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Grand Al-Nuri Mosque In Iraq’s Mosul ‘Blown Up’ By ISIL

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The landmark Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its leaning minaret have been blown up, with the Iraqi army blaming ISIL for its destruction and the armed group accusing a US-led coalition air raid. In recent days Iraqi forces have pushed deeper into the last remaining areas held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group in the centre of Iraq’s second-largest ... Read More »

List Of Demands To Qatar Should Be Reasonable

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that Washington hopes Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies will soon present Qatar a list of “reasonable and actionable” demands to move the diplomatic crisis towards a resolution. “We understand a list of demands has been prepared and coordinated by the Saudis, Emiratis, Egyptians and Bahrainis,” Tillerson said in a statement on Wednesday. “We hope the list ... Read More »

US: ‘Terrorism’ Investigated After Policeman Stabbed

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A police officer was stabbed in the neck at the Flint airport by a man with a knife in what authorities are investigating as a possible act of terrorism. The suspect was immediately taken into custody on Wednesday and hours later federal prosecutors announced the Canadian man was charged with committing violence at an airport. They identified him as Amor Ftouhi of Quebec province. The ... Read More »

Mohammed Bin Salman Named Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has appointed his son, Mohammed bin Salman, as heir, in a major reshuffle announced early on Wednesday. A royal decree removed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a 57-year-old nephew of the king, as next-in-line to the throne and replaced him with Mohammed bin Salman, 31, who was previously the deputy crown prince. According to the official Saudi Press Agency, the newly announced crown prince ... Read More »

Macron Loses More Ministers As Francois Bayrou Quits

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France’s Justice Minister Francois Bayrou is leaving President Emmanuel Macron’s government after prosecutors launched a probe into alleged misuse of public funds by his party. Bayrou’s centrist MoDem was in an alliance with Macron’s Republic on the Move (LREM) movement, which has promised to clean up and rejuvenate French politics. MoDem is accused of using European parliamentary funds to pay assistants based in France. “I ... Read More »

Egypt Court Halts Verdicts On Islands Transfer Deal

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Egypt’s top constitutional court has ruled to halt all verdicts on an islands transfer deal until it makes a decision on the constitutionality of the agreement, state media said. Wednesday’s ruling came a week after Egypt’s parliament backed plans to hand over two uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia under an accord that has attracted widespread public criticism. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi must still ... Read More »

Qatar FM: We Won’t Negotiate Until Blockade Is Lifted

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Qatar will not negotiate with Arab states that have cut economic and travel ties with it unless they reverse their measures and lift a blockade against it, its foreign minister has said. “Qatar is under blockade, there is no negotiation. They have to lift the blockade to start negotiations,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani told reporters on Monday, ruling out discussions over Qatar’s internal affairs, ... Read More »

Iran Denies Saudi Claim Of Revolutionary Guards’ Arrest

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Iran has denied claims by Saudi Arabia that three of its elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps members had been arrested aboard an explosive-laden boat near an oil platform in the Gulf. Majid Aghababaie, head of border affairs at Iran’s interior ministry, said the three people detained were fishermen from the southern Iranian port of Bushehr. “There is no proof that they are military personnel,” he ... Read More »

Australia halts Syria air strikes after Russia warning

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Australia’s military said it was temporarily halting air missions over Syria, following the shooting down of a Syrian jet by US forces. The decision came amid increasing tension between the US and Russia, which warned it would track coalition aircraft in Syria as potential “targets” and halted a military hotline with Washington over the incident. “As a precautionary measure, Australian Defence Force (ADF) strike operations ... Read More »

Iran Fires Missiles At ISIL Positions In Eastern Syria

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guard says it has fired several missiles at ISIL positions in Syria’s Deir Az Zor province in retaliation for two deadly attacks in Tehran earlier this month that were claimed by the armed group. “Medium-range missiles were fired from the (western) provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdestan, and a large number of terrorists were killed and weapons destroyed,” the Guard said in a statement published on its ... Read More »

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