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Iraqi soldier killed in rocket attack near US embassy

BAGHDAD An Iraqi soldier was killed in a rocket attack near the U.S. Embassy in the capital Baghdad, according to Iraq’s Defense Ministry. According to a statement by the ministry's Security...

100 Iraqis killed since Friday amid protests

BAGHDAD At least 100 people have been killed in Iraq since Friday, as security forces have been trying to disperse protesters, said Iraq's Independent High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR)...

Nobel-winning Yazidi says Baghdadi death not enough

UNITED NATIONS  Nobel Prize-winner and Yazidi activist Nadia Murad welcomed the death of Daesh/ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but warned Wednesday there are “thousands” of hardline militants ready to replace...

UAE hands over Yemen’s Aden to Saudi, withdraws troops

ABU DHABI The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday announced return of its troops from Yemen's Aden after handing the province to Saudi and Yemeni forces. "The handover of Aden to...

ICC head prosecutor ‘whitewashing’ Israel: Finkelstein

ANKARA American Jewish political scientist Norman Finkelstein accused the International Criminal Court's (ICC) head prosecutor of refusing to investigate credible allegations of Israeli criminality in his recent book. Finkelstein blamed Fatou...

Jordanian ambassador to Israel arrives in Amman

AMMAN Jordan's ambassador to Israel arrived in Amman on Wednesday after he was recalled over Israeli practices against Jordanian citizens, the country's Foreign Ministry said. Ghassan al-Majali was summoned late Monday...

Lebanon’s Aoun asks gov’t to work in caretaker role

BEIRUT Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Wednesday asked Prime Minister Saad Hariri to continue as a caretaker premier, until a new government is formed. Hariri resigned on Tuesday amid mass protests...

Germany unveils new measures to combat far-right

BERLIN German government unveiled new measures on Wednesday to combat right-wing extremism and hate crimes in the internet. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said in a news conference in Berlin the Cabinet...

Iraqi tribes issue ultimatum to gov't over detainees

BAGHDAD  Iraqi tribes have issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the Iraqi government to release protesters held by security forces in the southern Basra province. "Tribal chieftains in Basra have given 48...

Iran closes border crossing with protest-hit Iraq

TEHRAN Iran on Wednesday closed the country's western border crossing with Iraq amid mass protests rocking several Iraqi provinces against corruption and unemployment, according to an Iranian official. The Mehran crossing...

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Turkish president, UN chief discuss ways to end crisis caused by Russia-Ukraine war

ANKARA The Turkish president and UN secretary-general on Monday spoke over phone and discussed initiatives aimed at resolving the ongoing crisis caused by the Russia-Ukraine...

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Russia becomes China’s largest oil supplier

ANKARA Russia has surpassed Saudi Arabia to become China's largest oil supplier, as refiners bought up Russian crude oil offered at a huge discount...

EU, Egypt agree on partnership priorities until 2027

BRUSSELS The EU and Egypt have agreed on the partnership priorities guiding their relationship until 2027. The Association Council of the European Union and Egypt...

Syria's Tal Rifat surrounded with tunnels by YPG/PKK terrorists

TAL RIFAT, Syria / ANKARA The YPG/PKK terror group is using a sophisticated network of tunnels in the Tal Rifat district in northern Syria to...