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Hezbollah, Nusra swap corpses – 8,000 to leave Syria-Lebanon border zone as ceasefire deal advances

BEIRUT, July 30, (Agencies): Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement and jihadist militants on Sunday started exchanging the bodies of fighters as part of a ceasefire deal for the restive Syria-Lebanon border. The truce, announced by the movement and confirmed by Lebanon’s General Security agency on Thursday, ended six days of a Hezbollah-led …

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No Iran servers, claims Telegram

TEHRAN, Iran, July 30, (AP): Iran’s communications and information technology minister was quoted Sunday as saying the widely used Telegram messenger service has transferred some of its servers into the country, but the encrypted application’s founder swiftly denied the claim. The report from Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency quoted Mahmoud …

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Yemeni rebel missile shot down near Makkah: Coalition – ‘Houthis target key port with boat bomb’

RIYADH, July 29, (Agencies): A ballistic missile fired by Yemeni rebels was shot down late Thursday close to Makkah in Saudi Arabia, a month before the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest site, the Arab military coalition fighting in Yemen said. The missile was intercepted 69 kilometres (43 miles) south …

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U.S. SANCTIONS IRAN SAT-ROCKET LAUNCH – ‘Tehran rules out halt to tests’

TEHRAN, July 29, (Agencies): A defiant Iran vowed on Saturday to press ahead with its missile programme and condemned new US sanctions, as tensions rise after the West hardened its tone against the Islamic republic. In the latest incident on the ground, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said the US Navy had …

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‘All US within range after M-test’ – China, Russia responsible for N. Korea threat: Tillerson

SEOUL, July 29, (AFP): Kim Jong-Un boasted of North Korea’s ability to strike any target in the US after a second ICBM test that weapons experts said Saturday could even bring New York into range – in a potent challenge to President Donald Trump. China condemned the test but US …

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Qatar deposited over $10 bln to offset crisis outflows – Dubai’s Mashreq bank see drop in demand for Doha business

DUBAI, July 29, (RTRS): Qatar’s government deposited over $10 billion in local banks last month to offset a pull-out of deposits by foreign institutions due to the country’s diplomatic crisis, Qatari central bank data showed on Thursday. The big injection of funds, which could be repeated in coming months if …

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Palestinians pray outside holy site – Israel bars men under 50

JERUSALEM, July 29, (AFP): Israel barred men under 50 from Friday prayers at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site after two weeks of tensions and deadly unrest, leading thousands of Palestinians to hold mass prayers outside. Thousands of others entered the Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, …

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Qatar hires for DC ‘pull’

DUBAI, UAE, July 27, (Agencies): Qatar has hired a Washington influence firm founded by former top campaign aides to US President Donald Trump and another specialized in digging up dirt on US politicians, signaling it wants to challenge Saudi Arabia’s massive lobbying efforts in America’s capital amid a diplomatic dispute …

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IRAN SAT-LAUNCH ROCKET ‘SUCCESSFUL’ – Inspection push to test N-deal

WASHINGTON, July 27, (Agencies): The Trump administration is pushing for inspections of suspicious Iranian military sites in a bid to test the strength of the nuclear deal that President Donald Trump desperately wants to cancel, senior US officials said. The inspections are one element of what is designed to be …

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Coalition airstrikes kill several senior Islamic State ‘leaders’ – US-trained Iraqi unit carried out Mosul executions: HRW

WASHINGTON, July 27, (Agencies): Coalition airstrikes recently killed several senior propagandists and facilitators of the so-called Islamic State, according to a statement from US Central Command (CENTCOM). “The removal of these key ISIS leaders disrupts ISIS’s propaganda production, distribution, and the ability to fund ISIS’ terrorist activities,” it said. Abu …

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