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    Iraq warns of ‘collapse’ if Trump blocks oil cash

    Agence France-Presse . Baghdad | Updated at 08:44pm on January 13, 2020

    Iraqi officials fear economic ‘collapse’ if Washington imposes threatened sanctions, including blocking access to a US-based account where Baghdad keeps oil revenues that feed 90...

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    Protest in Lebanon as crisis deepens

    Agence France-Presse . Beirut | Updated at 10:43pm on January 12, 2020

    Hundreds protested across Lebanon on Saturday to denounce a crippling economic crisis and the political deadlock that has left the country without a government for...

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    Four rockets hit Iraq base hosting US troops

    Agence France-Presse . Samarra | Updated at 10:43pm on January 12, 2020

    Four rockets slammed into an Iraqi airbase north of Baghdad where US troops are based, military sources said on Sunday, with security forces saying four...

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    EU urges 'de-escalation' after Iran holds UK envoy

    Agence France-Presse .Brussels | Updated at 06:29pm on January 12, 2020

    The EU's diplomatic chief criticised Iran on Sunday for briefly detaining the British ambassador to Tehran, calling for ‘de-escalation’. Iranian authorities held ambassador Rob Macaire...

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    11 migrants die after boat sinks off Turkey

    Agence France-Presse . Istanbul | Updated at 02:39pm on January 12, 2020

    Eleven migrants died on Saturday, including eight children, when their vessel sank in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Turkey, state news agency Anadolu...

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    US piles on sanctions pain against Iran

    Agence France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 12:34am on January 12, 2020

    The United States piled new sanctions on Iran’s already crippled economy Friday and defended the killing of a top Iranian leader, saying he had been...

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    2 reporters shot dead after covering Iraq protests

    Agence France-Presse . Basra | Updated at 11:16pm on January 11, 2020

    Hundreds of Iraqis on Saturday mourned two reporters shot dead the previous evening in the country’s southern city of Basra, where they had been covering...

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    Oman swears in successor to Sultan Qaboos

    Agence-France-France . Muscat | Updated at 11:04pm on January 11, 2020

    Oman’s culture minister Haitham bin Tariq has been sworn in as royal ruler after the death of his cousin Sultan Qaboos, who transformed his nation...

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    18 civilians killed in Syria

    Agence France-Presse . Idlib | Updated at 11:02pm on January 11, 2020

    Regime air strikes on Syria’s last major opposition bastion killed 18 civilians on Saturday, a war monitor said, one day before a ceasefire is due...

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    Turkey asks Russia to get Libyan general to accept truce

    Agence France-Presse . Istanbul | Updated at 10:55pm on January 11, 2020

    Turkey on Saturday asked Russia to convince eastern Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar to respect a ceasefire initiative by Ankara and Moscow that he has rejected....