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Roman-era tombs discovered in Palestinian village

Roman-era tombs discovered in Palestinian village

A set of Roman-era tombs dating back some 2,000 years have been discovered near the Palestinian city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank during road works, an official said Thursday. The cemetery dating to the first century AD, when the region was under Roman rule, was found in the...

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Turkey will emerge stronger from lira crisis, finance minister tells investors

Turkey will emerge stronger from lira crisis, finance minister tells investors

Finance Minister Berat Albayrak assured international investors on Thursday that Turkey would emerge stronger from its currency crisis, insisting that the country's banks were healthy and strong. In a conference call with thousands of investors and economists, Albayrak - who is...

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Turkish finance chief tries to reassure investors on crisis

Turkish finance chief tries to reassure investors on crisis

Turkey's finance chief tried to reassure thousands of international investors on a conference call Thursday, in which he pledged to fix the economic troubles that have seen the country spiral into a currency crisis. The national currency recovered somewhat from record lows hit earlier this...

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Palestinian refugee schools to open: UNRWA

Palestinian refugee schools to open: UNRWA

Hundreds of U.N.-run schools for Palestinian refugees will open on time after fresh funding temporarily staved off a financial crisis triggered by a US contributions freeze, the United Nations said on Thursday. The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees said all 711 schools it runs for 526,000...

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Jordan court charges 5 with 'terrorism' after deadly raid

Jordan court charges 5 with 'terrorism' after deadly raid

Five suspected militants arrested during a deadly raid in a town northwest of Amman were charged with terrorism offences in Jordan's state security court Wednesday. Three alleged militants were killed and five others detained on Saturday when security forces raided a building in the...

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Erdogan and Merkel discussed to improve ties - Turkish presidential source

Erdogan and Merkel discussed to improve ties - Turkish presidential source

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed bilateral ties and the situation in Syria during a phone call on Wednesday, a presidential source said. Erdogan and Merkel pledged determination to strengthen bilateral ties and discussed their planned...

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U.S. is trying to make Iran

U.S. is trying to make Iran "surrender" through sanctions -Iran VP

The United States is trying to make Iran surrender through the imposition of sanctions, Iranian vice president Eshaq Jahangiri said on Wednesday. New U.S. sanctions against Iran took effect last week, and President Donald Trump said companies doing business with the country will be...

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Qatar's emir heads to Turkey for talks with Erdogan

Qatar's emir heads to Turkey for talks with Erdogan

Qatar's emir headed to Turkey on Wednesday for talks with President Tayyip Erdogan who is dealing with a collapse of the lira currency and deteriorating relations with the United States. Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Erdogan are expected to discuss "means of strengthening the...

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Israel fires teargas at Lebanese troops on border

Israel fires teargas at Lebanese troops on border

A Lebanese army patrol was targeted by Israel with smoke grenades on Tuesday, injuring two soldiers and sparking a large fire.  "An intelligence directorate patrol inspecting a piece of land (near the town of Rmeich) was attacked by an enemy Israeli patrol that threw six smoke...

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Israel to reopen Gaza goods crossing Wednesday if calm maintained

Israel to reopen Gaza goods crossing Wednesday if calm maintained

Israel will reopen its only goods crossing with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday if calm is maintained, after having prevented most deliveries since July 9 over border tensions, the defence ministry said Tuesday. "Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman this afternoon held a situation assessment"...

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Israel PM, UK opposition leader in row over Munich massacre

Israel PM, UK opposition leader in row over Munich massacre

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn were locked in a row Tuesday over the Labour MP's attendance of an event that honoured suspects of the Munich Olympics massacre. Corbyn has been accused of joining in a ceremony which included tributes to...

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Turkish lira struggles in Asia but equities see some stability

Turkish lira struggles in Asia but equities see some stability

Turkey's lira remained under pressure in Asian trade Tuesday but markets in the region enjoyed a little more stability after the previous day's turmoil. Nervous investors are keeping an eye on developments in Ankara after Monday's bloodletting that saw the lira hit record lows against...

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Iraq's top musicians play on despite unpaid wages

Iraq's top musicians play on despite unpaid wages

In a dusty Baghdad dance studio, conductor Mohammed Amin Ezzat tries to fire up the musicians of Iraq's National Symphony Orchestra, whose enthusiasm has been dampened by eight months without pay. An ageing air conditioner fights to beat back the summer heat in the cramped space at the...

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Netanyahu met Egypt's al-Sisi to discuss Gaza

Netanyahu met Egypt's al-Sisi to discuss Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a secret summit with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Egypt in May to discuss a long-term ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, Israel's Channel Ten News said Monday. A spokesman for Netanyahu declined to comment on the report and there...

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Palestinian shot during May US embassy protest dies: ministry

Palestinian shot during May US embassy protest dies: ministry

A Palestinian shot three months ago in clashes along the Israel-Gaza border has died while being treated in Egypt, the health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza said Monday. Wissam Hijazi, 30, was shot on May 14 during a day of huge protests against the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem,...

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Egypt police arrest six over failed church attack

Egypt police arrest six over failed church attack

Egyptian authorities have arrested six suspected members of a "terrorist cell" behind a failed suicide attack on a church in the outskirts of Cairo, the interior ministry said Sunday. A suicide bomber attempted to attack the Virgin Lady Church in the Shobra al-Kheima district on Saturday but...

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Iraq PM cancels visit to sanctions-hit Iran

Iraq PM cancels visit to sanctions-hit Iran

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has cancelled a visit to Iran, his press office said Sunday, as the premier came under strong Iranian criticism over his stand on renewed U.S. sanctions against Tehran. Abadi will still go ahead with a planned visit to Turkey on Tuesday but has...

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Iran arrests 67 in corruption crackdown approved by Khamenei

Iran arrests 67 in corruption crackdown approved by Khamenei

Iran's judiciary said Sunday that 67 people have been arrested in recent weeks as part of a corruption crackdown approved by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. More than 100 government employees have also been barred from leaving the country, spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeie said,...

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