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    Ghani urges Taliban to ‘have courage’ and silence guns

    Agence France-Presse . Doha | Updated at 09:48pm on October 07, 2020

    Afghan president Ashraf Ghani called on the Taliban to ‘have courage and declare a national ceasefire’ on Tuesday as he visited Doha where peace talks...

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    90 dead as Syria govt forces clash with IS in a week

    Agence France-Presse . Beirut | Updated at 06:20pm on October 07, 2020

    Clashes in the Syrian Desert between pro-government forces and holdouts of the Islamic State group have killed at least 90 combatants this month, a war...

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    Kuwait emir Nawaf names deputy chief of security as crown prince

    Agence France-Presse . Kuwait City | Updated at 06:05pm on October 07, 2020

    Kuwait’s new emir, Sheikh Nawaf, on Wednesday named Sheikh Meshal al-Ahmad al-Jaber Al-Sabah, a long-serving top security official, as crown prince...

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    Car bomb in north Syria kills 18

    Agence France-Presse . Beirut | Updated at 10:25pm on October 06, 2020

    A car bomb on Tuesday killed 18 people, including at least 13 civilians, in the Turkish-controlled town of Al-Bab in northern Syria, a war monitor...

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    Egypt arrests reporter after protest coverage

    Agence France-Presse . Cairo | Updated at 09:53pm on October 05, 2020

    Egyptian police have arrested a journalist who had been covering a crackdown in the aftermath of small-scale protests near the southern city of Luxor, her...

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    Makkah reopens for limited umrah pilgrimage

    Agence France-Presse . Makkah | Updated at 01:35pm on October 04, 2020

    Mask-clad Muslims circled Islam’s holiest site along socially distanced paths on Sunday, as Saudi authorities partially resumed the year-round umrah pilgrimage with extensive health precautions...

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    Heavy fighting over Karabakh after main city shelled

    Agence France-Presse . Stepanakert, Azerbaijan | Updated at 10:08pm on October 03, 2020

    Armenian and Azerbaijani forces were engaged in fierce clashes Saturday as fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region intensified after its main city came under heavy...

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    International probe sought on Khashoggi death anniversary

    Agence France-Presse . Istanbul | Updated at 10:06pm on October 03, 2020

    Global rights groups called Friday for an international enquiry to establish the truth behind the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul’s Saudi consulate...

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    Turkey calls EU threat of sanctions unconstructive

    Agence France-Presse . Ankara | Updated at 09:46pm on October 02, 2020

    Turkey on Friday rejected the threat of sanctions by the European Union over Ankara’s gas drilling activities in the eastern Mediterranean as ‘unconstructive’. EU leaders...

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    Mecca reopens Sunday for limited pilgrimages

    Agence France-Presse. Riyadh | Updated at 04:11pm on October 02, 2020

    Saudi Arabia will reopen the Muslim holy places for the year-round umrah pilgrimage on Sunday, scaled back and with extensive health precautions, seven months after...