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Trump sets $8bn-plus in arms sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE

  • Pompeo says US partners in Mideast need contracts to be completed to help deter Iran
  • Trump’s administration also announced that it was sending 1,500 additional troops to the Middle East
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Palestinian chief negotiator urges Arabs to reconsider attending Bahrain workshop

  • The US-Bahraini economic workshop is scheduled in Bahrain on June 25 and 26
  • Palestinian leaders see the workshop as a move to circumvent Palestinian national aspirations
By Daoud Kuttab ·

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Iranian FM meets Iraqi PM as part of regional tour

  • During his his two-day visit, Zarif will also meet the Iraqi president and Iraqi prime minister
  • Discussions will mainly focus on the current crisis and its impacts on the two countries
By SUADAD AL SALHY ·

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Saudi women footballers set their sights on green goals

  • Eight female players have formed the Greens team to promote environmental causes across the Kingdom
  • The group is led by Rawh Alarfaj, who played football for 12 years
By Caline Malek ·

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After years in jail, Syrian mother eyes new life

  • The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says around 200,000 people have gone missing since the civil war started in 2011
  • Nearly half are believed to be held in government jails
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Jews warned against wearing kippah in Germany

  • Klein said that while the far-right was to blame for the vast majority of anti-Semitic crime
By AFP ·

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Egypt buys 2.7mn tons of local wheat so far this season

  • Egypt has said it aims to procure 3.6 million tons of wheat from local farmers during the season
By Reuters ·

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Two journalists released in Libya: TV channel

  • The capital’s southern suburbs have been the target of an offensive launched April 4 by Khalifa Haftar
  • The release of the television journalists followed local and international condemnation of their detention
By AFP ·