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    Rouhani says Iran wants dialogue, working to ‘prevent war’

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 06:10pm on January 17, 2020

    Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said he wants to avoid war after Tehran and Washington appeared on the brink of direct military confrontation in early January...

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    Saudi appoints princess as UNESCO representative

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh | Updated at 01:11am on January 17, 2020

    Saudi Arabia has named princess Haifa Al-Mogrin as its representative to UNESCO, a rare female appointment to an international body, as the ultra-conservative country works...

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    Qatar scraps unpopular exit permits for domestic workers

    Agence France-Presse . Doha | Updated at 01:07am on January 17, 2020

    Qatar scrapped mandatory exit permits for migrant domestic staff and other groups on Thursday, as part of efforts to boost rights for guest workers amid...

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    Yemen separatist chief warns against collapse of power-sharing deal

    Agence France-Presse . Aden | Updated at 11:31pm on January 16, 2020

    The leader of Yemen’s southern separatists has warned against the looming collapse of a power-sharing deal, saying the region is menaced by the twin threats...

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    Taliban propose brief Afghan ceasefire

    Agence France-Presse . Kabul | Updated at 11:25pm on January 16, 2020

    The Taliban have offered a brief ceasefire to the US, two insurgent sources said Thursday, a move which could allow the resumption of talks seeking...

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    Iran wants dialogue, working to prevent war, says Rouhani

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 05:26pm on January 16, 2020

    Iran’s president said Thursday dialogue with the world was ‘possible’ despite high tensions with the United States, and stressed that Tehran was working daily ‘to...

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    Dozens killed as Damascus presses Idlib offensive

    Agence France-Presse . Beirut | Updated at 04:06pm on January 16, 2020

    Dozens of fighters and civilians were killed in Syria’s Idlib province as the government pressed a deadly offensive Thursday towards a key town in the...

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    Rouhani urges unity after plane protests

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 12:12am on January 16, 2020

    President Hassan Rouhani appealed Wednesday for ‘unity’ and flagged the need for radical changes to the way Iran is run, after a wave of angry...

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    Air raids kill 9 civilians despite Idlib truce

    Agence France-Presse . Idlib | Updated at 10:35pm on January 15, 2020

    Regime air strikes on Syria’s last major opposition bastion killed at least nine civilians Wednesday, striking bustling areas of Idlib city despite a fresh Russian-sponsored...

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    Lebanese people take to streets for an end to political vacuum

    Agence France-Presse . Beirut | Updated at 03:32pm on January 15, 2020

    Lebanese protesters have taken to the streets to demand an end to a months-long political vacuum, with police firing tear gas at the start of...