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    UAE Mars probe first for Arab world

    Agence France-Presse . Dubai | Updated at 11:38pm on July 11, 2020

    The oil-rich United Arab Emirates has built a nuclear power programme and sent a man to space, and now plans to join another elite club...

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    Macron asks Israel to drop WB annexation plans

    Agence France-Presse . Paris | Updated at 11:27pm on July 11, 2020

    Emmanuel Macron asked Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to refrain from annexing Palestinian territory in the West Bank and elsewhere during a telephone call between...

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    UN fails to find consensus after Russia, China veto

    Agence France-Presse . United Nations | Updated at 11:23pm on July 11, 2020

    The UN Security Council failed to find a consensus on prolonging cross-border humanitarian aid to Syria on Friday after Russia and China vetoed an extension...

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    UN aid to Syria hangs on Russia decision

    Agence France-Presse . United Nations | Updated at 11:41pm on July 10, 2020

    The UN will announce Friday the  results of a vote on a resolution to prolong cross-border humanitarian aid to war-torn Syria, the authorization for which...

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    10m face acute food shortage in Yemen: UN

    Agence France-Presse . Geneva | Updated at 11:28pm on July 10, 2020

    Nearly 10 million people are facing acute food shortages in Yemen and urgent action is needed to avert a famine, the UN’s World Food Programme...

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    UN chief denounces ‘unprecedented’ foreign interference in Libya

    Agence France-Presse . United Nations | Updated at 11:17pm on July 09, 2020

    UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres said Wednesday that foreign interference in the Libya conflict has reached ‘unprecedented levels,’ with sophisticated equipment and mercenaries involved in the...

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    Syria condemned at toxic arms watchdog over sarin attacks

    Agence France-Presse . The Hague | Updated at 11:15pm on July 09, 2020

    Member countries of the global chemical weapons watchdog voted overwhelmingly Thursday to take action on a probe that explicitly blamed Syria for nerve gas attacks...

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    Yemen on brink of famine again: UN

    Agence France-Presse . Dubai | Updated at 10:20pm on July 08, 2020

    War-torn Yemen is once again on the brink of famine as donor funds that averted catastrophe just 18 months ago have dried up, the country’s...

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    Saudi opens hajj registration for foreign residents

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh | Updated at 01:21am on July 08, 2020

    Saudi Arabia on Monday opened hajj registration for foreign residents in the kingdom, saying they will make up 70 per cent of the pilgrims after...

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    Iraqi jihadism expert Hisham al-Hashemi killed

    Agence France-Presse . Baghdad | Updated at 10:29pm on July 07, 2020

    Renowned jihadism expert Hisham al-Hashemi was shot outside his home in Baghdad on Monday and died shortly thereafter at a local hospital, Iraqi officials said....