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US President Donald Trump dodged an opportunity to disavow white supremacists during the first presidential debate, instead namedropping a far-right militia group.

Tunisia said that naval patrols had intercepted 19 boats carrying a total of 246 people seeking to cross from the North African nation to Europe overnight Saturday to Sunday alone.

US carrier enters Gulf amid sanctions threats toward Iran

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US carrier enters Gulf amid sanctions threats toward Iran

The move came just days after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed to enforce an arms embargo and other international sanctions against Iran.

First doctor in Turkish-held Syria  dies from Covid-19

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First doctor in Turkish-held Syria dies from Covid-19

Activists have reported the first medical worker in Turkish-held Syria to die from Covid-19.

In Lebanon, Paris and Washington at odds over Hezbollah

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In Lebanon, Paris and Washington at odds over Hezbollah

France and the US are at odds over Hezbollah as Lebanon's crisis continues.

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Insight: Fears of Covid-19 outbreak in northern Syria

Northeast and northwest Syria are witnessing alarming rises in Covid-19 cases, with fears that the situation could get worse this winter.

Farah-Silvana Kanaan

After Beirut blast, grief and guilt in Lebanon's diaspora

Despite dealing with their own hopelessness and guilt, Lebanon's famously vast and intrinsically connected diaspora has sprung into action while ...

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UAE deal puts Israel's economic reach on Iran's doorstep

The controversial normalisation deal could pave the way for direct economic engagement between Israeli and UAE-based Iranian business people, ...

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Fears grow in Turkey as daily coronavirus cases increase

Turkey's daily coronavirus cases have exceeded 1,000 for the second day in a row, authorities confirmed, amid growing concern over a second ...

Jordan teachers protest after arrest of union leaders

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Jordan teachers protest after arrest of union leaders

Thousands of public sector workers took to the streets across Jordan on Saturday evening to protest the arrest of leaders from the teachers ...

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HRW slams Jordan's detention of Teachers Syndicate leaders

Jordan has cracked down on a teachers union after the threat of strikes.

Hajj pilgrimage reaches <em>peak</em> day in shadow of coronavirus

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Hajj pilgrimage reaches peak day in shadow of coronavirus

The Saudi government said anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 would be taking part in this year's pilgrimage.

Rights groups urge Palestinian Authority to free protesters

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Rights groups urge Palestinian Authority to free protesters

10 of the 19 peaceful protesters arrested on Sunday remain in detention, which a court has now extended for 15 days, according to Amnesty ...

Israeli president lashes out at government, talks of election

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Israeli president lashes out at government, talks of election

The Israeli president has criticised the unity government of in-fighting ahead of the elections.

Paul McLoughlin

Syria's predictable faux election still had a few surprises

Syria's parliamentary elections resulted in another predictably huge win for the ruling Baath Party, but there were still some insights into the state of the economy.

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Ailing Saudi king chairs cabinet meeting from hospital

The 84-year-old Saudi king chaired a cabinet meeting via a video conference from hospital after his was taken in for gall bladder problems.

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Saudi officials: Scaled-down hajj pilgrimage to start July 29

This year's hajj, which has been scaled back dramatically to include only around 1,000 Muslim pilgrims as Saudi Arabia battles a coronavirus ...

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Lebanon reports highest coronavirus infection toll since outbreak

Lebanon on reported 166 coronavirus cases, its highest daily infection toll since the country's outbreak began in February.

Iranians' dissatisfaction a 'threat for everyone', says Tehran mayor

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Iranians' dissatisfaction a 'threat for everyone', says Tehran mayor

Tehran's mayor has said in an interview that low voter turnout among Iranians is a sign of widespread malaise in the country due to the ...

Jo Schietti

Egypt's medics battle Covid-19 and state persecution

Egypt is arresting healthcare workers who criticise the government's mishandling of the public health crisis.

WHO 'studying new evidence' on airborne coronavirus transmission

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WHO 'studying new evidence' on airborne coronavirus transmission

Fresh evidence on airborne transmission of Covid-19 will be studied by the World Health Organization, the global body said on Tuesday.

Israel passes bill allowing government to bypass parliament

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Israel passes bill allowing government to bypass parliament

Some MPs decried the sidelining of the legislature, saying it marked another step in undermining the foundations of Israeli democracy.

Iran reports record coronavirus daily death toll

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Iran reports record coronavirus daily death toll

Iran has reported a record one-day number of deaths from coronavirus as cases spiked and authorities tried to impose mandatory mask-wearing.

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