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Demonstrators try to protect themselves from tear gas during a protest against gender-based violence in Istanbul, Turkey, on November 25, 2021.

Turkey fires tear gas on women protesting gendered violence

The protestors were fired upon during the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

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A protester poses next to a sign of "wanted posters" showing the faces of government officials indicted in the 2020 Beirut blast probe in Beirut, Lebanon, on August 4, 2021.

Top Lebanon court rejects blast probe suit by ex-officials

Judge Tarek Bitar faced pushback on the blast probe after issuing summons to Lebanon's senior officials

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This handout photo taken and released on November 25, 2021 by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis during a private audience with Lebanon's Prime Minister Najib Mikati at the Vatican.

Pope Francis vows to help crisis-struck Lebanon ‘rise again’

Lebanon is experiencing a dire economic crisis, with a currency which lost 90 percent of its value

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Abu Dhabi's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the Presidential Complex in Ankara, Turkey, on November 24, 2021.

Turkey, UAE sign off on billions in investments

The memos focused on investments between the UAE and Turkey in several industries

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A handout picture provided by Lebanese photo agency Dalati and Nohra shows Lebanon's Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh in Baabda, Lebanon, on June 3, 2021.

Lebanon aims to sign memo with IMF by end of year

Lebanon is looking to negotiate with the IMF to help navigate the country out of its economic crisis

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A currency exchange office worker counts Turkish Lira banknotes in front of the electronic panel displaying currency exchange rates at an exchange office in Istanbul, Turkey, August 6, 2020.

Turkey lira crashes as Erdogan warns of 'economic war'

Turkish currency in historic drop of 15% as country faces worst fiscal crisis since 2018

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A Syrian refugee in Lebanon, Hassan al-Ali, 26, plays with his children Khaled, 3, and Fatima, 2, at their home in Ain el-Tefaha, Lebanon, on September 23, 2021.

UNICEF: ‘Staggering’ crisis facing the children of Lebanon

UNICEF says 'The future of an entire generation of children is at stake'

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King Abdullah II of Jordan during a meeting in London, England, October 28, 2021.

Jordan's parliament debates constitutional changes

Changes in the text would extend the representation of women and political parties

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Lightning strikes off the coast of Lebanon's northern seaside town of Anfeh during a storm on November 19, 2021.

Migrants fleeing Lebanon on boat returned to country by navy

Hundreds of Lebanese citizens have been rescued at sea since the start of Lebanon’s financial woes

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Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati speaks during a parliament session to confirm Lebanon's new government at a Beirut theater known as the UNESCO palace so that parliament members could observe social distancing measures imposed over the coronavirus pandemic, Lebanon, September 20, 2021.

PM Mikati: Lebanon in 'difficult and dangerous' phase

Mikati says 'It is a miracle that the Lebanese citizen hasn't lost patience yet'

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during his party's group meeting at the Turkish Grand National Assembly in Ankara, on November 17, 2021.

Erdogan calls for 'continued dialogue' with Israel in phone call

Erdogan says Turkish-Israeli relations are important for security and stability in the Middle East

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Family members wait for the arrival of Natalie and Mordy Oknin, an Israeli couple who had been jailed for photographing the Turkish president's palace, at the couple's home in Modiin, on November 18, 2021.

Israeli couple jailed in Turkey released, land in Israel

Bennett and Lapid thanked Erdogan for his efforts in securing the couple's release

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UK's Prince Charles and his wife Duchess Camilla visit the site where Jesus is believed by Christians to have been baptized on the Jordan River, in Jordan, on November 16, 2021.

UK’s Prince Charles visits baptism site on Jordan River

The visit marks the first overseas trip by senior UK royals since the start of the pandemic

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Smoke billows following an Israeli airstrike targeting south of Syria's capital Damascus, on July 20, 2020.

Israeli missiles hit Damascus building: report

None reported wounded in missile strike; Israeli projectile allegedly shot down

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Soldiers of the Armed Forces of Haiti place the national fleg over the casket of slain President Jovenel Moïse at his funeral on July 23, 2021, in Cap-Haitien, Haiti.

Turkey arrests suspect in connection with Haitian president's murder

Turkey's Interior Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the matter

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Drapeau national turc sur le pont du Bosphore, à Istanbul, le 8 novembre 2020

Next 48 hours 'critical' for Israeli couple detained in Turkey

Natalie and Mordy Oknin risk remaining in detention in Turkey for years

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a media conference at the G20 summit in Rome, October 31, 2021.

Israel fears couple's arrest in Turkey turning into diplomatic dispute

Prosecutors considering espionage charges against Israeli nationals for taking photos of presidential palace

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Kurdish-run al-Hol camp, which holds relatives of suspected Islamic State (IS) group fighters, shows families preparing for their release from the camp to return home in the northern Raqqa region of Syria, September 14, 2021.

Syria: Three Iraqis killed in Al-Hol camp

So far this year, 78 people have been killed in Al-Hol, 58 of them Iraqis

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A view of Turkish General Directorate of Mineral research and Exploration's (MTA) Oruc Reis seismic research vessel docked at Haydarpasa port in Istanbul. August 23, 2019.

Turkey extends detention of Israeli couple held for photographing Erdogan's palace

Decision comes after reports saying the Israelis would soon be released

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Cars parked near graves and shacks where multiple families reside in the Ghoraba cemetery, named after the neighbourhood where it is situated in Lebanon's northern port city of Tripoli, April 14, 2021.

UN poverty envoy: Lebanon is failing its people

'I saw scenes in Lebanon that I never imagined I would see in a middle-income country'

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Mansour Abbas, head of the Ra'am party, leads a faction meeting, in the Knesset (Israel Parliament) on April 19, 2021.

Report: Mansour Abbas visited Amman for talks with Jordan King

Ra'am party chief reportedly discussed bilateral ties and other regional issues with Jordanian monarch

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Des avions de combat israéliens F-35 sur le tarmac lors de l'exercice aérien multinational «Drapeau bleu» à la base aérienne d'Ovda, au nord de la ville israélienne d'Eilat, le 11 novembre 2019

Report: Syrian soldiers wounded in alleged Israeli airstrike

Alleged Israeli activity in Syria prompted Iranian-backed groups in Syria to warn Israel of retaliation

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A portion of the Israeli-Jordanian border ​​is viewed through a barbed wire fence from Baqoura, in the Jordan Valley, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019

Israel detains migrants crossing from Jordan

Israeli army says incident not regarded as threatening national security