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New US sanctions target aircraft used by Iran's Rouhani

Analysts say sanctions imposed on Dena Airways' lone aircraft is aimed at 'humiliating' President Hassan Rouhani.

Dena Airways

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Israeli top court 'gives green light' to use of live fire in Gaza

Israel's Supreme Court criticised after upholding use of lethal force against Palestinians protesting in Gaza Strip.

Palestinian medics

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Cyclone hits Yemeni island Socotra, 19 missing

Cars and boats have been swept away as heavy rains and strong winds prompted a state of emergency on the UNESCO world heritage site.

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US must reject $1bn arms sales to Bahrain: HRW

Rights group denounces plans to sell weapons to Gulf island nation citing its 'dismal record on human rights'.

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Saudi authorities release three women's rights activists

The three elderly activists have a long history of campaigning for greater liberties for women dating back to the 1990s.

women's rights activists

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Erdogan sets out AK Party platform for upcoming election

Turkish leader makes economic prosperity his key pledge as he announces his party's plan for the country's future.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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Cyclone Mekunu pounds Yemen on its way to Oman

People from remote villages near the coastal city of Salalah evacuated to safer places ahead of the powerful storm.

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Lebanon's Saad Hariri designated as next prime minister

Hariri's party lost sizeable chunk of its power in May 6 vote, but remains the biggest Sunni-led party with 20 seats.

Saad Hariri

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Israel to push for US recognition of occupied Golan Heights

Israel's Intelligence Minister Israel Katz says that US recognition of its sovereignty is top of its agenda.

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At least four killed in Baghdad suicide bombing

The attack took place in the predominantly Shia Shula district in northwest Baghdad.

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