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    European powers condemn Israel settlement approvals

    Agence France-Presse . Berlin | Updated at 12:25am on October 17, 2020

    European powers on Friday condemned Israel’s decision to approve thousands more settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, calling it a ‘counterproductive’ move that undermines regional peace...

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    Scores more freed on day two of Yemen prisoner swap

    Agence France-Presse . Sanaa | Updated at 10:37pm on October 16, 2020

    More than 350 prisoners were freed on Friday on the second day of a landmark exchange between the warring sides in Yemen, the International Committee...

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    Hundreds of fighters head home in Yemen prisoner exchange

    Agence France-Presse . Sanaa | Updated at 11:28pm on October 15, 2020

    A landmark prisoner exchange between the government and Huthi rebels began Thursday, with hundreds of combatants heading home on flights criss-crossing Yemen and Saudi Arabia....

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    Watchdog urges sanctions over civilian deaths in Idlib

    Agence France-Presse . Beirut | Updated at 11:25pm on October 15, 2020

    Attacks on civilian targets during a Syrian-Russian campaign in northeast Syria’s rebel-held Idlib may amount to crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said Thursday, calling...

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    Saudi Arabia fails in bid to join UN rights council

    Agence France-Presse . United Nations | Updated at 10:48am on October 14, 2020

    Saudi Arabia failed in its bid to become a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday as China and Russia were elected...

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    44 people die in Turkey from bootleg alcohol: report

    Agence France-Presse. Istanbul | Updated at 10:25am on October 14, 2020

    At least 44 people have died in less than a week after consuming bootleg alcohol in Turkey, where clandestine production has grown because of high...

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    Turkish Cypriots vote for new leader

    Agence France-Presse . Nicosia, Cyprus | Updated at 11:04pm on October 11, 2020

    The self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was voting on Sunday for a new leader amid heightened tensions on the divided island and in the...

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    UN raises alarm over military escalation in Hodeidah

    Agence France-Presse . Hodeidah | Updated at 01:25am on October 10, 2020

    The United Nations in Yemen on Thursday raised alarm over an escalation in fighting between Huthi rebels and government forces in Hodeidah, a vital entry...

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    Israel says holding body of Palestinian killed in clash

    Agence France-Presse . Jerusalem | Updated at 01:22am on October 10, 2020

    The Israeli army said Friday it was holding the body of a Palestinian shot dead in a West Bank clash earlier this week, ending days...

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    New US sanctions cannot break resistance: Rouhani

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 01:18am on October 10, 2020

    Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani on Friday dismissed new US sanctions as unable to break the Islamic republic’s ‘resistance’ and said Washington has already done all...