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Netanyahu visits France amid spike in Mideast tensions

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet France's president, business leaders and members of France's Jewish community during a trip to Paris starting Thursday that has angered Palestinian supporters amid a new spasm of violence in the Mideast.

Syria slams chemical watchdog report on 2018 attack

Syria on Thursday dismissed the global chemical weapons watchdog's statement, which said that investigators had found ``reasonable grounds to believe'' the Syrian air force dropped two cylinders of chlorine gas in 2018 on then-rebel-held town of Douma.

Iraq, Saudi seek to boost economic cooperation

Iraq's foreign minister on Thursday called for more economic cooperation with Saudi Arabia, namely in investment and electricity, during a visit to Baghdad by his Saudi counterpart.

Iranian assault rifles, missiles seized before heading to Yemen: French naval forces

French naval forces in January seized thousands of assault rifles, machine guns, and anti-tank missiles in the Gulf of Oman coming from Iran and heading to Yemen's Houthi rebels, officials said Thursday.

Turkey slams West for security warnings 'harming' tourism

Turkey on Thursday slammed a group of Western countries which temporarily closed down their consulates in Istanbul over security concerns, accusing them of waging ``psychological warfare'' and attempting to wreck Turkey's tourism.

Iran says Israel 'responsible' for drone attack: Envoy

Iran's envoy to the United Nations said arch-enemy Israel was "responsible" for a drone attack on a defence ministry site in central Isfahan province, Iranian media reported on Thursday.

Israeli warplanes strike Gaza following rocket fire

Israeli warplanes struck Gaza early Thursday, drawing retaliatory rocket fire from Palestinian militants, as violence flared despite US calls for "urgent steps" to restore calm.

What international law says about Israel's planned destruction of Palestinian assailants' homes

After a deadly attack that killed seven people outside an East Jerusalem synagogue, the Israeli government responded by sealing off the home of the Palestinian suspect in preparation for its destruction. The family home of a 13-year-old accused in a separate East Jerusalem shooting has likewise been earmarked for destruction.

Spanish PM arrives in Morocco on visit to cement ties

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez arrived in Rabat on Wednesday for a visit aimed at mending ties following a deep diplomatic crisis between the two countries.

Israel says it intercepted rocket fired from Gaza Strip: Occupation army

Militants fired a rocket into Israel's south on Wednesday, the occupation army said, setting off sirens and raising already heightened tensions under the country's new ultranationalist government.

Tunisia union slams arrest of senior official

A powerful Tunisian trade union Wednesday condemned the arrest of one of its top officials, saying it was linked to President Kais Saied warning workers against striking for "political ends".

Syrians fear IS resurgence as Kurdish-led forces sweep Raqa

From his rooftop in the Syrian city of Raqa, Youssef Nasser watches nervously as hundreds of heavily armed Kurdish-led fighters sweep the streets of what was once the de facto capital of the Islamic State group.

Kurdish officials: Rockets hit Turkish base in northern Iraq

A cluster of rockets targeted a Turkish military base in northern Iraq on Wednesday, officials from northern Iraq's semiautonomous Kurdish region said. An Iranian-backed militia promptly claimed responsibility for the attack.

Tunisia's Saied swears in new ministers after sackings

Tunisian President Kais Saied swore in new education and agriculture ministers on Tuesday, politically sensitive posts in the crisis-hit country that saw record low turnout at weekend elections.

Blinken wraps up Mideast visit after meeting Palestinian president

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is wrapping up a two-day visit to Israel and the occupied West Bank on Tuesday with renewed appeals for Israeli-Palestinian calm amid an alarming spike of violence.

After drought, winter rains revive Iraq's famed marshlands: AFP report

Black buffaloes wade through the waters of Iraq's Mesopotamian marshes, leisurely chewing on reeds. After years of drought, winter rains have brought some respite to herders and livestock in the famous wetlands.

Cyprus picks new president amid economic doubt, ethnic split

Cypriots are voting Sunday for a new president who they'll expect to decisively steer the small island nation through shifting geopolitical sands and uncertain economic times that have become people's overriding concern, eclipsing stalemated efforts to remedy the country's ethnic division.

Blinken to meet Palestinian president after meeting Israeli leaders in bid to restore calm

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was set to meet Palestinian leaders Tuesday for his final stop on a Middle East tour aimed at curbing the worst outbreak of Israeli-Palestinian violence in years.

Tunisia reports low turnout in second vote for defanged parliament

Just 11.4 percent of Tunisian voters took part in a second round of elections for the toothless legislature, the electoral board said Monday in a final figure.

Bomb hits bus transporting police in south Syria wounding 15

A roadside bomb targeting a bus transporting Syrian police in the country's south Monday wounded 15 of the officers, the Interior Ministry said.

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