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    Saudi king orders government reshuffle after Khashoggi fallout

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh | Updated at 11:06am on December 28, 2018

    Saudi Arabia's King Salman ordered a sweeping government reshuffle Thursday, replacing key security and political figures including the foreign minister, as the kingdom grapples with...

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    Trump declares end to US ‘policeman’ role in surprise Iraq visit

    Agence-France-Presse . Iraq | Updated at 12:00am on December 28, 2018

    President Donald Trump used a lightning visit to Iraq — his first with US troops in a conflict zone since being elected — to defend...

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    Saudi king reshuffles cabinet, appoints new foreign minister

    Reuters . Dubai | Updated at 07:45pm on December 27, 2018

    Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has appointed Ibrahim al-Assaf as the new foreign minister in a cabinet reshuffle, state media reported on...

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    Turkey vows no slowdown in fight against IS

    Reuters . Istanbul | Updated at 12:00am on December 26, 2018

    Turkey vowed on Monday that the fight against Islamic State would not be slowed by the US withdrawal from Syria, where Ankara-backed rebels reinforced their...

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    Attackers hit Libya foreign ministry, killing three

    Agence France-Presse . Tripoli | Updated at 12:00am on December 26, 2018

    Suicide attackers stormed the Libyan foreign ministry in the capital Tripoli on Tuesday, killing at least three people including a senior civil servant, the authorities...

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    Christmas cheer at Jesus’s traditional birthplace of Bethlehem

    Reuters . Bethlehem | Updated at 12:00am on December 25, 2018

    Filing past a 16-metre Christmas tree in Manger Square, visitors from all over the world made a Christmas Eve pilgrimage to Bethlehem, the town revered...

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    Turkey, Israel in new war of words

    Agence-France-Presse . Ankara | Updated at 12:00am on December 24, 2018

    Turkey on Sunday hit out at Israel’s ‘lawless occupation’ of Palestinian territory after the Israeli prime minister accused Turkey of ‘massacres’ against Kurds in a...

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    Hamas rejects Abbas plan to dissolve parliament

    Agence-France-Presse . Gaza City | Updated at 12:00am on December 24, 2018

    Hamas on Sunday denounced Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s plan to dissolve the largely defunct Palestinian parliament that it controls, calling it a move to ‘serve...

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    Saudi-led coalition launches strike at Sanaa airport

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh/ Sanaa | Updated at 12:00am on December 20, 2018

    The Saudi-led coalition fighting on the side of Yemen’s government said it launched an air strike Wednesday at the airport in the rebel-held capital Sanaa,...

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    US accepts Assad staying in Syria

    Agence France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 12:00am on December 19, 2018

    The United States said Monday it was no longer seeking to topple Syrian president Bashar al-Assad but renewed warnings it would not fund reconstruction unless...