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Middle East

Putin signs Syria base deal, cementing Russia's presence there for half a century

Vladimir Putin.President Vladimir Putin has signed a law ratifying a deal with the Syrian government allowing Russia to keep its air base in Syria for almost half a century, official documents show.


Egypt's Sisi vows to keep up Qatar blockade

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Monday his government would keep up a blockade of Qatar by four Arab states over charges it supports terrorism, in defiance of international efforts to end the crisis.


Iran and Iraq sign accord to boost military cooperation

Artillery firing on Mosul in Iraq.Iran and Iraq signed an agreement on Sunday to step up military cooperation and the fight against "terrorism and extremism", Iranian media reported, an accord which is likely to raise concerns in Washington.

Taliban suicide car bomber kills dozens in Afghan capital

A suicide attack has killed dozens in Afghanistan.A Taliban suicide attacker detonated a car bomb in the western part of Kabul on Monday, killing up to 35 people and wounding more than 40, government officials said, in one of the worst attacks in the Afghan capital in recent weeks.


Saudi king overhauls security services following royal shakeup

Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.Saudi King Salman on Thursday decreed the consolidation of counter-terrorism and domestic intelligence under a new body, in a major overhaul of the security apparatus weeks after the interior minister was ousted from the royal succession.


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