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    More bombs hit Syria's Ghouta, death toll rises 250

    Reuters | Updated at 09:15am on February 21, 2018

    Pro-government forces pounded the rebel-held district of eastern Ghouta outside the Syrian capital Damascus on Tuesday, in a surge of violence that a war monitor...

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    94 dead as Syria enclave pounded

    Reuters | Updated at 08:47am on February 20, 2018

    A surge in attacks by the Syrian government and its allies killed 94 people in the rebel pocket of eastern Ghouta in the space of...

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    Iran postpones hunt for plane lost in mountain blizzard

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 09:15am on February 19, 2018

    The hunt for a plane that disappeared with 66 people onboard in Iran's Zagros mountains was stopped until morning as blizzard conditions made progress impossible...

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    66 feared dead in Iran plane crash

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 12:05am on February 19, 2018

    All 66 people on board an Iranian passenger plane were feared dead on Sunday after it crashed into the country’s Zagros mountains, with emergency services...

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    US vows investigation into Syria attack involving Russians

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 12:39pm on February 18, 2018

    US defence secretary Jim Mattis on Saturday vowed to investigate an attack involving Russian citizens on American-allied forces in Syria but stopped short of...

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    Israel strikes Gaza after blast wounds four soldiers

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 09:15am on February 18, 2018

    Israeli jets struck the Gaza Strip on Saturday after four soldiers were wounded when an improvised explosive device blew up along the border with the...

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    Saudi cleric endorses Valentine's Day as ‘positive event’

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 10:46am on February 15, 2018

    A prominent Saudi cleric on Wednesday endorsed Valentine's Day, long forbidden in the ultra-conservative kingdom, calling it a ‘positive social event’ that was not linked...

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    Israeli police recommend bribery charges against Netanyahu

    Reuters | Updated at 09:10am on February 14, 2018

    Israeli police on Tuesday recommended indicting prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery, opening the way for what could be the biggest challenge yet to the...

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    Palestinian leader seeks Russia's backing over Jerusalem

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 10:14am on February 12, 2018

    Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas visits Russia on Monday in a bid to secure Russian president Vladimir Putin's support following Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's...

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    Long robes not necessary attire for Saudi women

    Reuters | Updated at 10:52am on February 11, 2018

    Saudi women need not wear the abaya - the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of religious faith - a senior member of the top Muslim clerical...