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Aftermath of earthquake in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran

People receive relief supplies after an earthquake in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran, on Nov. 22, 2017. A 7.3-magnitude earthquake rattled the border region between Iran and Iraq on Nov. 12, leaving more than 470 people killed and over 9,000 wounded in Iran.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/23 9:51:42

Russia, Iran, Turkey agree to accelerate Syrian peace process

The presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed on Wednesday to continue their joint efforts to facilitate the possible transition to a political settlement in Syria and restore peace and stability in the war-torn country.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/23 9:20:56

Egypt arrests spy network backed by Qatar

The Egyptian General Intelligence Agency said Wednesday the previously arrested spy network financed by Turkey was also supported by Qatar, official MENA news agency reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/23 8:08:15

Saudi Arabia agrees to reopen key Yemeni ports for aid shipment: UN

Government officials of Saudi Arabia have told the United Nations that the Saudi-led military coalition would reopen two Yemeni seaports and the airport at Sanaa, which are lifelines for the shipment of humanitarian supplies to the war-torn country, said a UN spokesman on Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/23 8:07:38

President Putin says breakdown of Syria prevented, political settlement on agenda

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that the breakdown of Syria has been prevented, and that a new stage has been reached for the possible transition to a political settlement in the war-torn country.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/23 8:06:39

Lebanon marks 74th Independence Day with military parade

Lebanon's leaders gathered Wednesday to celebrate the country's 74th Independence Day, meeting for the first time since Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation earlier in the month.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/23 8:06:20

Palestinian factions agree to hold general elections by end of 2018

Leaders of Palestinian factions and political powers who were convening in Cairo for two days agreed Wednesday to hold the general Palestinian elections by the end of 2018.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/23 8:05:59

Syria speaks high of Russian role in resolving crisis

Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said Wednesday that the visit of President Bashar al-Assad to Russia signals Russia's support to Syria.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/23 8:04:57

Lebanon's Hariri postpones resignation upon president's request

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said on Wednesday that he put off his resignation upon the request of President Michel Aoun.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/22 23:12:47

Lebanon's PM Hariri says resignation on hold pending talks

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Wednesday he had agreed to suspend his surprise decision to resign, at the request of President Michel Aoun, pending talks on the political situation.
Source: AFP | 2017/11/22 23:03:40

Putin to hold Syria peace talks with Turkey, Iran

Russian President Vladimir Putin was set to meet with the presidents of Turkey and Iran Wednesday for a key summit aimed at resuscitating the peace process in Syria, two days after he hosted surprise talks with Bashar al-Assad.
Source: AFP | 2017/11/22 22:43:40

Egypt detains 29 people suspected of spying for Turkey

The Egyptian prosecution ordered on Wednesday the detention of 29 people over charges of spying for Turkey against the Egyptian national interests, official MENA news agency reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/22 20:08:45

UN envoy urges stronger Syrian opposition delegation to Geneva

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura urged here Wednesday the Syrian opposition to send to Geneva a stronger delegation that represents all Syrians, Al Arabiya local news reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/22 17:40:09

Iran's Rouhani hails regional cooperation to uproot IS

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday lauded the victories over the so-called Islamic States (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria, Press TV reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/22 8:17:07

Egypt's Sisi, Lebanon's Hariri discuss Lebanese political crisis in Cairo

Lebanese outgoing Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri held talks in Cairo on Tuesday with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on the current Lebanese crisis after Hariri's resignation as well as other regional developments, official MENA news agency reported
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/22 8:16:55

Saudi king, Russian president discuss counterterrorism by phone

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud discussed on Tuesday counterterrorism with Russian President Vladimir Putin by phone, Saudi Press Agency reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/22 8:15:48

Israel's Netanyahu talks with Russia's Putin over Syria

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke over the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin about Syria on Tuesday night, a day after Putin's meeting with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, local media reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/22 8:13:59

Lebanon's Hariri arrives in Beirut after resignation

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri arrived in Beirut Tuesday evening after his sudden resignation in a televised statement he read from the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh on Nov. 4.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/22 8:05:18