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    Baghdad bombing: 35 killed in attack on packed Iraq market

    A suicide bomber killed at least 35 people and wounded dozens in a crowded market in Iraq’s capital Baghdad on Monday, the eve of the Eid al-Adha festival.

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    Rockets land near president house in Kabul during Eid prayers

    Rockets have landed near the Afghan presidential palace in Kabul during prayers for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, officials and media reports say.

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    Pilgrims flock to Mount Arafat in high point of pandemic-era hajj

    Muslim pilgrims gathered at Saudi Arabia's Mount Arafat on Monday in the high point of this year's hajj, being held in downsized form and under coronavirus restrictions for the second year running.

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    Tensions flare up as Israeli govt allows Jews into Al Aqsa compound

    Israeli police clashed with Muslim protestors on Sunday at a flashpoint Jerusalem Old City shrine as Jews were headed there to mark a religious holiday, police said.

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    Your Ignorance Humiliated You In Afghanistan: Iran Leader Tells US

    “This ignorance led America to be humiliated in Afghanistan. After that raucous invasion 20 years ago and after having used weapons and bombs against defenseless people and civilians, it became stuck in a quagmire"

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    Shops in Saudi Arabia can stay open during prayer times: local media

    Shops in Saudi Arabia may now stay open during prayer times, a leading government-linked newspaper said on Friday, relaxing the kingdom's strict rules on closing shops and businesses for prayer five times a day.

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    After war with Israel, a grieving Gaza marks Eidul Azha holiday

    For Palestinians who lost loved ones during violence in Gaza two months ago, there is little cause for celebration during the upcoming holiday of Eidul Azha.

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    Pilgrims Arrive In Mecca For Second Pandemic Hajj

    Pilgrims began arriving in the holy city of Mecca on Saturday for the second downsized hajj staged during the coronavirus pandemic, circling Islam's holiest site in masks.

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    Saudi Smashes Fraud COVID-19 Testing, Vaccination Ring Ahead Of Hajj

    Saudi Arabia has arrested more than 120 people suspected of supplying or procuring fraudulent coronavirus vaccine and test certificates, official media said Thursday.

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    Iran Can Enrich Uranium To 90% Purity If Needed: President Hassan Rouhani

    Iran said on Wednesday it could enrich uranium up to 90% purity -- weapons grade -- if its nuclear reactors needed it, but added it still sought the revival of a 2015 deal.

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    US forces occupy Yemen airbase after leaving Afghanistan

    A group of the military forces that the US has taken out of Afghanistan have been sent over to Yemen, where they have occupied a strategic southwestern airbase.

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    In first for Gulf, UAE opens embassy in Israel

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has inaugurated its embassy in Israel, less than a year after the two countries announced they would establish formal diplomatic relations.

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    Turkish and Israeli presidents talk in rare phone call

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken with his new Israeli counterpart Isaac Herzog, in a sign of a possible thaw between the two former allies after years of frosty relations.

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    Death sentences in Bahrain ‘dramatically escalated’ since 2011

    Death sentences in the small Gulf archipelago have risen by more than 600 percent, with at least 51 people ordered executed since anti-government protests erupted in 2011.

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    Afghanistan:In Symbolic End To War,US General To Step Down

    The US general leading the war in Afghanistan, Austin Miller, will relinquish command on Monday, US officials say, in a symbolic end to America's longest conflict even as.

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    Ex-Mossad chief becomes head of new Saudi-backed SoftBank office: Report

    Yossi Cohen, the former chief of Israeli spy agency Mossad, is becoming head of the new office of the Saudi-backed conglomerate SoftBank in Israel, a report says.

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    Saudi Lawsuits Threaten To Expose Secrets On US Covert Operations

    Two lawsuits pitting Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler against a former intelligence czar threaten to expose highly sensitive US government secrets, prompting Washington.

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    Israeli settlements amount to war crime: UN expert

    Israeli settlements in east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank amount to a war crime, a UN human rights investigator said on Friday, calling on countries to inflict

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    Oman's New Sultan Faces Diplomatic, Economic Challenges

    The new Sultan, Haitham bin Tariq named by Qaboos in a letter opened following his death, will now have to undertake serious economic reforms to safeguard Qaboos's legacy and maintain internal stability, analysts said.

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    PA Helped Israel Kill Islamic Jihad Leader, Gaza Releases Recording

    Gaza's Ministry of Interior has already arrested six members of a cell they say was working under the command of Shaaban al-Garbawi, the PA General Intelligence Services officer accused of collaborating with Israel.

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    Iran's Parliament Designates All US Forces as ‘Terrorists'

    Iranian parliaments move attains significance as US troops are deployed across the region. Analysts say Iranian move gives legal cover to any retaliatory action against US bases spread across the region surrounding Iran.

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    Millions Flood Tehran as Calls for Revenge Grow

    In freezing early morning temperatures, women dressed in black walked alongside men holding up flags bearing the names of the martyrs of Karbala as they walked down Enghelab Street.

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    Soleimani's Killing Begins New Chapter in Middle East: Nasrallah

    Soleimani's special role, Nasrallah said during his speech, meant that his killing had to be viewed as an attack on the Resistance Axis as a whole, rather than just on Iran.

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    Iraqi Parliament Calls for Expulsion of US Troops

    Iraq's parliament voted in an extraordinary session Sunday to expel all American troops from the country and file a UN complaint against the U.S. for violating Iraq's sovereignty with its assassination of Gen Soleimani.

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