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    Iraq's Kurdistan region holds independence vote

    BBC | Updated at 10:15am on September 25, 2017

    Voters are heading to the polls in a controversial independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq...

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    Rouhani vows to strengthen missiles despite US warnings

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 12:05am on September 23, 2017

    President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Friday that Iran would boost its missile capabilities despite warnings from Washington that it is ready to ditch a landmark...

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    Qatar emir again urges dialogue, Trump says dispute to be resolved quickly

    Reuters | Updated at 09:35am on September 20, 2017

    Qatar’s emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Tuesday renewed a call for ‘unconditional dialogue’ to end a crisis pitting Qatar against four...

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    Hamas ready to hand Gaza to a Palestinian unity govt

    Reuters | Updated at 08:57pm on September 17, 2017

    Hamas has agreed to dismantle the administration that runs Gaza, it said on Sunday, a major step towards handing control of the Palestinian enclave to...

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    PM leaves Abu Dhabi for NY to attend UNGA

    Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Abu Dhabi, UAE | Updated at 12:05am on September 18, 2017

    After making a stopover in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi, Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina left Abu Dhabi in the morning for New York...

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    12 Yemeni civilians killed in Saudi-led coalition raid

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 01:26pm on September 17, 2017

    Twelve Yemeni civilians including women and children have been killed in an air raid by the Saudi-led coalition northeast of the...

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    Palestine's Hamas ready for talks with Fatah, elections

    Reuters | Updated at 09:55am on September 17, 2017

    Palestine's Hamas group has agreed to talks with rival Fatah movement, to dissolve the Gaza administrative committee and hold general elections as a way to...

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    Saudi rounds up 20 people in crackdown

    Agence France-Presse . Dubai | Updated at 12:18am on September 14, 2017

    Saudi authorities have arrested at least 20 people, including prominent clerics Salman al-Awdah and Awad al-Qarni, in an apparent crackdown on dissent, activists and family...

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    Hopes fade as Gulf crisis hits 100-day landmark

    Agence France-Presse . Doha | Updated at 12:29am on September 13, 2017

    As the boycott of Qatar by a Saudi-led bloc of countries approaches its 100th day Wednesday, experts have warned the increasingly bitter dispute could last...

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    Saudi Arabia arrests four over alleged IS bomb plot

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 07:51pm on September 12, 2017

    Saudi security forces foiled an alleged suicide bomb plot by the Islamic State group targeting the defence ministry and arrested four suspects, authorities said Tuesday....