Middle East


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Iran & Eastern States
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani holds a press conference in Tehran, Iran, on July 13, 2022.

Iran 'categorically' denies any link with Rushdie's attacker

First foreign ministry statement since Friday's attack on British-American author

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Environment
A Taliban fighter stands guard after a gathering at the former presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 13, 2022.

Taliban mark turbulent first year in power

Hardline Islamists captured Kabul one year ago, ending 20 years of US-led military intervention

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The Gulf
Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian (R) meeting with Bader Abdullah Al-Munaikh, Kuwait's newly-appointed ambassador to Iran, in Tehran on August 13, 2022.

Kuwait sends first ambassador to Iran since 2016

Ambassadorial appointment comes as UAE also 'considering' sending envoy

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Iran & Eastern States
A man takes part in a march to celebrate Pakistan's 75th Independence Day in Karachi on August 14, 2022.

Pakistan celebrates 75th anniversary since establishment

South Asian nation formed following partition with colonial India on August 14, 1947

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North Africa
Egyptians gather as firefighters extinguish a fire on a church after clashes between Muslims and Christians in Cairo, Egypt, on May 7, 2011.

Coptic church fire kills 41 in Egypt's Cairo

The blaze started for unknown reasons at the Abu Sifine church

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Iran & Eastern States
Members of the Taliban Badri 313 military unit walk amid the debris of the destroyed Central Intelligence Agency base northeast of Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 6, 2021 after the US pulled all its troops out of the country.

Servicemen reflect on West’s failure in Afghanistan 1 year after Taliban takeover

'It was never going to work'

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Economy
A sign indicates the Saudi Aramco in front of the company's offices in the Saudi capital Ryadh, on December 5, 2019.

Saudi Aramco unveils record $48.4 billion profit in second quarter of 2022

The oil giant supplanted Apple as the world's most valuable company in March

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North Africa
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi takes part in a meeting on the second day of a European Union - African Union summit at The European Council Building in Brussels, Belgium, on February 18, 2022.

Egypt appoints 13 new ministers in cabinet reshuffle

The reshuffle does not include the key defense, interior, finance or foreign ministries

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Iran & Eastern States
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks at his mausoleum in Tehran, Iran, on June 4, 2022.

Iran regime's violations under spotlight after Rushdie attack

Assassination attempt 'the result of 30 years of the regime's incitement to violence' against author

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Iran & Eastern States
Supporters of the Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr hold prayer near the parliament building in Baghdad, Iraq, on August 12, 2022.

Iraqi factions call for new government in rival protests

'You will not break Iraq as long as Sadr is here. There is no going back from this revolution'

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Levant & Turkey
Syrians rally outside a Turkish army position in the opposition-held village of al-Mastumah, south of the city of Idlib, northwestern Syria, on August 12, 2022.

Thousands in rebel-held northern Syria protest Turkish ‘reconciliation’ call

'We have suffered under this 'Turkish' criminal for 11 years and we will continue with our revolution'

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Palestinian Territories
Palestinians inspect the damage to a house following the latest three days of conflict in Gaza City, Gaza, on August 8, 2022.

Qatar to help rebuild Gaza homes destroyed in Islamic Jihad-Israel conflict

Unofficial reports say more than a hundred houses were destroyed during Israel's Operation 'Breaking Dawn'

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Iran & Eastern States
FILE - Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses the nation in a televised speech, in Tehran, Iran, April 9, 2020

Iran’s Supreme Leader: Islamic Jihad proved it can ‘crush the enemy’

'Not a single day goes by without clashes with the Zionist regime in the West Bank'

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Iran & Eastern States
Madina, an Afghan former female journalist whose name was changed to protect her identity, silhouetted during an interview in Kabul, Afghanistan, on November 13, 2021.

RSF: Afghanistan lost 60% of journalists under Taliban

Journalists 'work in conditions that are physically and mentally violent and tiring, without any protection'

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The Gulf
Journalists talk in front of a picture of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a ceremony, near the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2, 2019.

Former Khashoggi lawyer released from custody in UAE

Some suggest Ghafoor's arrest was politically motivated, citing ties to slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

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The Gulf
A passenger airplane flies over a smoldering fire at a Saudi Aramco oil depot after a Yemen Houthi rebel attack in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, March 26, 2022.

Suspect in 2015 Saudi blast kills himself with suicide belt during arrest

Islamic State attack in 2015 killed 15 people near the Yemen border

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Iran & Eastern States
Women look at a window display of a women's wear store in Tehran's Grand Bazaar, Iran, on June 21, 2022.

Women in Iran facing ‘virginity checks’ before marriage

'It’s embedded in society. So hopefully education and knowledge-sharing will shrink this belief'

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Palestinian Territories
Palestinians inspect the damage to a house following the latest Gaza-Israel conflict in Gaza City, Gaza, on August 8, 2022.

Denial, doubt over Israeli claim of misfired rockets in Gaza

'The martyrs in Jabalia camp, the catastrophe of Jabalia camp, were caused by the occupation'

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Environment
A child crouches over cracked earth at the Massira dam in Ouled Essi Masseoud village, Morocco, on August 8, 2022, amid the country's worst drought in at least four decades.

Drought tightens its grip on Morocco

'To see villagers rush to public fountains in the morning or to a neighbor to get water makes you want to cry'

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Palestinian Territories
People celebrate the Israeli Independence Day in Gush Etzion, where the Efrat settlement is located, in the West Bank, on May 5, 2022.

US Jews moved to West Bank settlements at record rate in 2021

Nearly 10% of Jewish Americans who immigrated to Israel in 2021 moved to a West Bank settlement

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Iran & Eastern States
An Afghan boy skips on the rooftop of an Islamic seminary overlooking the Kabul skyline in Afghanistan, on December 8, 2019.

Top Taliban cleric killed in Kabul suicide blast claimed by Islamic State

Haqqani was known for fiery speeches against the Islamic State, which often claims attacks in Afghanistan

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Technology & Science
A researcher takes samples for testing at the VIAQUA Therapeutics lab at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, on February 19, 2019.

Israel: New technology can detect heart problems with a simple breath test

Its effectiveness is verified in the diagnosis of atherosclerosis

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Palestinian Territories
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet delivers her speech at the opening of a session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, on September 13, 2021.

UN human rights chief 'alarmed' by amount of Palestinian kids killed

Michelle Bachelet says that 'the killing and maiming of so many children this year is unconscionable'

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Culture
A visitor looks at artworks of the American artist Frank Stella, 'Sinjerli Variations No. 1-5- 1977,' at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran, Iran, on August 2, 2022.

Tehran unveils Western art masterpieces hidden for decades

'Even in the West, these works are at the heart of discussions and dialogue'