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    Coronavirus-hit Iran to make masks compulsory from next week

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 11:27pm on June 28, 2020

    Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that mask-wearing will be mandatory in certain areas as of next week and gave virus-hit provinces the green...

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    Civilians among over 100 victims of Libya mines: UN

    Agence France-Presse . Tripoli | Updated at 11:23pm on June 28, 2020

    Mines have killed or wounded more than 100 people, including many civilians, south of Libya’s capital following deadly combat between rival forces, the UN said...

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    15 Iran-backed fighters killed in Syria

    Agence France-Presse . Beirut | Updated at 11:17pm on June 28, 2020

    Air strikes targeting positions of Iran-backed militias in eastern Syria killed nine fighters on Sunday in the second such raid in 24 hours, a war...

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    In Syria, Milky Way glimmers over sea of rubble

    Agence France-Presse . Ariha, Syria | Updated at 11:30pm on June 27, 2020

    Years of violence in Syria’s last major opposition bastion has created a landscape of ruin, eerily lit in the early hours of Saturday by the...

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    Khamenei warns economy will worsen if virus spreads

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 11:29pm on June 27, 2020

    Iran’s supreme leader warned on Saturday that the country’s economic problems would worsen if the novel coronavirus spreads unchecked, saying the initial momentum to contain...

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    Millions of Yemen children may starve for lack of fund

    Agence France-Presse . Dubai | Updated at 11:22pm on June 26, 2020

    Millions of children in war-torn Yemen could be pushed to ‘the brink of starvation’ due to a lack of funding amid the coronavirus pandemic, the...

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    US warns of new UN sanctions if Iran arms embargo ends

    Agence France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 11:42pm on June 25, 2020

    US secretary of state Mike Pompeo warned Wednesday of a return of UN sanctions on Iran if the Security Council fails to extend an arms...

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    UN warns Israeli annexation may fuel extremism

    Agence France-Presse . Jerusalem | Updated at 11:37pm on June 25, 2020

    The UN’s Middle East envoy warned Thursday that Israel’s aim to annex parts of the occupied West Bank may fuel extremism and ignite a regional...

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    European MPs demand halt to Israel’s annexation plan

    Agence France-Presse . London | Updated at 11:17pm on June 24, 2020

    More than 1,000 European lawmakers from 25 countries urged their leaders Wednesday to step in and stop Israel’s planned annexation of parts of the occupied...

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    Rouhani says UN watchdog risks losing independence

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 11:09pm on June 24, 2020

    Iran’s president warned Wednesday that the UN nuclear watchdog risks losing its independence after it adopted a resolution urging access to two sites alleged to...