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    Iran accuses US of ‘unacceptable’ escalation in tensions

    Agence-France-Presse . Tokyo | Updated at 12:00am on May 17, 2019

    Iran Thursday accused the United States of an ‘unacceptable’ escalation of tensions and said Tehran was showing ‘maximum restraint’ despite Washington’s withdrawal from a nuclear...

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    Saudi-led warplanes pound Yemen rebels after pipeline attack

    Agence France-Presse . Sanaa | Updated at 02:46pm on May 16, 2019

    Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed Yemeni rebel targets including in the capital on Thursday following insurgent drone strikes on a key oil pipeline that Riyadh said...

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    Palestinians demonstrate to mark ‘catastrophe’

    Agence France-Presse . Gaza City | Updated at 12:00am on May 16, 2019

    Palestinians protested Wednesday for the annual commemoration of what they call the Nakba, or catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands were expelled or fled during the...

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    US, Iran say not seeking war as tensions spike

    Agence-France-Presse . Russia | Updated at 12:00am on May 16, 2019

    US secretary of state Michael Pompeo on Tuesday said his country is not seeking war with Iran, despite a spike in tensions that has seen...

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    WhatsApp security breach may have targeted human rights groups

    Reuters . Jerusalem | Updated at 12:43am on May 15, 2019

    WhatsApp said on Tuesday a security breach on its messaging app had signs of coming from a government using surveillance technology developed by a private...

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    Could Gulf tensions lead to Iran-US war?

    Agence France-Presse . Paris | Updated at 12:00am on May 15, 2019

    A surge of tensions in the Gulf has shown the risk of a military confrontation between arch-foes Iran and the United States, even if any...

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    Iran warns of risk from ‘extremist’ individuals in US govt

    Reuters . New Delhi | Updated at 12:00am on May 15, 2019

    Iran’s foreign minister said on Tuesday that ‘extremist individuals’ in the US government were pursuing dangerous policies, amid a war of words with Washington over...

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    Iranian woman sentenced to 10 years for spying for UK

    Reuters . London | Updated at 12:00am on May 14, 2019

    Iran said on Monday it had sentenced an Iranian woman to 10 years prison for spying for Britain, as tension rises between Tehran and some...

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    Clashes in northwest Syria kill 35 fighters

    Agence France-Presse . Beirut | Updated at 12:00am on May 14, 2019

    Clashes on the edge of a jihadist bastion in northwestern Syrian have killed 35 fighters in 24 hours, a war monitor said Monday, after weeks...

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    Qatar distributes Gaza funds after flareup

    Agence France-Presse . Gaza City | Updated at 12:00am on May 14, 2019

    Qatar began distributing millions of dollars in aid in the Gaza Strip on Monday in a fresh bid to restore calm after a flareup with...