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Azerbaijan Swaps 15 Armenian Prisoners for Map Showing Landmines

Azerbaijan Swaps 15 Armenian Prisoners for Map Showing Landmines

Azerbaijan said on Saturday it had handed over 15 Armenian prisoners in exchange for a map detailing the location of landmines in Agdam, a region relinquished by ethnic Armenian forces as a part of a deal to end a short war last year. A Russian-brokered ceasefire halted six weeks of fighting that

New Israeli Govt. Seals Coalition Deals as Netanyahu Era Approaches Its End

New Israeli Govt. Seals Coalition Deals as Netanyahu Era Approaches Its End

The new Israeli government set to end Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year tenure as prime minister signed its final coalition agreements on Friday, pointedly including term limits. The coalition of parties from far-right to left is expected to focus mostly on economic and social issues rather than risk

Saudi Arabia Says to Limit Hajj Pilgrimage This Year to 60,000 Citizens, Residents

Saudi Arabia said it will limit registration for this year’s Hajj pilgrimage to citizens and residents of the Kingdom due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced Saturday that a total of 60,000 pilgrims will be allowed to perform the pilgrimage this year.

IATA to Roll Out COVID-19 ‘Digital Travel Pass’ in Middle East Soon

IATA to Roll Out COVID-19 ‘Digital Travel Pass’ in Middle East Soon

The International Air Transport Association announced Thursday its digital travel pass will “go live” in the Middle East in the coming weeks, as Europe and the US relax travel restrictions. Countries around the world are racing to adopt digital certificates in order to unlock an expected revival

Final Presidential Debate Shows Iran's Political Fissures

Final Presidential Debate Shows Iran's Political Fissures

Iran held a final presidential debate Saturday that showed the fissures within the country’s politics, as hardliners referred to those seeking ties to the West as “infiltrators” and the race’s two other candidates brought up the unrest that surrounded Tehran’s disputed 2009 election. Analysts and

'Intense' Iran Nuclear Talks Resume as Germany Calls for Rapid Progress

'Intense' Iran Nuclear Talks Resume as Germany Calls for Rapid Progress

Indirect talks between Tehran and Washington on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal resumed in Vienna on Saturday as the European Union said negotiations were "intense" and Germany called for rapid progress. The sixth round of talks kicked off as usual with a meeting of remaining parties to the d

Iran's Larijani Rebuffed over Election Bar

Iran's ex-parliament speaker Ali Larijani on Saturday demanded an explanation of why he was barred from running in next week's presidential poll but was promptly rebuffed by the election watchdog. The moderate conservative was disqualified by the powerful Guardian Council in a surprise move that