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    Lebanon PM designate bows out after failing to form cabinet

    Agence France-Presse . Beirut | Updated at 10:42pm on September 26, 2020

    Lebanon’s premier-designate stepped down Saturday, saying he had been unable to form a reform-minded government to lift the country out of its worst economic crisis...

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    Abbas seeks UN Mideast conference

    Agence France-Presse . United Nations | Updated at 10:39pm on September 26, 2020

    Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas appealed Friday to the United Nations for an international conference on the Middle East in 2021, hoping for a new start...

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    Lebanon to compensate blast victims

    Agence France-Presse . Beirut | Updated at 10:48pm on September 25, 2020

    Lebanon on Thursday unveiled a compensation programme for the thousands of homes and businesses devastated by the August 4 mega-blast at Beirut’s port. President Michel...

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    Russia dismisses US threats on Iran coop

    Agence France-Presse . Moscow | Updated at 10:47pm on September 25, 2020

    Russia on Thursday dismissed the threat of US sanctions and attempts to isolate Iran, saying it intended to trade with Tehran once a UN arms...

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    Fatah, Hamas say deal reached on Palestinian elections

    Agence France-Presse . Ramallah | Updated at 11:38pm on September 24, 2020

    Gaza rulers Hamas and their rivals in the occupied West Bank, Fatah, have agreed to hold the first Palestinian elections in nearly 15 years, officials...

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    Arab leaders voice alarm at UN over Iran tensions

    Agence France-Presse . United Nations | Updated at 11:37pm on September 24, 2020

    Arab leaders voiced fears Wednesday before the United Nations of new conflict in the region as tensions soar between Iran and the United States. The...

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    Saudi dissidents launch opposition party amid 'repression'

    Agence France-Presse. London | Updated at 10:50am on September 24, 2020

    A group of Saudi dissidents exiled in Britain, the US and elsewhere announced the launch of an opposition party on Wednesday, the first organised political...

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    ‘28 dead’ as IS, govt forces clash in Syria

    Agence France-Presse . Beirut | Updated at 11:32pm on September 23, 2020

    Clashes in Syria between pro-regime forces and Islamic State group jihadists, along with air strikes, have killed at least 28 fighters in the northern province...

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    Iran cries victory over Trump in UNSC

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 11:28pm on September 23, 2020

    Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday declared ‘victory’ over the United States after the UN Security Council rejected the Trump administration’s bid to reimpose UN...

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    No deal with Israel, but Saudi Arabia pushes outreach to Jews

    Agence France-Presse. Riyadh | Updated at 11:03am on September 23, 2020

    From scrubbing hate-filled school textbooks to a taboo-defying religious sermon, Saudi Arabia is pushing for another kind of normalisation after declining to establish formal relations...