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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...

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    Europeans drop plan to condemn Iran at UN

    Agence France-Presse . Vienna | Updated at 11:29pm on March 04, 2021

    European nations will not go ahead with a planned resolution criticising Iran at this week’s meeting of the UN nuclear watchdog, diplomatic sources said on...

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    Rocket attacks on Iraq base hosting US troops

    Agence France-Presse . Baghdad | Updated at 10:43pm on March 03, 2021

    A rocket attack on an Iraqi base hosting US-led coalition troops Wednesday claimed a contractor’s life, security sources said, just two days before Pope Francis...

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    Saudi activist in court for first time since release

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh | Updated at 10:44am on March 03, 2021

    Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul appeared in court on Tuesday for the first time since her provisional release from prison last month, as she appealed restrictions...

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    RSF files lawsuit against Saudi prince over Khashoggi

    Agence France-Presse . Paris | Updated at 12:38am on March 03, 2021

    Reporters Without Borders said Tuesday that it had filed a criminal case in a German court against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for ‘crimes...

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    Iran warns IAEA against censure

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 10:49pm on March 02, 2021

    Iran warned Tuesday against a potential resolution at the UN nuclear watchdog condemning its suspension of some nuclear inspections, but stressed it remains committed to...