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The move will downgrade teaching standards by opening up opportunities to those who lack specialism, Persian professors say.

Clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region have claimed at least 23 lives, as Turkey vowed to support Azerbaijan and EU countries called for calm.

Palestinians losing hope two decades on from second intifada

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Palestinians losing hope two decades on from second intifada

Two decades after the second Palestinian intifada began, a new generation has grown up while hopes for a Palestinian state and freedom from Israeli occupation have failed to materialize.

'Palestine is priceless': Sudanese activists launch online anti-normalisation campaign

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'Palestine is priceless': Sudanese activists launch online anti-normalisation campaign

As reports surfaced suggesting Sudan's plans to normalise relations with Israel, Sudanese activists took to social media to denounce the ...

US threatens to close Iraq embassy unless rocket-attacks cease

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US threatens to close Iraq embassy unless rocket-attacks cease

The US has threatened to close its embassy and remove its remaining troops from Iraq amid ongoing rocket attacks by militias, potentially ...

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Lebanese president's son-in-law, former FM Gebran Bassil contracts Covid-19

The leader of the Christian Free Patriotic Movement and President Michel Aoun's son-in-law, Gebran Bassil, confirmed he has contracted the novel coronavirus.

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'It is clear Lukashenko has to go': France's Macron

Macron has backed the EU's decision not to recognise Lukashenko as the country's president.

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Malaysian PM wins crucial victory in state polls

The country's prime minister celebrates a narrow victory in state elections, as his hold on power wavers.

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Iraq's foreign minister makes first visit to Iran

Iranian media have not elaborated on the reasons behind the top Iraqi diplomat's two-day trip to Tehran.

UAE to promote Dubai as 'hub for Israeli businesses'

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UAE to promote Dubai as 'hub for Israeli businesses'

A Memorandum of Understanding [MoU] was signed between the state-owned Dubai Free Zone Authority [DAFZA] and the Federation of Israeli Chambers ...

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US doubles bounty on new Islamic State leader

A $5 million bounty for information leading to the arrest of the new Islamic State leader has been doubled, US authorities said on ...

Malaysia PM faces major test in state polls

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Malaysia PM faces major test in state polls

The outcome of the Sabah state elections, in which 1.1 million people are eligible to vote for 73 assembly seats, will be a key test of ...

At UN, Pakistani <em>leader</em> says India sponsors anti-Muslim hate

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At UN, Pakistani leader says India sponsors anti-Muslim hate

Indian and Pakistan traded barbed rebuttals in the assembly hall Friday night.

A shameful free pass for war crimes in Iraq

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A shameful free pass for war crimes in Iraq

Comment: The 'Overseas Operations Bill' denies justice to victims of torture perpetrated by British armed forces, and contravenes international ...

Sudan, Oman 'to normalise ties with Israel next week'

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Sudan, Oman 'to normalise ties with Israel next week'

Oman and Sudan could announce normalisation deals with Israel as soon as next week, according to reports.

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Turkey blasts Pelosi's 'ignorance' about democracy

Turkey was offended after US Democrat Nancy Pelosi implied Turkey is a dictatorship.

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Soleimani aide dies from 'Iraq-Iran war chemical injuries'

Top-ranking IRGC officials have congratulated Khodadi for his "martyrdom" and offered condolences.

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Kurdish authorities arrest journalist following Iraqi president's 'defamation' accusation

Journalist Bahroz Jaafer has been detained by Iraqi Kurdish authorities after Iraqi President Barham Saleh accused him of 'criminal defamation' ...

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Israel's Netanyahu to meet Sudan general in Uganda: report

The Israeli premier will meet with Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the leader of Sudan's transitional sovereign council, in Uganda for a second ...

Fatah, Hamas say deal reached on Palestinian elections

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Fatah, Hamas say deal reached on Palestinian elections

Rival Palestinian factions have agreed to hold the first general elections in nearly 15 years.

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Syria's HTS 'renounces' use of suicide car bombings

HTS have used bomb-laden vehicles to target regime positions.

Arab leaders voice alarm at UN over Iran tensions

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Arab leaders voice alarm at UN over Iran tensions

Arab leaders expressed their concerns in the virtual affair sessions of the General Assembly.

Next normalisation deal 'coming in next day or two'

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Next normalisation deal 'coming in next day or two'

A third normalisation deal between Israel and a yet unnamed Arab state could be made public in the coming days, Ambassador Kelly Craft has said

Eastern Libyan forces claim IS <em>leader</em> killed in raid

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Eastern Libyan forces claim IS leader killed in raid

The IS self-declared 'emirate' in Libya, fell to government forces in 2016.

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