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June 12, 2017

The Socialist Party and its allies are projected to win 15 - 40 seats, far less than its current 277 seat. (AFP)
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Macron's LREM and its ally, the centrist MoDem party, are looking to gain between 400 and 455 seats in 577-seat National Assembly's.
Customers are seen shopping at the al-Meera market in the Qatari capital Doha, on June 10, 2017. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain announced on June 5 they were cutting diplomatic ties and closing air, sea and land links with Qatar, giving Qataris within their borders two weeks to leave. (Stringer/AFP)
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The Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani) announced the opening of two new shipping services between Qatar and Oman on Sunday, after Saudi Arabia and its allies imposed a blockade of the Gulf state last week.

The soldiers were unharmed but the driver was lightly wounded when his truck caught fire as a result of the collision. (AFP)
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Egyptian Ibrahim Suleiman in October rammed his truck into a vehicle carrying three U.S. soldiers, in what the U.S. embassy described as a "terrorist attack."
An Israeli settlement (file photo)
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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu demanded that in the wake of a peace deal, US and Palestinian officials accept that settlers will be allowed to remain in Palestine, according to a document obtained by Israeli daily Haaretz.
Jordan border guards shot dead five on the Syrian border on Sunday (file photo)
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The Jordanian army announced on Sunday that its forces shot dead five people who were approaching their position from the Syrian side of the border.

June 11, 2017

Customers are seen shopping at the al-Meera market in the Qatari capital Doha, on June 10, 2017.
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Iran sent five planes of food to Qatar, Iran's national carrier confirmed on Sunday, days after Gulf countries cut off air and other transport links to the emirate amid an escalating diplomatic crisis.
Her mother said that the transition back to normal life will not be easy. (AFP)
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Now, after three years of searching Christina has finally come home.
 The bomber detonated the bomb-laden vehicle when he was stopped by security forces for searching at the checkpoint. (AFP)
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A bomber blew up his vehicle at a security checkpoint on the road linking the capital Baghdad to the northern Kirkuk city early Sunday.

Israeli police questioned Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes in January as part of a probe into allegations against Netanyahu. (AFP)
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The Netanyahus had filed the suit over Facebook posts by journalist Igal Sarna which claim that Netanyahu's wife had thrown him out of the car on the side of the road after a domestic dispute.
The photo shows the scene outside the Iranian parliament in the capital Tehran on June 7, 2017 during an attack on the complex. (AFP)
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The Iranian Intelligence Ministry has announced that the mastermind behind the Tehran terrorist attacks has been killed.
The Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by the US, won back Tabqa. (AFP)
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The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) achieved on Saturday new advances in Raqqa by controlling new positions in the west, north and east of the city following fierce battles with Daesh "ISIS militants".
Qatar hosts the largest US airbase in the region, which is crucial to operations against Islamic State group jihadists. (AFP/Patrick BAZ)
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Qatari groups said Saturday they will take legal action against a number of Gulf states that have issued a blockade against the country .
Slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam. (AFP)
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An armed group in Libya said on Facebook Saturday it has freed Saif Al-Islam, the son of dead dictator Muammar Qaddafi who has been in custody since November 2011.
The Qatari foreign minister speaks at a press conference last month (AFP)
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German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has warned that a row between Qatar and its Arab neighbors of the Persian Gulf region could end in a war.
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(NoelSoldiers aboard their vehicles maneouver through a street in Marawi, in southern island of Mindanao on June 10, 2017. United States special forces are providing support to the Philippine military battling to dislodge Islamist militants in a southern city, the US embassy said, as 13 Filipino marines were killed in fresh fighting. Celis/AFP)
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Thirteen Philippine marines were killed in a gun battle with Islamist militants in Marawi City, the military said Saturday, as the United States joined an offensive to break a terrorist siege of the southern city.

