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    Palestinians launch bid for full UN membership

    Agence-France-Presse . United Nations | Updated at 12:00am on January 17, 2019

    The Palestinians will launch a bid to become a full member of the United Nations even though such a move will be blocked by the...

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    IS-claimed suicide attack kills 15 in north Syria

    Agence France-Presse . Qamishli, Syria | Updated at 12:00am on January 17, 2019

    A suicide attack claimed by the Islamic State group killed 15 people including a US serviceman Wednesday in the northern Syrian city of Manbij near...

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    Saudi teen refugee, now in Canada, wants to fight for other women

    Agence France-Presse . Toronto | Updated at 12:00am on January 17, 2019

    A Saudi teen who caused an international sensation by defying her family and seeking asylum abroad on Tuesday vowed to fight for women’s freedoms in...

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    Cargo plane carrying nine people crashes in Iran

    Reuters . Dubai | Updated at 12:37pm on January 14, 2019

    A Boeing 707 cargo plane with nine people on board crashed on Monday near Iran's Fath airport, west of the capital, Tehran, the semi-official Fars...

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    Turkey urges US to honour strategic partnership

    Reuters . Istanbul | Updated at 11:26am on January 14, 2019

    President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesperson said on Monday Turkey expected the United States to honour their strategic partnership after US president Donald Trump warned it would...

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    Abbas plans anti-Hamas measures as split widens

    Agence France-Presse . Ramallah | Updated at 12:00am on January 14, 2019

    The decade-long Palestinian split looks set to deepen in the coming months, with president Mahmud Abbas poised to take multiple measures against Gaza to squeeze...

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    Saudi Arabia must hold Khashoggi’s killers ‘accountable’: Pompeo

    Agence France-Presse . Doha | Updated at 12:00am on January 14, 2019

    US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on Sunday he will ask Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman to ensure the killers of journalist Jamal...

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    US-led coalition says Syria withdrawal has begun

    Agence France-Presse . Hasakeh, Syria | Updated at 12:00am on January 12, 2019

    The US-led coalition in Syria has begun withdrawing its troops, a spokesman said Friday, less than a month after US president Donald Trump made his...

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    Amnesty calls for int’l probe into Khashoggi murder

    Agence France-Presse . Istanbul | Updated at 12:00am on January 11, 2019

    Amnesty International on Thursday called for an international investigation into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in a ceremony marking the 100th day since...

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    Some US officials are first-class idiots: Khamenei

    Agence-France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 12:00am on January 10, 2019

    Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Wednesday dubbed some US officials ‘first-class idiots’ as he ridiculed them for predicting the collapse of the Islamic Republic....