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The move comes as the country is trying to revive its economy which has been badly hit since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Austrian Muslims fear the initiative will install a government "surveillance body" to curb political expression and participation.

EU ministers aim to ease Turkey tensions

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EU ministers aim to ease Turkey tensions

The 27 ministers were to discuss the whole gamut of EU-Turkey relations as they met in Brussels in person for the first time since the ...

Chechnya's Kadyrov blames blogger murder on foreign secret services

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Chechnya's Kadyrov blames blogger murder on foreign secret services

Chechen strongman Kadyrov claimed foreign secret services killed dissident blogger Mamikhan Umarov in Austria and have pinned the blame ...

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Chechen refugee killed in Vienna in string of violence

A Chechen former separatist has been assassinated in Vienna.

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Turkey summons Austrian envoy over Kurdish-Turkish clashes in Vienna

Austria also summoned the Turkish ambassador over the clashes between Kurdish and Turkish nationalist demonstrators.

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Greek PM to visit Israel to talk energy, annexation

Israel hopes to avoid sanctions from the EU with the help of friendly countries like Greece.

Stasa Salacanin

How will the EU respond to Israel's annexation plans?

The EU is a staunch defender of the two-state solution but remains divided on how to push back against Israel's annexation plans.

Cyprus welcomes first tourist flights since March

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Cyprus welcomes first tourist flights since March

Nearly three months after lockdown, Cyprus has allowed its first tourist flights to take place.

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ICC asks Palestinians to clarify status of Oslo Accords

The International Criminal Court has asked for clarification on the status of the Oslo Accords after Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said ...

EU takes on Israel over 'illegal' West Bank annexations

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EU takes on Israel over 'illegal' West Bank annexations

In a bid to fend off an international diplomatic clash, European countries are attempting to stop Israel from illegally annexing the West Bank.

Pompeo warns ICC of ‘consequences’ over potential Israel probe

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Pompeo warns ICC of ‘consequences’ over potential Israel probe

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned of 'consequences' if the ICC moves forward with a potential war crimes probe into Israel.

Australia tried to block probe into Israeli war crimes

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Australia tried to block probe into Israeli war crimes

Australia has claimed the International Criminal Court has no jurisdiction over alleged war crimes in Palestine.

'Quran-tine?': Coronavirus isolation led Austrian MMA fighter to Islam

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'Quran-tine?': Coronavirus isolation led Austrian MMA fighter to Islam

Wilhelm Ott announced his conversion to Islam in an Instagram post on Thursday.

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Turkey to track coronavirus patients with app

Turkey's COVID-19 patients may soon be tracked through a state smartphone application in Ankara's latest bid to contain the virus' spread.

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EU launches naval mission to police Libya arms embargo

Operation 'Irini' will start for a year from Wednesday, aiming to implement the UN's arms embargo on Libya.

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Coronavirus: Travel restrictions, border shutdowns across the Middle East

As the novel coronavirus spread across the Middle East, several countries have closed their borders, grounded fights and imposed travel ...

Arash Azizi

Iran sanctions put us all at risk during coronavirus

Comment: The disastrous coronavirus outbreak in Iran shows two things: the need for reform, and the dangers of state collapse, writes Arash ...

Duplicitous Trudeau supports Israel at ICC

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Duplicitous Trudeau supports Israel at ICC

Comment: To support Israel at the ICC while pretending to back Palestinians at the UN is a duplicitous charade which must be exposed, writes ...

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Israeli scientists believe they have discovered a coronavirus cure

Israel's Institute for Biological Research has made significant breakthroughs in understanding the virus and is reportedly on the edge of ...

Israel extends West Bank, Gaza closures amid coronavirus outbreak

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Israel extends West Bank, Gaza closures amid coronavirus outbreak

No final date has been issued for lifting the closure on Bethlehem, which has been completely shut down since last week in coordination with the ...

Israel imposes tough new travel restrictions over coronavirus fears

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Israel imposes tough new travel restrictions over coronavirus fears

Israel has imposed new travel restrictions barring entry to citizens of five European countries unless they can prove they can self-quarantine.

Turkey to abolish visas for UK tourists

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Turkey to abolish visas for UK tourists

Turkey is set to welcome six countries, including the UK and Poland, into its visa-free club as a move to open European borders.

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