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Afghan Taliban announce start of 'spring offensive'

28 Apr 2017
The Afghan Taliban launched their "spring offensive" Friday, heralding fresh fighting in the drawn-out conflict as embattled security forces struggle to recover from a devastating attack on a military base one week ago.  ...
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Abbas turns screw on Hamas by cutting Gaza's electricity

27 Apr 2017
With the prospect looming of a Middle East peace initiative by a new US administration more sympathetic to Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to turn the screw on the Hamas group that has kept Gaza out of his control...
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Saudi council rejects proposal for female sports colleges

27 Apr 2017
A proposal to establish sports education colleges for Saudi women failed to win enough votes in the kingdom's top advisory body, a council member who drafted the plan said Wednesday. The proposal needed 76 out of 150 votes in the Shura...
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Morocco's parliament approves new government after crisis

27 Apr 2017
Morocco's parliament has approved a new coalition government created to end months of political and economic deadlock. The Chamber of Representatives voted 208- 91 on Wednesday for the government of new Prime Minister Saadeddine el-...
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Israel strikes Iran-supplied arms depot near Damascus airport

27 Apr 2017
Syrian rebel and intelligence sources said Israel struck an arms supply hub on Thursday operated by the Lebanese Hezbollah group near Damascus airport where weapons from Tehran are regularly sent by commercial and military cargo planes....
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Saudi Arabia says foils bombing attempt on Aramco fuel distribution terminal

26 Apr 2017
Saudi forces foiled an attempt from Yemen to blow up an Aramco fuel terminal in the southern Jazan province on Tuesday using a boat laden with high explosives, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA. The...
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Israel appoints first female Muslim judge to religious court

26 Apr 2017
The Committee for the Appointment of Judges in Israel, headed by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, appointed Hanaa al-Khatib as the first female judge to a Muslim religious court.   Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported that four...
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Emirates CEO says US laptop carry-on ban still puzzles him

Emirates plane
26 Apr 2017
The chairman and CEO of Dubai's long-haul carrier Emirates said Tuesday he "can't dig into somebody's mind" to understand why the U.S. instituted a ban on laptops and other personal electronics in carry-on luggage...
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Turkey detains 800 people over suspected links to US-based cleric

26 Apr 2017
Turkish authorities detained 800 people overnight suspected of links to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, security sources said on Wednesday, in one of the largest operations in months against the network which Turkey blames for a failed...
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German foreign minister calls Netanyahu threat to cancel meeting 'regrettable'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he delivers joint statements with Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem November 2, 2016. REUTERS/Atef Safadi/Pool
 
25 Apr 2017
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Tuesday it would be "regrettable" if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called off a meeting between the two in Israel, as he threatened to do if the foreign minister met with...
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