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A spokesman for Iran's judiciary has said two spies allegedly linked to the US and Saudi intelligence services have been convicted amid soaring tensions with the countries.

As Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan said that the US had put the Iranian threat 'on hold'.

UN concerned about rising US-Iran tensions

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UN concerned about rising US-Iran tensions

The United Nations voiced concern about increasingly bellicose rhetoric between the United States and Iran and called on them to tone down their rhetoric.

Trial opens in Moroccan teen gang rape case

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Trial opens in Moroccan teen gang rape case

The trial of 12 men accused of kidnapping and gang raping a teenager has been adjourned until 25 June at the request of both sides.

Syrian regime detaining activists in retaken areas: HRW

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Syrian regime detaining activists in retaken areas: HRW

Human Rights Watch calls on the Syrian government to "immediately release all ...

Syria regime cuts funding to pro-Assad propaganda outlets

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Syria regime cuts funding to pro-Assad propaganda outlets

Bashar al-Assad has cancelled funding for pro-regime media outlets and journalists because of the country's economic crisis, sources said.

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Egypt raises electricity prices as austerity continues to bite

Egypt enacted stringent austerity measures shortly after general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi came to power in a coup in 2014.

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Yemen's Houthis strike Saudi airport in new drone attack

The Houthi rebels have attacked Najran Airport in Saudi Arabia, which contains a military base, with a bomb-laden drone.

US ex-pastor 'converted to Islam because of Saudi hospitality'

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US ex-pastor 'converted to Islam because of Saudi hospitality'

An American pastor turned Muslim preacher has said the friendly treatment he received while visiting Saudi Arabia led him to convert to Islam.

Sri Lanka parliament official arrested over extremist ties

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Sri Lanka parliament official arrested over extremist ties

Sri Lankan police say that a parliament staffer was among six people arrested in raids against a Muslim extremist group last week.

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Tehran says Trump's 'genocidal taunts won't end Iran'

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday the "genocidal taunts" of US President Donald Trump will not "end Iran".

Hundreds of Lebanese protest feared pension cuts

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Hundreds of Lebanese protest feared pension cuts

Hundreds of retired Lebanese security personnel protested over feared pension cuts and tried to storm the government's headquarters in Beirut.

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Mass graves unearthed in Iraq probe of IS crimes

A UN team investigating the massacre of Iraq's Yazidi minority and other atrocities committed by IS have excavated 12 mass graves.

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Sudan general says new ruling body expected shortly

Sudan's military rulers and protesters were expected to finalise the make-up of a new ruling body in a "short time," a top general said Monday.

Man accused of NZ mosque massacre charged with terrorism

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Man accused of NZ mosque massacre charged with terrorism

Australian Brenton Tarrant, accused of carrying out the devastating March ...

Iran president seeks wartime executive powers following US tensions

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Iran president seeks wartime executive powers following US tensions

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani is seeking expanded wartime executive powers to manage Iran's economic situation - drastically worsened by Trump administration's reimposing of sanctions.

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Indian family of six washed away in Oman floods

A family of six were hit but a flash flood in an Oman wadi following heavy rain.

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Sudanese protesters call for strike after negotiations fail

Sudan's leading protest organisers called for a general strike after negotiations with the country's military rulers stalled again on Tuesday.

Israel says Gaza fishing restrictions eased

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Israel says Gaza fishing restrictions eased

Israel says it has eased fishing limits for Gaza, reverting to limits set in April.

UAE to grant 'bling visa' for wealthy expats only

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UAE to grant 'bling visa' for wealthy expats only

The United Arab Emirates has announced a scheme that will allow wealthy foreign investors to gain permanent residency in the oil-rich state.

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Water supply returns to millions in Libya's capital

The attack on a water distribution agency 250 miles south of Tripoli put the water supply of millions at risk. The gunmen claim to be supporters of rogue-general Khalifa Haftar.

Turkey seeking extradition of UK lawyer over 'terrorist propaganda'

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Turkey seeking extradition of UK lawyer over 'terrorist propaganda'

A British lawyer is facing extradition - and up to 10 years in prison in Turkey - over accusations that he has spread 'propaganda' for the Gulen movement online.

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Iran quadruples production of enriched uranium

Iran stressed the uranium would only be enriched to the limit set under the 2015 nuclear deal, but by increasing production it will soon exceed the accord's stockpile limitations.