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    Lebanon says foiled IS holiday attacks

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 09:10pm on January 19, 2018

    Lebanon thwarted jihadist plans to attack places of worship and government buildings over the holidays after gaining rare access to an Islamic State group operative,...

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    Tillerson says US has no intention to build border force in Syria

    Reuters | Updated at 10:55am on January 18, 2018

    US secretary of state Rex Tillerson on Wednesday denied that the United States had any intention to build a Syria-Turkey border force, saying the issue,...

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    Palestinian killed in clashes with Israeli forces in West Bank

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 10:35am on January 18, 2018

    A Palestinian was killed during clashes with Israeli forces in the north of the occupied West Bank late Wednesday, the Palestinian health ministry announced...

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    KSA lifts ban on screening films

    Reuters . Jeddah | Updated at 12:30am on January 16, 2018

    Saudi Arabia began screening feature-length animated children’s films this weekend in a makeshift theatre, after a 35-year-old ban on cinemas was lifted in the conservative...

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    31 killed in Baghdad twin suicide blast

    Agence France-Presse . Baghdad | Updated at 12:05am on January 16, 2018

    Iraq’s prime minister Haider al-Abadi called for the elimination of jihadist ‘sleeper cells’ Monday after a twin suicide bombing killed 31 people in Baghdad in...

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    Saudi detained prince in settlement talks with govt

    Reuters . Dubai/ Jeddah | Updated at 12:01am on January 15, 2018

    Saudi Arabia’s billionaire prince Alwaleed bin Talal, detained for over two months in an anti-corruption crackdown, is negotiating a possible settlement with authorities but so...

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    Iran lifts block on Telegram app imposed during unrest

    Reuters | Updated at 09:50am on January 14, 2018

    Iran on Saturday lifted restrictions on the messaging app Telegram, the state news agency IRNA said, after blocking the popular service as security forces sought...

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    Israel carries out air strike in Gaza

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 09:05am on January 14, 2018

    Israeli aircraft attacked a target in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday, the army said, and also closed the goods crossing between the Palestinian enclave...

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    Saudi women to enter stadiums for first time to watch soccer

    Associated Press . Riyadh | Updated at 12:29am on January 13, 2018

    Saudi women will be allowed for the first time to enter a sports stadium to watch a soccer match between two local teams, though they...

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    In jab at hardliners, Rouhani says Iran protests were not only economic

    Reuters | Updated at 04:14pm on January 08, 2018

    Protests that shook Iran were not just aimed at the economy, president Hassan Rouhani said on Monday, remarks suggesting the real...

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