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With toxic smog blanketing Tehran skies and the country buckling under the pandemic, social media has been rife with speculation. Soon, fingers pointed at an unlikely culprit: Bitcoin.

In-depth: Iraq's second largest city remains scarred by the war against the Islamic State. Although peace has returned, much of Mosul still lies in ruins.

Bitcoin blackouts: Iran blames cryptocurrency mining for city darkness

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Bitcoin blackouts: Iran blames cryptocurrency mining for city darkness

Iran has been suffering blackouts across the country, and the government insists that the cause is cryptocurrency.

Hunt for buried survivors after Indonesia quake

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Hunt for buried survivors after Indonesia quake

At least 46 people were killed when an earthquake hit Indonesia's Sulawesi island on Friday.

Migrants in Bosnia sleeping rough face up to winter

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Migrants in Bosnia sleeping rough face up to winter

Temperatures are predicted to drop below minus 15 degrees Celsius in Bosnia, where hundreds of migrants are stranded without shelter.

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Israel to begin vaccinating Palestinian prisoners

Israel has announced it will begin vaccinating Palestinian prisoners over 55 against coronavirus but continues to refuse to vaccinate Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

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Turkmenistan, Afghanistan open new rail and power links

Turkmenistan and Afghanistan have introduced new transport, power and communications links.

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Power restored in Pakistan after nationwide blackout

Power supply was restored across Pakistan Sunday after the country was hit by a massive electricity blackout, officials said.

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Sudan voices frustration as latest Nile dam talks stall

Sudan warned it cannot continue the "vicious cycle" of negotiations with Egypt and Ethiopia in the long-running dispute over Addis Ababa's ...

Pakistan gradually restores power after blackout

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Pakistan gradually restores power after blackout

Pakistan suffered a near countrywide blackout just before midnight on Sunday, plunging large swathes of the country into total darkness.

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Malaysian villagers escape floods on excavator as 28,000 evacuated

The number of Malaysian villagers forced from their homes by floods rose to more than 28,000 with at least four dead.

US extends Iraq sanctions waiver for further 3 months

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US extends Iraq sanctions waiver for further 3 months

The US has granted Iraq a three-month extension to a sanctions waiver allowing it to import Iranian gas, an Iraqi official told AFP Monday.

Egypt summons Ethiopian diplomat over dam comments

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Egypt summons Ethiopian diplomat over dam comments

Egypt's foreign ministry summoned Ethiopia's top diplomat in Cairo over comments by an Ethiopian official regarding a controversial dam on the ...

UAE pledges to reduce carbon emissions by 25 percent

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UAE pledges to reduce carbon emissions by 25 percent

The ruler of Dubai has submitted an ambitious plan to cut the UAE’s emission by a quarter by 2030 and implement a host of cleaner energy ...

Iran energy minister in Baghdad over trade dispute

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Iran energy minister in Baghdad over trade dispute

Iraqi and Iranian officials are attempting to mend a rift between the two countries over energy supplies.

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Women are key to ending Yemen's civil war

Comment: Without women, Yemen's peace talks have gone nowhere. Peace will never be forged if our voices continue to go unheard, writes Tahani Saeed.

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Iraqi refugee family is home at last

From a first date that ended in bloody carnage in Baghdad, to finally entering their new home in The Netherlands, this is an epic tale of ...

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HRW accuses Egypt of 'collective punishment' of inmates

'Egyptian authorities are apparently imposing collective punishment on hundreds of inmates in Scorpion Prison,' said HRW.

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Qatar joins IAEA convention on nuclear safety

Qatar has joined the International Atomic Energy Agency convention on nuclear safety on Monday, after repeated calls to protect the environment.

Jordan announces 'promising' natural gas find

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Jordan announces 'promising' natural gas find

Jordanian officials have long pinned their hopes on finding major gas reserves at the field, which is located along the kingdom's eastern border ...

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First foreign aid convoy reaches capital of Ethiopia's Tigray

The foreign convoy arrives amid a humanitarian crisis brought about by armed conflict.

UAE says Chinese vaccine 86% effective, offers few details

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UAE says Chinese vaccine 86% effective, offers few details

The UAE said that China's Sinopharm vaccine has received "official registration" after a trial involving 31,000 volunteers showed it to be 86% ...

Israel's blockade had already crippled Gaza, then came Covid-19

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Israel's blockade had already crippled Gaza, then came Covid-19

Comment: Battling Covid-19 requires a health infrastructure that has been destroyed by Israel's occupation and blockade, and yet the ...

Streets engulfed as Lebanon hit by torrential rains

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Streets engulfed as Lebanon hit by torrential rains

Many Lebanese blame the severe flooding on government incompetence and corruption.

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