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Kuwait Emir Visits Iraq

Kuwait's emir has arrived in Iraq for a rare official visit to the neighboring country amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf between Washington and Tehran.

Iraq's President Barham Saleh received Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah at Baghdad's airport on Wednesday.

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Xi Supports North Korea's Direction on Issues ahead of Visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping praised North Korea on Wednesday for moving in the "right direction" by politically resolving issues on the Korean Peninsula, in a rare op-ed published by a North Korean state newspaper that comes on the eve of Xi's visit to Pyongyang to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Xi had nothing to say on the biggest outside worry about North Korea — stalled nuclear weapons talks between Washington and Pyongyang — in the Rodong Sinmun article. But experts believe he could use his summit with Kim, which the North is calling a state visit, to endorse North Korean calls for an incremental disarmament process in which every action Pyongyang takes is met with U.S. concessions on sanctions and security issues.

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Zakka, Freed by Iran, Leaves for America

A Lebanese man and permanent U.S. resident released by Tehran after years in an Iranian prison has left Lebanon for the United States, where his three sons reside.

Nizar Zakka's office says the 52-year old information technology expert is travelling to the U.S. on Tuesday.

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Syria Detains Two Lebanese Security Agents

The Syrian army detained two members of the General Directorate of State Security after reaching the border between Lebanon and Syria while on a hiking trip in the Mount of Hermon, the state-run National News Agency reported on Tuesday.

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Vatican Formally Opens Debate on Married Priests in Amazon

The Vatican formally opened debate Monday on letting married men be ordained as priests in remote parts of the Amazon where priests are so few that Catholics can go weeks or months without attending a Mass.

The call for study on the proposal was contained in the working document, released Monday, for an October meeting of South American bishops on the Amazon.

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Ex-Rival Backs Boris Johnson's Bid to Be Britain's Next PM

Boris Johnson's bid to become Britain's next prime minister was bolstered by fresh support from one of his former rivals Monday.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock threw his support behind Johnson, arguing that the former mayor of London's "unique personality" would help rally support around a deal to leave the European Union.

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UAE Papers Urge Calm after Oil Tanker Attacks

The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions between Iran and the U.S. (all times local):

3 p.m.

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Arab League Chief Tells Iranians to 'Be Careful'

The Latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local):

11:45 p.m.

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Middle East Attack Jolts Oil-Import Dependent Asia

The blasts detonated far from the bustling megacities of Asia, but the attack this week on two tankers in the strategic Strait of Hormuz hits at the heart of the region's oil import-dependent economies.

While the violence only directly jolted two countries in the region — one of the targeted ships was operated by a Tokyo-based company, a nearby South Korean-operated vessel helped rescue sailors — it will unnerve major economies throughout Asia.

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Mexico Migration Chief Resigns, Prisons Director Tapped

Mexico's immigration chief resigned Friday and the country's prisons director was swiftly nominated to replace him, as the country embarks on a crackdown on irregular migration through its territory in response to U.S. pressure.

The National Immigration Institute said in a brief statement that Tonatiuh Guillén thanked President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for the opportunity to serve the country, but it did not give a reason for why he presented his resignation.

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