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Deal or not, many U.S. states will keep sanctions grip on Iran

Deal or not, many U.S. states will keep sanctions grip on Iran

As the United States and  Iran  come closer to a historic nuclear deal, many U.S. states are likely to stick with their own sanctions on Iran that could complicate any warming of relations between the long-time foes. In a little known aspect of Iran's international...

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'See beyond sects,' urges Turkish president

'See beyond sects,' urges Turkish president

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday urged for seeing beyond sectarian differences among Muslim countries, saying that the Muslim world's sole religion is Islam. "We do not have such a religion as Sunnism or Shism; our sole religion is Islam," said Erdogan addressing a...

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Two bomb attacks in Egypt's Sinai kill 13, wound dozens

Two bomb attacks in Egypt's Sinai kill 13, wound dozens

(Reuters) - Two separate bomb attacks targeting security forces in Egypt's Sinai peninsula killed at least 13 people and wounded dozens on Sunday, the latest in a wave of violence in a region hit by an Islamist insurgency. Egypt's military said a roadside bomb detonated by militants...

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Reuters Iraq bureau chief threatened, denounced over story

Reuters Iraq bureau chief threatened, denounced over story

(Reuters) - The Baghdad bureau chief for Reuters has left Iraq after he was threatened on Facebook and denounced by a Shi'ite paramilitary group's satellite news channel in reaction to a Reuters report last week that detailed lynching and looting in the city of Tikrit. The threats...

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Iraq's leader to seek arms, with deferred payment, on U.S. visit

Iraq's leader to seek arms, with deferred payment, on U.S. visit

(Reuters) - Iraq's prime minister will seek President Barack Obama's help to acquire billions of dollars in drones and other U.S. arms to fight Islamic State during a U.S. visit next week but wants to defer payment for the purchases, a senior Iraqi official said. Prime Minister Haidar...

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 Egypt sentences Muslim Brotherhood leader, 13 others to death

Egypt sentences Muslim Brotherhood leader, 13 others to death

An Egyptian court sentenced Mohamed Badie, the leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, and 13 other senior members of the group to death for inciting chaos and violence, a judge said in a televised session on Saturday. The court also sentenced U.S-Egyptian citizen Mohamed Soltan...

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Islamic State attacks Iraqi provincial capital

Islamic State attacks Iraqi provincial capital

(Reuters) - Islamic State militants attacked the capital of Iraq's vast Anbar province on multiple fronts on Friday, seizing two areas on the city outskirts in a setback for a government campaign to retake the desert terrain. The jihadists deployed vehicle and suicide bombs to tear...

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Turkey: 17 troops to face trial in 'parallel state' probe

Turkey: 17 troops to face trial in 'parallel state' probe

Seventeen Turkish soldiers are to face trial on charges of attempting to disrupt the Turkish government. The 17 were ordered to be held in custody by an Istanbul court on Friday pending trial on charges of "being a member of a terrorist organization" and "attempting to overthrow the...

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Senior PKK figure apologizes for 90s Germany attacks

Senior PKK figure apologizes for 90s Germany attacks

A leading figure of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party has apologized to the German people for attacks carried out during the 1990s in Germany, a move that analysts see as an attempt to get out of the European country’s terrorist watch list. Cemil Bayik, a leading PKK figure,...

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Iran's leader says Saudi air strikes causing genocide

Iran's leader says Saudi air strikes causing genocide

(Reuters) - Iran's leader on Thursday condemned as genocide the military intervention by its main regional rival  Saudi Arabia  in Yemen, sharply escalating Tehran's rhetoric against the two-week-old air strike campaign. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Saudi...

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Iran's Khamenei breaks silence in nuclear deal, says details are key

Iran's Khamenei breaks silence in nuclear deal, says details are key

n">(Reuters) -  Iran ian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday demanded that all sanctions on Iran be lifted at the same time as any final agreement with world powers on curbing Tehran's nuclear program is concluded. Khamenei, the Islamic Republic's most...

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Iraq: Daesh releases more than 200 Ezidis in Kirkuk

Iraq: Daesh releases more than 200 Ezidis in Kirkuk

Daesh has released 216 Ezidi captives, most of whom are elderly people, Iraqi officials said. "The (released) group was held captive for more than seven months and has reached a safe place in Kirkuk," Khairi Buzani, general director of Ezidis affairs at the northern region of Iraq’s...

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Palestinians expand security control in West Bank: police

Palestinians expand security control in West Bank: police

(Reuters) - Palestinian police said on Wednesday they had extended their security control in parts of the occupied West Bank following a deal with  Israel , launching armed patrols for the first time in towns near Jerusalem. Louy Izriqat, spokesman for Palestinian police, said...

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Eight Iranian guards killed at Pakistani border

Eight Iranian guards killed at Pakistani border

(Reuters) - Eight Iranian border guards were killed by militants in a cross-border raid on the frontier with  Pakistan  on Monday, according to reports in the Iranian media. Sistan-Baluchestan province in southeast Iran has long been plagued by unrest from both drug...

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Erdogan says Iran, Turkey must stop bleeding in Iraq, Syria

Erdogan says Iran, Turkey must stop bleeding in Iraq, Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey and Iran "should play the role of mediator" in the conflicts in Iraq and Syria. During a joint press conference with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Tuesday, Erdogan said "history and culture has been slaughtered in...

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Kurdish envoy slams Iraq PM, anti-Daesh coalition

Kurdish envoy slams Iraq PM, anti-Daesh coalition

  The representative of Iraq's regional Kurdish government to the U.S. said Monday that Kurdish forces fighting Daesh are being deprived of sufficient military aid from Baghdad and the U.S. coalition.   "Peshmerga, although valiant, heroic and committed to fight ISIS,...

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Abbas rejects Israel's partial transfer of Palestinian tax revenue

Abbas rejects Israel's partial transfer of Palestinian tax revenue

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday  Israel  had released frozen tax revenue to the Authority but that he had ordered the funds to be returned because money had been deducted to cover debts to Israeli utility companies. Israel started...

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Egypt refers 187 Brotherhood supporters to military court: prosecutor

Egypt refers 187 Brotherhood supporters to military court: prosecutor

(Reuters) - An Egyptian prosecutor has referred to a military court 187 alleged Muslim Brotherhood supporters who are accused of killing police officers in a 2013 attack on a police station. Egypt  expanded the jurisdiction of military courts in October to permit them to try...

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