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    Khamenei warns protesters not to give ammunition to Iran foes

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 11:49pm on July 23, 2021

    Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned residents of the drought-hit southwest Friday not to give ammunition to the enemy after a week of protests...

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    Pfizer vaccine working 39pc amid spread of Delta variant: Israel

    Xinhua/UNB . Jerusalem | Updated at 01:10pm on July 23, 2021

    The effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19 has dropped to 39 per cent in Israel, the country’s Ministry of Health said on Thursday...

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    Palestine welcomes UN’s decision to probe Israeli violations

    Xinhua/ UNB . Ramallah | Updated at 12:58pm on July 23, 2021

    Palestine on Thursday welcomed a decision by the United Nations Human Rights Council to form an independent international commission to investigate Israeli violations of Palestinian...

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    50,000 phone numbers worldwide linked to Israeli spyware: reports

    Agence France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 10:28am on July 19, 2021

    An Israeli firm accused of supplying spyware to governments has been linked to a list of 50,000 smartphone numbers, including those of activists, journalists, business...

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    Saudi Arabia stages second scaled-down Hajj of Covid era

    Agence France-Presse . Makkah | Updated at 12:33am on July 19, 2021

    Hajj pilgrims streamed out of the holy city of Makkah and into the Mina valley on Sunday, launching the rituals of the great pilgrimage which...

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    Taliban favours political settlement

    Agence France-Presse . Doha | Updated at 11:28pm on July 18, 2021

    The Taliban’s supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada on Sunday said he ‘strenuously favours’ a political settlement to the conflict in Afghanistan, even as the hardline Islamist...

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    Syria regime fire kills seven in rebel bastion

    Agence France-Presse . Ehsim | Updated at 11:25pm on July 18, 2021

    Syrian regime artillery fire killed seven civilians including three children in the country’s last major rebel bastion of Idlib, a Britain-based war monitor said Sunday....

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    APEC leaders agree on vaccine push coop

    Agence France-Presse . Wellington | Updated at 10:43pm on July 17, 2021

    Pacific Rim leaders vowed to ramp up the production and distribution of Covid vaccines on Friday at an emergency virtual meeting to develop an action...

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    Assad takes oath after re-election

    Agence France-Presse . Damascus | Updated at 10:38pm on July 17, 2021

    President Bashar al-Assad took the oath of office for a fourth term in war-ravaged Syria Saturday, after taking 95 per cent of the vote in...

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    Afghan fighting rages

    Agence France-Presse . Doha | Updated at 09:10pm on July 17, 2021

    Representatives of the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents met in Doha for talks Saturday as violence raged in their country with foreign forces almost entirely...