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Scenery of Dana Village in Jordan

Tourists walk in Dana Village, Jordan, on May 9, 2018. The Dana Village area has been occupied since about 4,000 BC. Influenced by Paleolithic, Egyptian, Nabatean and Roman civilizations, the village today is inhabited mostly by clans of a tribe who settled since the Ottoman period.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/10 12:38:27

Security measures taken ahead of voting of Iraqi parliamentary election

Security measures had taken ahead of the voting of the Iraqi parliamentary election due on Saturday, in which around 7,000 candidates will compete for the 329 parliamentary seats.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/10 10:52:47

Israeli army: Iranian forces fire 20 rockets at Israel

About 20 rockets were fired at Israeli military bases by Iranian forces in southern Syria on Wednesday overnight and some were intercepted by the Israeli Iron Dome defense system, said the Israeli army.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/10 9:16:48

Syrian air defenses respond to Israeli missile attack

The Syrian air defenses responded to Israeli missile attack after midnight in the southern province of Qunaitera, state TV reported early Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/10 8:34:46

Israel has "right" to defend against Iranian aggression: PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday evening that Israel has the "obligation and right" to defend itself against Iranian aggression from the Syrian territory.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/10 8:31:07

Israel fires rockets on Syrian site in Qunaitera province amid heightened tension

Israel fired several rockets on Syrian military positions in the southern province of Qunaitera on Wednesday overnight, with no immediate reports on losses, Syrian state TV said, as pro-government media said rockets targeted Israeli military positions in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/10 8:28:09

Iran's top leader dismisses Trump's anti-Iran remarks

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that US President Donald Trump's anti-Iran remarks, upon announcement of his withdrawal for the nuclear deal on Tuesday, was "silly and absurd."
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/10 1:30:20

Suspected Israeli strike on Syria kills 8 Iranians: monitor

Eight Iranians were among 15 foreign pro-regime fighters killed in a suspected Israeli strike in Syria on a weapons depot of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, a war monitor said Wednesday.
Source: AFP | 2018/5/9 22:18:41

China urges salvaging of Iran nuclear deal

China on Wednesday urged the signatories to the Iran nuclear deal to safeguard the integrity of the agreement after President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled the US out of the pact, raising the risk of confrontation in the Middle East and casting a shadow on the upcoming US-North Korea nuclear negotiations.
Source: Global Times | 2018/5/9 21:33:42

Iran nuclear deal still stands despite US withdrawal: French FM

French foreign minister Jean-Yves le Drian said Wednesday the Iran nuclear "still exists" despite US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the agreement struck in 2015 after marathon talks.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/9 20:23:42

Iranian parliament condemns US exit from nuclear deal

Iranian Majlis (parliament) on Monday condemned the US withdrawal from the 2015 international nuclear deal, state TV reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/9 18:27:19

Saudi Arabia intercepts 2 ballistic missiles fired from Yemen towards Riyadh

Saudi air forces intercepted on Wednesday two ballistic missiles fired by Houthi rebels from Yemen towards Saudi capital Riyadh, Al Arabiya reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/9 17:51:30

Turkish president says US to "lose" after withdrawing from Iran nuke deal

The United States will be the losing side in terms of its decision to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/9 17:29:36

Iran's parliament urges gov't for "proportional" reaction to US nuke deal exist

Iranian lawmakers on Wednesday introduced a motion urging the government for "proportional and reciprocal" response to the US exit from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), state TV reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/9 17:26:42

Mideast tourism up 5 pct in 2017, Egypt eyes 25 pct rise in 2018: UN official

The inflow of world tourism to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region increased by five percent in 2017, a record high since 2011, said an official of the United Nations (UN) on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/9 17:01:51

Heavy sand storm engulfs Hawalli Governorate of Kuwait

Buildings are shrouded in heavy dust in Hawalli Governorate of Kuwait May 9, 2018. A heavy sand storm engulfed Hawalli Governorate on Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/9 15:49:10

Militants overrun district in Afghan northern Baghlan province

Militants loyal to the Taliban outfit have overrun Tala-o-Barfak district in Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province, a local official said Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/9 15:15:40

12th Special Operations Forces Exhibition kicks off in Jordan

The 12th Special Operations Forces Exhibition (SOFEX) 2018 kicked off on Tuesday with the participation of more than 350 companies from 35 countries, the state-run Petra news agency reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/9 12:33:51