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    US embassy to be moved to Jerusalem by 2019, says Pence

    Reuters | Updated at 08:43pm on January 22, 2018

    The US embassy in Israel will move to Jerusalem by the end of 2019, US vice-president Mike Pence said in a speech to the Israeli...

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    Airstrikes pound Syria's Afrin as Turkey launches ‘Operation Olive Branch’

    Reuters | Updated at 09:25am on January 21, 2018

    Turkey opened a new front in Syria's nearly seven-year-old war on Saturday, launching airstrikes against a US-backed Kurdish militia in Afrin province that raise the...

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    Pence heads to Mideast amid Israel embassy storm

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 10:20am on January 20, 2018

    US vice-president Mike Pence set off for the Middle East on Friday for a trip overshadowed by controversy over plans to move the American embassy...

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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...