Middle East

In this photo released on the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, right, meets Cardinal Peter Turkson, second right, in Damascus, Syria, July 22, 2019.
Pope Francis has sent Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a letter expressing his 'profound concern' for the humanitarian situation in Syria and, in particular, the plight of civilians in Idlib
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July 22, 2019
Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey speaks during a hearing on Iran before the House Foreign Affairs Committee at Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 11, 2017.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reiterates Ankara's commitment to secure Turkey's border by the creation of a safe zone up to 32 kilometers deep inside Syria.
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July 22, 2019
A boat of Iranian Revolutionary Guard sails next to Stena Impero, a British-flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk, at Bandar Abbas port, July 21, 2019.
Britain needs help to protect British-flagged tankers in Strait of Hormuz, as country is short of gunboats after years of military cuts
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July 22, 2019
President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, July 22, 2019.
Comments follow Tehran's claims members of a US spy ring have been sentenced to death
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July 22, 2019
FILE - Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is seen in an undated photograph handed out by her family.
A British-Iranian mother jailed in Tehran since 2016 has been returned to prison after being held in the mental ward of a public hospital for nearly a week, her husband said Monday
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July 22, 2019
Israeli forces destroy a building in a Palestinian village of Sur Baher, east Jerusalem, Monday, July 22, 2019. Israeli work crews have begun demolishing dozens of Palestinian homes in an east Jerusalem neighborhood. Monday's demolitions cap a years…
Homeowners said they had permits from the Palestinian Authority to build but Israel says the area is closed to construction
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July 22, 2019
Damaged buildings stand in the rebel-controlled area of Maaret al-Numan, in Idlib province, Syria, Sept. 6, 2016.
High death toll marks sharp increase in escalation between rebels and government troops, backed by Russian air cover
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July 22, 2019