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Turkish minister in Libya for  defence co-operation talks

Turkish minister in Libya for defence co-operation talks

Turkey’s defence minister and military chief visited war-torn Libya’s capital yesterday, the country’s UN-recognised government said, the second visit in weeks by a minister from its main international backer.

Russian minister welcomes Palestinian unity pledge

Russian minister welcomes Palestinian unity pledge

Russia welcomed yesterday a pledge of unity between Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas against Israel’s West Bank annexation plans. In a rare joint press conference on Thursday, the factions pledged a united campaign against Israel’s prospective plans to annex territory in the occupied West Bank.

Top Iran security body says cause of incident at Natanz nuclear site identified

Top Iran security body says cause of incident at Natanz nuclear site identified

Iran's top security body said on Friday the cause of an incident and fire at the Natanz nuclear site had been determined and will be announced later, semi-official news agency Tasnim reported.

Palestinians rally as opposition to annexation grows globally

Palestinians rally as opposition to annexation grows globally

Thousands of Palestinians protested yesterday in Gaza against Israel’s West Bank annexation plans, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said talks were ongoing on the controversial project facing intensifying international opposition.

Iran, Russia, Turkey agree to work together to ease Syria tensions

Iran, Russia, Turkey agree to work together to ease Syria tensions

Iran, Russia and Turkey, which support opposing sides in Syria’s war, agreed yesterday to co-ordinate their efforts to reduce tensions in the country, whose conflict has entered its 10th year.

Military deployed in Ethiopian capital after more than 50 killed in protests

Military deployed in Ethiopian capital after more than 50 killed in protests

The military was deployed in the Ethiopian capital yesterday, as armed gangs roamed neighbourhoods in a second day of unrest that has claimed more than 50 lives and deepened political divisions in Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s political heartland.

Russia's Putin urges Turkey, Iran to help promote dialogue in Syria

Russia's Putin urges Turkey, Iran to help promote dialogue in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin told his counterparts from Turkey and Iran on Wednesday that there was a need for peaceful dialogue between the opposing forces in Syria's civil war.

Tunisia coalition under pressure over PM conflict of interest allegations

Tunisia coalition under pressure over PM conflict of interest allegations

Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh faces opposition party demands to resign over an alleged conflict of interest, potentially unravelling the fragile governing coalition.

Israel’s annexation plans ‘illegal’: UN rights chief

Israel’s annexation plans ‘illegal’: UN rights chief

Israel’s aim to annex parts of the occupied West Bank is clearly “illegal”, the UN’s human rights chief said yesterday, warning that the consequences could be “disastrous”.

Nine bodies found in new Libya mass grave: pro-govt forces

Nine bodies found in new Libya mass grave: pro-govt forces

Nine bodies have been found in another mass grave in the Libyan town of Tarhuna after fighters loyal to eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar withdrew, pro-government forces said yesterday.

Turkish coastguard rescues 35 migrants from half-sunken boat

Turkish coastguard rescues 35 migrants from half-sunken boat

Turkey's coastguard said on Monday it had rescued 35 migrants and was searching for four more missing from a boat found half sunken in the Aegean Sea.

Iran prosecutor says human error led to shooting down of Ukrainian airliner

Iran prosecutor says human error led to shooting down of Ukrainian airliner

The shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner in Iran in January was due to human error and not an order from senior military authorities, the military prosecutor for Tehran province, Gholam Abbas Torki, said

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