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U.S. says more sanctions await if Turkey does not free pastor

    U.S. says more sanctions await if Turkey does not free pastor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States warned Turkey on Thursday to expect more economic sanctions unless it hands over detained American pastor Andrew Brunson, as relations between the two countries

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In eye of the storm, Turkey’s new finance chief faces credibility test

    In eye of the storm, Turkey’s new finance chief faces credibility test

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak faces a key credibility test on Thursday when he hosts a conference call with global investors to reassure them that policy makers

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Qatar to invest $15 billion in Turkey; source says banks the focus

    Qatar to invest $15 billion in Turkey; source says banks the focus

ANKARA (Reuters) – Qatar pledged $15 billion of investment in Turkey on Wednesday, that a government source in Ankara said would be channelled into its banks and financial markets. The

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Iran Supreme Leader admits mistake over nuclear talks

    Iran Supreme Leader admits mistake over nuclear talks

(Reuters) – Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has admitted he made a mistake in allowing the country’s foreign minister to speak to his U.S. counterpart during negotiations that led

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Exclusive: UK’s Quercus pulls plug on $570 million Iran solar plant as sanctions bite

    Exclusive: UK’s Quercus pulls plug on $570 million Iran solar plant as sanctions bite

OSLO (Reuters) – British renewable energy investor Quercus said it will halt the construction of a 500 million euro ($570 million) solar power plant in Iran due to recently imposed

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Syria’s civil registries recorded 68,000 deaths in 2017

    Syria’s civil registries recorded 68,000 deaths in 2017

Syria’s civil registries recorded 68,000 deaths in the war-torn country in 2017, pro-regime daily Al-Watan reported its head as saying yesterday. “Last year, we confirmed 68,000 without specifying the nature

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Turkey’s central bank sharply raised its inflation forecast for this year and next

    Turkey’s central bank sharply raised its inflation forecast for this year and next

ANKARA – Turkey’s central bank on Tuesday sharply raised its inflation forecast for this year and next, saying price pressures were the only factor in its policy decisions as it

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British MP seeks to penalize Qatar after the leaks of The Times on account of WC2022

    British MP seeks to penalize Qatar after the leaks of The Times on account of WC2022

A few individuals from FIFA’s ruling council have approached the football body’s ethics committee to request the confirmation behind assertions that the Qatar 2022 World Cup offer ran a mystery

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Syria’s Assad says Russian military needed in Syria long term – agencies

    Syria’s Assad says Russian military needed in Syria long term – agencies

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday Russian forces were needed in the country long-term and for more than just fighting terrorism, Russian news agencies reported, citing

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Oil prices rise as U.S., EU enter trade talks

    Oil prices rise as U.S., EU enter trade talks

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil prices rose for the third consecutive day on Thursday after Saudi Arabia suspended oil shipments through a strait in the Red Sea and as trade

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Western Wall May Shed Stones but Will Stand for Thousands of Years, Archaeologists Reassure

    Western Wall May Shed Stones but Will Stand for Thousands of Years, Archaeologists Reassure

A 100-kilogram rock fragment almost fell on a worshipper Monday. But while the structure is sound, experts warn about lack of proper site supervision. Archaeologists say they were not particularly

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Oil rises for second day as U.S. crude inventories fall

    Oil rises for second day as U.S. crude inventories fall

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices edged higher for a second day on Wednesday after data showed U.S. crude inventories fell more than expected last week, easing worries about oversupply that

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Due to next central bank boss, Israeli rate standpoint obfuscated by vulnerability

    Due to next central bank boss, Israeli rate standpoint obfuscated by vulnerability

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli central bank governor Karnit Flug’s decision to step down in November has added to doubts in local financial markets over whether the bank’s heavily dovish policy

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ISIS makes comeback in Iraq with switch to guerrilla tactics

