednesday paid a rare visit to one of Cairo's most prominent mosques, according to Israel’s embassy in Egypt. On its official Facebook page, the embassy published photos of Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz touring the Great Mosque of Mohamed Ali Pasha in Old...

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Sandstorm in Egypt leaves at least five people dead

Sandstorm in Egypt leaves at least five people dead

At least five people were killed in Egypt by a severe sandstorm that struck several parts of the country on Wednesday. According to local media reports, one person was killed and two others injured when a building partially collapsed in the northeastern Port Said province. Another four...

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Yemen rivals hold fresh peace talks in Jordan

Yemen rivals hold fresh peace talks in Jordan

A new round of peace talks between Yemen’s warring rivals kicked off in Jordan on Tuesday to tackle technical issues regarding prisoners exchange between the government and Houthi rebels, a UN spokeswoman said Wednesday.  "The meeting is technical and comes in the framework of...

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Foreign troops in Iraq cut by a quarter in 2018: PM

Foreign troops in Iraq cut by a quarter in 2018: PM

Foreign troop numbers in Iraq fell by a quarter during 2018, Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi said, as the fallout fizzled from Washington's announcement it was withdrawing from neighbouring Syria. "In January 2018 there had been almost 11,000 foreign fighters, about 70 percent of them are...

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Israeli PM urges Iran to ‘get out of Syria fast’

Israeli PM urges Iran to ‘get out of Syria fast’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday called for a speedy Iranian troop pullout from war-torn Syria.  "In the past four years, we have faced great challenges and changing fronts, but there has been one crucial factor against us, Iran and its terrorist branches,”...

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Jordan to host Yemeni peace talks

Jordan to host Yemeni peace talks

Jordan on Tuesday agreed to host a second round of peace talks between the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels, according to the country’s foreign minister.  In a statement, ministry spokesman Sufyan Qudah said Amman "agreed to a request by UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths to host...

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Iran satellite in US row fails to reach orbit: state media

Iran satellite in US row fails to reach orbit: state media

Iran launched a satellite criticised by the United States on Tuesday but it failed to reach orbit, state television quoted the telecommunications minister as saying. "The Payam satellite was successfully launched this morning with the Basir satellite carrier. But the satellite...

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Qatar to talk to Saudi-led bloc 'without preconditions'

Qatar to talk to Saudi-led bloc 'without preconditions'

Qatar’s foreign minister on Monday voiced his country’s readiness to discuss possible means of resolving an ongoing crisis in inter-Arab relations -- which first erupted in 2017 -- "without preconditions". Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani made the remarks at a joint press...

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Israel police withdraw from J'lem’s Dome of Rock: Guard

Israel police withdraw from J'lem’s Dome of Rock: Guard

Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock Mosque was reopened to Muslim worshippers on Monday evening following an hours-long siege by Israeli police, one of the mosque's Palestinian guards told Anadolu Agency. “Police have withdrawn from the area, allowing worshippers to enter the mosque," the...

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Aqsa official: Israeli police to blame for escalations

Aqsa official: Israeli police to blame for escalations

Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani, director of East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, has said that Israeli police bear full responsibility for recent escalations at the flashpoint site. Speaking to Anadolu Agency on Monday from a hospital where he is receiving treatment, al-Kiswani said: "The Israeli...

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Protesters attack Lebanese embassy in Libya: Ambassador

Protesters attack Lebanese embassy in Libya: Ambassador

Libyan protesters have attacked the Lebanese embassy in Tripoli, causing limited damage, Lebanese Ambassador to Libya Mohammad Sukaina said Monday. The incident comes one day after supporters of Lebanon’s Shia Amal movement reportedly removed Libyan flags from outside a Beirut convention...

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