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Lebanon arrests US man for crossing illegally from Israel

Image copyright @C_Military1 Image caption The militant group Hezbollah posted what it said was a photo of the man at a shop in Tyre The Lebanese army says it has arrested a US citizen suspected of entering Lebanon illegally through a breach in the border fence with Israel. The official National News Agency cited the […]

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Israeli exchange student killed in Australia

Israeli exchange student killed in Australia

Image copyright Victoria Police Image caption Police released these images of Aiia Maasarwe, taken on the night she was killed A 21-year-old Israeli student was attacked and killed in Melbourne, Australia while speaking with her sister on the phone, police say. The body of Aiia Maasarwe, 21, was found near LaTrobe University in the city’s […]

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In pictures: Cairo turns orange as sandstorm sweeps Egypt

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A man covers his face as the sandstorm hits near the River Nile in Cairo An orange cloud has swept through Cairo, forcing people to take cover in buildings as strong winds brought thick dust to the Egyptian capital. Several ports were reportedly closed and officials at Cairo airport said […]

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Syria war: ‘IS suicide bomber’ kills US troops in Manbij

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Kurdish Hawar News Agency said the blast occurred outside a restaurant A number of US troops have been killed in a reported suicide bomb attack in Syria claimed by the Islamic State group, the US military says. IS said one of its militants detonated an explosive vest next to […]

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Israel police investigate ‘sex-for-judgeships’ allegations

Image copyright AFP Image caption Israel Police said its officers had conducted searches and seized documents Police in Israel have arrested a top lawyer as part of an investigation into claims that judicial appointments were traded for sexual favours. The lawyer has not been named and a gag order covers most details of the case. […]

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Iran says US illegally detained reporter Marzieh Hashemi

Image copyright Sarah Hasheminiasari/Facebook Image caption Ms Hashemi was reportedly visiting family in the US Iran has called on the US to release one of its journalists who, it says, was illegally arrested by the FBI while making a family visit. American-born reporter Marzieh Hashemi was reportedly taken into custody upon landing in St Louis […]

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Syria war: Displaced babies die due to freezing weather

Image copyright AFP Image caption Many of the civilians who have fled the fighting in Hajin are living at the al-Hol camp Fifteen displaced Syrian children – 13 of them aged under one – have died in recent weeks due to cold weather and inadequate medical care, the UN says. Eight deaths have been reported […]

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Syria war: Turkey ready to create ‘safe zone’ for Kurds – Erdogan

Image copyright AFP Image caption Residents of Kurdish-held towns like Manbij fear they will be attacked when US troops leave Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he responded positively to Donald Trump’s call for a “safe zone” along its border with Kurdish-held Syria. The leaders spoke by telephone after Mr Trump threatened to “devastate Turkey […]

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Turkey dismisses Trump threat to economy over Syrian Kurds

Image copyright AFP Image caption Syrian Kurds have been protesting against Turkish threats to carry out a new offensive Turkey has dismissed President Donald Trump’s threat to “devastate” its economy if it attacks Kurdish forces in Syria following a planned pullout of US troops. “You cannot get anywhere by threatening Turkey economically,” Foreign Minister Nevlut […]

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Iran cargo plane crash ‘leaves 15 dead’

Image copyright EPA Image caption The plane crashed into a wall separating the airport from a residential area and then hit a house A cargo plane crash near the Iranian capital, Tehran, has killed 15 people. The Boeing 707 came off the runway and hit a wall while trying to land at Fath airport in […]

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