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Khamenei urges Europe to do more to back nuclear deal

TEHRAN/BEIRUT: Iran’s supreme leader on Wednesday urged Europe to do more to back the 2015 nuclear deal after President Donald Trump refused to re-certify the pact.European companies have rushed into the Iranian markets since the landmark accord, which lifted international ...

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Iraqi Kurds postpone polls in face of crisis

IRBIL, IRAQ: Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region on Wednesday postponed presidential and legislative elections because of the current crisis with Baghdad, its electoral commission said.The region’s Independent High Electoral Commission said it had “decided to suspend temporarily preparations for the elections ...

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US-backed forces comb Raqqa after Daesh ouster

RAQQA: US-backed forces combed the ruins of Raqqa for survivors and bombs Wednesday, after retaking the Syrian city from Daesh terrorists and dealing their dreams of statehood a fatal blow.A lightning final assault by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on ...

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Bahrain accuses Iran of harboring 160 ‘terrorists’

DUBAI: Bahrain’s interior minister accused Iran of harboring 160 Bahrainis convicted of terrorism and stripped of their citizenship, in an interview published Wednesday.All 160 “fugitives” had been stripped of citizenship in “terrorism cases” targeting Bahraini police and security forces, Sheikh ...

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From Damascus, Iran vows to confront Israel

From Damascus, Iran vows to confront Israel

BEIRUT: Iran’s military chief discussed ways to deepen cooperation with the Syrian military during a visit to Damascus on Wednesday, pledging to fight Israel and Sunni insurgents, Syrian state media said.“We are in Damascus to assert and coordinate and cooperate ...

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Israel carries out ‘large-scale’ raids on Palestinian media firms

HEBRON, Palestinian Territories: Israeli forces raided Palestinian media offices across the occupied West Bank overnight in what a military spokeswoman on Wednesday called a “large-scale operation” against incitement.The raids on eight companies came hours after the Israeli government declared that ...

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Kurds’ statehood dream dies as Baghdad retakes oil fields

BAGHDAD: Iraqi troops and allied Shiite-dominated paramilitary forces took control on Tuesday of all Kirkuk’s oil fields, dealt a crushing blow to fragmented Kurdish forces and redrew the map of northern Iraq.The lightning two-day attack by Baghdad ended Kurdish hopes ...

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