Iranian officials extended congratulations to Iraq’s new Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi for his election, describing the move as an “important and necessary” step towards establishing a new government in the Arab country.
Iran congratulates election of new Iraqi speaker
The Palestinian Authority hit out at the US administration's “blind bias toward false perceptions” in the Middle East, accusing Washington of following a policy of blackmail.
Palestinians say will not succumb to US 'blackmail'
Syrians voted in the country's first local elections since 2011 in a sign of returning security and normalcy after years of fighting with foreign-backed terrorists.
Syrians vote in first local council elections in seven years
Iraq's parliament has elected speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi, former governor of the western province of Anbar, marking the first step towards forming the new government four months after national elections.
Former Anbar governor elected Iraqi parliament speaker
Turkish police have attacked a protest rally held over labor conditions and arrested hundreds of workers at Istanbul’s new airport, a labor union says.
Turkey detain hundreds of workers protesting over labor conditions at new airport
Secretary General of the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Jens Stoltenberg has described as a matter of “national decision” Turkey’s plan to purchase the advanced Russian-built S-400 air defense missile system, regardless of strong opposition and warnings from the United States.
Turkey's S-400 purchase from Russia matter of 'national decision’: NATO chief
Iraq's Parliament elected Mohammed al-Halbousi as speaker on Saturday, marking an important step toward establishing a new government four months after an inconclusive national election.
Iraqi MPs elect speaker, breaking deadlock
Europe should take action to neutralize the consequences of the US decision to quit the 2015 Iran nuclear accord to ensure its own long-term economic interests, Iran’s foreign minister said in an interview published on Saturday.
Zarif says Europe must offset US JCPOA pullout
At least 15 people lost their lives in fresh air raids conducted by Saudi warplanes on a strategic road linking the Yemeni port city of Hodeida to the capital, Sana'a.
Saudi airstrikes kill 15 on Hodeida-Sana'a highway
Clashes have broken out between Israeli military forces and a group of Palestinian protesters over the demolition of a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank as the Tel Aviv regime presses ahead with its land expropriation policies in the occupied territories irrespective of great international outcry.
Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli forces over West Bank Bedouin village demolition

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