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Pakistan says mediation between Saudi and Iran going slowly

Pakistan’s US-requested mediation efforts between Gulf rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran have been making slow progress, Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday (august 3).


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Turkish foreign ministry condemns reported oil agreement between SDF, US company

In response to reports of an agreement between a US oil company and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SFD), Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Relations on Monday (August 3) expressed its concern and argued tha


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One person is dying of COVID-19 every seven minutes in Iran: state TV

One person is dying from COVID-19 every seven minutes in Iran, state television said on Monday (August 3), as the Health Ministry reported 215 new deaths from the disease and state media warned of a l


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Lebanon's foreign minister quits over lack of 'will to reform'

Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti resigned on Monday (August 3) over what he described as lack of political will to reform as his nation wrestles with a financial crisis posing the biggest threa


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Israel hits squad that placed explosives along Syria frontier, army says

The Israeli army on Monday (August 3) said it targeted a group of four people who had planted explosives along the border fence with Syria on the Golan Heights.


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Israel's Netanyahu condemns protests against him, criticizes media

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu struck back on Sunday at demonstrations calling for his resignation, accusing protesters of trampling democracy and the Israeli media of encouraging them.


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Algerian leader secures fugitive officer with Erdogan call, source says

Algeria’s president phoned his Turkish counterpart last month to secure the return of a fugitive military official who fled Algeria days after its powerful army chief died in December, a top Algerian


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Syria says US oil firm signed deal with Kurdish-led forces

Syria’s foreign ministry said on Sunday that an American oil company had signed an agreement with Kurdish-led forces who control northeastern oilfields in what it described as an illegal deal aimed at


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Iran's stock market surges past key level to record high, as analysts warn of bubble

Iran’s main stock index broke through the key 2 million point mark for the first time ever on Sunday (August 2), state media reported, amid warnings that the market is overheating.


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Egypt says Turkish seismic survey plans could encroach on its waters

Egypt said on Saturday (August 1) that part of a seismic survey planned by Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean potentially encroached on waters where Cairo claims exclusive rights.


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Iran says it has detained US-based opposition leader over 2008 bomb attack

Iran said on Saturday (August 1) that its intelligence forces have detained a US-based leader of a pro-monarchist group whom it accused of being behind a 2008 bombing that killed 14, and of planning m


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UAE launches start-up operations at first nuclear power plant

The United Arab Emirates has begun start-up operations in the initial unit of its first nuclear power plant, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) said on Saturday (August 1).


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Kuwait bans flights to 31 'high risk' countries due to coronavirus

Kuwait has banned until further notice commercial flights to 31 countries it said that it regarded as high risk due to the spread of the coronavirus, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said on


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Iran clears oil spill in northern Gulf region, IRNA agency reports

Iranian teams have cleaned up an oil slick near field in the northern region of the Gulf that had extended over a six-square-km (2.3 square mile) area, an Iranian maritime official said on Saturday (A


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UAE official tells Turkey to stop meddling in Arab affairs over Libya

The United Arab Emirates minister of state for foreign affairs said on Saturday (August 1) that Turkey should stop interfering in Arab affairs, criticising comments on Libya made by Turkey’s defence m


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Egypt reports lowest coronavirus daily figure since May 3

Egypt reported 321 new COVID-19 infections on Friday (July 31), the health ministry said, the lowest figure since May 3.


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Case of Islamic State recruit's UK citizenship goes to Supreme Court

The UK Supreme Court will examine the case of a British-born woman who went to Syria as a schoolgirl to join Islamic State, after the government appealed against a court decision to allow her to retur


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Ukraine welcomes 'constructive' first talks with Iran on downing of airliner

Ukraine said on Friday that its first round of talks with Iran about the downing of a Ukrainian airliner shortly after takeoff in Tehran in January had been constructive, and that it was determined “


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Iran's Khamenei rejects talks with US over missile, nuclear programs

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, ruled out negotiations with the United States over Tehran’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs on Friday (July 31) and urged Iranians to resist US pr


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In Mecca, a fortunate few pray for a pandemic-free world

In years before the coronavirus, some 3 million white-clad pilgrims from across the world flocked to Islam’s holiest sites to attend haj under Saudi Arabia’s blistering sun.


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