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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...

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    Saudi Arabia to resume ‘umrah’ from October 4

    Agence France-Presse .Riyadh | Updated at 10:13am on September 23, 2020

    Saudi Arabia will gradually resume the year-round umrah pilgrimage for Muslims from October 4, the interior ministry said on Tuesday, seven months after it was...

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    Lebanon PM urges parties to help form overdue cabinet

    Agence France-Presse . Beirut | Updated at 11:00pm on September 21, 2020

    Lebanon’s prime minister-designate Mustapha Adib on Monday urged competing political forces to step up and help him form a desperately needed independent government to save...

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    Khamenei says war with Iraq proved Iran can defend itself

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 10:55pm on September 21, 2020

    Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday said the Islamic republic’s 1980-88 war with Iraq showed the country can defend itself, without directly addressing...

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    Egypt discovers 14 ancient tombs at Saqqara

    Agence France-Presse . Cairo | Updated at 10:51pm on September 20, 2020

    Egypt’s antiquities ministry announced Sunday the discovery of 14 coffins in the Saqqara area that had lain buried for two and a half thousand years....

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    US isolated as world powers dismiss sanctions: Iran

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 10:45pm on September 20, 2020

    Iran said Sunday its arch-foe the United States was ‘isolated’ after a US unilateral declaration that UN sanctions are back in force against the Islamic...

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    US defies world to say Iran UN sanctions back in effect

    Agence France-Presse. Washington | Updated at 12:12pm on September 20, 2020

    The United States unilaterally proclaimed on Saturday that UN sanctions against Iran are back in force and promised to punish those who violate them, in...

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    Iran Guards vow Soleimani revenge will target only ‘those involved’

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 11:43pm on September 19, 2020

    Iran’s Revolutionary Guards chief said Saturday that Tehran will avenge the US killing of its top commander General Qasem Soleimani by targeting only those involved,...