June 10, 2017

Pedestrians stop to look at floral tributes left by well-wishers on London bridge in London on June 9, 2017, following the June 3 terror attack that targeted members of the public on London Bridge and Borough Market (Niklas Halle'n/AFP)
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The three London Bridge attackers had planned to hire a 7.5 tonne lorry to carry out last week's attack, British police said Friday, however they failed to provide payment details.
An Israeli settlement in the West Bank near Jerusalem (Wikimedia Commons)
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The European Union on Friday warned Israel about its plans for thousands of new settlement units, including in the West Bank.
Palestinians attend a rally in support of Qatar, at the Qatari-funded housing project in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Yunis on June 9, 2017. (Said Khatib/AFP)
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he does not believe Qatar supports terror organisations, after allegations by Saudi Arabia and the UAE that Doha hosts or funds "terrorist groups".
Iranian policemen evacuate a child from the parliament building in Tehran on June 7, 2017 during an attack on the complex. (Omid Vahabzadeh/Fars News/AFP)
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An Iranian judicial official says eight more individuals have been arrested in Iran in connection with the recent terrorist attacks in the capital, Tehran.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks in the Treaty Room of the US Department of State on June 9, 2017, in Washington, DC. Tillerson urged Saudi Arabia and its regional allies on Friday to ease their blockade of Qatar, warning it is harming the regional struggle against extremism. (Paul J. Richards/AFP)
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US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made conflicting statements on Friday about allegations of Qatar funding "terrorist groups".
Iraqi Kurdish protesters wave flags of their autonomous Kurdistan region during a demonstration to claim for its independence. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
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Turkey on Friday warned that a decision by Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region to hold an independence referendum would be a “grave mistake” as Baghdad authorities said they would reject any such unilateral move.
A Yemeni child, suspected of being infected with cholera, receives treatment at a hospital in the capital Sana'a on May 15, 2017. (AFP)
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The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has risen to more than 100,000 since a new outbreak began on April 1, with 789 deaths reported across the country.

June 9, 2017

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, left, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrive for a joint press conference with the Russian and Iranian presidents at the Kremlin in Moscow, March 28, 2017. (AFP/ Sergei Karpukhin)
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The Russian and Iranian foreign ministers met Friday to discuss the conflict in Syria and Qatar’s crisis with neighboring Gulf Arab states, Russia’s news agency TASS reported.
Calling on the government to admit the failure of the “war on terror”, Corbyn has backed a new approach, based on foreign policy change. (AFP)
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Veteran backbencher Corbyn may have won over much of the British electorate with his socially progressive manifesto, but what of his proposed Middle East policy?
Attack in Karbala, 2011. (AFP)
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More than three dozen people have been killed when separate bomb attacks struck commercial districts in Iraq’s central provinces of Babil and Karbala.
Two US Air Force F-15 jets fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria on September 23, 2014. (AFP)
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Syria witnessed on Thursday a new escalation between the Washington-led coalition and the Syrian regime and its linked militias after a US warplane shot down a pro-Assad drone that fired towards coalition forces near al-Tanf base.
Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani (AFP)
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Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain early Friday issued a joint statement listing 59 individuals and 12 entities they say are both Qatar-based or funded by Qatar and connected to terrorists.
British PM Prime Minister Theresa May makes a controversial statement outside 10 Downing Street on May 3, 2017. (AFP/Justin Tallis)
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British Prime Minister Theresa May early Friday insisted she would seek to remain in office, even as election results indicated her Conservative Party had lost its majority and the opposition called for her resignation.
Prime Minister Theresa May billed the election as a clear choice on who would lead Britain as it negotiated its way out of the EU. (AFP)
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Initial exit polls suggested the Conservatives would remain the biggest party with 314 seats but this is 12 less than the 326 seats technically needed to form a government.
The attacks have been claimed by Islamic State but Iranian hardliners believe that Saudi Arabia was behind the attacks. (AFP)
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12 people were killed and around 40 others injured in separate attacks at the Iranian parliament and the mausoleum of Iran's revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Khomeini.

June 8, 2017


Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had pledged to build a new settlement for around 40 families from the hard-line Jewish outpost of Amona. (AFP)
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The plans for more than 3,000 settler homes were advanced by an Israeli defense ministry committee.
A Qatari-funded road in Gaza city. (AFP)
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The trucks were carrying over 600 tonnes of fruits and vegetables worth hundreds of thousands of dinars, agriculture sector representatives said.
In practice, such a project would face major internal and external challenges that would threaten the viability of the fledgling nation. (AFP)
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Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region will hold a referendum on statehood in September.

"I’ve spoken to contacts in the defense business and on the Hill, and all of them say the same thing: There is no $110 billion deal." (AFP)
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The multi-billion dollar military deal, which was seen to mark a new chapter in regional security for the two allies, is comprised of "a bunch of letters of interest or intent, but not contracts."