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19 Hashd Shaabi members killed in US attack in western Iraq

Up to 19 paramilitary Hashd Shaabi members were killed and 35 wounded on Sunday when the US forces attacked Hashd Shaabi bases near the border with Syria in Iraq's western province of Anbar, a statement said.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/30 10:42:39

Turkey will not withdraw from army posts in Syria's Idlib

Turkey will not withdraw from its observation posts in the Syrian rebel bastion province of Idlib which has seen an increase in violence carried out by regime forces supported by Russian airstrikes, the Turkish Defense Minister said.
Source: AFP | 2019/12/29 21:41:51

Iranian commander warns against "spying" acts on joint naval drill

A senior Iranian military commander on Saturday warned foreign countries against "spying" acts on an ongoing joint naval exercise, Tasnim news agency reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/29 9:51:18

Iranian FM to visit New York in January

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he plans to visit New York in January 2020, according to the nation's Mehr News Agency.
Source: CGTN | 2019/12/28 18:23:53

Reconstruction of Mosul's historic market raises hopes for Iraqis

In Iraq's second largest city of Mosul, joy and hopes reappear on the faces of the shop owners of the city's oldest market, after two years when Iraq declared full liberation from the extremist Islamic State (IS) group.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/28 12:15:50

Japan to send warship, aircraft to Middle East to protect vessels

Japan will send a warship and patrol planes to protect Japanese ships in the Middle East as the situation in the region, from which it sources nearly 90 percent of its crude oil imports, remains volatile, Japan's top government spokesman said on Friday.
Source: Reuters | 2019/12/27 22:13:40

1,400 Syrian refugees return home from Lebanon

Around 1,400 Syrian refugees returned to their homeland from different areas in Lebanon on Thursday, local media reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/27 10:31:01

7 killed as migrant boat sinks in Turkey's Lake Van

Seven people were killed as a migrant boat capsized in eastern Turkey's Lake Van, the state-owned Anadolu news agency reported Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/27 10:26:28

Vital motion

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (center) stands with members of the ruling Justice and Development Party ahead of his speech in Ankara on Thursday. The Turkish parliament will in January 2020 vote on a motion to send troops to Syria to support the UN-backed government in Tripoli. “We will present the motion to send troops [to Libya] as soon as parliament resumes” on January 7, Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara.
Source: AFP | 2019/12/27 0:48:39

Rescue diver

A rescue diver stands on the shores of Lake Van on Thursday after a boat carrying refugees and migrants sank in eastern Turkey on Wednesday, killing seven migrants. The boat carrying illegal immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan capsized as it was nearing the shore. Turkish authorities said they rescued 64 people. Photo: AFP
Source: AFP | 2019/12/26 23:18:40

Netanyahu, Saar face off for leadership

Israel's embattled premier Benjamin Netanyahu, nicknamed Bibi, faced off against longtime rival Gideon Saar for the Likud party leadership on Thursday, in a contest that could threaten his grip on power.
Source: AFP | 2019/12/26 21:43:40

Kuwait, Saudi Arabia agree to divide Neutral Zone along border

Kuwait and Saudi Arabia signed on Tuesday agreements to divide the Neutral Zone between the two countries, the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/25 12:58:55

Iran urges Europe to save 2015 nuke deal from collapse

The Iranian government on Monday urged the European parties to the 2015 international nuclear deal to protect the accord from collapse.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/24 10:35:39

5 sentenced to death over Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia on Monday sentenced five people to death and three more to jail terms totalling 24 years over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, Turkey in October last year.
Source: Reuters | 2019/12/23 21:48:40

Taliban claim ambush on US convoy

The Taliban on Monday claimed responsibility for an attack on an American convoy that killed one US soldier and, according to the insurgents, wounded several more.
Source: AFP | 2019/12/23 20:03:40

Iran threatens to take 5th step to reduce nuke deal commitments

The secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council said on Sunday that Iran will take the fifth step of scaling back its commitments under a landmark 2015 nuclear deal, Press TV reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/23 9:51:03

Afghanistan's Ghani on track for 2nd term: initial results

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani appeared to have won a second term on Sunday, narrowly scoring an outright win in preliminary polling results, but his main rival immediately vowed to challenge the tally.
Source: AFP | 2019/12/22 20:13:40

Twitter removes thousands of accounts allegedly linked to Saudi Arabia

Twitter has removed 5,929 accounts allegedly originating in Saudi Arabia for "violating our platform manipulation policies," it announced Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/21 19:44:16