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Cyberattack hits Iran's Fars news agency

Hackers have disrupted the work of Iran's Fars news agency, one of the main sources of news disseminated by the state during protests over Mahsa Amini's death, the agency said.

Fire sends smoke over Doha skyline during World Cup in Qatar; no injuries reported

Qatari authorities say a fire has broken out at an under-construction building in a newly built city where a World Cup match is set to be played Saturday evening but caused no injuries

Rockets target US Syria base in latest strike: Centcom

Two rockets targeted a US patrol base in northeastern Syria late Friday, the third such attack in nine days, US Central Command said.

Palestinians return body of Israeli teen killed in West Bank

The body of an Israeli teenager snatched by Palestinian militants in the occupied West Bank was returned to his relatives Thursday, following intense talks to avoid an escalation of violence.

Dozens arrested at women's march in Istanbul

Police arrested dozens of people in Istanbul on Friday at a rally to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Arabs adopt 'balanced' stance toward Russian-Ukrainian crisis: Arab League official

Arab League (AL) Assistant Secretary General Hossam Zaki said on Friday that the Arab world has adopted a “balanced” stance toward the Russian-Ukrainian war.

Dozens of casualties as Iran forces fire on protesters: Activists

Iranian security forces opened fire on protests after Friday prayers in the restive southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan, leaving dozens of people dead or wounded, activists said.

Iran government supporters confront protesters at World Cup

Tensions ran high at Iran's second match at the World Cup on Friday as fans supporting the Iranian government harassed those protesting against it and stadium security seized flags, T-shirts, and other items expressing support for the protest movement that has gripped the Islamic Republic.

Far-right Ben-Gvir to be Israel's national security minister

Extremist politician Itamar Ben-Gvir, who has a long record of anti-Arab rhetoric and stunts, will become Israel's next minister of national security, according to the first of what are expected to be several coalition deals struck by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party.

Iran Guards send reinforcements to Kurdish areas near Iraq border: General

Iran's Revolutionary Guards have sent reinforcements to the country's protest-hit Kurdish areas in order to stop the infiltration of "terrorists" from neighbouring Iraq, a general said in a report on Friday.

Algeria sentences 49 to death over forest fire lynching: State media

An Algerian court on Thursday sentenced 49 people to death over the lynching of a man falsely accused of starting deadly forest fires in August last year, state media reported.

UN rights body deplores Iran crackdown, establishes probe

The U.N. Human Rights Council voted Thursday to condemn the bloody crackdown on peaceful protests in Iran and create an independent fact-finding mission to investigate alleged abuses, particularly those committed against women and children.

Lebanese reformist, another lawmaker lose parliament seats

Two newly elected Lebanese lawmakers, including an activist who had pledged to fight corruption, lost their parliament seats on Thursday following an appeals process before the country's constitutional council.

Iran crackdown in spotlight at UN rights council

The UN Human Rights Council is holding an urgent meeting Thursday to discuss whether to launch a high-level international investigation into the deadly crackdown on mass protests rocking Iran.

Explosion near Syrian capital kills Iranian colonel: Report

An explosion in Syria has killed an official with Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, the force said on its website Wednesday, blaming Israel for the killing.

Kurds: Stateless people under attack from all sides

The Kurds are a non-Arab ethnic group of between 25 and 35 million people whose dreams of an independent homeland were brutally quashed throughout the 20th century.

Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits northwest Turkey, 68 injured

A magnitude-5.9 earthquake hit a town in northwestern Turkey early Wednesday, causing damage to some buildings and widespread panic. At least 68 people were injured, mostly while trying to flee homes.

One dead, 18 wounded in twin Jerusalem bus stop attacks: Medics

At least one person was killed and 18 wounded in two separate explosions targeting bus stops in Jerusalem Wednesday, security and medical officials said, with Israel's public security minister calling them "attacks."

UK rules against Scottish independence vote plans

Britain's highest court on Wednesday rejected a bid by the devolved Scottish government in Edinburgh to hold a new referendum on independence without London's consent.

Iran blames Israel after bomb kills Guards colonel in Syria

An improvised bomb has killed an Iranian colonel from the aerospace division of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps near Syria's capital Damascus, Iranian media reported Wednesday, blaming arch foe Israel.

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