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Gulf states' defence budgets to hit $100bn in 2019: report

In the next five years, military spending by the six GCC countries is likely to reach $117bn.

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Iraq: Protesters torch government buildings in Basra

At least two people dead as protesters set ablaze government buildings, political party offices in oil-rich province.

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Israeli court rules to demolish Khan al-Ahmar village

Home to 180 Palestinians, village's demolition expected soon by Israeli army as rights groups denounce move.

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Javad Zarif: Trump to 'abuse' UN Security Council to slam Iran

Foreign minister accuses US president of planning to blame Iran for 'horrors US clients have unleashed' on Middle East.

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Iraqi authorities cancel planned curfew in Basra

Protests have raged in the oil-rich province of Basra for several weeks against poor services and lack of jobs.

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Iraqi forces open fire on third day of Basra clashes

A day after six people were killed in southern Iraq's Basra city, violent protests over poor government services continued with security forces opening fire after new clashes.

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UN envoy positive before Yemen peace talks - despite no rebels

UN's Martin Griffiths says 'going to make it happen' at Geneva talks despite rebel no-show.

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Syria's war: Drones crowd Idlib skies as province awaits battle

After deadly air strikes on Tuesday, Idlib residents report heavy presence of suspected Russian reconnaissance drones.

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Saudi 'seeks death penalty' for Muslim scholar Salman al-Awdah

Scholar, 61, charged with 37 counts, including incitement against the ruler and spreading discord, his family says.

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Israel says it launched 200 strikes in Syria since 2017

Military sources say the attacks are mostly aimed at preventing Iran from establishing a military presence in Syria.

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