    ISIS makes comeback in Iraq with switch to guerrilla tactics

BAQUBA, Iraq (Reuters) – Months after Iraq declared victory over Islamic State, its fighters are making a comeback with a scatter-gun campaign of kidnap and killing. With its dream of

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Facebook Is Feeding the Holocaust Deniers. Mark Zuckerberg Should Shut Them Down/Cait Stevenson

    Facebook Is Feeding the Holocaust Deniers. Mark Zuckerberg Should Shut Them Down/Cait Stevenson

The drip, drip, drip of denial is core to the alt-right’s strategy of rehabilitating Nazism. As moderators of one of the largest online history forums, the AskHistorians subreddit, we know

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Today, I Am Ashamed to Be an Israeli/Daniel Barenboim

    Today, I Am Ashamed to Be an Israeli/Daniel Barenboim

The founding fathers of the State of Israel considered the principle of equality and the pursuit of peace as the bedrock of the society they were building. What happened? In

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Why Hasn’t Seymour Hersh’s Syria Genocide Denial Ended His Career?

    Why Hasn’t Seymour Hersh’s Syria Genocide Denial Ended His Career?

The fact that mainstream media outlets dismiss Hersh’s disgraceful war crimes denial as daft idiosyncrasy rather than what it is – fake news at its worst – is a sign,

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Algerians may well see their frail leader who rarely appears in public

    Algerians may well see their frail leader who rarely appears in public

Half of Algeria’s 40-million population is now under the age of 30 and few young people remember the expectant days of their president’s first term Algerians may have some wait

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A Turkish court decided to keep an American pastor in prison

    A Turkish court decided to keep an American pastor in prison

A Turkish court requested an American pastor held for just about two years on terror charges to stay in jail Brunson could be discharged as the indictment witnesses complete the

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Syria’s government start hauling concrete and sweeping floors to repair homes

    Syria’s government start hauling concrete and sweeping floors to repair homes

Mountains of rubble still block many of the main thoroughfares in Harasta, a town outside Damascus After a blistering weeks-long assault, Syria’s government recaptured it in March HARASTA, Syria: Khaled’s

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How political forces fueled the spread of Iraq protests

    How political forces fueled the spread of Iraq protests

Regional and local players blamed for spreading violent demonstrations across southern provinces Analysts say that Iran has the most to gain from disrupting oil supplies from Iraq BY : SUADAD AL

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Palestinian pupils scrap school holidays to save village

    Palestinian pupils scrap school holidays to save village

Israel says the Bedouin village was constructed illegally The residents of the village point out that it is nearly impossible for Palestinians to obtain building permits from Israeli authorities KHAN

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Iraqis ponder the coup that murdered King Faisal II after 60 years

    Iraqis ponder the coup that murdered King Faisal II after 60 years

Iraq’s monarchy came to a bloody end on July 14, 1958 Many look back at the era with a sense of nostalgia BAGHDAD/LONDON: With Iraq facing its latest security challenge

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Pro-Iran paramilitaries join push to ‘paralyze’ Basra oil exports

    Pro-Iran paramilitaries join push to ‘paralyze’ Basra oil exports

Disruption to Iraq’s oil production would be in Iran’s interest as it seeks to hit back at US sanctions Protesters and police injured on fifth day of protests BAGHDAD: Iran-backed

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Basra: Tribes in southern Iraq put more difficulties on oil companies

    Basra: Tribes in southern Iraq put more difficulties on oil companies

More than 13 tribes unite in anger over killing of protester Protesters plan “to restrict the movement” of oil and gas workers BAGHDAD: Tribes in southern Iraq blocked more roads

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A large number of protests threaten to ‘paralyze’ oil production in Basra, Iraq

    A large number of protests threaten to ‘paralyze’ oil production in Basra, Iraq

Tribesmen demand oil companies give jobs to locals Main road to West Qurna oil fields blocked by protesters BAGHDAD: Thousands of protesting tribesmen in southern Iraq have threatened to “paralyze”

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