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Israel reopens Gaza crossings

Israel reopens Gaza crossings

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday ordered the reopening of the Kerem Shalom and Erez crossings with the Gaza Strip. “The decision comes after a decrease in the violent events in Gaza over the weekend and efforts Hamas made to restrain demonstrators,” Lieberman...

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Israeli leader delays demolition plan for West Bank hamlet

Israeli leader delays demolition plan for West Bank hamlet

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he has decided to postpone the planned demolition of a West Bank hamlet to allow time for a negotiated solution with its residents, in a move that appeared aimed at staving off the fierce international condemnation such a demolition...

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UN Mideast peace envoy urges restraint ahead of protests

UN Mideast peace envoy urges restraint ahead of protests

The United Nations' Mideast peace envoy urged Israel and the Palestinians to exercise restraint Friday ahead of protests organized by Hamas on the Gaza Strip's border fence. Thousands of Palestinian protesters were expected to mass along Israel's border with Gaza for another weekly...

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US downgrades status of de facto Palestinian embassy

US downgrades status of de facto Palestinian embassy

The U.S. on Thursday changed the status of its consulate in Jerusalem, placing it under the authority of Washington's embassy in Jerusalem. The consulate for years served as the de facto embassy to the Palestinians, representing the U.S. in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as...

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Egypt brokers de-escalation deal in Gaza: Source

Egypt brokers de-escalation deal in Gaza: Source

An Egyptian security delegation has managed to reach a de-escalation deal between Israel and Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip, according to a Palestinian source. “The Egyptian mediation succeeded in halting the escalation that broke out early today in Gaza,” the source told...

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US student refused Israel entry appeals at Supreme Court

US student refused Israel entry appeals at Supreme Court

A U.S. student barred from Israel over past support for a pro-Palestinian boycott campaign appeared before the Jewish state's top court Wednesday in a final appeal against the state's decision. Lara Alqasem, 22, landed at Ben Gurion Airport on Oct. 2, for master's degree studies at...

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Iran calls US sanctions on paramilitary force 'blind vindictiveness'

Iran calls US sanctions on paramilitary force 'blind vindictiveness'

Iran called new US sanctions against its paramilitary Basij group an act of "blind vindictiveness" on Wednesday. "America's new sanctions are a clear insult to international and legal mechanisms and a result of the American government's blind vindictiveness against the Iranian nation,"...

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Iran stays quiet on Khashoggi case

Iran stays quiet on Khashoggi case

Iran has been playing it cool as it watches the furore over the disappearance of writer Jamal Khashoggi create a crisis for its regional rival Saudi Arabia. As of Wednesday, the government had yet to make any official comment on the alleged murder of Khashoggi who vanished after...

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President Erdogan, US’ Pompeo meet in Ankara

President Erdogan, US’ Pompeo meet in Ankara

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday met the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the capital Ankara. Erdogan received Pompeo at Esenboga International Airport at 10.10 a.m. local time (0710 GMT) in a 35-minutes long meeting ahead of his official visit to Moldova. Foreign...

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UN calls for immunity lift on Saudi Consulate officials

UN calls for immunity lift on Saudi Consulate officials

UN human rights chief on Tuesday called for lifting the immunity of the Saudi consul general and consulate workers in Istanbul to shed light on the case of a missing Saudi journalist. Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post newspaper, has long been feared killed at the...

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Children of Daesh fighters bear scars in Iraq

Children of Daesh fighters bear scars in Iraq

A family of six lost children lives quietly in a small apartment among strangers in this northern Iraqi city. The “man of the house,” an 18-year-old, heads out each morning looking for day labor jobs to pay the rent. His 12-year-old sister acts as the mother, cooking meals, cleaning and...

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Three million Afghans in 'urgent' need of food: UN

Three million Afghans in 'urgent' need of food: UN

At least three million Afghans are in "urgent" need of food and could face famine if they do not get help, the United Nations warned Monday, as the war-torn country battles the worst drought in living memory. A dry spell mainly across northern and western Afghanistan has devastated...

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Iran embassy in Ankara evacuated after 'bomb warning'

Iran embassy in Ankara evacuated after 'bomb warning'

Iran's envoy to Turkey was evacuated from the embassy in Ankara on Monday after warnings of a possible bomb threat, local media reported. But Tehran flatly denied the report as a complete fabrication. "Such a claim is a sheer lie, and the personnel at our embassy are present at...

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Turkey says joint 'inspection' planned at Saudi Consulate

Turkey says joint 'inspection' planned at Saudi Consulate

 Turkey and Saudi Arabia are expected to conduct a joint "inspection" Monday of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, nearly two weeks after the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish officials said. The announcement from an official at Turkey's Foreign Ministry...

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Palestinian shot dead trying to stab Israeli soldier: military

Palestinian shot dead trying to stab Israeli soldier: military

Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian who tried to stab one of them in the occupied West Bank Monday, the military said. The incident occurred at a bus stop along a main highway near the large Jewish settlement of Ariel. "A Palestinian attempted to stab a soldier at the site. Our...

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Israel arrests 22 Palestinians in West Bank raids

Israel arrests 22 Palestinians in West Bank raids

Israeli forces rounded up 22 Palestinians in overnight raids across the occupied West Bank, according to the Israeli military on Monday. The individuals were arrested for “suspected involvement in popular terrorist activities”, the army said in a statement, without elaborating on...

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Jordan's king vows to fight corruption after protests

Jordan's king vows to fight corruption after protests

Jordan's King Abdullah II Sunday vowed authorities would crack down on corruption in the country, following mass protests against graft and price rises earlier this year. "All Jordanians have an equal right to justice, and corruption will not be left unaddressed to become a chronic...

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Israel approves 31 settler homes in flashpoint Hebron: minister

Israel approves 31 settler homes in flashpoint Hebron: minister

Israel's government Sunday approved the construction of 31 settler homes in Hebron, the first such green light for the flashpoint West Bank city since 2002, a cabinet minister said. Construction permits were agreed in October last year but needed the government's approval, according to...

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