U.S. INTENTION TO DECLARE HOUTHIS TERRORISTS THREATENS AID TO YEMEN

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The US government has announced its intention to designate Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi group as a terrorist organisation, in a move that has elicited concern among international aid agencies. The designation will come into effect on 19 January, President Trump’s last full day in office. The Houthi group – also known as Ansar Allah – controls…

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IRAN BURIES SLAIN NUCLEAR SCIENTIST, PROMISES RETALIATION

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By Donnelly McCleland Iran has laid to rest assassinated nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, in the capital Tehran as authorities blamed Israel for the killing and repeated vows to avenge it. Fakhrizadeh, a top figure in Iran’s nuclear and missile programmes, was killed outside Tehran on Friday [27 November] after assailants targeted his car. (Al Jazeera)…

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JOE BIDEN WINS US ELECTIONS AFTER RECORD VOTER TURNOUT

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By Alex Pollock Former Vice President Joe Biden has been elected the 46th president of the United States, narrowly emerging victorious from a contentious White House campaign that stretched days past election night, as vote tallies in several swing states were slowed by an unprecedented surge in mail-in ballots…And with his victory, his running mate,…

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CHINA HOLDS MILITARY INVASION DRILL AMID TENSIONS WITH TAIWAN

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China held a simulated military attack on Saturday 10 October that included drones, special forces, and airborne troops, in the latest in a series of military exercises aimed at Taiwan. The exercise – the first to be fully disclosed by Chinese state media – took place on Taiwan’s National Day. The Chinese report mentioned the…

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ARMENIA AND AZERBAIJAN CLASH OVER DISPUTED NAGORNO-KARABAKH REGION

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By Alex Pollock Fighting has erupted once more between Armenia and Azerbaijan, two former Soviet Union republics in the Caucasus region. At the heart of the decades-old conflict is the Nagorno-Karabakh region. It is recognised as part of Azerbaijan, but it is controlled by ethnic Armenians. The countries fought a bloody war over the region…

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IRAQ AND IRAN AGREE TO BOOST TIES IN HIGH-LEVEL MEETINGS

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Iraq and Iran have agreed to strive for improved bilateral relations as Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein met with several Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani, to discuss security, trade, and the role of the United States in the region. The summit was the first meeting between the two nations since July. The July meeting…

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AFGHAN PEACE TALKS KICK OFF IN QATAR

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On Saturday 12 September, the long-awaited Intra-Afghan Peace talks, between the Afghanistan government and the Taliban, were opened in Doha, Qatar. The talks were originally planned for March, after the United States-Taliban deal, that was signed in February. As part of the deal, the Afghan government had to release 5,000 Taliban prisoners in exchange for…

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US FAILS TO REINSTATE SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN

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On 21 August, the United States lost a bid to reimpose international sanctions on Iran after being outvoted 13-2 at the UN Security Council. Washington claimed Iran breached the 2015 nuclear deal that aimed to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for sanction relief. The nations that opposed the US bid – specifically…

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ISRAEL AND THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES REACH DEAL TO NORMALISE RELATIONS

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On Thursday 13 August, US President Donald Trump announced that Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had reached a deal to normalise relations between the two Middle East nations. President Trump helped broker the deal that sees the UAE become only the third Arab nation, after Egypt (1979) and Jordan (1994) to sign a…

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