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EU states to stick to Iran deal irrespective of US decision: France

EU states to stick to Iran deal irrespective of US decision: France

France, Britain and Germany will keep to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran irrespective of the United States' decision later this week because it is the best way to avoid nuclear proliferation, France's foreign minister said Monday. "We are determined to save this deal because this accord...

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Daesh claims assassination of Iraq election candidate

Daesh claims assassination of Iraq election candidate

 Daesh (ISIS) Monday claimed responsibility for the assassination of a candidate in Iraq's parliamentary election just days ahead of the polls. Faruq Zarzur al-Juburi, a candidate loyal to Vice President Ayad Allawi, was shot dead by gunmen outside his home near Mosul, the former...

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Egypt uses solitary confinement as 'torture': Rights group

Egypt uses solitary confinement as 'torture': Rights group

Egypt is holding political prisoners in "prolonged and indefinite solitary confinement" that amounts to "torture," an international rights group said Monday. In a new report, Amnesty International said dozens of detained human rights activists, journalists and members of the opposition...

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Iran's Rouhani seeks EU guarantees not to scrap nuke deal

Iran's Rouhani seeks EU guarantees not to scrap nuke deal

President Hassan Rouhani says Iran would be willing not to abandon the nuclear deal even if the United States pulls out, providing the European Union offers guarantees that Iran would keep benefiting from the accord. Rouhani's remarks came ahead of President Donald Trump's decision...

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Iran warns US it would regret quitting nuclear deal

Iran warns US it would regret quitting nuclear deal

 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that if the United States quits the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers then Washington would regret it "like never before". US President Donald Trump has threatened to abandon the agreement when it comes up for renewal on May 12,...

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Israel strikes Hamas Gaza post over kite attacks

Israel strikes Hamas Gaza post over kite attacks

Israel struck a facility of the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers overnight, the movement's military wing said on Sunday, with the Israeli army saying it was reacting to kite-borne fire bombings. A military spokeswoman said it was a direct response to a new Palestinian tactic of flying kites...

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5 dead in explosion in Gaza Strip: ministry, witnesses

5 dead in explosion in Gaza Strip: ministry, witnesses

An explosion in the Gaza Strip killed five Hamas gunmen on Saturday, Palestinian officials and residents said, adding the cause of the blast was unclear. Hamas's armed wing released a statement not long after blaming Israel for the explosion. The Israeli military denied any involvement....

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Israeli PM to visit Moscow for talks on Mideast developments

Israeli PM to visit Moscow for talks on Mideast developments

Benjamin Netanyahu will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday in Moscow to discuss regional issues, the Israeli prime minister said in a statement on Saturday. Israel has been lobbying world powers to "fix or nix" a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran as a May 12 deadline set by...

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Four Turkish parties unite to contest landmark polls

Four Turkish parties unite to contest landmark polls

Four Turkish opposition parties Saturday announced they had formed a coalition to challenge President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in snap elections on June 24. After the landmark vote, a new presidential system agreed in an April 2017 referendum will come into force, which the opposition says...

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Egypt moves last chariot of King Tut to new museum

Egypt moves last chariot of King Tut to new museum

Egypt has moved the sixth and last chariot of famed pharaoh Tutankhamun to an under-construction museum near the pyramids in Giza. The priceless artifact, paraded through Cairo on Saturday with a military police escort, was relocated from the Egyptian National Military Museum to its...

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Israeli troops fire shots, tear gas at Gaza protesters, 350 Palestinians hurt

Israeli troops fire shots, tear gas at Gaza protesters, 350 Palestinians hurt

Israeli troops fired live rounds and tear gas at Palestinians thronging the Gaza-Israel border on Friday as part of a long-running protest, injuring about 350 people. Medics said around 50 people were shot and wounded with live fire, three of them critically, and 300 more treated for...

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Palestinians gather for more protests along Gaza border

Palestinians gather for more protests along Gaza border

Hundreds of Palestinians began gathering on the Gaza border Friday for the sixth week of protests in which dozens have already been killed by Israeli fire. At a protest camp east of Gaza City, several hundred people prepared for demonstrations expected to gain momentum in the...

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Egypt says sending Arab troops to Syria a possibility: state newspaper

Egypt says sending Arab troops to Syria a possibility: state newspaper

Sending Arab troops to Syria is a possibility that is being discussed by officials from various countries, Egypt's foreign minister was quoted as saying in a state newspaper Friday. "In regards to the situation in Syria,  Sameh   Shukri said that the idea of replacing...

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Abbas reelected head of Palestine Liberation Organization

Abbas reelected head of Palestine Liberation Organization

President Mahmoud Abbas was reelected head of the Palestine Liberation Organization Friday, as the veteran leader seeks to strengthen his control over politics in the occupied West Bank. A four-day meeting of the PLO's parliament, the Palestinian National Council, which was not attended...

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Turkey's opposition names Ince as Erdogan poll challenger

Turkey's opposition names Ince as Erdogan poll challenger

Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Friday named senior lawmaker Muharrem Ince, known for his fiery and impassioned rhetoric, as its candidate to challenge President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in June 24 elections. The leader of the CHP Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who had already...

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Croatia arrests Bosnian over 2016 Tunisia assassination: agency

Croatia arrests Bosnian over 2016 Tunisia assassination: agency

Croatian police have arrested a Bosnian citizen who may be extradited to Tunisia over his alleged involvement in the killing of a Tunisian in 2016 who Palestinian group Hamas said was one of its members, state news agency Hina reported Thursday. "A Bosnian national was arrested March 13...

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Israeli court convicts Arab poet of incitement

Israeli court convicts Arab poet of incitement

An Israeli court Thursday convicted an Arab poet of online incitement to terrorism for using a poem as the soundtrack to images of Palestinians in violent confrontations with Israeli troops. Dareen Tatour, 36, posted to Facebook and YouTube a video of herself reading out her poem...

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Iran says 'will not stay' in nuclear deal if US walks away

Iran says 'will not stay' in nuclear deal if US walks away

Iran warned Thursday that it will quit a landmark nuclear deal with world powers if President Donald Trump pulls the United States out of the accord. "If the United States withdraws from the nuclear deal, then we will not stay in it," Ali Akbar Velayati, foreign policy advisor to...

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