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UN seeks new funding pledges for Palestinian refugees

UN seeks new funding pledges for Palestinian refugees

(AP) — The United Nations implored member countries Monday to fill a critical funding gap that the Trump administration created by sharply cutting the U.S. contribution to a program that helps Palestinian refugees across the Middle East. The U.N. held a conference to raise money for...

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Trump welcomes Jordan's king to White House

Trump welcomes Jordan's king to White House

President Donald Trump is hosting Jordan's King Abdullah II at the White House. The president and first lady Melania Trump greeted Abdullah and his wife, Queen Rania, on Monday afternoon. The couples will be meeting in the Oval Office before Trump, Abdullah and their aides sit down for...

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Putin praises Erdogan's 'great political authority'

Putin praises Erdogan's 'great political authority'

Russian strongman Vladimir Putin on Monday congratulated Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his re-election triumph in a phone call, after saying the result showed the Turkish leader's "great political authority" and mass support. On the call Putin and Erdogan confirmed their...

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'I accept these election results,' says Erdogan rival Ince

'I accept these election results,' says Erdogan rival Ince

The main rival of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a weekend presidential election said Monday he accepted results handing victory to the Turkish strongman in the first round. "I accept these election results," said Muharrem Ince of the Republican People's Party (CHP) who came second...

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Turkish elections were healthy: electoral board

Turkish elections were healthy: electoral board

Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday were healthy, the head of the High Electoral Board (YSK) said on Monday, after unofficial results showed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the alliance of his ruling AK Party winning both votes. Speaking to reporters in...

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Kushner criticizes Abbas, says peace plan due soon

Kushner criticizes Abbas, says peace plan due soon

U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser said in an interview published Sunday that the administration will soon present its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, with or without input from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. In an interview published in Al-Quds...

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Turkish President Erdogan declares election victory

Turkish President Erdogan declares election victory

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday evening declared victory in Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections. “Our nation gave me the duty of the presidency and executive power,” Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul, citing unofficial results, which would make him Turkey's...

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Turkey's main opposition attacks state media over election results coverage

Turkey's main opposition attacks state media over election results coverage

Turkey's main opposition attacked the state-run media on Sunday for its coverage of parliamentary and presidential elections, saying it was attempting to manipulate the public's perception of the polls. Preliminary results from state-run news agency Anadolu showed President Tayyip...

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Voting officially ends in Turkish presidential, parliamentary elections

Voting officially ends in Turkish presidential, parliamentary elections

(Reuters) - Voting officially ended on Sunday in Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections, a vote that poses the biggest electoral challenge to Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted AK Party since they swept to power more than a decade and a half ago. Polls across the country...

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Nuclear deal collapse would be 'very dangerous': Iran minister

Nuclear deal collapse would be 'very dangerous': Iran minister

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned Sunday that failure to save the nuclear deal after the exit of the United States would be "very dangerous" for Tehran. The United States announced in May that it was withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal and reimposing sanctions that...

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Gazan dies of wounds from Israel border protest: ministry

Gazan dies of wounds from Israel border protest: ministry

 A Palestinian man shot by Israeli forces two days ago during clashes on the Gaza border died of his wounds early Sunday, the health ministry in the Hamas-ruled territory said. "Osama Khalil Abu Khater, 29-years-old, died of wounds to his stomach after being shot by the Israeli enemy...

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Turks vote for president, parliament in crucial test for Erdogan

Turks vote for president, parliament in crucial test for Erdogan

Turks began voting Sunday for a new president and parliament in elections that pose the biggest ballot box challenge to Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted AK Party since they swept to power more than a decade and a half ago. The elections will also usher in a powerful new...

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Nearly 300 Turkish diplomats seek asylum in Germany since coup attempt- report

Nearly 300 Turkish diplomats seek asylum in Germany since coup attempt- report

Nearly 300 Turkish diplomats have sought asylum in Germany since a failed coup in Turkey in July 2016, a German newspaper reported Saturday. Data from the German interior ministry showed 1,177 Turks with diplomatic status or official credentials, including the spouses and children of...

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Israeli navy arrests 3 fishermen off Gaza coast

Israeli navy arrests 3 fishermen off Gaza coast

Israeli naval forces arrested three Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the Gaza Strip on Saturday, according to a Palestinian official.   “The three were detained while fishing close to Al-Sudaniyya area, north of Gaza City,” Nizar Ayyash, head of Gaza’s fishermen union,...

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Turkey heads to polls on Sunday

Turkey heads to polls on Sunday

Turkey is heading to the polls on Sunday for parliamentary and presidential elections with 56,322,632 registered voters and 180,065 ballot boxes across the country. Voting will start at 8.00 a.m. local time (0500GMT) and will continue through 5.00 p.m. local time (1400GMT)....

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Turkish air strikes kill 15 Kurdish militants in northern Iraq

Turkish air strikes kill 15 Kurdish militants in northern Iraq

The Turkish military said it carried out air strikes in northern Iraq Friday, killing 15 Kurdish militants. The strikes were carried out on the Gara region, the military said on Twitter. Turkey has recently stepped up strikes on Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) bases in northern...

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6 Palestinians injured in ongoing rallies in Gaza Strip

6 Palestinians injured in ongoing rallies in Gaza Strip

At least six Palestinian protesters were injured on Friday by Israeli troops near the Gaza-Israel security fence, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. “Six demonstrators were injured to varying degrees in the eastern the Gaza Strip, with many suffering temporary asphyxia from...

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Merkel pledges $100M loan for troubled Jordan

Merkel pledges $100M loan for troubled Jordan

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel Thursday promised a $100 million loan to troubled Jordan, where mass protests over austerity measures forced the prime minister to resign earlier this month. Merkel visited the kingdom amid an escalating domestic row over migration. Standing next to...

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