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    Syria to hold presidential vote on May 26

    Agence France-Presse . Damascus | Updated at 11:54pm on April 18, 2021

    Syria will hold a presidential election on May 26 likely to keep in power president Bashar al-Assad, in a country devastated by a decade of...

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    5.9-magnitude quake jolts Iran, five injured

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 07:26pm on April 18, 2021

    A 5.9-magnitude earthquake on Sunday hit Iran’s southwestern Bushehr province, which houses a nuclear power plant, injuring five people but causing no major damage, state...

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    Iran nuclear talks set to resume in Vienna

    Agence France-Presse . Vienna | Updated at 03:41am on April 18, 2021

    Talks on Iran’s nuclear programme aimed at salvaging a 2015 nuclear deal were set to resume Saturday, a day after Tehran said it had started...

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    Israel strikes Gaza after rocket attack

    Agence France-Presse . Jerusalem | Updated at 03:36am on April 18, 2021

    The Israeli military said Saturday it had conducted airstrikes against targets in the Gaza Strip following a rocket attack from the Palestinian enclave, in the...

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    Heavy fighting near Yemen’s Marib leaves 96 dead

    Agence France-Presse . Dubai | Updated at 12:15am on April 17, 2021

    Heavy fighting near the Yemeni city of Marib has killed 96 combatants over the past two days as Huthi rebels press their offensive on the...

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    Production of 60pc enriched uranium under way: Iran

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 12:12am on April 17, 2021

    Iran said Friday it has begun producing uranium at 60 per cent purity, in another breach of its commitments to the international community which is...

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    Biden urged to waive intellectual property rules

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 01:24am on April 16, 2021

    Over 170 former heads of states and Nobel laureates in an open letter on Thursday requested United States president Joe Biden to support a waiver...

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    Huthi missile debris sparks fire at Saudi university

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh | Updated at 11:26pm on April 15, 2021

    Debris from missiles fired by Yemen’s Huthi rebels into Saudi Arabia caused a small fire on a university campus in the kingdom’s south, the Riyadh-led...

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    Iran nuclear talks positive despite enrichment, sabotage

    Agence France-Presse . Vienna | Updated at 11:19pm on April 15, 2021

    Russia said Thursday that the latest talks in Vienna to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal were positive despite fresh tensions, with Tehran preparing to...

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    Drone blast hits Iraq airport in new tactic against US troops

    Agence France-Presse . Arbil | Updated at 11:16pm on April 15, 2021

    An explosives-packed drone slammed into Iraq’s Arbil airport in the first reported use of such a weapon against a base used by US-led coalition troops...