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Defiant Qatar emir meets Iran's Zarif

Doha (AFP) - Iran's foreign minister held talks with the emir of Qatar Tuesday aimed at strengthening "co-operation," nearly four months into a Saudi-led blockade against the Gulf emirate.
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Jalal Talabani, first Iraqi president of the post-Saddam era, dead at 83

Jalal Talabani, the Kurdish leader who became Iraq's president after the US-led invasion and helped steer the country through years of insurgent and sectarian strife, has died in a Berlin hospital at the age of 83, Kurdish officials said Tuesday....
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Gaza's beloved gold market glitters with history

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — “Gold not bought from Suq al-Qaysariyya market does not sparkle as it should,” Safa Shteiwi told Al-Monitor as she went from shop to shop among the arches of the historical market to buy herself a ring. ...
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SitRep: Kurds Vote, as Turks and Iranians Prepare For War

Kurds vote, neighbors threaten war....
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Iraq Kurd leader delays independence vote announcement

Erbil (Iraq) (AFP) - Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani on Saturday delayed a scheduled news conference on a controversial independence referendum he has called for next week as international pressure mounts for a postponement....
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Iraq Cannot Defeat Enemies without Iran: Envoy

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Iraqi ambassador to Iran praised the Islamic Republic for its continued support for the Arab country’s campaign against terrorism and said Baghdad cannot defeat its enemies without Tehran. ...
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Fatwa allowing illegal antiquities excavation triggers ire in Egypt

A recent religious edict allowing ordinary Egyptian citizens to illegally excavate and keep antiquities and treasure from their own land has triggered an uproar from the country’s government officials and moderate religious scholars. Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/09/egypt-religious-fatwa-antiquities.html#ixzz4uvGKsGBp ...
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Iraqi Kurds vote in historic independence referendum, shrugging off threats

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Voting started on Monday in an independence referendum organised by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, ignoring the threats of the Kurds' neighbours and fears of further instability and violence across the Middle East....
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Qatar provides $1.6bn aid to Syrian people

To support the protection of human rights in Syria, Qatar has provided $1.6bn in aid to the Syrian people....
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Israel Closes West Bank, Gaza Strip for Rosh Hashanah

The Times of Israel reports: The IDF announced on Tuesday that it will put in place a closure of the West Bank and Gaza Strip beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, ahead of the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, which starts Wednesday evening....
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