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Iran imposes new restrictions to stem coronavirus spread: Rouhani

Weddings, wakes and conferences will be banned in the Iranian capital until further notice as the Middle East’s hardest-hit nation battles a third wave of COVID-19, police said on Saturday (October 31


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Turkish rescue workers search for survivors in quake; death toll rises to 27

Rescue workers in western Turkish city of Izmir searched through rubble for survivors on Saturday after a powerful earthquake hit the Aegean Sea on Friday (October 31), as the death toll rose to 27.


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Iran brands US 'pirates' over seized Venezuela-bound oil

Iran accused the United States on Friday (October 30) of acting like the “Pirates of the Caribbean” after Washington said it had sold off Iranian crude oil shipments that it seized on their way to Ven


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Earthquake rattles the Aegean region; casualties reported

An earthquake of at least 6.6 magnitude struck the Aegean Sea region Friday afternoon, 33-kilometers off the western coast of Turkey with scores of collapsed buildings and a tsunami reported in Izmir


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UK summons Iranian ambassador over Zaghari-Ratcliffe

The British government summoned the Iranian ambassador on Thursday (October 30) following news that imprisoned British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is to be recalled to court in Iran,


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US seizes Iranian missiles, slaps Iran-related sanctions on 11 entities

The United States revealed on Thursday (October 29) it had seized Iranian missiles shipped to Yemen and sold 1.1 million barrels of previously seized Iranian oil that was bound for Venezuela, in the T


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Putin calls for Turkish involvement in Nagorno-Karabakh talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Turkey should be among countries involved in talks to end fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh, as Azerbaijan and Armenia again accused each other on Thursday (October 29


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Saudi Arabia says will open Umrah pilgrimage to Muslims from abroad from November 1 - Saudi media

Saudi Arabia will open the Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca for Muslims from other countries from Nov. 1, Saudi media reported on Thursday (October 29), as the kingdom relaxes measures it had taken to check


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Scarred by war but home at last, two Libyan families pray for peace

Libya’s warring armies have agreed a ceasefire and, years after being forced to flee for their lives, the Bouzids and the Alis are finally back at home.


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Saudi man arrested in Jeddah after knife attack on guard at French consulate

A Saudi man was arrested in the Red Sea city of Jeddah after attacking and wounding a security guard with a “sharp tool” at the French consulate on Thursday (October 29), local police said.


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Libyan investigators find more mass graves in recaptured city

Libyan authorities have dug 12 bodies from four more unmarked graves in the city of Tarhouna, adding to the scores of corpses already discovered since the area was recaptured in June by the Government


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Turkey has right to act if militants not cleared from Syria border - Erdogan

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday (October 28) Turkey had the legitimate right to act again if militants are not cleared from its border with Syria, where it has carried out several i


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Turkey to take legal, diplomatic steps against French caricature of Erdogan

Turkey said on Wednesday (October 28) it will take legal and diplomatic steps in response to a caricature of President Tayyip Erdogan in the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which officials call


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US-sanctioned Iranian plane lands in Venezuela -lawmaker, data

An Iranian plane owned by a company sanctioned by the United States for allegedly shipping weapons to Syria landed in Venezuela on Tuesday (October 27), according to an opposition Venezuelan lawmaker


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Turkish court sentences US consulate employee over aiding terrorist organization

An Istanbul court on Tuesday (October 27) sentenced a local US consulate employee to jail for aiding the network Ankara accuses of attempting a 2016 coup, in a verdict that could further strain ties


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Houthi official gunned down in Yemeni capital

A Houthi official was killed on Tuesday (October 27) by gunmen in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, in a rare assassination of a civilian official in the armed movement that controls the city.


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Armenia says Karabakh forces quit town as US-backed ceasefire appears to fail

Armenia acknowledged overnight that Nagorno-Karabakh forces had withdrawn from a strategic town between the enclave and the Iranian border, an apparent military gain for Azerbaijan as a new US-brokere


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Child malnutrition reaches new highs in parts of Yemen: UN survey

Parts of Yemen are seeing their highest levels of acute malnutrition in children, heightening warnings that the country is approaching a dire food security crisis, a UN report said on Tuesday (October


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Insulting Muslims is an abuse of free speech, Iran's Zarif says

Insulting Muslims is an “opportunistic” abuse of free speech, Iran’s foreign minister said on Monday (October 26), in an apparent reference to remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron perceived to


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US issues fresh Iran-related sanctions targeting state oil sector

The United States on Monday (October 26) imposed fresh Iran-related sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic’s oil sector, including the Iranian Ministry of Petroleum, in Washington’s latest action to


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