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    Death penalty of three Saudis reduced to 10-year imprisonment

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh | Updated at 11:22am on February 08, 2021

    Three young Saudis from the minority Shiite community had their death sentences commuted to 10 years in prison on Sunday, officials said, as the kingdom...

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    Iran won’t resume nuclear commitments: Khamenei

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 10:26pm on February 07, 2021

    Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday the US must ‘completely lift’ sanctions first, followed by verification by Tehran, before the Islamic republic returns...

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    UAE’s ‘Hope’ probe to be first in trio of Mars missions

    Agence France-Presse . Dubai | Updated at 10:14pm on February 07, 2021

    The first Arab space mission, the UAE’s ‘Hope’ probe, is expected to reach Mars’ orbit on Tuesday, making it the first of three spacecraft to...

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    ICC ruling paves way for new Gaza conflict probe

    Agence France-Presse . Jerusalem | Updated at 10:10am on February 07, 2021

    The International Criminal Court’s ruling that it has jurisdiction over the situation in the Palestinian territories opens the way to it investigating alleged war crimes...

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    Blinken presses China on Uighurs, Hong Kong in first call

    Agence France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 10:56pm on February 06, 2021

    US secretary of state Antony Blinken pressed Beijing on its treatment of Uighurs, Tibetans and Hong Kong while China defended its policies in the first...

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    ICC paves way for war crimes probe in Palestinian territories

    Agence France-Presse . The Hague | Updated at 10:53pm on February 06, 2021

    The International Criminal Court ruled Friday that it had jurisdiction over the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, paving the way for the tribunal to...

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    Macron offers to be honest broker

    Agence France-Presse . Paris | Updated at 11:52pm on February 05, 2021

    French president Emmanuel Macron offered Thursday to be an ‘honest broker’ in talks between the United States and Iran in order to revive a 2015...

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    US ends Yemen war support

    Agence France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 11:46pm on February 05, 2021

    President Joe Biden on Thursday ended US support for Saudi Arabia’s devastating war in Yemen and dramatically increased the welcome to refugees, ushering in a...

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    Saudi bars entry from 20 countries as COVID-19 surges

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh | Updated at 10:19am on February 03, 2021

    Saudi Arabia on Tuesday suspended entry from 20 countries, ranging from some neighbouring states to the United States, in a bid to curb a jump...

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    Iran FM asks Europe to coordinate US return to nuclear deal

    Agence France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 10:56pm on February 02, 2021

    Iran’s foreign minister on Monday asked the European Union to coordinate a synchronised return of both Washington and Tehran into a nuclear deal, after a...