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Middle East

U.S. slaps sanctions on Iran firms after satellite launch

An Iranian Simorgh rocket launch.The United States imposed sanctions on Friday on six subsidiaries of a company key to Iran's ballistic missile programme, citing continued "provocative actions" like Tehran's launch of a rocket capable of putting a satellite into orbit.


Booby-traps plague north Iraq as Islamic State targets returning civilians

The wrecked old city in Mosul.As people return home to Mosul and other areas of northern Iraq freed from Islamic State, homemade bombs and explosives laid on an industrial scale by the insurgents are claiming hundreds of victims and hampering efforts to bring life back to normal.


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.

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