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Netanyahu demands 'total' Gaza ceasefire

Netanyahu demands 'total' Gaza ceasefire

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday demanded a "total" ceasefire from Gaza's Hamas rulers in his first public comments on another deadly flare-up between the two sides. There have been efforts by U.N. officials and Egypt to secure a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas,...

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Egypt says 12 'terrorists' killed in Sinai shootout

Egypt says 12 'terrorists' killed in Sinai shootout

Egyptian security forces have killed "terrorists" in a shootout in the north of the Sinai Peninsula, where Daesh (ISIS) is active, an interior ministry source said Sunday. The Egyptian army has since February been conducting a major operation focused on Sinai to wipe out jihadists from...

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Israel's Arab minority rallies against new nation-state law

Israel's Arab minority rallies against new nation-state law

Thousands of protesters rallied in Tel Aviv Saturday against Israel's new law declaring it the nation-state of the Jewish people, legislation that has angered the country's Arab minority and drawn criticism abroad. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has defended the law, which says only Jews...

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Iraq stops trading with Iran in dollar due to sanctions

Iraq stops trading with Iran in dollar due to sanctions

Iraq has stopped trading with Iran in the U.S. dollar after Washington imposed economic sanctions on Tehran, according to the country’s central bank on Saturday.   The Central Bank of Iraq has notified to all banks in the country that using dollars with Iranian banks has been...

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Iraq PM to visit Iran, Turkey as US sanctions bite

Iraq PM to visit Iran, Turkey as US sanctions bite

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is to visit top trading partners Turkey and Iran next week, an official said Saturday, days after Washington slapped new sanctions on Tehran and piled economic pressure on Ankara. Abadi "will head to Turkey on Tuesday and Iran on Wednesday to...

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China says business ties with Iran no harm to any other country

China says business ties with Iran no harm to any other country

China's business and energy ties with Iran do not harm the interests of any other country, the country's Foreign Ministry said, after U.S. President Donald Trump said companies doing business with Iran would be barred from the United States. China has already defended its commercial...

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10 militants killed near Iraq border: Iran Guards

10 militants killed near Iraq border: Iran Guards

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said Saturday they had killed 10 militants overnight in a security operation conducted in the northwest of the country near the border with Iraq, the official news agency IRNA reported. "A well-equipped terrorist group ... intending to infiltrate the country...

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Iraq's recount of ballots from May vote doesn't alter result

Iraq's recount of ballots from May vote doesn't alter result

Iraq's election commission says the result of its recount of ballots from May's parliamentary elections doesn't alter the overall outcome of the vote. The commission completed earlier this week its recount from the vote which was marred by allegations of fraud and irregularities. It...

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New Israeli strike in Gaza City wounds 18: ministry

New Israeli strike in Gaza City wounds 18: ministry

At least 18 Palestinians were wounded Thursday as Israel struck a building in central Gaza City, the health ministry in the Palestinian enclave said, after hours of relative calm. The strike hit a building that Palestinians say housed a cultural center and other offices in the middle of...

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U.S. can't be trusted, Iran's Rouhani tells North Korea

U.S. can't be trusted, Iran's Rouhani tells North Korea

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told North Korea's foreign minister that the United States cannot be trusted, Tehran's state media said, as the United States seeks a deal to rein in the North's nuclear and missile programes. Iran dismissed a last-minute offer from Washington for talks...

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Man who supported Islamic State online to be deported

Man who supported Islamic State online to be deported

A North Carolina man who declared support for Islamic State online will spend two years in prison and be deported. A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced Houcine Ghoul to 24 months in prison for immigration fraud and false statements on his tax returns. After his sentence, the Tunisian...

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Germany arrests man accused of spying on mosque for Jordan

Germany arrests man accused of spying on mosque for Jordan

German authorities say they have arrested a German man who is accused of spying on a mosque for Jordan. Federal prosecutors said the 33-year-old, identified only as Alexander B. because of German privacy rules, was arrested Tuesday. They didn't specify where. The prosecutors alleged...

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Israel says air defense sirens near Gaza a false alarm

Israel says air defense sirens near Gaza a false alarm

The Israeli military sounded air defense sirens near the Gaza Strip on Wednesday in what it later said was a mistake. "This was a false alarm," the military said on Twitter. Israel uses sirens to warn of rocket or mortar launches by militants in the besieged Palestinian enclave,...

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Russia says 'deeply disappointed' by US sanctions on Iran

Russia says 'deeply disappointed' by US sanctions on Iran

Russia Tuesday said it was "deeply disappointed" by U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to reimpose unilateral sanctions on Iran. "We are deeply disappointed by U.S. steps to reimpose its national sanctions against Iran," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement. The ministry...

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Trump: Sanctions reinstated against Iran for 'WORLD PEACE'

Trump: Sanctions reinstated against Iran for 'WORLD PEACE'

 U.S. sanctions that kicked in early Tuesday against Iran are meant to pressure Tehran's government into retreating from its support for international terrorism, its military activity in the Middle East and its ballistic missile and nuclear-related programs, President Donald Trump's...

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US’s first round of sanctions on Iran goes into effect

US’s first round of sanctions on Iran goes into effect

The first round of the U.S. pre-nuclear deal sanctions on Iran, largely targeting the country’s banking sector, went into effect on Tuesday. The economic penalties, which will be rigorously enforced, officially went into effect at one minute after midnight Washington time (0401GMT)...

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Iran cool on talks as U.S. sanctions target economy

Iran cool on talks as U.S. sanctions target economy

U.S. President Donald Trump’s top security adviser Monday urged Iran to take up an offer of talks with the United States or suffer more pain from economic sanctions, but Iran’s president said Washington needed first to prove it can be trusted. Hours before revived U.S. sanctions...

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Iran's Rouhani says Trump's call for talks aimed at creating chaos in Iran

Iran's Rouhani says Trump's call for talks aimed at creating chaos in Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday Tehran could hold talks with the United States only if Washington proved its trustworthiness after it exited a nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic. "We are always in favour of diplomacy and talks, ... but talks...

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