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    Gulf rivals reconcile at Saudi summit, ending long rift

    Agence France-Presse . Al-Ula | Updated at 05:40pm on January 06, 2021

    Saudi Arabia and its allies have restored full relations with Qatar, Riyadh said Tuesday after a landmark summit, ending a damaging rift that erupted in...

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    Amnesty calls on Israel to give Palestinians virus vaccine

    Agence France-Presse . Jerusalem | Updated at 10:52am on January 06, 2021

    Amnesty International on Wednesday called on Israel to provide coronavirus vaccine doses to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, saying the Jewish state...

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    Iran steps up uranium enrichment amid US tensions

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 11:26pm on January 05, 2021

    Iran confirmed Tuesday it is now enriching uranium to 20 per cent purity, well beyond the threshold set by its 2015 nuclear deal with major...

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    Saudi crown prince embraces Qatar leader, inks solidarity deal

    Agence France-Presse . Al-Ula | Updated at 05:32pm on January 05, 2021

    Gulf leaders signed a ‘solidarity and stability’ deal Tuesday after the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Qatar publicly embraced, bringing Doha back into the regional...

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    Saudi Arabia to open airspace, borders to Qatar

    Agence France-Presse . Kuwait City | Updated at 11:01am on January 05, 2021

    Saudi Arabia will reopen its borders and airspace to Qatar, US and Kuwaiti officials said on Monday, a major step towards ending a diplomatic rift...

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    US aircraft carrier to stay in Gulf: Pentagon

    Agence France-Presse. Washington | Updated at 10:57am on January 04, 2021

    The US reversed a decision to bring an aircraft carrier home from the Gulf Sunday, with the Pentagon saying that due to ‘recent threats’ by...

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    15 killed in Syria road attack

    Agence France-Presse . Beirut | Updated at 10:28am on January 04, 2021

    Gunmen killed at least 15 people in Syria, mostly government soldiers travelling on a bus in the second such road ambush in recent days, a...

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    Iraqis mourn, condemn American occupiers

    Agence France-Presse . Baghdad | Updated at 10:42pm on January 03, 2021

    Thousands of Iraqi mourners Sunday condemned the ‘American occupiers’, one year after a US drone strike killed Iran’s revered commander Qasem Soleimani and his Iraqi...

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    Saudi Arabia lifts temporary flight ban

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:11pm on January 03, 2021

    Saudi Arabia has lifted the temporary travel ban imposed last December as a precautionary measure following the detection of a mutated type of COVID-19 in...

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    Iran Guards vow response to ‘any action’ amid US tensions

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 10:33pm on January 02, 2021

    Iran’s Revolutionary Guards chief Hossein Salami vowed Saturday to respond to any ‘action the enemy takes,’ in a visit to a strategic Gulf island, amid...