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Turkey warns Trump against crossing 'red line'. Turkey warns Trump against crossing 'red line'.
Turkey's president has warned it could sever ties with Israel if the US recognises Jerusalem as its capital. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said such a move would cross a "red line" for Muslims. Donald Trump called Middle Eastern leaders on Tuesday amid growing warnings against taking the step. Reports say the president will dramatically shift the US position on the status of Jerusalem this week. I...
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Former Egyptian PM gives TV interview, denying he was kidnapped. Former Egyptian PM gives TV interview, denying he was kidnapped.
The former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq has given a phone interview on live TV, denying reports that he was kidnapped. Mr Shafiq's family had voiced fears of foul play, saying they were unable to contact him after he landed in Egypt. He was deported from the UAE on Saturday after five years in exile. The deportation came after Mr Shafiq stated his intention to run for the presiden...
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Turkey seizes assets of trader in US trial. Turkey seizes assets of trader in US trial.
Turkish prosecutors have ordered the seizure of assets of a Turkish-Iranian gold trader who is testifying in a US trial of a banker accused of violating US sanctions against Iran. Witness Reza Zarrab earlier told a New York court that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had approved his and the defendant's sanctions-breaking deals. Mr Erdogan has denied that Turkey breached US sanctions o...
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Mt Agung ash shuts airport for second day. Mt Agung ash shuts airport for second day.
Indonesian officials have shut the international airport in Bali for a second day, as Mount Agung spews volcanic ash into the atmosphere. Massive plumes of dark ash were seen reaching as high as 3km (2 miles) above the summit of the rumbling volcano, which began erupting last week. Officials raised the alert to the highest level on Monday, fearing an imminent major eruption. More than 100...
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Egypt attack: President Sisi pledges forceful response. Egypt attack: President Sisi pledges forceful response.
Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has vowed to respond with "the utmost force" after 300 people were killed at a North Sinai mosque during Friday prayers. The al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed was bombed and fleeing worshippers were then gunned down. The Egyptian military has said it has conducted air strikes on "terrorist" targets in response. No group has yet claimed the a...
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Eight 'North Korean fishermen' wash ashore in Japan. Eight 'North Korean fishermen' wash ashore in Japan.
A boat carrying eight men claiming to be North Korean fishermen has washed ashore the coast in Japan. Japanese police said the men were found at Yurihonjo city's marina late on Thursday, and taken into custody. The men had told authorities that their boat experienced difficulties and they ended up drifting into Japanese waters. Japan regularly sees North Korean fishing boats straying into...
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Lebanon PM 'suspends' resignation. Lebanon PM 'suspends' resignation.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has "suspended" his resignation, which sparked a crisis when he announced it while in Saudi Arabia two weeks ago. Mr Hariri said President Michel Aoun had asked him to "put it on hold ahead of further consultations". The two men held talks a day after Mr Hariri flew back to Lebanon. Mr Hariri has denied that Saudi Arabia forced him to resign and detaine...
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Lebanese PM Saad Hariri returns to Beirut. Lebanese PM Saad Hariri returns to Beirut.
Lebanese PM Saad Hariri has arrived back in Beirut for the first time since announcing his resignation in Saudi Arabia more than two weeks ago. Mr Hariri was greeted at Beirut international airport by members of the security forces as he disembarked from his plane. Mr Hariri caused a political crisis when he quit during a visit to Riyadh. He denied speculation that Saudi Arabia had forced...
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Germany's Merkel 'prefers new vote' after coalition talks fail Germany's Merkel 'prefers new vote' after coalition talks fail
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she would prefer new elections to leading a minority government, after a breakdown in coalition talks plunged the country into political crisis. She also said she did not see any reason to resign from her post despite the failed negotiations. On Sunday evening, the FDP liberals pulled out of talks with Mrs Merkel's CDU/CSU bloc and the Greens. Germ...
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Online retail therapy puts squeeze on America’s high-street businesses. Online retail therapy puts squeeze on America’s high-street businesses.
As Americans prepare for Thanksgiving next Thursday, many will be looking forward to some retail therapy towards the end of the week. Black Friday, the day that follows Thanksgiving, traditionally marks the start of the Christmas shopping season and an opportunity for savvy shoppers to snap up some bargains. Ads have been running around the clock promoting discounts and promotional deals...
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