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Putin, Merkel reaffirm commitment to Iran nuclear deal: Kremlin

Putin, Merkel reaffirm commitment to Iran nuclear deal: Kremlin

 Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a telephone conversation Friday reaffirmed their commitment to preserving the Iran nuclear deal after the U.S. pulled out of it, the Kremlin said. "The situation around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action...

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Gaza protester wounded in border demonstration

Gaza protester wounded in border demonstration

Israeli troops shot and wounded a Palestinian protester in Gaza, Palestinian medical workers said, as demonstrators arrived for the last Friday of a six-week protest at the Gaza-Israel border. Organizers of the protest, called the "Great March of Return," said they expected tens of...

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UN’s Palestine refugee agency starts fundraising drive

UN’s Palestine refugee agency starts fundraising drive

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has begun a global fundraising campaign after the U.S. administration reduced financial aid to the organization earlier this year.    UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl told Anadolu Agency on Thursday that...

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 Iran does not want 'new tensions' in Mideast: Rouhani

Iran does not want 'new tensions' in Mideast: Rouhani

   Iran does not want "new tensions" in the Middle East, President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday in a telephone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "Iran has always sought to reduce tensions in the region, trying to strengthen security and stability," Rouhani said,...

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Germany wants to keep Iran nuclear deal, Merkel urges de-escalation

Germany wants to keep Iran nuclear deal, Merkel urges de-escalation

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told Iran's president that she supports maintaining a big-power nuclear accord, following the withdrawal of the United States, as long as Tehran upholds its side of the deal, her office said Thursday. In a telephone call with Hassan Rouhani, Merkel...

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Trump’s opposite approaches to Iran, NKorea

Trump’s opposite approaches to Iran, NKorea

Just as U.S. President Donald Trump reached one hand out to North Korea, he yanked the other back from Iran. The president’s dramatic withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal was the most vivid illustration to date of how his impulses and capricious instincts tend to pull him in paradoxical...

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Macron, Rouhani to seek 'continued implementation of nuclear deal'

Macron, Rouhani to seek 'continued implementation of nuclear deal'

French President Emmanuel Macron and Iran's Hassan Rouhani agreed Wednesday during a phone call to work toward "the continued implementation of the nuclear deal" despite the U.S. decision to withdraw from the agreement, the French presidency said. "The French and Iranian presidents...

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Iranian lawmakers set US flag on fire in parliament

Iranian lawmakers set US flag on fire in parliament

Iranian members of parliament on Wednesday protested the U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the landmark nuclear deal, Iranian state TV reported. During a morning session, lawmakers chanted “death to America” slogans and set the American flag and a copy of the...

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Trump doesn't have 'mental capacity' to deal with issues: Iran

Trump doesn't have 'mental capacity' to deal with issues: Iran

U.S. President Donald Trump is not fit for his job, the speaker of Iran's Parliament said on Wednesday, in Tehran's most personal criticism since Trump's decision to withdraw from a 2015 nuclear pact between Tehran and six world powers. Trump pulled the United States out of the deal on...

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Hamas aims for big turnout in next week’s Gaza marches

Hamas aims for big turnout in next week’s Gaza marches

A Hamas official says that the group hopes to mobilize a large turnout for next week’s Gaza border protests, the highlight of a campaign to break a decade-old blockade of the territory. Ghazi Hamad said Tuesday that “there are many tools” to encourage participation, including...

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Trump says he's withdrawing US from Iran nuclear accord

Trump says he's withdrawing US from Iran nuclear accord

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday the U.S. will pull out of the landmark nuclear accord with Iran, dealing a profound blow to U.S. allies and potentially deepening the president's isolation on the world stage. "The United States does not make empty threats," he said in a televised...

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Iran's Rouhani will respond to Trump tonight: official

Iran's Rouhani will respond to Trump tonight: official

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani will respond on state television Tuesday, shortly after U.S. counterpart Donald Trump's expected withdrawal from the nuclear deal, an Iranian official told AFP. "If Trump speaks, President Rouhani will respond tonight" on television, the official said, on...

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Trump tells Macron US to pull out of Iran deal: New York Times

Trump tells Macron US to pull out of Iran deal: New York Times

U.S. President Donald Trump told French President Emmanuel Macron Tuesday that the United States was going to pull out of the international nuclear agreement with Iran, the New York Times reported, citing a person briefed on the conversation. The source said the United States is...

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Israel rounds up 22 Palestinians in West Bank raids

Israel rounds up 22 Palestinians in West Bank raids

Israeli forces detained 22 Palestinians in overnight raids in the occupied West Bank. The Palestinians were arrested for “suspected involvement in terrorist activities and violent disorder directed at Israeli targets”, the army claimed in a Tuesday statement. “The suspects...

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Jordan's foreign minister sees arms race if Iran nuclear deal ends

Jordan's foreign minister sees arms race if Iran nuclear deal ends

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi Tuesday warned of "dangerous repercussions" and a possible arms race in the Middle East unless a political solution was found to free the region of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. Safadi spoke in Germany before an...

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Iraq's Kurdistan region to hold elections on Sept. 30: Rudaw citing PM

Iraq's Kurdistan region to hold elections on Sept. 30: Rudaw citing PM

Elections will be held in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq on Sept. 30, Kurdish broadcaster Rudaw said Tuesday, citing the region's Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. Rudaw is close to the Kurdistan Regional Government based in Irbil. A federal Iraqi election is set...

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Trump will not attend U.S. Embassy opening in Jerusalem -White House

Trump will not attend U.S. Embassy opening in Jerusalem -White House

U.S. President Donald Trump will not travel to Israel for the controversial opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, according to a White House statement released on Monday. Instead, the U.S. delegation to the May 14 event will include U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, as well as...

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Don't ditch Iran nuclear deal, Britain tells Trump

Don't ditch Iran nuclear deal, Britain tells Trump

Boris Johnson appealed once more Monday to Donald Trump not to scrap the Iran nuclear deal, saying that while the president has a "legitimate point" over "flaws" in the accord, the global community has no better alternative. Speaking to US network Fox News ahead of meetings in...

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