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    Al Jazeera blocked by Saudi Arabia

    The website of the Qatari-owned international news broadcaster could not be accessed in either country on Wednesday. Al Jazeera confirmed it had been blocked, but gave no further details.

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    US boosting Israeli military aid by millions: Netanyahu

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the US has increased its military aid to Tel Aviv by tens of millions of dollars."Three days ago, the US added another $75 million to the aid package.

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    Trump ‘Cozying Up to Gulf Despots Blamed for Deaths in Bahrain

    Human Rights Watch issued a statement following Tuesday’s raid in Diraz, saying that the timing of the operation, two days after Trump’s friendly meeting, “can hardly be a coincidence.” 

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    Bahrain crackdown: 5 killed in raid on sit-in

    At least five people were killed and scores other injured when regime forces opened fire on a protesters holding a sit-in outside the home of a highly revered pro-democracy religious figure in Bahrain on Tuesday. 

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    Bahrain sentences top cleric to suspended jail term

    A Bahraini court on Sunday sentenced revered Muslim cleric Sheykh Isa Qassim to a suspended one-year jail term for alleged fundraising, a move that is likely to inflame passions across the volatile region.

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    Saudis Shower Gold on Trump, Receive Arms

    President Donald Trump basked in Saudi Arabia's lavish royal welcome Saturday as he left behind, at least temporarily, the snowballing controversies dogging him in Washington.

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    US to announce USD 110 billion arms sale to Saudi as Trump visits region

    US officials say the Trump administration plans to announce USD 110 billion in advanced military equipment sales and training to Saudi Arabia this weekend as President Donald Trump visits the country.

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    Rouhani Rides To Victory On His Own Terms

    Iranian people have indicated through this election that they "want to live in peace and friendship with the world, without accepting any humiliation or threat,” Hassan Rouhani said in his televised victory speech

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    Iranians vote in first key poll after nuclear deal

    Iranians have begun voting in a presidential contest which pits President Hassan Rouhani against a serious challenger, Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, in what is believed to be a close race.  

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    US maintains Iran nuclear deal sanctions relief

    The United States decided not to reimpose sanctions on Iran's nuclear program Wednesday despite President Donald Trump's criticism of the deal Tehran signed with the previous US administration.

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    Iran’s presidential campaign intensifies as Qalibaf withdraws

    With a few days left for the presidential vote (May 19), Tehran mayor and a candidate in Iran’s 12th presidential election, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, withdrew from the race and threw his support behind the Principlist.

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    Cholera death toll rises to 209 in Yemen: UNICEF

    The United Nations children's agency (UNICEF) says some 209 people have been killed in recent weeks in a cholera epidemic that threatens the lives of many people in Yemen, which has been under Saudi airstrikes.

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    Iran preparing for peaceful election in insecure region

    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Wednesday highlighted the significance of preparing for a peaceful and secure election while the rest of the Middle East region is gripped with insecurity and conflict.

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    India Committed to Independent Palestine, Modi Tells Abbas

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday assured Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas of India's "unwavering support" to the Palestinian cause, saying it hopes to see a sovereign, united and an independent Palestine.

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    Iran's first VP quits the presidential race, backs Rouhani

    Eshaq Jahangiri, Iran’s first vice president, said on Tuesday he was quitting the race to be president, backing instead current President Hassan Rouhani, who is seeking a second term in Friday’s vote.

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    6th round of Syria peace talks to start in Geneva

    The sixth round of Syrian peace talks is to begin under the auspices of the United Nations (UN) in the Swiss city of Geneva on Tuesday in an attempt to facilitate a political resolution of the deadly conflict in theArab.

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    US finalizing $300bn weapons sale to Saudi Arabia, official says

    The administration of US President Donald Trump is putting the finishing touches on a $300 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, a White House official has confirmed.

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    Hezbollah says future war with Israel inside Israel

    Lebanese Hezbollah said on Thursday that any future conflict between the Shi’ite group and Israel could take place inside Israeli territory, at a time of high tension between the arch foes.

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    Hamas commander's 'killer' arrested in Gaza Strip

    Hamas has arrested the suspected murderer of one of its key military commanders in Gaza, the Palestinian movement’s leader said on Thursday, while maintaining Israel was behind the March assassination.

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    Turkey Flays Trump Plans To Arm Syrian Kurds

    The Pentagon made the announcement on Tuesday, stressing that arming the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is to “ensure a clear victory" in operations aimed at the liberation of Raqqah from the Daesh terrorist group.

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    Russia's Lavrov to meet with Trump on Syria amid uproar

    U.S. President Donald Trump will receive Russia's top diplomat Sergei Lavrov at the White House Wednesday even as a political firestorm has put Moscow's alleged meddling in the U.S. election back in the spotlight.

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    Iran warns will hit militant 'safe havens' inside Pakistan

    "We cannot accept the continuation of this situation," General Mohammad Baqeri said, adding, "We expect the Pakistani officials to control the borders, arrest the terrorists and shut down their bases."

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    Iran warns Saudi for bringing 'battle' to Iran remark

    Following Saudi deputy crown prince's comments about moving the battle to Iran, Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says if the Saudis do anything stupid, the Iranian army will hit back.

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    UNESCO says Israel 'occupying power' in Jerusalem

    The executive board of the UN's cultural agency ratified Friday a resolution that identifies Israel as "the occupying power" in Jerusalem and calls on it to rescind any move changing the city's.

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