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Oman Says It Is Trying to Reduce U.S.-Iran Tensions

Oman said Friday it was trying to reduce spiraling tensions between the United States and Iran as the Pentagon confirmed it was considering deploying more troops to the region.

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Iraq Urges Iran to Respect Nuclear Accord

Iraq's top diplomat Friday called on Iran to respect the landmark deal covering its nuclear programme, which has been weakened by the US decision to withdraw from it and Tehran's backing away from certain commitments.

"We think the JCPOA is a good agreement," said Iraq's Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali al-Hakim, referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed by Iran in 2015 with Russia, China, Germany, Britain and the United States.

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Displaced by Conflict, Libyan Students Fear for Their Future

The fight for control of Libya's capital is depriving tens of thousands of pupils of their education, with high school students displaced by the violence fretting about their future.

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Ex-Israeli Soldier Wanted for Sex Trafficking Arrested in Portugal

A former Israeli soldier wanted by Colombia for sex trafficking, including of minors, has been arrested in Portugal, Spanish police, which took part in the operation, said Thursday.

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U.S. Says Could Send More Troops to Mideast

The United States is considering deploying more troops to the Middle East as it looks for ways to enhance the protection of its forces in the turbulent region, acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Thursday.

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Saudi Arabia Downs Explosive-Laden Drone from Yemen

Saudi Arabia on Thursday shot down a bomb-laden drone deployed by rebels in neighbouring Yemen to attack an airport in the kingdom, the Riyadh-led coalition fighting on the side of Yemen's government said.

"An explosive-laden drone sent by the terrorist Huthi militia to target Najran airport" was intercepted and destroyed by the Saudi air force, coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki was quoted by state media as saying.

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Deadly New Air Strikes as Syria Army Battles Jihadists

Syrian government aircraft bombed several towns in northwestern Syria on Thursday killing five civilians as troops and militia battled jihadists on the ground, a monitor said.

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UN Agency for Palestinians Rejects US Call to Dismantle It

The head of the United Nations organisation for Palestinian refugees on Thursday rejected a US call to dismantle the agency, saying it cannot be blamed for stalled peace efforts.

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Libya Committing Suicide, Squandering Oil Riches, Says UN Envoy

UN envoy Ghassan Salame has bitterly denounced the conflict in Libya saying it is "committing suicide" and plundering its oil wealth to pay for the war.

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Palestinians Confirm Will Not Attend U.S.-Led Meeting in Bahrain

The Palestinian leadership confirmed Wednesday they would not attend a U.S.-led peace conference in Bahrain next month.

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