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    Quake in Iran kills nine in Turkey

    Agence France-Presse . Istanbul | Updated at 01:56am on February 24, 2020

    A magnitude 5.7 earthquake in northwestern Iran on Sunday killed at least nine people in neighbouring Turkey and injured dozens more on both sides of...

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    Rebel depots hit in Sanaa

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh | Updated at 12:49am on February 24, 2020

    The Saudi-led coalition said it launched air raids Sunday targeting ballistic missile and drone depots in Yemen’s capital of the Iran-backed Huthis, two days after...

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    Israel readies for third election in less than a year

    Agence-France-Presse . Jerusalem | Updated at 12:47am on February 24, 2020

    Israel is bracing for an unprecedented third election in under a year, with voters eyeing an end to the deadlock but polls indicating another tight...

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    Mobile phone services restored as Afghan truce holds

    Agence France-Presse . Kunduz, Afghanistan | Updated at 12:45am on February 24, 2020

    Mobile phone services were restored across swathes of Taliban-contested areas of Afghanistan over the weekend as a partial truce with the militants held for a...

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    Israeli forces kill Palestinian

    Agence-France-Presse . Jerusalem | Updated at 12:43am on February 24, 2020

    Israeli forces on Sunday shot dead a Palestinian suspected of placing a bomb near the Gaza border, before extracting his body with a bulldozer, the...

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    Iran reports record low turnout for general election

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 12:35am on February 24, 2020

    Iran’s interior minister said on Sunday that 42.6 per cent of eligible voters turned out for the country’s parliamentary election, a record low in such...

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    Conservatives ahead as Iran polls results trickle in

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 01:42am on February 23, 2020

    Conservatives appeared to be in the lead as the first results of Iran’s parliamentary election came in Saturday, amid expectations of a low turnout after...

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    10,000 casualties in Afghan war in 2019: UN

    Agence France-Presse . Kabul | Updated at 12:01am on February 23, 2020

    More than 10,000 civilians were killed or wounded in Afghanistan’s war last year, the United Nations announced Saturday, as a historic partial truce kicked in...

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    Erdogan urges Putin to restrain Syria regime

    Agence France-Presse . Ankara | Updated at 11:58pm on February 22, 2020

    Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to halt the Syrian regime’s offensive in northwest Syria as France called...

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    Watchdog sanctions Iran over lax terror financing

    Agence France-Presse . Paris | Updated at 11:56pm on February 22, 2020

    A multinational financial crimes watchdog on Friday faulted Iran for not doing enough to counter a ‘terrorist financing risk’ and announced the reinstatement of punitive...