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Iraq parliament elects pro-Iran list candidate as speaker

Iraq parliament elects pro-Iran list candidate as speaker

The Iraqi parliament elected the candidate of a pro-Iran list as speaker on Saturday, paving the way for the formation of a government more than four months after legislative polls. The country has been in political paralysis since the May 12 ballot, but the election of a speaker is...

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Europe must offset US pullout from nuclear deal: Zarif

Europe must offset US pullout from nuclear deal: Zarif

Europe should take action to neutralize the consequences of the U.S. decision to quit a 2015 Iran nuclear accord to ensure its own long-term economic interests, Iran's Foreign Minister said in an interview published Saturday. Mohammed Javad Zarif told Germany's Der Spiegel news magazine...

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Second Palestinian killed by Israeli fire on Gaza border: ministry

Second Palestinian killed by Israeli fire on Gaza border: ministry

A second Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces in new protests along the Gaza border Friday, the health ministry in the coastal enclave said. It said the man, who was not named, was killed near Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, following the death of a 14-year-old during similar protests in...

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Egypt court suspends return of bearded police

Egypt court suspends return of bearded police

An Egyptian court has suspended a ruling that allowed the return to work of policemen with beards which are usually reserved for pious Muslims, a judicial source said Thursday. Wednesday's decision came after a lawyer appealed against a ruling to allow them to return to work and demanded the...

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U.N.: Palestine’s economy is ‘unacceptable’

U.N.: Palestine’s economy is ‘unacceptable’

Palestinian citizens are trapped in an economy of jobless growth with no prospects, especially in Gaza, which is undergoing “de-development,” the United Nations trade and development agency UNCTAD said in an annual report published Wednesday. It said unemployment in the Palestinian...

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Erdogan names himself Turkey fund chairman in shakeup

Erdogan names himself Turkey fund chairman in shakeup

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appointed himself chairman of Turkey’s sovereign wealth fund and got rid of the entire management staff that had presided over two years of inaction. Zafer Sonmez, head of Turkey and Africa for Malaysia’s government investment vehicle Khazanah Nasional Bhd, was...

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Iran relocates consulate in Iraq's Basra following unrest

Iran relocates consulate in Iraq's Basra following unrest

Iran's ambassador to Iraq says his country is relocating its consulate in Basra, after demonstrators burned down the old one four days ago. Protests in the oil-rich city that began over failing services and contaminated drinking water have morphed into a condemnation of Iraq's entire...

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Campaigning begins for Iraqi Kurdish parliamentary vote

Campaigning begins for Iraqi Kurdish parliamentary vote

Campaigning kicked off on Tuesday for a parliamentary election in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region amid political divisions a year after hopes for independence were dashed. Around 673 candidates from 29 political movements have thrown their hats into the ring hoping to secure one of 111...

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EU condemns Egypt's mass death sentence

EU condemns Egypt's mass death sentence

The European Union on Tuesday condemned death sentences passed on 75 people in Egypt, saying there were "serious doubts" over whether the defendants had been given a fair trial. An Egyptian court on Saturday confirmed the sentences, initially passed in July over clashes in 2013 between...

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Iran's Shamkhani says Tehran will respond to any hostile action: Tasnim

Iran's Shamkhani says Tehran will respond to any hostile action: Tasnim

A senior Iranian security official said Tehran will respond to any hostile action against the country and said the era of "hit and run" was over, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on Monday. "The era of hit and run is over in the world and any hostile measure against our...

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Abadi visits Basra after week of violence: official

Abadi visits Basra after week of violence: official

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived Monday morning in Basra, the oil-rich southern city where protests over government neglect had escalated into deadly violence, his office said. After 12 protesters were killed and many of Basra's institutions torched last week, calm returned...

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US to close Palestinian mission in Washington: PLO

US to close Palestinian mission in Washington: PLO

The United States has decided to close the Palestinian mission in Washington in the latest move against them by President Donald Trump, who has been trying to force the Palestinians to negotiate, a Palestinian official said Monday. "We have been notified by a US official of their decision to...

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Iraq's top two parliament groups urge PM to resign

Iraq's top two parliament groups urge PM to resign

The two leading groups in Iraq's parliament Saturday called on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to resign, after lawmakers held an emergency meeting on unrest shaking the country's south. "We demand the government apologize to the people and resign immediately," said Hassan al-Aqouli,...

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Egyptian court sentences hundreds over 2013 protest

Egyptian court sentences hundreds over 2013 protest

An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced 75 people to death, including top leaders of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, for their involvement in a 2013 protest that was broken up by security forces in an operation that killed at least 600 people. In a case involving 739 defendants facing charges...

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Egypt court hands five-year jail term to prominent photojournalist

Egypt court hands five-year jail term to prominent photojournalist

An Egyptian court Saturday handed a five-year jail sentence to prominent photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, widely known as Shawkan, who earlier this year received UNESCO's World Freedom Prize. Shawkan was arrested in August 2013 as he covered deadly clashes in Cairo between security...

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Death toll in Iraq's Basra protests climbs to 12

Death toll in Iraq's Basra protests climbs to 12

At least 12 people have been killed in several days of protests over the lack of public services in Iraq's southern city of Basra, the health ministry said on Saturday. Basra has seen a surge in protests since Tuesday, with demonstrators torching the Iranian consulate, government...

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Iran's Guard kills 6 Kurdish militants near border: report

Iran's Guard kills 6 Kurdish militants near border: report

Iran's semiofficial Tasnim news agency is reporting that the country's Revolutionary Guard has killed six Kurdish militants and wounded several others in western Iran near the border with Iraq. Tasnim's report Friday described the Guard's assault as "revenge" for a July 20 attack that...

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Families of Israelis missing in Gaza demand their return

Families of Israelis missing in Gaza demand their return

The families of two Israelis believed to be held captive in Gaza by its Hamas rulers demanded Thursday that the Islamist movement return their loved ones. Ethiopian-born Avera Mengistu was filmed by an Israeli security camera climbing the frontier fence with the Gaza Strip in September 2014....

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