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Egyptian policeman killed while defusing bomb outside church

Egyptian policeman killed while defusing bomb outside church

Egypt's Interior Ministry said a policeman was killed as he was trying to defuse an explosive device near a church in a residential Cairo district. The ministry said the blast late Saturday also wounded the commander of the bomb squad and another policeman. The device was in a suitcase...

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Sadr’s bloc slams presence of US troops in Baghdad

Sadr’s bloc slams presence of US troops in Baghdad

Firebrand Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s parliamentary bloc has reiterated rejection of the presence of U.S. troops in Iraqi capital Baghdad. On Saturday, images of Brig. Gen. Austin Renforth, Director of Joint Operations-Iraq for the Combined Joint Task Force, while touring the...

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Palestinian injured in Israeli raid in West Bank

Palestinian injured in Israeli raid in West Bank

A Palestinian youth was seriously injured in an Israeli raid in the West Bank city of Al-Bireh on Sunday, according to the Health Ministry. Israeli forces raided the city and searched a number of houses and shops, triggering clashes with local residents. Witnesses said Israeli...

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Hamas arrests 5 over Palestinian government media raid

Hamas arrests 5 over Palestinian government media raid

Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip arrested five men Saturday over a raid at the Palestinian Authority's media headquarters, in which valuable equipment was destroyed. Five armed men attacked the offices of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation in Gaza City Friday, trashing...

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Iran says found new 'potential' oil buyers despite US sanctions

Iran says found new 'potential' oil buyers despite US sanctions

All countries that were granted waivers from the United States to continue buying a certain amount of Iranian oil imports are complying with U.S. sanctions, a senior Iranian energy official said, noting that Tehran was hopeful to find new buyers. The United States withdrew from a...

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Pompeo to visit Middle East this month

Pompeo to visit Middle East this month

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will seek an update to Saudi Arabia's investigation into the October killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi when he visits Riyadh during a trip to the Middle East next week, the State Department said Friday. Pompeo will also visit Jordan, Egypt,...

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Palestinian government media raided in Hamas-run Gaza: staff

Palestinian government media raided in Hamas-run Gaza: staff

Armed men raided the headquarters of Palestinian Authority media in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip Friday, station staff said, causing damage to equipment. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the incident, though the staff and a PA official said they held Hamas responsible....

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Iran to send warships to western Atlantic from March: deputy naval commander

Iran to send warships to western Atlantic from March: deputy naval commander

 The Iranian navy will deploy warships to the western Atlantic Ocean from March, a top commander said Friday, as the Islamic Republic seeks to increase the operating range of its naval forces to the backyard of the United States, its arch foe. The presence of U.S. aircraft carriers...

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Turkey seeks nearly 150 arrests over Gulen ties: report

Turkey seeks nearly 150 arrests over Gulen ties: report

Turkish police on Friday launched nationwide raids to detain nearly 150 people, including military personnel, suspected of ties to the group blamed for the 2016 attempted coup, local media reported. Prosecutors in Istanbul, Konya and Ankara issued arrest warrants for 137 people as part...

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In Kurdish Iraq, women strive to end genital mutilation

In Kurdish Iraq, women strive to end genital mutilation

 Dark skies were threatening rain over an Iraqi Kurdistan village, but one woman refused to budge from outside a house where two girls were at risk of female genital mutilation. “I know you’re home! I just want to talk,” Kurdistan Rasul, 35, called out, a pink headscarf forming a...

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Turkey detains Daesh suspects, including 2 wanted by France

Turkey detains Daesh suspects, including 2 wanted by France

Turkey's state-run news agency says police have detained 12 suspected Daesh (ISIS) militants, including two women who are wanted in France. Anadolu Agency reported Wednesday that the suspects were detained during police raids in the northwestern province of Bursa earlier this week. The...

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Iraq Defense Ministry assigns new Kirkuk security chief

Iraq Defense Ministry assigns new Kirkuk security chief

The Iraqi Defense Ministry has appointed a new security chief for the northern Kirkuk province, a ministry official said Tuesday.  Speaking to Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity, the official said that Haidar al-Obeidi, a brigadier-general in Iraq’s elite anti-terrorism...

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Israel officially withdraws from UNESCO

Israel officially withdraws from UNESCO

Israel has officially withdrawn from UN heritage agency UNESCO.   In October 2017, Israel said it will quit the UN agency, citing what it described as UNESCO’s “bias” toward the Palestinians.   The withdrawal decision went into effect on Tuesday.  ...

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Israel opposition in dramatic split ahead of election

Israel opposition in dramatic split ahead of election

Israel's centre-left opposition dramatically split on Tuesday ahead of an April 9 election, with leader Avi Gabbay announcing he would no longer partner with veteran politician Tzipi Livni as she sat stone-faced next to him. The announcement means the end of their Zionist Union...

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Netanyahu rules out resigning if prosecutors move to indict him

Netanyahu rules out resigning if prosecutors move to indict him

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday he would not resign if prosecutors moved to indict him on corruption charges, as authorities probe several cases involving him ahead of April polls. Netanyahu said he would not step down in the event of being summoned for a hearing...

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Palestinian court jails U.S.-Palestinian for life for Jerusalem land sale

Palestinian court jails U.S.-Palestinian for life for Jerusalem land sale

 A Palestinian court sentenced an American-Palestinian Monday to life imprisonment for violating a ban on selling land to Israelis, judiciary officials said. The U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, called in November for dual national Issam Akel to be released, saying his...

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Iranian security forces clash with students at bus crash protest

Iranian security forces clash with students at bus crash protest

 Security forces clashed with students in Iran Monday in the third day of protests over a deadly bus crash, online videos showed, adding to officials' fears that rising public unrest could threaten national security. President Hassan Rouhani has ordered an investigation into the...

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Iran arrests 11 who stole $400M earmarked for imports

Iran arrests 11 who stole $400M earmarked for imports

Iran's intelligence ministry said Monday it had arrested 11 "economic disruptors" who misappropriated some $400 million earmarked for essential goods and smuggled the money out of the country. Authorities have been cracking down on those seeking to exploit the collapsing rial, which has...

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