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    Germany warns of ‘second Syria’ as EU hosts Libya PM

    Agence-France-Presse . Brussels | Updated at 10:28pm on January 09, 2020

    EU leaders met the head of Libya’s UN-recognised government Wednesday as they scramble to contain the escalating crisis there, with Germany warning the country could...

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    Grief, mourning after Iran plane crash kills 176

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 10:26pm on January 09, 2020

    Bereaved friends and families joined in mourning after a Ukrainian airliner crashed near Tehran killing all 176 on board, as heartbreaking details started emerging about...

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    Al-Shabaab warns of more attacks against Kenya, US interests

    Agence-France-Presse . Nairobi | Updated at 07:27pm on January 09, 2020

    Somali Islamist group Al-Shabaab on Wednesday warned Kenya ‘will never be safe’, threatening tourists and calling for more attacks on US interests after they stormed...

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    Turkey, Russia unite to urge Libya ceasefire

    Agence France-Presse . Istanbul | Updated at 01:59am on January 09, 2020

    Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin called on Wednesday for a ceasefire in Libya after talks in Istanbul, where they also...

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    Foreign troop deployments in Iraq

    Agence France-Presse . Baghdad | Updated at 10:18pm on January 08, 2020

    Some foreign troops deployed in Iraq are being moved amid heightened concerns over possible Iranian retaliation for the killing of a powerful Iranian general, Qasem...

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    Kuwait denies US troop pullout, says news agency hacked

    Agence France-Presse . Kuwait City | Updated at 10:12pm on January 08, 2020

    Kuwait on Wednesday denied reports that the United States had decided to withdraw its troops from the Gulf state, saying the Twitter account of its...

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    Philippines sending planes, ship to evacuate workers from Iraq

    Agence-France-Presse . Manila | Updated at 10:10pm on January 08, 2020

    The Philippines will dispatch cargo planes and a ship to help evacuate Filipino migrant workers from Iraq after ordering its citizens to leave following an...

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    Airlines avoiding flying through Iran and Iraq airspace

    Agence France-Presse . Paris | Updated at 05:57pm on January 08, 2020

    A growing number of airlines said Wednesday they were avoiding Iranian and Iraqi airspace for flights to the region after Tehran fired ballistic missiles against...

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    Netanyahu warns of 'resounding blow' if Iran attacks Israel

    Agence France-Presse . Jerusalem | Updated at 05:45pm on January 08, 2020

    Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Wednesday that Israel would strike a ‘resounding blow’ if attacked by arch foe Iran, as regional tensions soar after the...

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    Iran fires missiles at US bases in Iraq

    Agence France-Presse . Baghdad | Updated at 11:12am on January 08, 2020

    Iran fired a volley of missiles on Wednesday at Iraqi bases housing US and other foreign troops, the Islamic republic’s first act in its promised...