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No progress on Iran nuclear weapons probe

Iran has not shed light on its alleged nuclear weapons projects ahead of the final stretch of negotiations on its controversial nuclear programme, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a report on Friday. The Vienna-based agency has been trying to get answers about suspect research and development projects[…]

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Ukraine says Russia has sent tanks into east

Ukraine has accused Russia of sending dozens of tanks, heavy weapons and truckloads of armed men into the country’s rebel-controlled eastern areas. Andriy Lysenko, a military spokesman, said on Friday that at least 32 tanks and 16 artillery systems, as well as 30 trucks loaded with armed men and ammunition,[…]

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Explosions hit Fatah officials in Gaza Strip

A series of co-ordinated explosions have targeted the homes of several leaders of President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah Party in the Gaza Strip, a party official has said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the explosions early on Friday occurred at a time of rising tensions with the rival[…]

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Libyan court rules elected parliament illegal

Libya’s Supreme Court has announced the dissolution of the UN-backed elected parliament, which has taken refuge in the eastern city of Tobruk, while another parliament vying for legitimacy is stationed in the capital Tripoli. The decision, announced on Thursday, came in light of a request by a Tripoli parliament member[…]

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US general backs Israel on Gaza casualties

The highest-ranking US military officer has said that Israel went to “extraordinary lengths” to limit civilian casualties in the recent war in Gaza that killed hundreds of Palestinians, mostly civilians. Army General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, acknowledged recent reports criticising civilian deaths during the[…]

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Jordan gets Netanyahu assurance on Jerusalem

Israel has told Jordan it has no plans to change the status quo at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque compound by allowing Jews to pray there, against a backdrop of continued unrest in occupied East Jerusalem. Benjamin Netanyahu called Jordan’s King Abdullah on Thursday to reassure his commitment to protecting Jerusalem’s holy[…]

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Mexicans demand safe return of 43 students

Tens of thousands of protesters have flooded the streets of the Mexican capital demanding the safe return of 43 students who went missing over a month ago, with hopes that the arrest of key suspects would bring answers. Demonstrators chanted: “They took them alive, we want them alive,” holding a[…]

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Libyan court dissolves UN-backed parliament

Libya’s Supreme Court has announced the dissolution of the UN-backed elected parliament, which has taken refuge in the eastern city of Tobruk, while another parliament vying for legitimacy is stationed in the capital, Tripoli. “The Constitutional Circuit in the Supreme Court has ruled on Thursday to accept the appeal concerning[…]

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Palestinians ask UN to stop Israel aggression

Palestinians and Jordanians have urged the UN Security Council to demand that Israel immediately stop provocations and incitement against Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, warning that further escalation could lead to another crisis threatening peace in the Middle East. The warning on Wednesday followed what the Palestinians described as the[…]

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Dozens injured during Aqsa clashes

Dozens of Palestinians suffered tear-gas inhalation and several others were injured by stun grenades, shrapnel and rubber-coated steel bullets during clashes in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound area on Wednesday, an official said. Palestinian Red Crescent official Amin Abu Ghazaleh told Ma’an that Red Crescent ambulances moved nine injured to the[…]

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