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Egypt revives dream of new desert capital

Egypt revives dream of new desert capital
Cairo - 

In Egypt's eastern desert, roads are being carved across vast expanses of sand where the government is building a new administrative capital, a long-cherished project that has failed in the past.

UK foreign minister in Iran to push for Briton's release

UK foreign minister in Iran to push for Briton's release
Tehran - 

Britain's foreign minister visited Iran on Saturday to press for the release of British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe amid accusations at home that one of his gaffes has seriously harmed her case.

Turkey agrees to accept migrant returns from Greece: report

Turkey agrees to accept migrant returns from Greece: report
Athens - 

Greece has persuaded Turkey to accept migrant returns from the mainland in order to reduce critical overcrowding in its refugee camps, a report said Saturday.

Russian air strikes kill 24 civilians in east Syria: monitor

Russian air strikes kill 24 civilians in east Syria: monitor
Beirut - 

Russian air strikes killed 24 civilians Wednesday in a village held by the Islamic State group near the Euphrates River in eastern Syria, a monitor said. 

Syria government to return to Geneva talks Sunday

Damascus - 

The Syrian government delegation will return to Geneva on Sunday for peace talks hosted by the United Nations on ending the country's brutal conflict, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.

Saudi, allies snub Qatar at crisis-hit Gulf summit

Saudi, allies snub Qatar at crisis-hit Gulf summit

Kuwait City - 

Regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia snubbed its former ally Qatar at an annual summit of Gulf monarchies Tuesday as Kuwait vowed to continue mediation efforts in a bitter dispute with Doha.

Lebanon PM Hariri rescinds resignation: cabinet statement

Lebanon PM Hariri rescinds resignation: cabinet statement

Muscat - 

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said on Tuesday that he had withdrawn his resignation, a month after his shock announcement that he was quitting sparked a political crisis.

Saudi Arabia calls for Yemen free of 'Iran-backed militias'

Saudi Arabia calls for Yemen free of 'Iran-backed militias'

Riyadh - 

Saudi Arabia called on Tuesday for a Yemen free of "militias supported by Iran", in its first official statement since rebels killed their erstwhile ally former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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