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Truck drivers continue protests in Iran

The strike by Iranian truck drivers, over low wages and high cost of spare parts, has continued in the country. The truck drivers are protesting what they call "terrible working conditions". They are demanding better pay, …

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KFC plans Israel comeback

KFC is planning to bring the Colonel’s secret fried chicken recipe back to Israel. Representatives of the chain belonging to the Yum restaurant group have met in Israel with several potential franchisees and real estate agents …

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 Five Saudi women pilots granted GACA licences

Five Saudi women pilots have obtained licences by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) that allows them to work as captains on Saudi Arabian Airlines aircraft, Gulf News reported. The issuance of licenses to Saudi women is …

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Iran earthquake injures more than 300 people

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah has killed at least three people and injured more than 300 others. There were reports that the quake was felt as far away as Baghdad. A shallow earthquake struck …

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Turkmenistan expecting first harvest of bananas

Turkmenistan's commercial company Ferhar is expecting its first harvest of bananas, the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan said. According to the company, greenhouse with a height of 8.6 meters was built on an …

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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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