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    Hariri says Israeli drones in Beirut attempt to stir ME tensions

    Reuters . Beirut | Updated at 12:00am on August 26, 2019

    Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri said two Israeli drones which crashed in a suburb of Beirut dominated by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah were designed to stir...

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    Iranian tanker switches destination, heads to Turkey

    Reuters . Athens | Updated at 12:00am on August 25, 2019

    An Iranian tanker at the centre of a confrontation between Washington and Tehran has switched destination and is now heading to Turkey instead of southern...

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    Iran unveils new home-grown missile defence system

    Agence-France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 11:02pm on August 22, 2019

    Iran unveiled its new home-grown air defence system on Thursday at a time of increased tensions with the United States. Iranian officials have previously called...

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    Saudi Arabia eases travel restrictions on women

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh | Updated at 12:42am on August 22, 2019

    Saudi Arabia on Tuesday began implementing a landmark reform allowing women over the age of 21 to receive passports and travel abroad without permission from...

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    Zarif warns US that Tehran may also act ‘unpredictably’

    Reuters . Stockholm | Updated at 12:00am on August 22, 2019

    Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday Tehran may act ‘unpredictably’ in response to the United States’ ‘unpredictable’ policies under US president Donald...

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    Syrian army poised to take key town after rebel withdrawals

    Reuters . Beirut | Updated at 12:00am on August 21, 2019

    Syrian government forces look set to recover a strategic town that has been in rebel hands since 2014 in a major Russian-backed offensive into the...

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    3 killed in Syria air strike on Turkey convoy

    Reuters . Beirut/ Ankara | Updated at 12:00am on August 20, 2019

    Turkey said a Syrian government air strike on a Turkish military convoy in northwest Syria killed three civilians and wounded 12 on Monday as Syrian...

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    Netanyahu meets Ukrainian president

    Agence France-Presse. Jerusalem | Updated at 02:01pm on August 19, 2019

    Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu embarked Sunday on an official visit to Ukraine — from which many Israelis hail — a month ahead of the...

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    Separatists vacate key offices in Aden

    Agence-France-Presse . Yemen | Updated at 12:00am on August 19, 2019

    Southern separatists vacated key public buildings in Yemen’s second city Aden on Saturday that they had seized from unionist forces loyal to president Abedrabbo Mansour...

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    US, UK presence in Gulf brings insecurity

    Reuters . Geneva | Updated at 12:00am on August 19, 2019

    The presence of America and Britain in the Gulf region brings insecurity, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards navy, AlirezaTangsiri, was reported as saying...