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    US-led coalition says Syria withdrawal has begun

    Agence France-Presse . Hasakeh, Syria | Updated at 12:00am on January 12, 2019

    The US-led coalition in Syria has begun withdrawing its troops, a spokesman said Friday, less than a month after US president Donald Trump made his...

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    Amnesty calls for int’l probe into Khashoggi murder

    Agence France-Presse . Istanbul | Updated at 12:00am on January 11, 2019

    Amnesty International on Thursday called for an international investigation into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in a ceremony marking the 100th day since...

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    Some US officials are first-class idiots: Khamenei

    Agence-France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 12:00am on January 10, 2019

    Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Wednesday dubbed some US officials ‘first-class idiots’ as he ridiculed them for predicting the collapse of the Islamic Republic....

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    Saudis blast ‘guardianship’ laws after woman’s escape

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh | Updated at 07:54pm on January 09, 2019

    A Saudi teen’s live-tweeted asylum plea has cast a renewed spotlight on women’s rights just months after women won the right to drive, and sparked...

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    Khamenei calls US officials ‘first-class idiots’

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 04:25pm on January 09, 2019

    Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said some US officials are ‘first-class idiots’ in a speech on Wednesday. ‘Some US officials pretend that they are...

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    UN refers Saudi teen to Australia for refugee resettlement

    Reuters. Sydney | Updated at 01:43pm on January 09, 2019

    United Nations has asked Australia to consider refugee resettlement for an 18 year old Saudi woman who fled to Thailand saying she feared her family...

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    IS counterattack in east Syria kills 32

    Agence France-Presse . Beirut | Updated at 12:00am on January 09, 2019

    Die-hard jihadists defending their last bastions in eastern Syria used the cover of bad weather to launch a vain but deadly counterattack against Kurdish-led fighters.The...

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    Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport pleads for asylum

    Agence France-Presse . Bangkok | Updated at 11:19am on January 07, 2019

    A Saudi woman being held at Bangkok airport on Monday appealed for asylum and for other passengers to help protest her looming deportation, in desperate...

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    Saudi to notify women of divorce by text message

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh | Updated at 12:00am on January 07, 2019

    Saudi courts will notify women by text message when they get divorced, in a new regulation that took effect on Sunday, officials said.The measure approved...

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    Explosives expert killed in Cairo blast

    Reuters . Cairo | Updated at 01:51pm on January 06, 2019

    An Egyptian police officer was killed on Saturday while attempting to defuse a bomb found near a church in an eastern Cairo suburb, state television...

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