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Syrian Government Slams French Criticism of Its Military Campaign in Idlib

Syrian Government Slams French Criticism of Its Military Campaign in Idlib

🕔12:54, 11.Jan 2018

Syrian state media, citing a foreign ministry source, said the French foreign ministry had shown “great ignorance about what was happening in rural Idlib province”, which it said the army was fighting to “liberate from the terrorism of the Nusra Front and the other terrorist organisations that belong to it”. The statement also denied the army had targeted civilians or hospitals, as alleged by France.

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Yemeni Air Force and Air Defense Units Used New Domestically-Produced Missile to Target Saudi-Led Warplanes: Report

Yemeni Air Force and Air Defense Units Used New Domestically-Produced Missile to Target Saudi-Led Warplanes: Report

🕔17:48, 10.Jan 2018

At least 13,600 people have been killed since the onset of Saudi Arabia’s military campaign against Yemen in 2015. Much of the Arabian Peninsula country’s infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and factories, has been reduced to rubble due to the war.

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Israel: Don’t Deport Asylum Seekers to Rwanda

Israel: Don’t Deport Asylum Seekers to Rwanda Updated

🕔01:00, 10.Jan 2018

Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu, “You shall not hand over to their master a slave who has sought refuge with you from their master. They shall live with you in your midst, in the place which they shall choose in one of your towns where it is good for them; you shall not mistreat them.” (Deuteronomy 23:16-17)

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Parliament in Israel Passes Law Governing Trading on Jewish Sabbath

Parliament in Israel Passes Law Governing Trading on Jewish Sabbath

🕔14:04, 9.Jan 2018

TThe bill, passed by a 58-to-57 vote, affords Israel interior minister the right to cancel municipal by-laws that local councils may wish to enact to allow the opening of shops and restaurants in their areas during the Sabbath.

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Government Supporters’ Rallies Take Center Stage in Iran

Government Supporters’ Rallies Take Center Stage in Iran

🕔16:38, 6.Jan 2018

Thousands of government supporters staged rallies in Iran for a fourth day on Saturday, in a backlash against widespread protests that the clerical establishment has blamed on the country’s enemies. State television showed rallies in cities including Amol, Semnan and Shadegan waving Iranian flags and chanting “Death to America”, “Death to Israel” and “Death to Britain”.

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Mohammad Mossadegh Biography and Profile

Mohammad Mossadegh Biography and Profile Updated

🕔12:00, 3.Jan 2018

Mohammad Mossadegh (16 June 1882-1967), Iranian nationalist politician and prime minister (1951-1953), led the movement for the nationalization of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. His democratically elected government was overthrown as the result of a coup d’état sponsored by Great Britain and the United States.

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Protesters in Iran Should Pay High Price If They Break the Law: Government

Protesters in Iran Should Pay High Price If They Break the Law: Government

🕔10:57, 31.Dec 2017

Protesters in Iran who have staged three days of demonstrations over economic hardship and alleged corruption should pay a high price if they break the law, the government said on Sunday.

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US, Israel Reportedly Clinch ‘Covert’ Deal to Rein In Iran

US, Israel Reportedly Clinch ‘Covert’ Deal to Rein In Iran

🕔16:50, 29.Dec 2017

“Obviously, there was a major strategy that was announced a few months ago, and there have been meetings subsequent to that, shaped by that new strategy. And obviously Israel is one of our closest allies,” the source said.

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Palestinians Protest Against Donald Trump

Palestinians Protest Against Donald Trump

🕔15:05, 29.Dec 2017

Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets of Gaza and the occupied West Bank for the fourth Friday in a row in protests against U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. An Israeli military spokeswoman said soldiers had shot at “main instigators” who posed a direct threat to the troops and who were trying to damage the border security fence.

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Israel Parliament Ratifies Law Barring Police Investigators From Going Public With Their Findings

Israel Parliament Ratifies Law Barring Police Investigators From Going Public With Their Findings

🕔11:52, 28.Dec 2017

Israel parliament ratified on Thursday a law barring police investigators from going public with their findings, in what opposition lawmakers saw as a bid to soften scrutiny of corruption probes against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The so-called Recommendations Bill, approved in the final reading by a vote of 59-to-54, prevents police from announcing whether they have found enough evidence for an indictment before prosecutors decide whether or not to press such charges.

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‘Smarter’ Ronald Reagan Failed Against Iran, Trump Will Fail Too: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Iranian Supreme Leader

‘Smarter’ Ronald Reagan Failed Against Iran, Trump Will Fail Too: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Iranian Supreme Leader

🕔19:47, 27.Dec 2017

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said U.S. President Donald Trump would fail in his hardened stance towards Iran, saying Tehran was stronger than during the time of the “more powerful and smarter” Ronald Reagan.

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Israeli Transport Minister Israel Katz Wants to Name Train Station After Donald Trump

Israeli Transport Minister Israel Katz Wants to Name Train Station After Donald Trump

🕔16:44, 27.Dec 2017

“I have decided to name the Western Wall station … after US president Donald Trump for his courageous and historic decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish people and the State of Israel,” Transport minister Israel Katz said in a statement.

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Syrian Prisoner Release Deal Breaks Deadlock on Ghouta Medical Evacuations From Syria

Syrian Prisoner Release Deal Breaks Deadlock on Ghouta Medical Evacuations From Syria

🕔13:31, 27.Dec 2017

“Happy that our negotiations reached this important goal. This is a signal of hope for the future Syria,” Francesco Rocca, president of the International Federation of the Red Cross, wrote in a tweet.

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Fewer Than 1,000 Islamic State Fighters Remain in Iraq, Syria

Fewer Than 1,000 Islamic State Fighters Remain in Iraq, Syria

🕔13:13, 27.Dec 2017

Fewer than 1,000 Islamic State fighters remain in Iraq and Syria, the United States-led international coalition fighting the hardline Sunni militant group said on Wednesday, a third of the estimated figure only three weeks ago.

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Russia Establishing Permanent Presence in Syria: RIA Says

Russia Establishing Permanent Presence in Syria: RIA Says

🕔10:19, 26.Dec 2017

Russia has begun establishing a permanent presence at its military bases in Tartus and Hemeimeem in Syria, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday. During his visit to the Hemeimeem base on Dec. 11, President Vladimir Putin said Russia will keep the air base as well as a naval facility at the Syrian port of Tartus.

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