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    Israel strikes Gaza

    Agence France-Presse . Gaza City | Updated at 11:26pm on December 08, 2019

    Israeli aircraft carried out attacks in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip early Sunday, Palestinian security officials said, hours after militants in the enclave launched three rockets...

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    Son of N Korea hijack victim demands return of father

    Agence France-Presse . Paju | Updated at 11:16pm on December 08, 2019

    The son of a hijacking victim and his supporters on Sunday once more demanded North Korea return his father, five decades after Pyongyang diverted a...

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    Protests grip Baghdad

    Agence France-Presse . Baghdad | Updated at 11:14pm on December 08, 2019

    Thousands of Iraqi protesters streamed into streets and public squares in the capital and restive south on Sunday, saying they were not deterred by deadly...

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    Qatar FM talks of ‘some progress’ in mending Gulf rift

    Agence France-Presse . Doha | Updated at 01:02am on December 08, 2019

    Qatar’s foreign minister has spoken of ‘some progress’ in talks with Saudi Arabia on ending a bitter two-year-old rift between Doha and the kingdom and...

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    Air strikes kill 19 civilians in Syria

    Agence France-Presse . Al-Bara, Syria | Updated at 11:22pm on December 07, 2019

    Syrian regime and Russian air strikes on Saturday killed 19 civilians, eight of them children, in the country’s last major opposition bastion, a war monitor...

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    Iranian, American freed in apparent prisoner swap

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 11:20pm on December 07, 2019

    An Iranian held in the US and an American held in Iran have been freed, the two sides said Saturday, in an apparent prisoner swap...

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    Iraqis protest to defy ‘slaughter’ in Baghdad as drone hits cleric’s home

    Agence France-Presse . Baghdad | Updated at 11:14pm on December 07, 2019

    Iraq’s anti-regime protesters gathered in the capital and south on Saturday, grieving but defiant after 17 were killed in an attack demonstrators described as ‘slaughter’....

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    New Iraq PM must be chosen without foreign meddling

    Reuters . Baghdad | Updated at 10:17pm on December 06, 2019

    Iraq’s top Shia Muslim cleric said on Friday that a new prime minister must be chosen without foreign interference after the incumbent Adel Abdul Mahdi...

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    US considering troop boost to counter Iran

    Agence France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 10:11pm on December 06, 2019

    The United States said Thursday it was considering deploying fresh forces to counter Iran, with an official saying some 5,000 to 7,000 troops could head...

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    Khamenei orders Iran unrest victims treated as ‘martyrs’

    Agence-France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 10:21pm on December 05, 2019

    Iran’s supreme leader has agreed that people killed in nationwide unrest last month who had no role in fomenting it should be treated as ‘martyrs’...