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In this photo released on Monday Nov. 9, 2019 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, speaks during an interview with Monica Maggioni, left, the CEO of Italy's Rai News 24, in Damascus, Syria. Assad said in an interview aired Monday that the global chemical weapons watchdog has faked and falsified a report over an attack near the capital Damascus last year "just because the Americans wanted them to do so." (SANA via AP)
Syria's Assad: OPCW faked a report on attack near DamascusSyrian President Bashar Assad is accusing the global chemical weapons watchdog of faking and falsifying a report over an attack near the capital of Damascus last year
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Saudi Arabia's deficit widens to $49B ahead of Aramco saleSaudi Arabia will reduce government spending in 2020 as the kingdom's budget deficit widens to $49 billion amid sluggish oil prices
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Egyptian whistleblower gets 5-year jail sentence in absentiaA state-run Egyptian newspaper says a self-exiled businessman who sparked rare protesters with his allegations of military corruption has been sentenced in absentia to five years in prison for tax evasion
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Lebanon protesters scuffle with lawmaker's bodyguardsLebanese soldiers have had to separate protesters and the bodyguards of a member of parliament after scuffles broke out under heavy rain in the northern city of Tripoli
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FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 file photo, workers seen in Aramco's oil separator at processing facility in Abqaiq, near Dammam in the Kingdom's Eastern Province. Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil company Aramco on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, set a share price for its IPO — expected to be the biggest ever — that puts the value of the company at $1.7 trillion, more than Apple or Microsoft. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)
Saudi prince's ambitions hinge on triumphant Aramco saleSaudi Arabia is expected to set a new record on Wednesday with the sale of a sliver of Aramco, the state-owned oil company valued at $1.7 trillion
The Associated Press6 hours ago
Heavy rain causes floods, paralyzes Lebanon's capital A rainstorm has paralyzed parts of Lebanon's capital Beirut, turning streets to small rivers, stranding motorists inside their vehicles and damaging homes in some areas
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Vandals damage cars in Arab neighborhood of east JerusalemIsraeli police say vandals operating under the cover of darkness have slashed tires on over 160 cars and sprayed slogans such as “Arabs=enemies” in a Palestinian neighborhood of east Jerusalem
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Cheney warns disengagement in Mideast benefits Iran, RussiaFormer U
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Four rockets hit military base near Baghdad airportIraqi security officials say four Katyusha rockets have hit a military base near Baghdad International Airport, wounding at least six soldiers
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Charity: Over 110 children killed in 2 Yemeni areas in 2019An international charity says that over 110 Yemeni children have been killed in fighting between January and October of this year in two flashpoint areas
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FILE - In this March 6, 2012, file photo, an FBI poster showing a composite image of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, right, of how he would look like now after five years in captivity, and an image, center, taken from the video, released by his kidnappers, and a picture before he was kidnapped, left, displayed during a news conference in Washington. Iran is acknowledging for the first time it has an open case before its Revolutionary Court over the 2007 disappearance of a former FBI agent on an unauthorized CIA mission to the country. In a filing to the United Nations, Iran said the case over Robert Levinson was "on going," without elaborating. The Associated Press obtained the text of the filing Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
Iran ready for more prisoner swaps with US, not negotiationsIran’s Cabinet spokesman says his country is ready for more prisoners swaps with the United States but reiterated the Iranian leadership's stance that there will be no other negotiations between Tehran and Washington
The Associated Press12 hours ago
FILE - in this Friday, March 3, 2017 file photo, a Banksy wall painting showing an Israeli border police officer and a Palestinian in a pillow fight dercorates one of the rooms of the The Walled Off Hotel in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. As visitors descend on Bethlehem this Christmas, they have the option of staying in restored centuries-old guesthouses, taking food tours of local markets, and perusing the dystopian art in and around a hotel designed by the British graffiti artist Banksy (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic, File)
Palestinians in Bethlehem look beyond religious tourismFor decades, the people of Bethlehem have watched tour buses drive up to the Church of the Nativity, disgorge their passengers for a few hours at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, and then return to Israel
The Associated Press17 hours ago
Iraqi state forces, militia man checkpoints after bloodshedIraqi police officials say security forces have set up checkpoints alongside unarmed members of a militia group to protect anti-government protesters in central Baghdad plazas, two days after a deadly attack by unknown gunmen
The Associated Press1 day ago
Main Lebanon PM candidate withdraws from considerationA possible candidate for prime minister of Lebanon says he is withdrawing from consideration for the post, prolonging the country's political crisis
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People walk in front of a restaurant with signs at top left reads, "single section," and at top right reads, "family section", in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. Women in Saudi Arabia will no longer need to use separate entrances from single men or sit behind partitions at restaurants and cafes in the latest measure announced Sunday by the government that upends a major hallmark of the conservative restrictions that had been in place for decades. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Saudi restaurants no longer need to segregate women and menSaudi Arabia has taken another step toward upending decades of conservative restrictions by removing required partitions and separate entrances at restaurants that had kept women and single men segregated
The Associated Press1 day ago
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