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Iranians celebrate the nuclear agreement in Tehran, Iran, on July 14, 2015. The deal ushered in a new era for Iran's relations with the world. "If the deal is implemented, the wall of distrust between Iran and western powers will be gradually demolished," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz)

May 6 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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BAGHDAD -- Iraqi Air Force on Sunday carried out an airstrike on a position of the Islamic State (IS) militants inside Syria near the...
AFP / Ahmad Al-Rubaye A member of the Iraqi pro-government forces fires a rocket-propelled grenade launcher during an operation in al-Shahabi village, east of Fallujah, in an operation to retake the city from Islamic State group, on May 24, 2016

Jan. 20 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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DAMASCUS -- The Islamic State (IS) group has destroyed the facade of the ancient Roman theatre as well as the Tetrapylon in the ancient...
missile

Nov. 15 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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RIYADH -- A Saudi-led coalition said that a missile fired from Yemen toward the border city of Najran was intercepted, Saudi Press Agency...
Yemen

Feb. 1 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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ADEN, Yemen -- Militants of the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch on Monday seized a southern Yemeni town without armed confrontations, a military official told Xinhua....
Turkey

Jan. 15 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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ISTANBUL -- Turkish police on Friday detained 12 academics who signed a declaration calling for a cease-fire between the Kurdish militants and Turkish security...
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Jan. 12 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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ISTANBUL/ANKARA -- Nine German tourists were among 10 people killed in an explosion that hit Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet Square on Tuesday, which Turkish President...
Iran flag

Jan. 11 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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TEHRAN -- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari said on Monday that Iran seeks to maintain consistent ties with its neighbors including Saudi...
Yemen

Jan. 9 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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DAMASCUS -- At least 39 people were killed on Saturday when an airstrike targeted a prison in a rebel-held area in Syria's northwestern province...
Refugees rest at a railway station in Salzburg, Austria, on Sept. 14. 2015. German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Sunday announced that Germany temporarily reinstates border control amid the ongoing refugee crisis. According to German newspaper "Passauer Neue Presse", the German government also stopped the trains to and from Austria. (Xinhua/Qian Yi)

Jan. 6 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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DAMASCUS -- At least eight people were killed and over 23 others wounded on Wednesday when rebels fired mortar shells against residential areas of...
Refugee

Jan. 5 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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ANKARA -- Nine refugees were killed early Tuesday as a migrant boat trying to cross to Greece sank in Aegean coast of Turkey, local...
Saudi Arabia flag

Jan. 3 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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RIYADH -- Saudi Arabia's foreign minister announced on Saturday to cut diplomatic ties with Iran and asked all Iranian diplomats to leave within 48...

Dec. 19 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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ANKARA -- Turkey will continue to move some of its troops out of Nineveh province in northern Iraq, where the camp is based, said...
Bashar Al-Assad

Dec. 18 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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DAMASCUS -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made a surprising visit to a Damascus church on Friday evening, where a famous choir was rehearsing for...

Nov. 25 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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DAMASCUS -- A Syrian commandos unit has saved one of the Russian pilots, whose warplane was downed by Turkey on Tuesday, in the countryside...
Turkey

Nov. 21 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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ANKARA -- Turkish fighter jets bombed 23 targets of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq on Friday, private Dogan news agency...
Saudi Arabia flag

Nov. 18 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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RIYADH -- Two Saudi policemen were shot dead Wednesday in the eastern province of Qatif, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The Interior Ministry Spokesperson...
President Abd Rabu Mansour Hadi

Nov. 17 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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ADEN, Yemen -- Yemeni President Abdu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi arrived Tuesday morning in the southern port city of Aden, the country's temporary capital, along with...
Israeli-Palestinian

Nov. 16 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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RAMALLAH/JERUSALEM -- Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces early on Monday when the troops demolished the home of a Palestinian arrested for killing...

Nov. 14 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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CAIRO -- An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced seven Islamists to death over killing 25 policemen in the country's Sinai Peninsula in 2013, state-run...

Nov. 13 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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BAGHDAD -- A total of 29 people were killed and some 20 others wounded on Friday in a suicide bomb attack targeting Iraqi security...
bomb blast

Nov. 12 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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The death toll of the twin suicide bombings that rocked Beirut southern suburbs region of Burj el-Barajneh Thursday has risen to at least 35,...
People flee clashes near the Aden international airport in Aden, Yemen, on March 25, 2015. The Shiite Houthi group took control over Aden international airport after the retreat of tribal militia on Wednesday evening, a security official told Xinhua. (Xinhua)

Nov. 11 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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ADEN, Yemen -- At least 15 fighters of the Shiite Houthi group were killed Wednesday in an ambush by pro-government forces in Yemen's southern...

Nov. 10 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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DAMASCUS -- At least 22 people were killed and 62 others wounded on Tuesday when rebels fired two improvised rockets on residential areas...

Nov. 9 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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AMMAN -- The number of victims killed by a Jordanian police in Amman on Monday rose to five after a Jordanian civilian died from...
People flee clashes near the Aden international airport in Aden, Yemen, on March 25, 2015. The Shiite Houthi group took control over Aden international airport after the retreat of tribal militia on Wednesday evening, a security official told Xinhua. (Xinhua)

Nov. 5 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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ADEN, Yemen -- Mortar shells fired by gunmen of the Shiite Houthi group killed at least 10 civilians and injured scores of others in...
elections

Nov. 1 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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ANKARA -- Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) won back parliamentary majority in Sunday's elections, paving way for it to form the next...
Some Libya Dawn fighters shoot their guns near Libya's capital city of Tripoli, on March 11, 2015. Clashes erupted on Wednesday between Libya Dawn militants and pro-government forces in the Ajaylat area some 80 kilometers west of Tripoli. (Xinhua/Hamza Turkia)

Oct. 29 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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TRIPOLI -- Unidentified warplanes on Thursday attacked some strongholds of the Islamic State (IS) in Libyan city of Sirte, according to local eyewitness. ...
Illegal immigrants write down their telephone number in a detention center near Tripoli, Libya, on July 4, 2015. French Member of Parliament Jean-Frederic Poisson flew to Tripoli on Saturday for a 24-hour visit to talk with Libyan authorities on migrant issues. (Xinhua/Hamza Turkia)

Oct. 28 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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TRIPOLI -- More than 1,000 illegal immigrants on overcrowded boats have been rescued near Libya on Wednesday morning, Italian Coast Guards said. British, German,...
Two female snipers patrol in Daraya suburb of the capital Damascus, Syria, on April 5, 2015. The snipers are members of the female force in Syrian Republican Guards. Their unit consists of around 800 volunteer, unmarried, female fighters- aged between 20 and 24 years old. Their task is to work alongside the Syrian army in its battle against the rebels. (Xinhua/Zhang Naijie) (jl)

Oct. 27 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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DAMASCUS -- At least 60 armed militants were killed Tuesday during the Syrian forces ground offensive in the northwestern province of Idlib, state news...

Oct. 26 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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ANKARA -- Two policemen and seven suspected Islamic State (IS) militants were killed early Monday in a police raid in southern Turkey, the private...