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Rocket fire targets Turkish consulate in Iraq's Mosul

Rockets hit the vicinity of the Turkish consulate in Iraq's main northern city of Mosul causing damage but no casualties, Iraqi and Turkish sources said Wednesday.

The overnight fire came after deadly shelling blamed on the Turkish army killed nine civilians last week, prompting anti-Turkish protests in cities across Iraq.

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At UN, Iraq and Turkey escalate dispute over deadly attack

A dispute between Iraq and Turkey over a recent deadly attack in Iraq's northern Kurdish region has escalated at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

Iraq's foreign minister demandedthe withdrawal of all Turkish troops from his country, while Turkey's deputy ambassador said his government will keep pursing fighters it considers terrorists who take refuge in Iraq.

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Blinken meets kin of slain Palestinian-American journalist

Secretary of State Antony Blinken has met with the family of Palestinian-American reporter Shireen Abu Akleh killed while covering an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank.

The State Department said Blinken met with relatives of Al Jazeera reporter and vowed that the U.S. would demand "accountability" for her death.

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Saudi crown prince: First EU visit since Khashoggi killing

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has arrived in Greece on his first trip to a European Union country since the killing in 2018 of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi that triggered widespread international condemnation.

Bin Salman, who is traveling with a large government and business delegation, met with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and will attend the signing of a series of bilateral investment and defense agreements.

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Morocco intercepts more than 350 migrants off coast

Morocco's navy intercepted more than 350 illegal migrants, including four children, in waters off its coast, a military official said on Tuesday.

The 359 people rescued between Saturday and Monday had been "aboard makeshift boats, kayaks or swimming" in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, the unnamed official said, quoted by MAP news agency.

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Israel demolishes homes of suspected Palestinian attackers

The Israeli military demolished the homes on Tuesday of two Palestinians suspected of killing an Israeli security guard in a West Bank settlement in April.

Vyacheslav Golev was killed in a shooting at the entrance of a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank on April 29. The Palestinian militant group Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

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New U.S. coast guard cutters visit Lebanon for 1st Middle East stop

Two U.S. Coast Guard fast response cutters have arrived in Beirut, Lebanon for a scheduled port visit, marking their arrival to the Middle East after departing the United States and transiting the Mediterranean Sea.

Fast response cutters USCGC John Scheuerman (WPC 1146) and USCGC Clarence Sutphin Jr. (WPC 1147) are the newest additions to a slate of Coast Guard ships supporting U.S. 5th Fleet from Bahrain, the U.S. Navy said in a statement.

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Tunisia's Saied set to win vote on bolstering president's powers

Tunisian President Kais Saied early Tuesday celebrated the almost certain victory of the "yes" vote in a referendum on a new constitution that strengthens the powers of the head of state and risks the return of authoritarian rule in the birthplace of the Arab Spring.

The referendum, held a year to the day after Saied sacked the government and froze parliament in what rivals have called a coup, saw at least 27.5 percent of 9.3 million registered voters cast ballots, Tunisia's ISIE electoral commission said late Monday after polls closed.

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UN says Libya 'highly volatile', elections needed soon

Libya is mired in a constitutional and political stalemate that has sparked increasing clashes, a dire economic situation and demonstrations across the country by frustrated citizens, a senior U.N. official said Monday.

Assistant Secretary-General Martha Pobee told the U.N. Security Council the overall situation in Libya remains "highly volatile," with a tense security situation, "deeply disturbing" shows of force and sporadic violence by militias engaged in political maneuvering.

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Algeria's top diplomat backs Syria's return to Arab League

Algeria's foreign minister on Monday decried Syria's decadelong suspension from the Arab League during a visit to Damascus, indicating support for the war-torn country's return to the organization under President Bashar Assad.

Syria was expelled from the 22-member group and boycotted by its neighbors after the conflict broke out in March 2011, following a heavy-handed crackdown by Assad's government on mass protests demanding reforms.

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