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Arab League backs Morocco for cutting off ties with Iran

Arab League backs Morocco for cutting off ties with Iran

The Arab League says it supports Morocco's decision to sever ties with Iran over its alleged support for the Polisario Front in the disputed Western Sahara. Tehran has denied supporting the pro-independence group. The spokesman for the Arab League's secretary-general Mahmoud Afifi said late...

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Palestinian shot by Israeli soldiers on Gaza border dies

Palestinian shot by Israeli soldiers on Gaza border dies

A 19-year-old Palestinian shot by Israeli soldiers during protests and clashes along the Gaza border last week died from his wounds Thursday, the health ministry in the Palestinian enclave said. The death of Anas Abu Aser brings the toll of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire since...

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Iran bans Sunni preacher from traveling to Qatar

Iran bans Sunni preacher from traveling to Qatar

Iranian security forces on Wednesday banned Sheikh Abdul Hamid Ismail Zahi, a prominent Sunni preacher from the city of Zahedan, from traveling to Qatar, according to an Iranian media source.  Mahmud Barhuwayi Nejad, editor of the Balochistan Iran magazine, confirmed the travel ban...

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Abbas remarks spark Israeli, US outrage

Abbas remarks spark Israeli, US outrage

U.S. and Israeli officials on Wednesday slammed remarks by the Palestinian president about the causes of 20th century anti-Semitism in Europe. In remarks that were part of a lengthy speech to the PLO parliament on Monday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said it was the Jews' "social...

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Iran denies Morocco accusation of separatist arms delivery

Iran denies Morocco accusation of separatist arms delivery

Iran Wednesday denied that it was involved in a weapons delivery to the Polisario Front movement seeking independence for Western Sahara after Morocco cut diplomatic ties with Tehran over the allegations. "Remarks attributed to the foreign minister of Morocco about cooperation between...

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Pushing to bury Iran deal, Israel insists nobody wants war with Tehran

Pushing to bury Iran deal, Israel insists nobody wants war with Tehran

Israel said Tuesday it does not seek war with Iran, a day after presenting purported evidence of past Iranian nuclear arms work, but suggested President Donald Trump backed its latest attempt to kill a deal aimed at curbing Iran's atomic ambitions. A senior Israeli official said Prime...

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Iran says it will respond to Israeli strike in Syria

Iran says it will respond to Israeli strike in Syria

A senior Iranian official said Tuesday the Islamic Republic will respond "at the appropriate time and place" to a purported Israeli missile strike that killed several Iranian troops in Syria. The comments by Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the chairman of the Iranian parliament's national security...

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Pompeo says US open to 'two-party solution' for Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Pompeo says US open to 'two-party solution' for Israeli-Palestinian conflict

AMMAN (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested on Monday he was open to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, saying a “two-party solution” was likely in his first extensive comments on peace efforts since taking the job last week. “With respect...

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Netanyahu: Israel obtained 'half a ton' of Iranian documents proving past nuclear weapons program

Netanyahu: Israel obtained 'half a ton' of Iranian documents proving past nuclear weapons program

JERUSALEM (AP) — Netanyahu says Israel has obtained 'half a ton' of Iranian documents proving past nuclear weapons program.

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Putin, Macron urge 'strict' observance of Iran nuclear accord: Kremlin

Putin, Macron urge 'strict' observance of Iran nuclear accord: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and French leader Emmanuel Macron Monday called for the "strict observance" of the current Iran nuclear accord, with U.S. President Donald Trump still deciding whether to scrap the agreement. "The Presidents of Russia and France spoke in favor of keeping...

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US pushes Riyadh to confront Tehran, stirs crisis: Iran leader

US pushes Riyadh to confront Tehran, stirs crisis: Iran leader

Iran's supreme leader Monday hit out at the United States a day after new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Riyadh, accusing Washington of trying to stoke a "regional crisis" by provoking its ally Saudi Arabia to confront Tehran. In remarks broadcast on state television, Ayatollah...

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New U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo starts Mideast tour in Riyadh

New U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo starts Mideast tour in Riyadh

New U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Saudi Arabia Saturday on the first stop of his hastily-arranged visit to the Middle East as decisions on the Iran nuclear deal and a review of the U.S. role in Syria loom large. A State Department official said the visit to Riyadh,...

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Turkish ex-president Gul says not running for the top job in June

Turkish ex-president Gul says not running for the top job in June

Former Turkish head of state Abdullah Gul on Saturday ruled out running for the presidency in June, dousing fevered speculation he would challenge incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The polls are significant because under constitutional changes approved in an April 2017 referendum, Turkey...

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Israel will not let Iran set up ‘forward base’ in Syria

Israel will not let Iran set up ‘forward base’ in Syria

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman reiterated Friday that Israel will not allow Iran to establish a foothold in Syria that would pose a threat to his country. "What our problem is and what we will not allow is for Iranians to establish a base in Syria against Israel," Lieberman...

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US, Turkish army chiefs discuss Syria in phone call

US, Turkish army chiefs discuss Syria in phone call

U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford spoke with his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar over the phone on Friday, according to the Pentagon.  "The two leaders discussed the current security environment in Syria and the Middle East in addition to other mutual items...

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Trump says 'may go' to Jerusalem embassy opening

Trump says 'may go' to Jerusalem embassy opening

President Donald Trump said Friday he is considering traveling to Israel next month to open the new U.S. embassy, which he controversially ordered moved to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. "I may go. I'm very proud of it," he said at a White House press conference alongside German Chancellor...

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Israeli forces kill three Gaza border protesters, wound 600: medics

Israeli forces kill three Gaza border protesters, wound 600: medics

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot dead three protesters along the Gaza border on Friday, Gaza medics said, hours after the United Nations human rights chief criticized Israel for using “excessive force” against demonstrators. Israeli troops have killed 41 Palestinians and wounded...

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Pompeo says no Trump decision yet on Iran nuclear deal

Pompeo says no Trump decision yet on Iran nuclear deal

New U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said President Donald Trump has not taken a decision on whether to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal but was not likely to keep to it without substantial changes. "There's been no decision, so the team is working and I am sure we will have lots of...

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