Iran presents its first hypersonic ballistic missile

Iran presented what officials described as its first domestically-made hypersonic ballistic missile yesterday, the official IRNA news agency reported, an announcement likely to heighten Western concerns about Tehran’s missile capabilities.

Iran embassy to reopen in KSA today

Iran is set to reopen its embassy in Saudi Arabia today following a seven-year closure, a diplomatic source told AFP, sealing a Chinese-brokered rapprochement deal announced in March.

PROPAGANDA CAMPAIGN / Saudi charges women’s activist

Saudi Arabia has charged a women’s rights activist detained since November over her social media posts with launching a “propaganda campaign”,

Iran unveils new ballistic missile

Iran’s defence ministry yesterday unveiled a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 kilometres (1,242 miles) and a capacity to carry warheads weighing over a tonne.

First Saudi woman travels to space

A private rocket carrying the first Arab woman astronaut has blasted off on a mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

SUDAN CONFLICT / Air strikes, artillery fire escalate

Air strikes and artillery fire intensified sharply across Sudan’s capital early yesterday, residents said, as the army sought to defend key bases from paramilitary rivals it has been fighting for more than a month.

West Bank Raid: Israeli forces kill Palestinian officer

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian security officer during clashes in the occupied West Bank flashpoint city of Jenin yesterday, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa said.

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Erdogan gets another 5 yrs

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took an early lead yesterday in a historic runoff election that could extend two decades of his dominant but divisive Islamic style of rule until 2028.

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Ancient Burial Ground: Egypt unearths mummification workshops, tombs

Egypt unearthed human and animal mummification workshops as well as two tombs in the ancient burial ground of Saqqara, officials said on Saturday, marking the latest in a string of discoveries that the country hopes can help revive its vital tourism industry.

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US, KSA call for extended truce

Saudi Arabia and the United States yesterday called for the extension of a ceasefire deal that has brought some let-up in a six-week war between military factions but little humanitarian relief for civilians.

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Polls open in historic Turkey runoff election

Polling stations opened Sunday in Turkey's first-ever runoff election, where conservative President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the firm favourite to extend his two decades of Islamic-rooted rule to 2028

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Sudan’s warring parties trade blame

Sudan’s warring sides yesterday accused each other of being behind breaches of the latest ceasefire that was negotiated by the US and Saudi Arabia, now in its third day.

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Turkey Votes: Rivals claim early lead

Turkey appeared headed for a runoff presidential election, with the parties of both Tayyip Erdogan and opposition rival Kemal Kilicdaroglu claiming the lead but sources in both camps admit they may not clear the 50 percent threshold to win outright.

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Turkey votes today as Erdogan fights for his political life

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday led prayers at Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia mosque before entering the election battle of his political life against a powerful secular rival.

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Israel rules out immediate truce

Israel yesterday ruled out an immediate truce in Gaza, saying the onus was on Palestinian militants to stop launching rockets from an arsenal it suggested could be depleted within days, while its aircraft kept up strikes in the enclave.

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Fighting flares in Gaza again

Israel and Gaza militants traded heavy fire yesterday as hopes faded of securing a truce to end days of fighting that have killed dozens, all but one of them Palestinian.

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