Middle East

FILE PHOTO: Oil supertanker Grace 1 sits anchored in waters of the British overseas territory of Gibraltar
Two Russian energy experts said Moscow has made no recent purchases of Iranian oil despite Russia’s energy minister saying a five-year-old “oil for goods” program with Iran has been revived
Michael Lipin
July 16, 2019
Activists, accused of working for unlicensed non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and receiving illegal foreign funds, stand in a cage during the opening of their trial in Cairo March 8, 2012. Egypt's parliament approved a bill to regulate non-gover
Justified by officials to protect national security from meddling by foreign-funded charities, 2017 law restricted NGOs' activity to developmental and social work, with jail terms of up to five years for non-compliance
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July 15, 2019
Military vehicles and equipment, parts of the S-400 air defense systems, are seen on the tarmac, after they were unloaded from a Russian transport aircraft, at Murted military airport in Ankara, July 12, 2019.
Turkey's purchase of Russian system has raised tensions with its NATO allies, particularly the US, which has warned Turkey that it will respond with sanctions
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By Reuters
July 15, 2019
Office of late author Naguib Mahfouz in his museum in Cairo, Egypt, July 14, 2019.
The Naguib Mahfouz Museum and Creativity Center houses the belongings and personal library of Mahfouz, who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature — the only Arab to do so
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By Reuters
July 15, 2019
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a meeting with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
Iranian diplomats, like the envoys of North Korea, Syria and Cuba, are already confined to a radius of 25 miles from Columbus Circle in Midtown Manhattan.
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July 15, 2019
European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini answers journalists' questions during a Foreign Affairs meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels, July 15, 2019.
European Union says debate under way on whether INSTEX mechanism might include oil
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July 15, 2019
FILE - Yemen's Houthi movement forces are seen during withdrawal from Saleef port in Hodeidah province, May 11, 2019.
Warring parties agree new measures to enforce a ceasefire and facilitate a troop pullback from the flashpoint port of Hodeidah, the United Nations says
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By Reuters
July 15, 2019