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More than 30 Taliban killed in Afghan air bombings

The Afghan air force conducted multiple strikes on Taliban positions Saturday that killed more than 30 insurgent fighters, officials said, as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani once again called for a cease-fire.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/20 17:33:40

Saudi Arabia uncovers ancient footprints

Saudi Arabia's Heritage Commission announced on Wednesday the discovery of ancient human and animal footprints dating back more than 120,000 years in Tabuk in northern Saudi Arabia.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/9/17 18:54:32

Turkish currency drops to new low against USD

The Turkish currency dropped to a record low against the U.S. dollar on Thursday, raising concerns of high inflation and unemployment.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/9/17 17:52:44

Libyan unity government says ready to step down

The head of Libya's UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) said Wednesday he planned to step down within six weeks as part of efforts to broker a peace agreement.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/17 15:08:40

Israeli jets bomb Gaza after rocket fire

Israel bombed Gaza on Wednesday morning after rocket fire from the territory coinciding with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's signing of normalization deals with the UAE and Bahrain in Washington.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/16 16:48:41

COVID-19 pushes 37 mln people into extreme poverty: report

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed some 37 million people into extreme poverty, a majority of them in developing countries, a report released on Tuesday by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation shows.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/9/15 16:42:49

Palestinians call for protests over 'shameful' Arab-Israeli agreements

Palestinian leaders on Sunday called for demonstrations against the “shameful” deals the UAE and Bahrain are set to sign with Israel.
Source: AFP - Reuters | 2020/9/14 17:33:40

Israel reports 2,882 new COVID-19 cases, 155,604 in total

Israel's Ministry of Health reported 2,882 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total number to 155,604.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/9/14 8:41:58

Iran says US-brokered deal makes Bahrain partner to Israel's 'crimes'

Iran on Saturday angrily accused Bahrain of stirring instability after US President Donald Trump announced Manama and Israel were opening ties in a landmark deal that reinforces America's push to redraw Middle East conflicts.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/13 16:43:41

Afghan peace dialogue opens

Afghan government representatives and Taliban insurgents gathered on Saturday for historic peace talks aimed at ending two decades of war that has killed tens of thousands of combatants and civilians.
Source: Reuters | 2020/9/13 16:38:41

Fire erupts at Kuwait City's health zone

A huge fire erupted Saturday afternoon at the Al-Sabah health zone in Kuwait City, capital of Kuwait, and the fire has been brought under control, the Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD) said.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/9/13 8:19:51

Afghanistan VP lightly wounded

Afghanistan's Vice President Amrullah Saleh sustained minor injuries Wednesday when an explosion that targeted his convoy killed at least 10 people, as government-backed negotiators and the Taliban prepared to meet in Doha for long-delayed talks.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/10 16:43:41

Iran launches new centrifuges

Iran's nuclear body said Tuesday that it had launched a new “advanced centrifuges” facility to replace one badly damaged by “sabotage” at its main Natanz nuclear fuel plant in July.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/9 16:33:42

Israel-UAE accord set for signing at White House

Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will sign a US-brokered agreement normalizing their relations at the White House on September 15, a US official said Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/9 16:33:40

Syria, Russia discuss economic cooperation to help counter sanctions

Damascus and a Russian delegation Monday discussed economic cooperation to help counter Western sanctions on Syria, during Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's first visit to the war-torn country since 2012.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/8 17:08:40

Backlash over Saudi court's sentences on journalist case

A Saudi court on Monday overturned five death sentences over journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder, in a final ruling that was condemned by his fiancee and slammed by a UN expert as a “parody of justice.”
Source: AFP | 2020/9/8 16:58:40

Turkey's Erdogan renews support for Libya's UN-recognized govt

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday pledged that Turkey would continue to support Libya's UN-recognized government during closed-door talks in Istanbul, his office said.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/7 16:48:40

Israelis rejoice in airdrop weed

Cannabis rained from on high in Israel's liberal hub of Tel Aviv this week as legalization campaigners used a drone to airdrop bags of the drug, sparking delight on the ground.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/7 16:13:43