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Iran executes gold market’s ‘Sultan of Coins’

Iran executes gold market’s ‘Sultan of Coins’

Iran executed a trader Wednesday dubbed the “Sultan of Coins” for his wholesale trafficking in gold to exploit a surge in demand from savers spooked by this year’s currency crisis. Vahid Mazloomin and accomplice Mohammad Esmail Ghasemi had been convicted of “corruption on...

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Jewish religious candidate elected Jerusalem's mayor

Jewish religious candidate elected Jerusalem's mayor

A religious Jewish candidate won election as mayor of Jerusalem Wednesday in a run-off against a secular contender for a post that shapes Israel's rule over the holy city at the heart of its conflict with the Palestinians. Moshe Lion, a skullcap-wearing bureaucrat favored by two key...

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Iraq recovers property worth millions after illegal sale

Iraq recovers property worth millions after illegal sale

The Iraqi government said Wednesday it had retaken ownership of a piece of property in Baghdad worth millions of dollars after it was unlawfully sold to a government official's wife. In a statement to journalists, the Integrity Commission said it had worked with Baghdad authorities to...

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Lebanon’s Hariri blames Hezbollah for cabinet delays

Lebanon’s Hariri blames Hezbollah for cabinet delays

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri on Tuesday blamed Hezbollah for continued delays in the formation of the country’s next government. “Hezbollah is responsible for what Lebanon is going through,” Hariri said at a Tuesday press conference. Hezbollah chief Hassan...

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Israel defense establishment backs Gaza truce: Official

Israel defense establishment backs Gaza truce: Official

A senior Israeli official on Tuesday said that Israel’s defense establishment broadly supported the notion of reaching a ceasefire with Palestinian resistance factions in Gaza, Israeli media reported Tuesday.   “The entire [Israeli] defense establishment… agrees on the need...

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Kuwait, Bolivia call for urgent UNSC meeting on Gaza

Kuwait, Bolivia call for urgent UNSC meeting on Gaza

Kuwait and Bolivia requested an urgent meeting of UN Security Council to discuss the heightened violence in Gaza, according to diplomatic sources. The Security Council is expected to discuss the matter behind-closed doors on Tuesday. The request comes amid a ceasefire between...

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Iran, feeling sanctions bite, looks for outlet in Iraq

Iran, feeling sanctions bite, looks for outlet in Iraq

At this year's Baghdad International Fair, Iranian businessmen displayed thick, colorful Persian rugs to impressed onlookers while others showcased the latest in Iranian manufacturing in power generators and industrial tools. For Iranian companies, the annual Baghdad International Fair...

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Fourth Palestinian dies amid renewed attacks on Gaza

Fourth Palestinian dies amid renewed attacks on Gaza

The number of Palestinians martyred increased to four Tuesday amid renewed Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, with strikes ongoing throughout the enclave. A Palestinian injured during an Israeli attack on the town of Rafah, south of Gaza, died, according to a statement by Palestinian...

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Israeli jets strike positions in Gaza as tensions mount

Israeli jets strike positions in Gaza as tensions mount

Israeli fighter jets on Monday evening struck positions across the blockaded Gaza Strip in response to the launch of scores of rockets from Gaza into southern Israel, according to the Israeli army. Along with the airstrikes, Israeli artillery units shelled positions across the Hamas-run...

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Iran honoring nuclear deal as new sanctions hit, IAEA report shows

Iran honoring nuclear deal as new sanctions hit, IAEA report shows

Iran has continued to implement the main nuclear restrictions set by its 2015 deal with major powers even as the United States reimposed sanctions against Tehran, a U.N. atomic watchdog report showed Monday. Iran has kept its stock of low-enriched uranium as well as the level to which...

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Death toll from Jordan floods rises to 13 as girl's body found

Death toll from Jordan floods rises to 13 as girl's body found

Jordanian rescuers on Monday found the body of a five-year-old girl killed in flash floods that have left a total of 13 people dead in the kingdom, the civil defense said. On Friday torrential rains swept the south of the country, forcing nearly 4,000 tourists to flee the famed desert...

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Iran military says it is ready to protect oil tankers against threats

Iran military says it is ready to protect oil tankers against threats

Iran's armed forces will protect Iranian oil tankers against any threats, an Iranian military official said on Monday, after the United States said the ships were a "floating liability" and warned ports operators not to allow them to dock. "Iran's armed forces ... are prepared today as...

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Gaza officials say six Palestinians killed in Israeli raid

Gaza officials say six Palestinians killed in Israeli raid

Health and security officials in the Gaza Strip say at least six Palestinians have been killed and six others wounded by Israeli forces who carried out a ground incursion in the besieged enclave. Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health in Gaza, said in a statement the...

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Turkey ammunition depot blast killed 7 soldiers, wounded 25

Turkey ammunition depot blast killed 7 soldiers, wounded 25

Turkey's president said Saturday that at least seven soldiers were killed and 25 others wounded in an explosion at an ammunition depot at a base in the southeast. The Defense Ministry previously said Friday that 25 soldiers were wounded and seven others were missing following an...

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Palestinian dies of wounds from West Bank clashes: ministry

Palestinian dies of wounds from West Bank clashes: ministry

A Palestinian man shot in clashes with Israeli forces in October has died of his wounds, the health ministry in the occupied West Bank said Saturday. Mohammad Shreyteh, 28, had been shot in the head during the clashes that took place on Oct. 26 in the West Bank. At the time,...

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Turkish airstrikes 'neutralize' 15 Kurdish fighters in Iraq: military

Turkish airstrikes 'neutralize' 15 Kurdish fighters in Iraq: military

Airstrikes by Turkish warplanes have "neutralized" 15 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters in northern Iraq, the military said on Twitter Saturday, destroying hideouts and armories belonging to the group. The Turkish army uses the phrase to neutralize when it has killed, captured or...

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Death toll in Jordan flash floods rises to 11

Death toll in Jordan flash floods rises to 11

Official media reports say that the death toll from flash floods unleashed by heavy rains in Jordan has risen to 11, and that searches for missing people continue. Saturday's reports came a day after floods struck in several areas of Jordan, including Petra, an ancient trading hub...

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New US sanctions have had no effect on Iran economy: Rouhani

New US sanctions have had no effect on Iran economy: Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday that U.S. sanctions announced last week have had no effect on Iran's economy, because Washington had already practically reimposed them earlier. "The sanctions have had no impact on our economy, because America had already used all the...

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