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Israeli president refuses to pardon jailed former PM

27 March, 2017

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Monday rejected a request for clemency by jailed ex-prime minister Ehud Olmert, who is serving a 27-month prison sentence for corruption, his office said.

Arab League chief urges action on Syria

27 March, 2017

Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit urged Arab governments on Monday to do more to resolve the conflict in Syria rather than leaving it to other powers.

Qatar to invest $6.23 billion in post-Brexit UK economy

27 March, 2017

Qatar will invest £5 billion in the UK over the next five years in a boost for the post-Brexit economy looking to find non-European investors.

Family of missing ex-FBI agent files lawsuit against Iran

27 March, 2017

The family of a former FBI agent who went missing in Iran a decade ago on an unauthorised CIA assignment has filed a lawsuit against the Islamic Republic

Hundreds arrested at Moscow anti-Putin protest

27 March, 2017

Hundreds of people including top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny were arrested on Sunday, March 26, as thousands of Russians defied bans to stage protests across the country against corruption.

US-backed SDF enters key IS-held airbase near Raqqa

26 March, 2017

SDF forces, backed by US-lead coalition airstrikes, are closing in on IS de facto capital of Raqqa, preparing for a decisive battle set to begin in the coming days.

Iran to sanction 15 US companies for Israel ties

26 March, 2017

Iran's sanctions target US firms that provide arms and equipment to Israel "for use against the Palestinians", state news agency IRNA said on Sunday.

Rebel court sentences Yemen president to death

26 March, 2017

The court found President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi guilty of 'instigating attacks by Saudi Arabia' and 'undermining the independence and integrity of the Republic of Yemen.'

UN Syria envoy urges restoration of ceasefire

26 March, 2017

UN mediator Staffan de Mistura has urged Russia, Iran and Turkey to help restore a ceasefire in Syria, warning that escalating violence was threatening peace talks in Geneva.

US charges Lebanese 'Hizballah financier' extradited by Morocco

26 March, 2017

US authorities charged on Friday a long-wanted alleged Hizballah financier extradited by Morocco with violating US terror-related sanctions.

American University of Beirut settles US lawsuit over Hizballah

26 March, 2017

A Lebanese university will pay $700,000 to settle a US lawsuit over allegations it provided "material support" to entities linked to Hizballah, US officials said.

Deadly strike prompts suspension of west Mosul operations

26 March, 2017

While Iraq's parliament speaker Salim al-Jabouri has expressed concern over reports of airstrikes that may have killed more than 100 civilians in western Mosul.

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