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Iraq protests: 12 killed, almost 600 injured

At least 12 demonstrators have been killed and 571 injured in southern Iraq, officials said, as protests against unemployment spread on Saturday from the port city of Basra to other parts of the country including Baghdad. Protests that …

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Saudi Arabia's ban on women driving officially ends

Saudi women are officially allowed to get behind the wheel, after a decades-old driving ban was lifted, BBC reports. The change was announced last September and Saudi Arabia issued the first licences to women earlier this month. …

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Over 320 refugees return to their homes in Syria

More than 320 Syrians have returned to their homes in the past 24 hours, the chief of the Russian center for reconciliation of conflicting sides in Syria, Major General Yuri Yevtushenko said. Ho noted that 201 …

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Iranian court bans Telegram Messenger

A court in Iran has ruled to ban the use of a popular messenger, Telegram, TASS reports citing Irib TV. "Taking into account various complaints over the Telegram app and proceeding from security requirements, the court authorities …

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 Saudi Arabia set to host its first fashion week

Saudi Arabia will host its first fashion week from April 10 which will take place at the Ritz Cartlon in Riyadh, Gulf News reported. The four-day event will feature local Arab designers and European brand names including Roberto …

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Qatar introduces national military service for women

Qatar’s emir has signed off on a law enabling women to do voluntary military service and extending the service for men for as long as one year, PressTV reports. The official Qatar News Agency said the legislation, which was …

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Turkey to extend state of emergency

Turkey's government will extend state of emergency in the country, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said. The minister added that this is necessary, because the fight against the terrorist movement of …

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