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Daesh claims attack on northern Iraqi city Tal Afar

Daesh claims attack on northern Iraqi city Tal Afar

Daesh (ISIS) claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack in the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar, the group said Tuesday on its news agency Amaq. The attack on Tal Afar, a former Daesh stronghold, killed two people and wounded 11, according to the Iraqi military. Tal Afar, about 80 km...

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Christians in Iraq's Kirkuk enjoy peaceful Christmas

Christians in Iraq's Kirkuk enjoy peaceful Christmas

Christians in Iraq's northern city of Kirkuk on Tuesday celebrated Christmas in the Kalp al-Akdes Church, where they prayed for peace after years of terrorism and political turmoil. Church priest Yousef Toma told Anadolu Agency that Iraq’s war-weary Christians now looked forward to a...

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Two dead, 11 wounded in car bomb in northern Iraqi city Tal Afar

Two dead, 11 wounded in car bomb in northern Iraqi city Tal Afar

At least two people were killed and 11 wounded Tuesday by a car bomb in the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar, a former Daesh (ISIS) stronghold, the military said. Tal Afar, about 80 km (50 miles) west of Mosul, experienced cycles of sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shi'ites after...

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Erdogan invites Trump to Turkey amid Syria pullout

Erdogan invites Trump to Turkey amid Syria pullout

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent more troops to Syria's border on Monday ahead of an imminent US withdrawal, as the White House announced he had invited Donald Trump to Ankara. Unlike several other allies of the United States, Turkey has praised President Trump's decision to...

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Sisi's call on Egyptians to lose weight creates a stir

Sisi's call on Egyptians to lose weight creates a stir

President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi is demanding Egyptians lose weight. In televised comments earlier this month, the general-turned-president railed about the number of overweight people he sees and told Egyptians they must take better care of themselves. He said physical education should...

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Iran presents budget to counter 'cruel' US sanctions

Iran presents budget to counter 'cruel' US sanctions

President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday unveiled Iran's first annual budget since the return of U.S. sanctions, saying it had been adjusted to take account of Washington's "cruel" measures. The president announced a 20 percent increase in public sector wages in a sign of the economic...

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Daesh kidnaps 19 civilians in Iraq’s Kirkuk

Daesh kidnaps 19 civilians in Iraq’s Kirkuk

The Daesh terrorist group abducted 19 civilians in Iraq’s northern Kirkuk province on Tuesday, according to a federal police spokesman. Daesh terrorists raided the town of Mabdad, south of Kirkuk, and kidnapped 13 civilians, Hussein Majed told Anadolu Agency. He said two...

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Israel to hold early election, in April: Netanyahu spokesman

Israel to hold early election, in April: Netanyahu spokesman

Israel will hold a general election in April, a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Twitter on Monday, after a meeting between members of his governing coalition. "The leaders of the coalition decided unanimously to dissolve parliament and go to a new election in...

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Jordan prime minister to visit Turkey Tuesday

Jordan prime minister to visit Turkey Tuesday

Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Razzaz is set to start an official visit to Turkey on Tuesday.  Razzaz will hold talks with Turkish officials on means of bolstering economic relations between Jordan and Turkey, Jumana Ghunaimat, a spokesperson for the Jordanian government, told...

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Egypt security forces kill 14 militants in Sinai

Egypt security forces kill 14 militants in Sinai

Egyptian security forces have killed 14 Islamist militants in an exchange of fire in the country's turbulent northern Sinai region, the interior ministry said Sunday. The militants were under surveillance ahead of security forces raiding their hideout in the town of Al-Arish, the...

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After delays, Egypt's new mega-museum set to open in 2020

After delays, Egypt's new mega-museum set to open in 2020

On the Giza Plateau outside Cairo, thousands of Egyptians are laboring in the shadow of the pyramids to erect a monument worthy of the pharaohs. The Grand Egyptian Museum has been under construction for well over a decade and is intended to showcase Egypt's ancient treasures while...

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Palestinian shot by Israeli forces dies: Gaza ministry

Palestinian shot by Israeli forces dies: Gaza ministry

An 18-year-old Palestinian shot by Israeli forces died of his wounds Saturday, the fourth fatality from protests along the Gaza border a day earlier, health officials in the Hamas-run enclave said. Ayman Shehr was shot in the stomach in Deir Al-Balah in central Gaza, health ministry...

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U.S. aircraft carrier arrives in Arab Gulf, shadowed by Iranian boats

U.S. aircraft carrier arrives in Arab Gulf, shadowed by Iranian boats

A U.S. aircraft carrier has sailed into the Arab Gulf, becoming the first in the region since President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal earlier this year. The December 21 arrival of the USS John C. Stennis came amid repeated threats by Iranian officials to...

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Israeli army says Palestinian killed at West Bank roadblock

Israeli army says Palestinian killed at West Bank roadblock

The Israeli army says it has opened fire on a car that broke through a West Bank checkpoint, killing one of the Palestinian passengers. The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the man as Qasim Abbasi, 17. His cousin, Mohammed Abbasi, told The Associated Press that he and Qasim were...

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Israeli forces martyr Palestinian in West Bank

Israeli forces martyr Palestinian in West Bank

A Palestinian man was martyred Thursday in the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. The man was shot dead by Israeli soldiers at the northern entrance to the city of Al-Bireh. The reason for the attack is unknown, while the identity of the...

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Netanyahu, Trump discuss US withdrawal from Syria

Netanyahu, Trump discuss US withdrawal from Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and American President Donald Trump spoke over the phone and discussed the U.S. forces’ withdrawal from Syria, a statement said on Thursday. According to the statement issued by Israeli Prime Minister's Office, Trump and Netanyahu also...

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Jewish settlers vandalize Palestinian vehicles in J'lem

Jewish settlers vandalize Palestinian vehicles in J'lem

Israeli settlers on Thursday vandalized Palestinian vehicles in a suspected “price tag” attack in occupied East Jerusalem, according to a local eyewitness.  “Settlers slashed tires and spray-painted racist slogans on dozens of cars in Jerusalem’s southern Beit Hanina...

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Israeli prosecutors recommend indicting PM for bribery

Israeli prosecutors recommend indicting PM for bribery

The Israeli State Prosecutor's Office has recommended the indictment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for alleged bribery in two separate corruption cases, Israeli daily Haaretz reported Wednesday.  Netanyahu will also likely be charged for breach of trust in a third corruption...

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