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    Turkey:2000 detained on terror allegations

    Turkish authorities detained more than 2,000 people over the last week for suspected links to militant groups or last year’s failed coup attempt, the interior ministry said on Monday.

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    Iranians commemorate ancient festival of Nowruz

    Monday, March 20th, marks the grand festival of Nowruz. On this day, Iranians usher in the Persian New Year at the exact moment of the vernal equinox which marks the start of spring. Being originally.

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    You are the future of Europe, Erdogan to Turks

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the Turkish citizens residing in Europe to have at least five children in an attempt to multiply their presence in the continent amid rising tensions between.

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    Syria fires missiles at Israeli jets following airstrikes

    The Israeli military said its warplanes struck several targets in Syria and were back in Israeli-controlled airspace when several anti-aircraft missiles were launched from Syria toward the Israeli jets.

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    Top UN official quits after anti-Israel report pulled

    A senior UN official resigned on Friday over the withdrawal of a report accusing Israel of imposing an “apartheid regime” on Palestinians, saying “powerful member states” pressured the world body.

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    Saudi king cancels Maldives visit over 'swine flu fears'

    Maldivian Foreign Minister Mohamed Asim announced on Friday that the visit, which had been scheduled for Saturday, “has been postponed due to the high prevalence of the flu in the Maldives.”

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    Saudi strike kills 44 refugees off Yemen coast

    At least 44 people have been killed and dozens of others wounded after a Saudi airstrike hit a refugee boat off Yemen’s western coast.Yemen’s al-Masirah television reported on Thursday.

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    Iran pilgrims to join this year's hajj: Saudi

    For the first time in nearly three decades Iran's pilgrims -- which would have numbered about 60,000 -- did not attend last year's hajj after Riyadh and Tehran failed to agree on security and logistics.

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    The Oversimplification of Syria

    Syria has become the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time that has claimed half a million lives and caused the displacement of more than 11 million people.

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    57 killed as US airstrikes obliterate Aleppo mosque

    Reports quoting eyewitnesses said that the US warplanes bombed a mosque full of worshipers overnight in village of al-Jineh, just over 30 km west of Aleppo, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.

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    'Israel imposes 'apartheid regime' on Palestinians'

    The report, commissioned by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), said on Wednesday that "Israel has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole.

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    Saudi deputy crown prince calls Trump a 'true friend of Muslims'

    Saudi Arabia hailed a “historical turning point” in US-Saudi relations after a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman highlighted the two leaders'

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    Bahrain on boil over imminent death sentence for top cleric

    Scores of people have held separate protests in Bahrain to voice their support for distinguished Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim, who has been stripped of his nationality and put on trial by the regime in Manama.

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    Bahraini court delays verdict in top cleark's case

    The court had earlier set March 14 as the date to issue its ruling on Sheikh Qassim's case, but it adjourned its decision until May 7, Arabic-language Bahrain Mirror news website reported on Tuesday.

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    Russia warns against planned Saudi attack in Yemen

    Russia has warned against an imminent military attack by Saudi Arabia against the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah, emphasizing that the offensive would exacerbate the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

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    Release of detainees, ceasefire, humanitarian aid on Astana Syria talks agenda

    A new meeting on Syrian settlement in Astana officially kicked off with a bilateral meeting between the UN and Russian delegations on March 14. The Russian delegation also met with the delegation from Jordan.

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    Yemen war killed over 1,500 children in two years:UN

    The conflict in Yemen has killed nearly 7,700 people, including at least 1,564 children, since a Saudi-led coalition intervened on the government’s side two years ago, UN agencies said Monday.

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    Delegates gather in Astana for Syria talks

    Kazakhstan says delegations from Iran, Russia and Turkey are arriving in Astana for a third round of talks to put an end to the conflict in Syria.

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    Saudi deputy crown prince goes to meet Trump

    Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman left Saudi Arabia on Monday for the United States for a visit scheduled to include talks with US President Donald Trump.

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    Turkish referendum campaign in Europe fires up tensions

    Turkey's family minister flew home to Istanbul on Sunday after Dutch authorities expelled her for seeking to woo the vote of expatriate Turks for a key referendum at home.

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    Pakistan deploys troops to Saudi border with Yemen

    Pakistan is deploying a brigade of combat troops to Saudi Arabia as the kingdom is struggling to keep its southern borders from retaliatory attacks conducted by Yemeni forces, security sources say.  

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    Putin hosts Syria talks, hails partnership with Turkey

    President Vladimir Putin hailed close ties between the Russian and Turkey militaries as he welcomed Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for Friday’s talks focusing on Syria.

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    IS leader Baghdadi ‘flees Mosul’ as Iraqi forces advance

    IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is reported to have abandoned Mosul, leaving local commanders behind to lead the battle against Iraqi forces advancing in the city.

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    Putin to Netanyahu: Don’t judge Iran by 5th century BC, we live in a different world

    Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Israel on Thursday to focus on today’s “different world” after premier Benjamin Netanyahu evoked age-old tensions with Iran, ahead of a holiday marking an ancient victory.

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