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    Bethlehem church mosaics sparkle in time for Christmas

    Agence France-Presse . Bethlehem | Updated at 11:30am on December 16, 2018

    Masked for centuries by the soot of candles and lately by scaffolding, the mosaics of Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity have been restored to their...

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    Palestinian forces scuffle with Hamas protesters in West Bank

    Agence France-Presse . Ramallah | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    Palestinian security forces scuffled with Hamas supporters as they broke up a protest Friday in the West Bank city of Hebron, witnesses and police said....

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    Nadia Murad urges Iraq to probe fate of abducted Yazidis

    Agence-France-Presse . Baghdad | Updated at 12:00am on December 14, 2018

    Nobel laureate and former jihadist captive Nadia Murad called on Iraq Wednesday to create a special team to investigate the fate of other members of...

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    UN reports more suspected Iranian missiles found in Yemen

    Agence France-Presse . United Nations | Updated at 01:48pm on December 12, 2018

    More suspected Iranian-made weapons have been found in Yemen, the UN says in a report that will be discussed Wednesday by the Security Council. The...

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    Khashoggi, other journalists named Time ‘Person of the Year’

    Agence France-Presse . New York | Updated at 01:26am on December 12, 2018

    Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in October at his country’s Istanbul consulate, was on Tuesday named Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ alongside...

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    Hodeida ‘most difficult’ issue at Yemen talks

    Agence France-Presse . Rimbo, Sweden | Updated at 12:00am on December 11, 2018

    The Yemeni city of Hodeida, home to both a valuable port and frontlines, has proved the most complex issue at UN-sponsored peace talks between warring...

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    Assad announces $9b Syria budget

    Agence France-Presse . Damascus, Syria | Updated at 12:00am on December 08, 2018

    Syria’s president on Thursday announced a budget for 2019 of almost $9 billion, of which around a third has been allocated to investment projects including...

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    Yemen rivals double down

    Agence France-Presse . Rimbo, Sweden | Updated at 12:00am on December 08, 2018

    Yemen’s government and rebels, locked in a devastating war, traded accusations Thursday as they sat down for hard-won talks the United Nations described as ‘difficult’...

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    Suicide car bomber kills 3 in Iran

    Reuters . Dubai | Updated at 12:00am on December 07, 2018

    At least three people died and 24 others were injured in a suicide car bomb attack on the police headquarters in Iran’s southeast on Thursday,...

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    Turkey seeks arrest of MBS aides

    Agence France-Presse . Istanbul | Updated at 12:00am on December 07, 2018

    A Turkish court issued arrest warrants Wednesday for two suspects close to Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi,...