Middle East


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Palestinian Territories
Opposition leader Isaac Herzog meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, August 18 2015

PA's Abbas discusses cooperation with Israel's Herzog

'Both leaders expressed their hope that in the coming year civil and security cooperation will be enhanced'

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Levant & Turkey
Two Turkish riot police officers walk near the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 14, 2022.

Explosion kills policeman in southern Turkey

Turkish Interior Minister blames Kurdistan Workers' Party

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The Gulf
A general view shows the Lusail Stadium, the 80,000-capacity venue that will host this year's World Cup final, on the outskirts of Qatar's capital Doha on September 2, 2022.

Qatar recruits civilians for World Cup security - report

'Recruits will provide additional support during the tournament' that kicks off on November 20

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Palestinian Territories
Nasser al-Qidwa, haut responsable du Fatah, le 26 mars 2006

After exile in France, Arafat's nephew returns to Gaza

The former Fatah official unleashes a harsh invective against 'totalitarian' Abbas

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Iran & Eastern States
Iran's nuclear chief Mohammad Eslami at the International Atomic Energy Agency's headquarters in Vienna, Austria, on September 26, 2022.

IAEA presses Iran on 3 undeclared sites

Raisi reiterated his country's long-held stance that it is not seeking a nuclear weapon

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Palestinian Territories
Benny Gantz lors du lancement de la campagne du parti pour les prochaines élections, le 6 septembre 2022.

Israel’s Gantz tells Abbas Palestinian security must act to stop terror in West Bank

Abbas called Gantz to send him holidays regards as Jews celebrate New Year

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Levant & Turkey
Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a news conference, in Ankara, Turkey, on Sept. 8, 2020.

Malaysia, Indonesia want to buy Turkish drones - foreign ministry

Last week it was reported that the United Arab Emirates purchased 20 armed drones from Turkey

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Iran & Eastern States
Des femmes fuient la police anti-émeute lors d'une manifestation pour protester contre la mort de Mahsa Amini, 22 ans lors de son arrestation par la police des mœurs la semaine dernière en Iran, lundi 19 septembre 2022

Iran protest death toll tops 75 - human rights group

Canada announced sanctions against Iranian officials over the lethal crackdown on protests

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Technology & Science
A woman wears Google glass in Paris on November 6, 2014

Israeli startup develops smart glasses to replace smartphones

EyeVis keeps users' peripheral vision active so they can always see what's going on in the real world

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Iran & Eastern States
Mahsa Amini

Eyewitness confirms Amini was hit by Iranian police - report

Only two hours after Amini collapsed, she was taken to a hospital

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The Gulf
L’imam Youssef al-Qaradawi, théologien de référence des Frères musulmans, réfugié au Qatar.

Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual guide dies

Qarawadi supported Palestinian suicide bombing attacks against Israelis

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Economy
Media and security gather outside BLOM bank branch where a man who is identified as Abed Soubra allegedly held hostages in an effort to get to funds in his account in Beirut, Lebanon, September 16, 2022.

'I need my salary': Anger as Lebanese banks reopen

The Lebanese pound has lost more than 95 percent of its market value since the economy collapsed in 2019

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Iran & Eastern States
Des militaires se tiennent près du cercueil drapé du drapeau de Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, un scientifique tué vendredi, lors d'une cérémonie funéraire à Téhéran, en Iran, le 30 novembre 2020.

Iran indicts 14 in top nuclear scientist's assassination

Iran gave no details on the identities of those indicted, including their nationalities

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Iran & Eastern States
Les Kurdes irakiens commémorent le cinquième anniversaire du référendum sur l'indépendance de la région du Kurdistan à Erbil, le 25 septembre 2022.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards hit Kurdish groups in Iraq

This is the second such cross-border attack since last weekend

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Iran & Eastern States
Hadis Najafi, tuée le 25 septembre, visage de la révolte des femmes en Iran

Iran: Woman killed during revolts becomes new face of protest

Hadis Najafi, an Iranian influencer was shot six times by Iranian security forces during protests, killing her

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Iran & Eastern States
A picture obtained by AFP outside Iran on September 21, 2022, shows Iranian demonstrators burning a rubbish bin in the capital Tehran during a protest.

Iran vows 'no leniency' against wave of women-led protests

Official death toll is at 41 but rights groups say it's much higher

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Iran & Eastern States
This handout photo taken and released by Armed Forces of Ukraine shows the wreckage of allegedly Iranian-made drone, which was shot down in the town of Odessa, Ukraine, on September 25, 2022.

Ukraine says Iranian drones renew attacks on Odesa port

'The enemy hit the administrative building in the city center three times'

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The Gulf
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (L) and UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment Mariam Almheiri tour the Jubail Mangrove Park in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on September 25, 2022.

UAE signs deal to supply Germany with gas, diesel

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz touring the Gulf in the hope of sealing new energy deals to replace Russian gas

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Sport
Egypt's Doha Hany hits a shot next to the Olympics rings logo to China's Chen Yufei in their women's singles badminton group stage match during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Musashino Forest Sports Plaza in Tokyo, Japan on July 25, 2021.

Egypt considers bid to host 2036 Olympics

'Egypt has solid sporting infrastructures, and if it can host the Olympic Games, it will be historic'

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The Gulf
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (C-R) receiving Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz (C-L) at al-Salam Palace in the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on September 24, 2022.

Germany seeks to deepen energy partnership with Saudi Arabia

Scholz says he also addressed issues involving civil rights in talks with Salman

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Iran & Eastern States
Women chant slogans and hold up signs depicting the image of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini during a demonstration denouncing her death by Iraqi and Iranian Kurds outside the UN offices in Arbil, the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, on September 24, 2022.

Iran protests: Over 700 arrested in a single province

Hundreds of angry demonstrators arrested with crowds taking to the streets of major cities in Iran

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Iran & Eastern States
Photo of protests in downtown Tehran, Iran taken by an eyewitness who wished to remain unnamed on September 21, 2022.

Iran protests: Death toll at 35, US helping boost internet access

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that he would activate the firm's satellite internet service, Starlink

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Palestinian Territories
Le président palestinien Mahmud Abbas lors de la 77e session de l'Assemblée générale des Nations unies, le 23 septembre 2022 à New York.

PA's Abbas: Israel 'destroying the 2-state solution'

'We no longer have an Israeli partner to whom we can talk,' says Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas

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Iran & Eastern States
Iranians wave the national flag as they march during a pro-hijab rally in the Iranian capital Tehran on September 23, 2022.

Iran stages rallies to counter week of deadly protests

Iran has been rocked by street violence since the death last week of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman