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The extreme drop in birth rates is unprecedented in the 71 years since the UN began collecting global fertility statistics, beating out declines in countries that witnessed wars or genocides.

Mehdi Sobhani was reportedly appointed based on the suggestion of Tehran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who headed a delegation which arrived in Syria on Thursday.

Jordanian MPs call for cutting ties with Israel

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Jordanian MPs call for cutting ties with Israel

96 members of the Jordanian parliament have called on the government to break off diplomatic ties with Israel following its attacks on Palestinians in Jerusalem and Gaza.

Saudi Arabia arrests 138 locals, foreigners on corruption charges

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Saudi Arabia arrests 138 locals, foreigners on corruption charges

The 138 people are accused of bribery, corruption and other offences in an apparent anti-graft crackdown.

Arab, Muslim countries condemn Israel's assault on Gaza

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Arab, Muslim countries condemn Israel's assault on Gaza

Israel's overnight strikes on Gaza, which killed nine children, have drawn round condemnation from regional powers.

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Iran candidates register for presidential election

The country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has in recent months urged for high turnout, expressing hope that this would encourage the emergence of new young leaders.

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Algeria to ban unauthorised protests in 'new crackdown'

Demonstrations in Algeria have continued, as the Hirak protest movement demands seeks deep changes in the country.

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World powers call for calm after Jerusalem unrest

Reactions poured in from around the world after violence sparked by days of unrest at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

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Iran says may extend UN access on nuclear activities

An agreement reached with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is due to expire soon, but Iran could extend it.

Jordan summons Israel diplomat as King Abdullah deplores violence

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Jordan summons Israel diplomat as King Abdullah deplores violence

Jordan has summoned Israel's envoy in Amman in protest of the ongoing violence against Palestinians at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, as King ...

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'Too soon' to discuss talks with Saudi, says Iran

Iran and Saudi Arabia cut ties in 2016 but resumed negotiations in Baghdad in April

Iran protests Iraqi raid on diplomatic site

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Iran protests Iraqi raid on diplomatic site

Protesters set fire to trailers belonging to Iran's consulate in Karbala following the murder of activist Ehab Wazni.

Arab nations hit out at Israel for Jerusalem violence

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Arab nations hit out at Israel for Jerusalem violence

Arab countries, including four that last year agreed to normalise relations with Israel, have condemned a weekend of violence towards ...

Large Chinese rocket segment disintegrates over Indian Ocean

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Large Chinese rocket segment disintegrates over Indian Ocean

A large segment of a Chinese rocket re-entered the Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated over the Indian Ocean on Sunday.

Dozens dead in blast near Afghan girls' school

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Dozens dead in blast near Afghan girls' school

More than 30 people were killed and dozens more wounded in an attack targeting a girls' school in Kabul, authorities said on Saturday.

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Russia urges no 'escalation of violence' in Jerusalem

Moscow condemned attacks on civilians in occupied east Jerusalem.

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Iran urges UN to condemn Israel's Jerusalem 'war crime'

More than 200 Palestinians were injured in the Israeli police assault on Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque complex.

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200 Palestinians hurt after Israeli police storm Al-Aqsa: medics

At least 88 people were hospitalised after Israeli forces fired rubber-coated bullets and tear gas at worshippers in Jerusalem.

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Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait slam Israeli raid on Al-Aqsa

Leading Islamic bodies, including Egypt's Al Azhar University, also condemned Israel's actions in East Jerusalem.

EU powers urge Israel to halt settlement expansion

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EU powers urge Israel to halt settlement expansion

France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Britain urged Israel to refrain from expanding illegal settlements in the West Bank.

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Morocco accuses Germany of 'hostile acts’

Morocco has expressed its anger with Germany over its position on the status of Western Sahara.

Biden’s brewing problem in Ethiopia

Alex de Waal

Biden’s brewing problem in Ethiopia

Comment: A brutal regional conflict broke out last November and shows no signs of winding down, writes Alex de Waal.

French reporter kidnapped by jihadi rebels in northern Mali

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French reporter kidnapped by jihadi rebels in northern Mali

A video has been released by jihadi rebels of French journalist Olivier Dubois, who was kidnapped in Mali.

Le Drian in Lebanon with a message of 'firmness’

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Le Drian in Lebanon with a message of 'firmness’

Jean-Yves Le Drian is to visit Lebanon as the country struggles with crippling economic problems and a failure to form a government.

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