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Red Carpet but No Cinema as Gaza Film Festival Forced Outdoors

In the Palestinian enclave of Gaza, without a cinema for 30 years, a few hundred people walk the red carpet to a rare film screening -- held on the street.

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Netanyahu Lawyer to be Charged with Money-Laundering

Israel's attorney general said Thursday he intends to charge the personal lawyer of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with money-laundering in the state's purchase of submarines from German firm Thyssenkrupp.

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Pro-Paramilitary Demonstrators Flood Iraqi Protest Camp

Several thousand men backing a paramilitary force close to Iran flooded the Iraqi capital's main protest camp on Thursday, worrying anti-government demonstrators who have denounced Tehran's role in their country.

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Libyan Officials Collect Evidence of Russian Fighters in War

Officials in Libya's U.N.-supported government say they plan to confront Moscow over the alleged deployment of Russian mercenaries fighting alongside their opponents in the country's civil war.

Libyan and U.S. officials accuse Russia of deploying fighters through a private security contractor, the Wagner Group, to key battleground areas in Libya in the past months.

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Deadly Car Bombing Hits Turkey Convoy in North Syria

A deadly car bomb targeted a Turkish convoy in an area of northern Syria controlled by Turkey-backed fighters on Wednesday, a Britain-based war monitor said.

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Algeria Opens First Corruption Trial for ex-PMs, Tycoons

The corruption trial for two former Algerian prime ministers, prominent politicians and automotive industry tycoons started Wednesday in Algiers, with defense lawyers boycotting the proceedings.

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Moroccan YouTuber Arrested for 'Public Insults'

A Moroccan YouTuber was arrested and appeared in court Tuesday for "insulting Moroccans and constitutional institutions" in a video, the kingdom's public prosecutor announced.

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Netanyahu to Press Pompeo for More Pressure on 'Tottering' Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Portugal Wednesday to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and call for increased pressure on the "tottering" Iranian government.

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Saudi King Invites Qatar Emir to Riyadh Summit

Saudi King Salman has invited Qatar's emir to a meeting next week of the Gulf regional bloc in Riyadh, Qatari state media said Tuesday, without specifying if Doha had accepted.

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Still in Streets, Iraqis Say Problem is Poverty

Chants demanding complete regime change have echoed across Iraq for weeks, but what first brought demonstrators onto the street was the profound poverty of one of the world's most oil-rich countries.

And that is what has kept them there, with protesters brushing off the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi as failing to root out the rampant corruption that denies them jobs and public services. 

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