Middle East and North Africa

Middle East and North Africa coverage from Reuters.

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Jordan's Prime Minister Hani Mulki reshuffled his cabinet on Sunday and appointed the king's chief of staff as his special deputy for economic affairs in an apparent bid to soothe widespread anger over rising hardship and flagging growth.

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A Palestinian from the Gaza Strip died on Sunday after the Israeli navy fired on the boat he and two others were sailing in, a military spokeswoman said.

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FILE PHOTO: Russian ambassador to the U.N. Vasily Nebenzyathe speaks to members of the United Nations Security Council after voting for ceasefire to Syrian bombing in eastern Ghouta, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, U.S., February 24, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Russia has laid the groundwork for a likely veto on Monday of a British, U.S. and French bid for the United Nations Security Council to call out Iran over its weapons falling into the hands of Yemen's Houthi group.

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Damaged buildings are seen in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria February 25, 2018. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

Iran said pro-Damascus forces would press ahead with attacks on an insurgent enclave near the Syrian capital, as ground fighting raged on there in defiance of a U.N. resolution demanding a 30-day truce across the country.

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Turkey's Zorlu Holding has signed an agreement with Chinese investment firm GSR Capital for investments in battery production totaling $4.5 billion until 2023, Zorlu's chief executive said on Sunday.

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FILE PHOTO: Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) head Saleh Muslim attends a conference in Paris November 13, 2013. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

The main Syrian Kurdish political party said on Sunday that one of its leaders had been arrested in Prague at the behest of Turkey, where a court has charged him with sedition.

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Iranian security forces have detained three more environmental activists on spying charges, the judiciary said on Sunday, weeks after a first wave of arrests and the death in detention of an Iranian-Canadian head of a wildlife group.

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FILE PHOTO: Buildings are seen in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 1, 2017. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser/File Photo

Saudi Arabia's annual consumer price inflation jumped to 3.0 percent in January after the government introduced a 5 percent value-added tax and hiked domestic gasoline prices at the start of the year, official data showed on Sunday.

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FILE PHOTO: A member of the Iraqi rapid response forces walks past a wall painted with the black flag commonly used by Islamic State militants, at a hospital damaged by clashes during a battle between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants in the Wahda district of eastern Mosul, Iraq, January 8, 2017. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani/File Photo

An Iraqi court has sentenced 16 Turkish women to death by hanging for joining Islamic State, a judiciary spokesman said on Sunday.

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Worshippers kneel and pray in front of the closed doors of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City, February 25, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Church leaders in Jerusalem shut the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Sunday in protest at a new Israeli tax policy and a proposed land expropriation law which they called an unprecedented attack on Christians in the Holy Land.

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Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters hold an ammunition belt near the city of Afrin, Syria February 21, 2018. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

A resolution accepted unanimously by the U.N. Security Council for a 30-day ceasefire across Syria will not impact Turkey's offensive against Kurdish fighters in Afrin, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Sunday.

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The foreign ministers of Turkey and the Czech Republic will discuss the possible extradition of Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Sunday, after the main Kurdish-led coalition party said Muslim had been arrested in Prague.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin walks after delivering a speech during a gala show, marking the Defender of the Fatherland Day, at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia February 22, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Kadobnov/Pool

The leaders of Germany and France urged Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone call to put "maximum" pressure on the Syrian government to stop fighting in eastern Ghouta, a German government spokesman said on Sunday.

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French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb leaves the Elysee Palace following the weekly cabinet meeting in Paris, France, February 21, 2018.  REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

French security forces have foiled two planned attacks so far this year as Islamic State militants set their sights on domestic targets in response to the group's military setbacks in Iraq and Syria, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said on Sunday.

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Turkey has started efforts to have Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim extradited to Ankara, the Turkish justice ministry said on Sunday, after the main Kurdish-led coalition party said Muslim had been arrested in Prague.

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FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron meet during the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Tobias SCHWARZ, Pool

Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the Syrian crisis with his French and German counterparts, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel, on Sunday, the Kremlin said.

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FILE PHOTO: Golf - European Tour - British Masters - Close House, Newcastle upon Tyne, Britain - September 28, 2017   England's Eddie Pepperell in action during the first round   Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith

England's Eddie Pepperell held off compatriot Oliver Fisher to claim his first European Tour title at the Qatar Masters on Sunday.

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Pope Francis waves as he leads his Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, February 25, 2018. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Pope Francis on Sunday said Syria was being "martyred" by continued attacks killing civilians in the eastern Ghouta district, calling for an immediate end to violence and access to humanitarian aid.

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Russia is counting on foreign supporters of anti-government forces in Syria to ensure that a ceasefire called by the United Nations was observed, the foreign ministry said on Sunday.

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FILE PHOTO: Stella Handler, CEO of Bezeq, Israel's largest telecom provider, speaks during the launch of Beqez's "Smartcity" initiative, in the central Israeli city of Modi'in August 2, 2016. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/File Photo

Bezeq Israel Telecom's board will hold a special meeting on Sunday, a source close to the company said, while Israeli media reported that Chief Executive Stella Handler, who is in police custody, could be replaced at least temporarily.

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