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In-depth: Pope Francis' visit to Iraq is significant to Iraqis who have faced violence by scores of militant groups over previous years, but others doubt it will improve their lives

Iraq has once more emerged as an arena of competition between Turkey and Iran as the two historic rivals clash over Ankara's intervention against Kurdish separatists.

Netanyahu blames Iran for boat attack, says 'striking' back

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Netanyahu blames Iran for boat attack, says 'striking' back

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran on Monday of a recent attack on an Israeli-owned ship and said Israel was "striking back" the morning after a raid on Syria

Syria intercepts Israeli missiles over Damascus: state media

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Syria intercepts Israeli missiles over Damascus: state media

Syrian air defences intercepted Israeli missiles over Damascus on Sunday, Syrian regime news agency SANA said.

Thousands in Lebanon rally in support of Maronite patriarch

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Thousands in Lebanon rally in support of Maronite patriarch

In a show of support for Maronite Patriarch Bechara al-Rahi, thousands rallied in Bkerke, north of the capital Beirut on Saturday.

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UN court to try Hezbollah member for Lebanon attacks

A fugitive Hezbollah suspect will go on trial in June accused of three attacks on Lebanese politicians in the mid-2000s.

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Explosion strikes Israeli-owned ship amid US-Iran tensions

An Israeli-owned ship sailing out of the Middle East was struck with an explosion, amid escalating tensions between the US and Iran.

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Air strike in Syria a warning to Iran: Biden

President Joe Biden said Iran should view a US air strike in eastern Syria as a warning.

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Syria slams deadly US air strike on Iran-backed militias

Syria criticised a deadly US air strike on Iran-backed militias as a bad omen from President Joe Biden's administration.

US warned Russia of Syria strikes minutes ahead: Lavrov

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US warned Russia of Syria strikes minutes ahead: Lavrov

Russia's top diplomat urged the US to renew contacts with Moscow on Syria.

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Pompeo questions Biden’s Syria airstrike despite Republican backing

US fighter jets dropped seven precision bombs in Syria, hitting seven targets including a crossing used by Iran-backed groups to move weapons ...

US strikes 'Iranian-backed militant' site in Syria: Pentagon

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US strikes 'Iranian-backed militant' site in Syria: Pentagon

The US military launched an airstrike on facilities used by Iran-backed militias in Syria, the Pentagon said.

Iraqi militia denies involvement in attacks against US forces

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Iraqi militia denies involvement in attacks against US forces

Kataeb Hezbollah, an Iraq paramilitary group considered to be among those closest to Iran, denied their involvement in recent attack ...

Iraq Rocket strikes on US 'message from Iran’

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Iraq Rocket strikes on US 'message from Iran’

Rockets fired by groups loyal to Iran are being viewed as a message to the US and an attempt to get leverage.

Normalisation with Kosovo: Israel's expansion through the Balkan corridor

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Normalisation with Kosovo: Israel's expansion through the Balkan corridor

Analysis: Israel had long rejected ties with Kosovo, but amid shifting diplomatic alliances mutual recognition could extend Tel Aviv's ...

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Tar from Israel oil spill reaches Lebanon, threatening environment

Tar deposits have been found in two locations in southern Lebanon, including at a turtle-breeding site.

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Lebanese associate of Carlos the Jackal dies in Damascus

Lebanese militant Anis Naccache died Monday of coronavirus in a Damascus hospital at the age of 70.

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Hariri in UAE for second visit in two weeks

The Lebanese Prime Minister-designate seeks to rally foreign support for his country, which suffers a political stalemate amid stalled ...

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UN greenlights funding to Lebanon tribunal for 2021

The UN gave the green light to continue funding the tribunal investigating the assassination of former Lebanon prime minister Rafik Hariri for ...

Hariri meets Qatari emir during visit to Doha

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Hariri meets Qatari emir during visit to Doha

Lebanon’s Prime Minister designate met with Qatar’s Emir during a two day visit to the Gulf country.

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Massive Israeli military drill sends message to Hezbollah

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel after an Israeli drill military drill simulated mock strikes on some 3,000 ...

Israel asks Wikipedia to label <em>Hezbollah</em> a 'terrorist' group

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Israel asks Wikipedia to label Hezbollah a 'terrorist' group

The post, which has received a thousand likes, includes a mobile screen shot of the first few sentences of Wikipedia's entry on ...

UN slams deadly Iraq rocket attack as 'reckless'

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UN slams deadly Iraq rocket attack as 'reckless'

Responding to the deadly rocket attack on Erbil, the UN's top representative in Iraq tweeted: "Such heinous, reckless acts pose grave threats to ...

Iraq rocket attack kills foreigner, wounds several US contractors

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Iraq rocket attack kills foreigner, wounds several US contractors

A volley of rockets targeting an airbase in Iraq's Kurdistan region killed a foreign civilian contractor and wounded five others and a US ...

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