Middle East


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Iran & Eastern States
Tajikistan President Emomali Rakhmon's secular government is frequently accused of cracking down on religious believers

Iran opens drone factory in Tajikistan

The drone will be able to carry out attacks as well as surveillance missions

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Levant & Turkey
FILE - In this June 23, 2014, file photo, fighters from the Islamic State group parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle in the northern city of Mosul, Iraq

France: Lafarge 'complicity' with IS crimes against humanity charges upheld

Cement manufacturer accused of paying bribes that supported Islamic State

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The Gulf
President of the United Arab Emirates Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan in Dubai, the UAE, on December 3, 2021.

UAE postpones execution of Israeli citizen

The next hearing will take place in two weeks

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Palestinian Territories
Masked Palestinian men hold automatic weapons during clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank city of Jenin on May 13, 2022.

Clashes reported as Israeli counter-terrorism raids in Jenin area continue

14 terrorist suspects arrested throughout Judea and Samaria Division

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Palestinian Territories
Israeli security officers and Palestinian demonstrators next to land confiscated for an Israeli settlement south of Hebron in the West Bank, on February 12, 2022.

Explainer: West Bank settlements vs. outposts

Many settlers say they are simply continuing the work of the 'pioneers' who established Israel

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Levant & Turkey
Lebanese army vehicles drive past a banner for the Lebanese Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah with text in Arabic reading "the flag will not fall" along a road while on patrol in the southern city of Nabatiyeh, Lebanon, on May 15, 2022.

Hezbollah loses ground, reformists surge in Lebanon polls

Only about 41 percent of eligible voters cast their vote

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North Africa
Libyan security forces stand in front of the security headquarters, one showing his weapon with a Libyan flag, in the western city of Sabratha, Libya, February 20, 2016.

Fighting erupts in Libya capital after rival PM enters city

Clashes erupt in Tripoli after announcement that Fathi Bashagha arrived in the city

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The Gulf
US Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during the US-ASEAN Special Summit at the State Department in Washington, DC, May 13, 2022.

Kamala Harris leads high-level US team to meet new UAE leader

Vice president heading strongest delegation to visit Gulf state since President Joe Biden took office

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The Gulf
Trainers and guests pass by a laborer during a survival trial at the Jebel Jais, about 16 miles northeast of Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, October 8, 2020.

Explainer: The UAE's other emirates besides Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Gulf Arab state also includes Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah

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Iran & Eastern States
Afghan resistance movement and anti-Taliban uprising forces take part in a military training at Malimah area of Dara district in Panjshir province  of Afghanistan on September 2, 2021.

Afghanistan: Civilians flee fighting in Panjshir Valley

The NRF was the last to hold out against the Taliban's takeover of the country last year

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Levant & Turkey
Lebanese electoral staff start counting votes for parliamentary elections at a polling station in the northern coastal city of Batroun, Lebanon, on May 15, 2022.

Lebanon vote brings blow for Hezbollah allies in preliminary results

This election is the first since Lebanon's devastating economic meltdown

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Palestinian Territories
Mourners carry the casket of slain Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh during her funeral in Jerusalem, on May 13, 2022.

Brother to slain reporter: ‘Everyone was there to mourn Shireen’

Anton Abu Akleh calls the behavior of Israel Police 'brutal' and 'extreme'

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Iran & Eastern States
Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof poses as he arrives on May 27, 2017 for the Un Certain Regard prize ceremony at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France.

Iran filmmakers condemn arrest of fellow directors

Letter says Iranian security agencies 'raided homes and offices of several filmmakers'

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The Gulf
Israeli President Isaac Herzog meets his new UAE counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan in Abu Dhabi, May 15, 2022.

Herzog meets new UAE president on condolence visit to Gulf state

Israeli leader in Abu Dhabi following death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan

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Palestinian Territories
Palestinian workers at the Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip as they wait to enter Israel for work, on March 13, 2022.

4,600 Gazans enter Israel, highest total at Erez Crossing in 15 years

Sunday marks first time border crossing opened since being closed at the beginning of May

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Palestinian Territories
Jibril Rajoub, haut responsable du Fatah, dans la ville de Ramallah en Cisjordanie, le 2 juillet 2020

Senior Fatah official calls Israel’s PM a 'nazi' like 'Goebbels'

'The world should wake up. It should be alert'

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Levant & Turkey
Le président turc Recep Tayyip Erdogan lors d'une réunion du groupe parlementaire de son parti à la Grande Assemblée nationale de Turquie (GNAT) à Ankara, Turquie, le 20 avril 2022

Turkey 'not closing door' to Sweden, Finland NATO entry

'We are basically raising this issue as a matter of national security for Turkey'

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Palestinian Territories
Masked Palestinian men hold automatic weapons during clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank city of Jenin on May 13, 2022.

Brother of jailed terror chief dies of wounds from battle with Israel's military

Daoud al-Zubaidi was himself considered to be a prominent militant leader in Jenin

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Palestinian Territories
Le secrétaire d'État américain Antony Blinken à la réunion informelle des ministres des Affaires étrangères de l'OTAN sur l'Ukraine à Berlin, le 15 mai 2022

Blinken offers support to family of slain Palestinian journalist

Blinken offered the support of US diplomats in Jerusalem to the family of Abu Akleh

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Levant & Turkey
A voter dips their finger in ink after casting their ballot in the parliamentary election at a polling station in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, on May 15, 2022.

Lebanon holds first vote since blast, financial collapse

Since Lebanon's last election, the country has been rocked by an economic meltdown

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Palestinian Territories
Mourners carry the casket of slain Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh during her funeral in Jerusalem, on May 13, 2022.

PA welcomes foreign support in probe of journalist’s death

The UN Security Council urges an 'immediate, thorough, transparent, and fair and impartial investigation'

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The Gulf
President of the United Arab Emirates Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan in Dubai, the UAE, on December 3, 2021.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed elected UAE president

Sheikh Mohamed is elected after years of calling the shots from behind the scenes

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Environment
A woman walks past a tree on a narrow pavement that replaced a huge garden in Cairo, Egypt, February 14, 2022.

Egypt to issue new climate targets ahead of UN summit

'It is helpful for (Egypt) to get the ball rolling and set an important marker for what countries need to do'

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Middle East
US President Joe Biden (R) receiving Jordan's King Abdullah II at the White House in Washington, DC, the United States, on May 13, 2022.

Biden, Jordan’s king discuss ways to ‘stem violence’ in Israel, West Bank

Biden 'affirmed his strong support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict'