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The chief of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard has criticised Iranian activists who signed an open letter last week asking Iran's leaders to take part in direct talks with Washington.

Syrian regime forces have been massing troops ahead of a possible attack on Daraa province and the nearby Quneitra region that border Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Lebanon to review decision not to stamp Iranian passports

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Lebanon to review decision not to stamp Iranian passports

Lebanese ministers are set to review a decision by the country's security agency not to stamp Iranian passports at the airport, an interior ministry source said.

Israel openly promotes Islamic State ideology

Omar Baddar

Israel openly promotes Islamic State ideology

Comment: Preaching sectarianism is just one of many ways Israel is changing the way it does PR in the Trump era, writes Omar Baddar.

World Cup LIVEBLOG: Russia v Egypt

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World Cup LIVEBLOG: Russia v Egypt

Don't miss a moment as Egypt vie to break Arab teams' losing streak at Russia2018. Refresh this page to get up-to-the-minute updates

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The Iraq Report: Sadr and Iran kiss-and-make-up

Our weekly spotlight on events in Iraq takes in the aftermath of the election

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Syria's Sweida shelled for first time in three years

The regime has been sending reinforcements to the largely Druze region for weeks as it increasingly focuses on southern Syria.

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Pro-government forces enter Yemen's Hodeida airport

Taking control of the Hodeida airport would mark a military victory for the Saudi-led coalition, but rights groups warn the offensive risks ...

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Syria strike blamed on Israel kills 22 Iraqi fighters

An attack on Syrian regime forces on Monday killed 22 Iraqi militia forces.

Ecstasy-smuggling Israeli ex-minister jailed on <em>Iran</em> spying charges

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Ecstasy-smuggling Israeli ex-minister jailed on Iran spying charges

Former energy minister Gonen Segev - previously detained on drugs and fraud charges - was handed over to Israel accused of spying for ...

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Hashd al-Shaabi fighters killed by 'US airstrike in Syria'

More than 50 fighters allied to the Damascus regime, most of them foreign, were killed in Sunday night's raid on Al-Hari in eastern Syria.

Turkey is in Syria and Iraq to stay

Paul Iddon

Turkey is in Syria and Iraq to stay

Analysis: Turkey's latest campaign in Iraq is an indication of how far it is willing to go, writes Paul Iddon.

Israel UN officials to visit Bahrain later this month

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Israel UN officials to visit Bahrain later this month

An Israeli delegation will visit Bahrain later this month for a UN cultural agency UNESCO meet in the capital Manama, an official has said.

US ambassador berates Israeli 'ingratitude' for demanding Golan sovereignty

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US ambassador berates Israeli 'ingratitude' for demanding Golan sovereignty

The US envoy in Israel allegedly admonished 'ungrateful' Israeli politicians in secret over their calls for the Trump administration to ...

Rouhani plans Europe visit to seek nuclear deal support

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Rouhani plans Europe visit to seek nuclear deal support

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will visit Austria and Switzerland next month as part of a campaign by Tehran to secure continued European ...

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UN ceasefire efforts fizzle as Hodeida fight ramps up

The Iran-backed Houthi rebels rejected a ceasefire and said Saudi-led forces have been escalating their attacks in Hodeida despite talks.

Abdelwahab El-Affendi

The hijacking of AFP: Lessons for beginner journalists

Comment: AFP has made some crucial - and elementary - mistakes in its profile of academic Azmi Bishara, writes Abdelwahab El-Affendi.

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Iran hangs Sufi over alleged killing of 3 policemen

Rights groups criticised the execution and death penalty, noting Iran's courts declined to hear eyewitnesses that could have exonerated Mohammad ...

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Saudi Arabia says new Yemen missile intercepted

Saudi air defences said they have intercepted a missile fired from rebel-held territory in Yemen.

Iran's reformists demand negotiations with Trump

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Iran's reformists demand negotiations with Trump

A number of prominent Iranian reformist penned a letter to Tehran officials urging them to restart talks with the US

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Clashes near Yemen's flashpoint Hodeida amid concern for civilians

More than 70 percent of Yemeni imports pass through the docks of Hodeida port, controlled by the country's Houthi rebels.

Qatar and Jordan hint at restoring full diplomatic relations

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Qatar and Jordan hint at restoring full diplomatic relations

Qatar's eagerness to provide financial assistance to Jordan signals warming ties between the two countries and could see full diplomatic ...

Global oil production to be hiked following Saudi-Russian agreement

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Global oil production to be hiked following Saudi-Russian agreement

Saudi Arabia and Russia have agreed to boost global oil production by 1.5 million barrels a day in the third quarter of 2018, following problems ...

Turkey hits Kurdish base in Iraq's Qandil Mountains region

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Turkey hits Kurdish base in Iraq's Qandil Mountains region

Turkey's president has said his country have begun an operation against bases of outlawed Kurdish militants in northern Iraq.

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