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Israel Delays Exit Permits for 50% of Gaza Patients: WHO

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The World Health Organization says Israel has delayed giving permission to about half of Gazans who seek to leave the besieged strip for treatment in Israeli hospitals in May.
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Saudi Arabia 'seeks Iraq's help' to mend ties with Iran

Iraqi PM asked to lead Saudi mediation with Iran, which has welcomed the initiative, according to Iraqi TV station....
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Yemen's blood bank faces threat of closure within days

Dubai (AFP) - Yemen's blood bank has sent out an urgent appeal to anyone who will listen, as war and a blockade on the capital may force the centre to close within a week....
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Kuwait says responding to oil spill in Ras al-Zour area

(Reuters) - Kuwaiti authorities on Saturday were working on containing and cleaning up a crude oil spill in the country's southern waters in the Gulf, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) said in a statement....
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Iraq's Kurds stick to independence vote despite U.S. request to postpone it

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraq's Kurds are sticking to a plan to hold an independence referendum on Sept. 25, despite a U.S. request to postpone it, a high-ranking Kurdish official told Reuters on Saturday....
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300 Israelis desert military service in occupied lands: Report

A report has revealed that hundreds of Israeli soldiers have abandoned their duties without permission, and are intent not to return in a show of disapproval of the military conscription policies of the Israeli regime....
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Yemeni Forces Hit Another UAE Warship off Coast of Mukha

TEHRAN (FNA)- An Emirati warship was targeted by the Yemeni naval forces and Ansarullah movement off the coast of Mukha port city in Ta’iz Province on Saturday....
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Why Is Israel Spending $800 Million on a New Wall?

President Donald Trump has said repeatedly he is an admirer of Israel’s controversial wall building program, and the Middle Eastern country is giving him another structure to envy—Israel's army has announced construction details of a new underground wall to run along the country's border with Gaza....
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Stripping Palestinians of residency may be 'war crime'

HRW says Israel's revocation of residency of nearly 15,000 Palestinians in Jerusalem 'illustrates a two-tiered system'....
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Jordan's King Abdullah in rare visit to Palestine

Visit comes two weeks since a surge in violence in Jerusalem after Israel installed metal detectors at al-Aqsa Mosque....
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