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UAE gets Israeli visa exemptions, a first for Arab world

United Arab Emirates citizens will be able to stay in Israel for up to 90 days on a single visit, the Gulf power’s state news agency WAM said on Thursday (October 22), after it became the first Arab n


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Turkey extends exploration in disputed Mediterranean waters to Oct. 27

Turkey said on Wednesday (October 22) it extended the stay of its Oruc Reis survey vessel and two other ships in a disputed area of the eastern Mediterranean until Oct. 27, in a move likely to furthe


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US intelligence agencies say Iran, Russia have tried to interfere in 2020 election

US Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said on Wednesday (October 21) ​that Russia and Iran have both tried to interfere with the 2020 presidential election.


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Greece sees 'imperial fantasies' in Turkey maritime claims, wants tougher EU action

Greece urged the European Union on Wednesday (October 21) to reconsider its customs union with Turkey in response to Ankara’s continued gas exploration in contested Mediterranean areas, deploring what


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German police detain Syrian suspected of killing tourist

German police have arrested a 20-year-old Syrian suspected of attacking two tourists in the eastern city of Dresden at the start of October, killing one of them, police said on Wednesday (October 21).


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US will not change Syria policy to win release of Americans – Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday (October 21) said the United States will not change policy toward Syria to obtain the release of US journalist Austin Tice and other detained Americans.


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Iran reports highest daily coronavirus infections since Feb

Iran’s health ministry on Wednesday (October 21)reported 5,616 new coronavirus cases for the previous 24 hours, the highest daily number since February, bringing the national tally to 545,286 in the M


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Fiancee of Khashoggi, human rights group sue Saudi crown prince in US

The fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and a human rights group that he founded filed a lawsuit in a US court on Tuesday (October 21) with allegations that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince o


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Iran health minister urges tougher COVID action as new cases soar

Iran’s health minister appealed on Tuesday (October 20) for more public and government support to enforce restrictions aimed at stemming a third major outbreak of coronavirus infections as new cases s


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UAE government delegation heads to Israel for first official visit

The first ever official United Arab Emirates delegation to Israel set off on Tuesday (October 20) after the two countries normalised ties last month under a US-brokered accord forged largely over shar


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Turkey withdraws from base in northwest Syria, sources say

Turkey is withdrawing troops from a military post in northwest Syria that was surrounded by Syrian government forces last year, but is consolidating its presence elsewhere in the region, sources famil


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Trump envoy hopes Israeli-Arab peace deals will continue whatever the US election result

Donald Trump’s Middle East envoy said on Sunday the US President’s push for an Israeli-Arab rapprochement was gaining momentum and he hoped more accords would follow even if Trump loses next month’s e


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White House official went to Syria seeking Americans' release

A White House official traveled to Damascus earlier this year for secret meetings with the Syrian government seeking the release of at least two US citizens thought to be held there, a Trump administr


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Islamic State tells supporters to target westerners, pipelines in Saudi Arabia

An Islamic State spokesman called the militant group’s supporters to target westerners, oil pipelines and economic infrastructure in Saudi Arabia.


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Saudi Arabia allows citizens, residents to pray at Al-Haram Mosque

Saudi Arabia allowed its citizens and residents inside the kingdom to perform prayers in one of the most holy religious sites in Islam, Al-Haram mosque in Mecca, for the first time in seven months, st


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Israel, Bahrain formalize ties at ceremony attended by US officials

Bahrain and Israel signed a joint communiqué to formalize nascent ties during a visit by an Israeli and US delegation to Manama on Sunday (October 18) to broaden cooperation that Washington has promot


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Armenia and Azerbaijan truce breaks down within hours

Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other on Sunday (October 18) of violating a new humanitarian ceasefire in fighting over the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, hours after it was agreed.


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Iran sees no arms buying spree as it expects UN embargo to end

Iran said it was self-reliant in its defense and had no need to go on a weapons buying spree as a United Nations conventional arms embargo was due to expire on Sunday (October 18) despite strong US op


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Lebanon's biggest Christian party says won't back Hariri for PM

Lebanon’s largest Christian political party said on Saturday (October 17) it would not back the nomination of former Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri to lead a government to tackle a deep economic crisis


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Iran extends COVID curbs in capital as nationwide deaths pass 30,000

Iran, the Middle Eastern country hardest-hit by the coronavirus, extended restrictions and closures in the capital Tehran into a third week on Saturday (October 17) as its death toll rose above 30,000


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