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    Yemeni separatists push peace deal

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh | Updated at 11:19pm on July 29, 2020

    Yemeni separatists abandoned their declaration of self-rule in the south on Wednesday and pledged to implement a stalled Saudi-brokered peace deal, mending a rift between...

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    Iran blasts dummy US aircraft carrier

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 11:16pm on July 29, 2020

    Iran’s Revolutionary Guards blasted a mock-up of a US aircraft carrier with missiles on Tuesday during military exercises in sensitive Gulf waters, state television reported....

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    Muslims begin downsized hajj amid pandemic

    Agence France-Presse . Makkah | Updated at 10:30am on July 29, 2020

    Mask-clad Muslims began the hajj on Wednesday, circling Islam’s holiest site along socially distanced paths in the smallest pilgrimage in modern history as the Saudi...

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    Saudis strive to prevent coronavirus outbreak in Hajj

    Agence France-Presse . Makkah | Updated at 12:16am on July 29, 2020

    Pilgrims were quarantined Tuesday in the Muslim holy city of Makkah ahead of the dramatically downsized Hajj as Saudi authorities strive to prevent a coronavirus...

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    Afghan Sikhs, Hindus arrive in India after deadly attack

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 10:37pm on July 27, 2020

    Sikh and Hindu Afghans, most reportedly family members of people killed in an attack on a Kabul temple earlier this year, arrived in India Sunday...

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    Saudi Arabia gears up for downsized hajj

    Agence France-Presse. Mecca | Updated at 10:40am on July 27, 2020

    Saudi Arabia on Wednesday begins hosting the annual hajj pilgrimage, dramatically downscaled due to the coronavirus pandemic that has barred millions of international pilgrims for...

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    Israeli protesters demand  Netanyahu’s resignation

    Agence France-Presse . Jerusalem | Updated at 11:11pm on July 26, 2020

    ‘We won’t leave until Bibi leaves.’ Israel’s struggle to contain the coronavirus has stirred deep-seated resentment towards prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and protests demanding his...

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    Rights groups urge PA Authority to free protesters

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

    Human rights organisations have called on the Palestinian Authority to release detained anti-corruption activists accused of violating a health emergency in place to combat the...

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    Passengers can sue US for endangering flight: Iran

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 11:35pm on July 25, 2020

    Iran’s judiciary on Saturday told passengers aboard an Iranian commercial airliner that the US said was intercepted by its warplanes that they can sue Washington...

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    King Salman undergoes successful surgery

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh | Updated at 01:11am on July 25, 2020

    King Salman of Saudi Arabia underwent successful surgery on Thursday to remove his gall bladder, three days after he was admitted to hospital. It is...