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Turkish lira hits record low, with Erdogan pressuring central bank over interest rates

With the Turkish lira hitting record lows, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dismissed three members of an important monetary policy committee on Thursday (October 14).


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Four killed, six injured in Afrin explosion

Four people were killed and six others were injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) attached to a vehicle detonated in the center of Afrin city on Monday (October 11), according to a local media outlet.


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5.6 magnitude earthquake hits southwest Iran

A 5.6 magnitude earthquake hit Iran’s Khuzestan province in the southwestern part of the country on Monday (October 4), according to the United States Geological Survey.


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Woman found dead in Iran’s Kermanshah after going missing

Hengaw Organization for Human Rights said on Sunday (September 26) that a 37-year-old woman was found dead in Iran’s Kermanshah Province two days after she went missing.


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Turkey's Erdogan hits out at Biden on Syria, Afghanistan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday (September 23) that relations with the United States remain rocky, appearing to attribute some of the discord to Biden personally.


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SDF repels Turkish attack near Syria’s Ain Issa

The Turkish military and its Syrian rebel allies attacked the village of Masa'i near Ain Issa on Wednesday (September 22)in attempt to control the strategic highway there.


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Over 1,000 historical artifacts seized in Turkey

Gendarmerie forces seized over 1,000 historical objects in an operation in Turkey's Mediterranean province of Kahramanmaras on Friday (September 17).


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UAE Embassy in Israel celebrates anniversary of normalization deal

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Embassy in Tel Aviv on Wednesday (September 15) celebrated the first anniversary of the normalization of relations with Israel.


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‘We have warned the KRG’ about presence of opposition groups: IRGC commander

A commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said on Monday (September 6) that Tehran has cautioned officials in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) about tolerating the presence of Iranian Kurdish opposition groups in the Kurdistan Region.


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UAE, Turkey leaders discuss ties amid rapprochement

Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks Monday (August 31), UAE state media reported, as relations improve between their two countries.


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Drone attack on southern Saudi airport wounds 8: coalition

A drone attack on Saudi Arabia's Abha airport wounded eight people on Tuesday (August 31), said the Saudi-led coalition battling Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen.


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Northern Cyprus braces for Syrian oil slick

The divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus braced on Tuesday (August 31) for an approaching oil slick from a power plant in Syria that threatened a pristine coastal stretch of the breakaway north.


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Drought diplomacy helps boost Israel-Jordan ties

As scientific warnings of dire climate change-induced drought grow, many in Israel and Jordan cast worried eyes at the river running between them and the critical but limited resources they share.


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'Desert': drying Euphrates threatens disaster in Syria

Syria's longest river used to flow by his olive grove, but today Khaled al-Khamees says it has receded into the distance, parching his trees and leaving his family with hardly a drop to drink.


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Palestinian president, Israeli defense minister hold rare talks

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz met Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in the West Bank on Sunday (August 29) for the first official Israeli-Palestinian talks since Prime Minister Naftali Bennett took office in June.


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Turkey's Erdogan cool to Taliban securing Kabul airport

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan poured cold water Sunday (August 29) over a plan in which Turkey operates Kabul airport and the Taliban provides security, adding Ankara would be in a tough position if another attack occurs.


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30 loyalists killed in strikes on Yemen's biggest airbase

Strikes on Yemen's largest airbase Sunday killed at least 30 pro-government troops and wounded scores more, said medical and loyalist sources who blamed Iran-backed Houthi rebels for the attack.


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Israel strikes Gaza after fire balloons, border clashes

The Israeli air force attacked two sites in Gaza early Sunday morning (August 29), the army said, after Gazans clashed with forces on the border and launched incendiary balloons at southern Israel.


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Biden meets Israeli PM Bennett amid Kabul disaster

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met Friday (August 27) with President Joe Biden a day after a deadly bomb attack on the US Afghanistan evacuation mission forced a postponement and cast a shadow on an Israeli charm offensive.


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Turkey holds first talks with the Taliban in Kabul: Erdogan

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday (August 27) said Turkey has held its first talks with the Taliban in Kabul, adding that Ankara was still assessing the Islamist group's offer to run the Afghan capital's airport.


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