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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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New group of rebels quits Syria's Daraa under truce

A second group of rebel fighters left the southern Syrian city of Daraa Thursday (August 26) under a Russian-brokered truce aimed at ending the region's worst fighting in years, a monitor said.


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Two Syrians jailed in Germany for aiding execution

Two Syrians received lengthy jail sentences in Germany on Thursday (August 26) for their role in an execution by an Islamist terrorist group linked to Al-Qaeda, a court said.


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Israeli PM promises 'new spirit' in Biden meeting

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett meets President Joe Biden at the White House on Thursday (August 26) to reboot ties with the Democratic administration despite deep differences on the Palestinians and Iran.


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What is the Islamic State threat in Afghanistan?

As desperate Afghans crowd Kabul airport trying to get on any evacuation flights to flee the Taliban, officials have warned of another jihadist threat: the Islamic State group (ISIS).


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Iran's parliament approves president's cabinet choices

Iran's parliament on Wednesday (August 25) approved almost all new President Ebrahim Raisi's cabinet choices, enabling him to start working in earnest with his government, following a June election victory.


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Iran parliament to give verdict on Raisi cabinet picks

Iran's parliament is due to complete debate on President Ebrahim Raisi's cabinet onWednesday (August 25) before an afternoon vote of confidence allowing the new government to start work.


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