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Iran general slams Iraq referendum plan during Erdogan talks

Iran general slams Iraq referendum plan during Erdogan talks
Ankara - 

Iran's Armed Forces chief of staff said Wednesday after talks with Turkey's president that a referendum on independence in Iraq's Kurdish region would trigger conflict and negative consequences for the entire region.

Civilians brave dangers to wait out IS exit from Syria's Raqa

Raqa - 

The fight to oust the Islamic State jihadist group from its Syrian stronghold Raqa has displaced thousands of civilians, but some have decided to stay on the frontlines despite the dangers.

Saudi king orders reopening of Qatar border to pilgrims

Saudi king orders reopening of Qatar border to pilgrims
Riyadh - 

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has ordered the reopening of the border with Qatar to facilitate the annual hajj pilgrimage, state media said Thursday, in the first signs of a thaw after the region's worst diplomatic crisis in years.

Rebel rockets kill five in Syria's Aleppo: monitor

Rebel rockets kill five in Syria's Aleppo: monitor
Beirut - 

Rebel rocket fire killed five civilians in Syria's Aleppo on Tuesday, a monitor said, in the deadliest bombardment on the northern city in months.

Turkey agrees extra holidays to boost tourism

Turkey agrees extra holidays to boost tourism
Ankara - 

The Turkish government on Tuesday extended upcoming public holidays to 10 days in the hope of boosting the tourism sector which has been hit by a slump in foreign visitors.

'Lot of time' needed to rebuild trust in Gulf: Qatar FM

'Lot of time' needed to rebuild trust in Gulf: Qatar FM

Doha - 

Qatar's foreign minister said Tuesday it will take a "lot of time" to rebuild any trust between sparring Gulf countries because of the region's continuing diplomatic crisis.

Iran says can quit nuclear deal if US keeps adding sanctions

Iran says can quit nuclear deal if US keeps adding sanctions

Tehran - 

President Hassan Rouhani warned on Tuesday that Iran could abandon its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers within hours if the United States keeps on imposing new sanctions.

Emergency teams battle oil spill off Kuwait

Emergency teams battle oil spill off Kuwait

Kuwait City - 

 Emergency workers are battling to contain an oil spill near a joint Kuwaiti-Saudi oilfield in the Gulf, an official said on Sunday.

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