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Saudi king, 84, admitted to hospital: royal court

Saudi Arabia's 84-year-old ruler King Salman was admitted to hospital in Riyadh Monday for gall bladder inflammation, the royal court said, prompting the postponement of the Iraqi prime minister's high-profile visit.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/21 16:53:41

Syria's air defenses respond to Israeli missile attack over Damascus

The Syrian air defenses responded to an Israeli missile attack over the capital Damascus on Monday evening, state news agency SANA reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/7/21 11:13:40

First Arabian space mission to Mars launches from Japan

The first Arab space mission to Mars, an unmanned probe dubbed Hope, blasted off from Japan on Monday, in a bid to reveal more about the atmosphere of the Red Planet.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/20 19:13:40

Iran executes former translator convicted of spying for CIA, Mossad

Iran on Monday executed a former translator convicted of spying on its forces for the US and Israel, including help to locate a top Iranian general killed later in a US drone strike.
Source: Reuters | 2020/7/20 17:48:40

Israelis protest against Netanyahu government

Israeli police used water cannons to disperse demonstrators around Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence on Saturday as protests were mounted against him over alleged corruption and his handling of the coronavirus crisis.
Source: Reuters | 2020/7/19 17:23:42

European powers threaten sanctions over Libya breaches

France, Italy and Germany are “ready to consider” sanctions on foreign powers violating an arms embargo in Libya, a joint statement by their leaders said Saturday.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/19 17:08:41

UN fears environmental 'catastrophe' if Yemen oil tanker ruptures

The United Nations (UN) held an unusual session on Wednesday to express fears of a “catastrophe” if a decaying oil tanker abandoned off Yemen's coast with 1.1 million barrels of crude on board ruptures into the Red Sea.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/16 17:43:41

UAE again delays Mars probe launch over weather

The United Arab Emirates said on Wednesday it would delay the launch of its Hope Mars probe for a second time, again due to bad weather.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/15 18:58:41

Several wounded in Syria attack

Three Russian and several Turkish soldiers were wounded Tuesday in Syria's restive Idlib province when a joint military patrol was hit by an improvised explosive device, Russia's defense ministry said.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/15 16:08:41

Taliban car bomb kills 11

At least 11 security personnel were killed Monday in an attack claimed by the Taliban on an office of Afghanistan's intelligence agency, officials said.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/14 17:33:41

Landmines in Yemen pose big dangers to civilians' lives

When Mohammed Kadish heard the good news that battles had ended in his village in the northwestern Yemeni province of Hajjah early last year, he immediately gathered his family, his livestock in the barren displacement camp and hurried back home.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/7/14 10:40:49

Blast shakes building

A gas explosion shook a residential building in Iran's capital Tehran on Saturday, injuring one person, the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) quoted the city fire department as saying.
Source: Reuters | 2020/7/12 17:08:41

Iran, Syria sign agreement to expand "comprehensive" military cooperation

Iran and Syria signed an agreement on Wednesday to expand "comprehensive" military and security cooperation, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/7/9 10:40:37

UN expert deems US drone strike on Iran's Soleimani 'unlawful' killing

The January US drone strike in Iraq that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and nine other people represented a violation of international law, a UN human rights investigator said on Monday.
Source: Reuters | 2020/7/7 18:03:40

Iran builds missile cities

Tehran has built underground “missile cities” along the Gulf coastline, Iran's Revolutionary Guards Navy chief said on Sunday.
Source: Reuters | 2020/7/7 10:53:41

Rocket fired at airport

A rocket landed near Baghdad airport overnight but did not explode, an Iraqi security source said in a statement, after two other rocket attacks targeted American diplomatic and military installations at the weekend.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/7 10:53:40

Israel launches Gaza strikes after rocket fire: Palestinian Authority

Israeli aircraft attacked Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip on Sunday night, a Palestinian security source told AFP after Israel reported three rockets fired at the region.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/6 17:03:40

Iran, Russia, Turkey agree to work together to ease Syria tensions

Iran, Russia and Turkey, which support opposing sides in Syria's war, agreed Wednesday to coordinate their efforts to reduce tensions in the country, whose conflict has entered its 10th year.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/2 17:58:40