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    Eight people killed, dozens hurt in Yemen migrant centre fire

    Agence France-Presse . Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Updated at 12:57pm on March 08, 2021

    At least eight migrants and guards were killed, and scores more were injured, in a fire on Sunday at a holding facility in Yemen’s capital,...

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    18 killed in central Syria mine blast

    Agence France-Presse. Damascus | Updated at 10:52am on March 08, 2021

    At least 18 people were killed when two landmines exploded in the central Syrian province of Hama on Sunday, state TV reported. At least three...

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    Pope prays for ‘victims of war’ in north Iraq

    Agence France-Presse . Mosul | Updated at 10:08pm on March 07, 2021

    Pope Francis prayed Sunday for ‘victims of war’ in northern Iraq, where the Islamic State group ravaged one of the world’s oldest Christian communities until...

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    Saudi-led coalition jets pound Sanaa after Huthi strikes

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh | Updated at 10:04pm on March 07, 2021

    A Saudi-led military coalition mounted air strikes on Yemen’s Huthi-controlled capital Sanaa on Sunday after it intercepted 10 drones launched by the Iran-backed rebels, state...

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    Rouhani urges Europe to avoid ‘threats or pressure’

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 04:38pm on March 07, 2021

    Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani Sunday urged Europe to avoid ‘threats or pressure’ in any negotiations with Tehran, as he received Ireland’s foreign minister amid diplomatic...

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    British-Iranian woman’s release in doubt despite end of sentence

    Agence France-Presse . London | Updated at 10:37am on March 07, 2021

    The release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a UK-Iraninan dual national held in Tehran, could be in doubt, her husband told the BBC on Saturday, a day...

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    Yemen fighting kills 90 in 24hrs

    Agence France-Presse . Dubai | Updated at 01:49am on March 07, 2021

    Fierce fighting between Yemeni pro-government forces and Iran-backed Huthi rebels has killed at least 90 combatants on both sides in the past 24 hours, government...

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    Pope, top Shia cleric urge peace in Iraq

    Agence France-Presse . Najaf | Updated at 01:47am on March 07, 2021

    Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, spiritual leader of most of the world’s Shia Muslims, told Pope Francis in a historic meeting in Iraq on Saturday that...

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    UN still waiting for proof Dubai’s Sheikha Latifa alive

    Agence France-Presse . Geneva | Updated at 01:48am on March 06, 2021

    The UN said Friday it was yet to see evidence from the United Arab Emirates that Dubai’s Sheikha Latifa was still alive, a fortnight after...

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    ‘Silence the arms!’ Pope urges end to violence on historic Iraq trip

    Agence France-Presse . Baghdad | Updated at 01:42am on March 06, 2021

    Pope Francis called for an end to extremism and violence in his opening address Friday on the first-ever papal visit to Iraq, long scarred by...