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Trump Tells Jewish-Americans He is Israel's Best Friend

U.S. President Donald Trump aimed to make inroads Saturday in the politically important Jewish-American vote with a Florida speech where he declared himself the best friend Israel has ever had.

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Armed Drone Targets Home of Iraq Cleric Sadr

A drone dropped a bomb on the home of Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr in the shrine city of Najaf early Saturday but he was not in the country, sources within his party told AFP.

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Iraq Protesters Turn Out in Defiance after Baghdad Attack

Iraqi protesters defiantly turned out on Saturday across the country's south and in the capital, where a dozen people were killed in an overnight attack by unidentified gunmen.

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Qatar FM Talks of 'Some Progress' in Mending Gulf Rift

Qatar's foreign minister has spoken of "some progress" in talks with Saudi Arabia on ending a bitter two-year-old rift between Doha and the kingdom and its allies.  

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Israel and Czech Republic Sign $125 Million Missile Defense Deal

Israel's defense ministry signed a deal with its Czech counterpart on Thursday to sell it radar systems used in Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system.

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Israel Briefly Detains 4 Palestinian Journalists in Jerusalem

Israel detained four Palestinian journalists in Jerusalem Friday for several hours over "illegal activity" connected with the Palestinian Authority, a police spokesman said. 

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Algeria Braces for More Marches ahead of Opposed Presidential Vote

Algeria braced for fresh demonstrations Friday, the last in a series of weekly marches before a presidential election opposed by a protest movement that fears it will cement in power politicians close to the old guard.

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Top Iraq Cleric Says New PM Must Be Chosen without 'Foreign Interference'

Iraq's top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani demanded Friday that the choice of a new premier for the protest-hit country be made free of "foreign interference." 

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Greece Expels Libyan Envoy over Turkey Maritime Deal

Greece's foreign ministry on Friday said it was expelling the Libyan ambassador for failing to disclose the contents of a disputed maritime jurisdiction deal with Turkey that has raised hackles in the region.

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U.S. Says Seized Sophisticated Iranian Arms Bound for Yemen

The United States said Thursday that it seized a major shipment of Iranian weapons bound for Yemen's Huthi rebels, denouncing what it called a violation of a U.N. arms embargo.

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