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Iraqi PM orders recount in Kirkuk

Iraqi PM orders recount in Kirkuk

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered on Monday a recount of votes in Kirkuk, amid alleged fraud in parliamentary election, Turkmen politician says.  Arshad al-Salihi, the president of the Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF), told Anadolu Agency that Abadi had ordered a recount over...

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Kuwait seeks UN Security Council meeting on Gaza violence: diplomats

Kuwait seeks UN Security Council meeting on Gaza violence: diplomats

Kuwait has requested a meeting of the United Nations Security Council Tuesday to discuss continuing violence along the Gaza-Israel border, diplomats said Monday. The death toll in Gaza from Israeli live fire reached 52 Monday, the highest level in a single day since a series of such...

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Netanyahu calls Israeli actions in Gaza self-defense against Hamas

Netanyahu calls Israeli actions in Gaza self-defense against Hamas

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel's actions on the Gaza border, where dozens of Palestinians were killed during mass protests Monday, were self-defense against the enclave's ruling Hamas group. "Every country has an obligation to defend its borders," Netanyahu wrote...

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55 Palestinians martyred by Israeli gunfire in Gaza

55 Palestinians martyred by Israeli gunfire in Gaza

At least 52 Palestinians were martyred and hundreds injured on Monday by Israeli gunfire during anti-occupation rallies in the Gaza Strip, according to the Health Ministry.   “The death toll rose to 55 martyrs and over 1,700 others injured” by Israeli forces, ministry spokesman...

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Trump, aides celebrate Jerusalem embassy, as border burns

Trump, aides celebrate Jerusalem embassy, as border burns

(AP) — Amid deadly clashes along the Israeli-Palestinian border, President Donald Trump declared Monday a "great day" for Israel as his top aides celebrated the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem as a campaign promised fulfilled. Trump's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared...

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PM says Jerusalem 'eternal' capital of Israel

PM says Jerusalem 'eternal' capital of Israel

Israel's prime minister says Jerusalem will always be the "eternal, undivided" capital of Israel. Addressing the opening ceremony of the new American Embassy in Jerusalem, Benjamin Netanyahu called it a "glorious" day. Netanyahu thanked President Donald Trump for showing the...

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United States opens its Israeli embassy in Jerusalem

United States opens its Israeli embassy in Jerusalem

The United States officially opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem on Monday, fulfilling a pledge by President Donald Trump who has recognized the holy city as the Israeli capital. "Today we open the United States embassy in Jerusalem, Israel," U.S. ambassador to Israel David...

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Lebanese PM says US embassy move 'provocative'

Lebanese PM says US embassy move 'provocative'

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri calls the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem a "provocative" act that closes the doors for any attempts to reach peace between the Israel and Palestinians. Hariri in a series of tweets Monday said he regrets "this decision that is igniting...

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Israeli soldiers kill 18 Palestinians in Gaza protests: Gaza health officials

Israeli soldiers kill 18 Palestinians in Gaza protests: Gaza health officials

Israeli troops killed at least 18 Palestinians along the Gaza border Monday, health officials said, as demonstrators streamed to the frontier on the day the United States prepared to open its embassy in Jerusalem. Protests intensified on the 70th anniversary of Israel's founding, with...

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UK has no plans to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem: PM's spokesman

UK has no plans to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem: PM's spokesman

Britain has no plans to move its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and still disagrees with the U.S. decision to do so, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said Monday. "The PM said in December when the announcement was first made that we disagree with the U.S. decision to...

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Clashes erupt along Gaza-Israel border ahead of US embassy inauguration

Clashes erupt along Gaza-Israel border ahead of US embassy inauguration

Clashes erupted along the Gaza Strip's border with Israel Monday between Palestinians and Israeli forces ahead of the controversial inauguration of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, AFP journalists reported. Gaza's health ministry said 12 Palestinians were wounded. Several thousand...

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Libya to return bodies of 20 beheaded Egyptians

Libya to return bodies of 20 beheaded Egyptians

Libya will return to Egypt on Monday the bodies of 20 Egyptian Christians killed in 2015 by Daesh (ISIS) in its former Libyan stronghold of Sirte, a Libyan security official said. The bodies were recovered in October after the area where they were buried was recaptured from the militant...

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Trump 'feeble-minded' for Jerusalem embassy move: Iran

Trump 'feeble-minded' for Jerusalem embassy move: Iran

Iran denounced President Donald Trump as "feeble-minded" over Monday's controversial move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, calling for resistance from the Palestinians and the international community. "America has entered a crisis of strategic decision-making that looks at the...

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Shi'ite cleric Sadr leads in Iraq's parliamentary election

Shi'ite cleric Sadr leads in Iraq's parliamentary election

 (Reuters) - Moqtada al-Sadr was leading in Iraq’s parliamentary election with over half of the votes counted, the electoral commission said on Sunday, pointing to a surprise comeback for the powerful Shi’ite cleric who had been sidelined by Iran-backed rivals. Shi’ite...

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Palestinian minister calls for defending Al-Aqsa

Palestinian minister calls for defending Al-Aqsa

Palestinian Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs, Yousef Adeis, on Sunday called on Arab and Islamic worlds to defend Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque against Israeli violations.   Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Adeis said Israeli violations at Islamic and Christian holy...

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Gaza running low on cooking gas after vandals trash crossing

Gaza running low on cooking gas after vandals trash crossing

A leading businessman says blockaded Gaza is rapidly running out of cooking gas after a large crowd destroyed parts of the only cargo crossing through which fuel and gas can enter the territory from Israel. Samir Hamada, head of the association of cooking gas vendors, said Sunday that...

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Kurdish women fighters film sparks furious Cannes row

Kurdish women fighters film sparks furious Cannes row

A stirring film about Kurdish women fighters taking on Daesh (ISIS) militants sparked a furious row between critics at the Cannes film festival Sunday, with some being accused of misogyny. "Girls of the Sun", which follows a platoon of Yazidi women battling the extremists who had...

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Israel approves controversial Jerusalem cable car project

Israel approves controversial Jerusalem cable car project

 Israel's government on Sunday gave the green light to a controversial cable car project planned to run between West Jerusalem and the Old City in annexed east Jerusalem. The decision came on the eve of the US moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem....

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