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    Qatar lifts controversial exit visa system for most workers

    Reuters . Dubai | Updated at 01:02am on September 06, 2018

    Qatar amended its residency laws on Tuesday to allow most foreign workers to leave the country without exit permits from their employers, a provision which...

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    Saudi seeks death penalty for prominent cleric

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh | Updated at 07:06pm on September 04, 2018

    Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor sought the death penalty against prominent cleric Sheikh Salman al-Awda at the start of his trial Tuesday in Riyadh, a year...

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    US ends funding for UN Palestinian refugee agency

    Agence France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 12:05am on September 02, 2018

    The United States announced it was halting funding for the United Nations’ agency for Palestinian refugees Friday after declaring the organization was ‘irredeemably flawed’....

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    Eight killed in car bomb attack at Iraqi checkpoint

    Reuters . Falluja | Updated at 02:21pm on August 29, 2018

    At least eight people were killed and 12 wounded in a suicide car bomb attack on a security checkpoint in western Iraq, the local mayor...

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    UN points to possible ‘war crimes’ in Yemen conflict

    Agence France-Presse . Geneva | Updated at 11:46pm on August 28, 2018

    All sides in Yemen’s bloody conflict may have committed war crimes, UN investigators said Tuesday, highlighting deadly air strikes, rampant sexual violence, and the recruitment...

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    Two dead in Iran quake

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 12:10am on August 27, 2018

    A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck western Iran near the border with Iraq early Sunday, killing two people and injuring more than 250, officials said....

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    Suicide attack near election office in Jalalabad kills three

    Reuters . Kabul | Updated at 01:49pm on August 25, 2018

    A suicide attacker killed at least three people on Saturday by detonating explosives near the office of Afghanistan’s election commission in the...

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    Islamic State chief, in rare speech, urges followers to fight on

    Reuters | Updated at 02:17pm on August 23, 2018

    Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in his first purported speech in nearly a year, has called on followers to fight on despite recent defeats,...

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    Relatives meet Khaleda, homemade food not allowed

    | Updated at 09:20pm on August 22, 2018

    Relatives met jailed Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia at old Dhaka Central Jail at Nazimuddin Road in Dhaka Wednesday afternoon, during celebration of the...

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    Iran’s Revolutionary Guard to raise defensive capabilities

    Reuters . London | Updated at 06:52pm on August 22, 2018

    Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said on Wednesday that it would continue increasing the country’s defensive capabilities, and would not surrender to pressure over its...