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Saudi Arabia lifts cinema ban, directors and movie chains rejoice

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RIYADH Saudi Arabia lifted a 35-year-old ban on cinemas on Monday, prompting celebrations from film fans, directors and movie chains eyeing the last untapped mass market in the Middle East.

Russia's Putin, Egypt's Sisi discuss nuclear deal, Middle East tensions

CAIRO Russian President Vladimir Putin met Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo on Monday for talks over a nuclear power plant and tensions in the Middle East following Washington's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Pakistani peace activist reported missing, police say

Karachi, Pakistan A Pakistani peace activist has been reported missing over the weekend from eastern city of Lahore, police and one of his friends said on Tuesday.

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Qatar goes ahead with $6.7 billion Typhoon combat jets deal with UK's BAE Systems

LONDON BAE Systems and Qatar have entered into a contract valued at around 5 billion pounds ($6.7 billion) for the country to buy 24 Typhoon combat aircraft, the British defense group said on Sunday. | Video

Putin orders 'significant part' of Russian forces in Syria to withdraw

MOSCOW President Vladimir Putin ordered "a significant part" of Russia's military contingent in Syria to start withdrawing on Monday, saying Moscow and Damascus had achieved their mission of destroying Islamic State in just over two years. | Video

World, Russia, Syria 8:50am EST

Palestinian stabs Israeli in Jerusalem; anti-Trump protest flares in Beirut

JERUSALEM A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli security guard at Jerusalem's main bus station on Sunday, police said, and violence flared near the U.S. Embassy in Beirut over U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. | Video

EU tells Netanyahu it rejects Trump's Jerusalem move

BRUSSELS Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his case to Europe to ask allies to join the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but was met by a firm rebuff from EU foreign ministers who saw the move as a blow against the peace process. | Video

World, Israel 8:48am EST

Senior Saudi prince condemns Trump's 'opportunistic' Jerusalem move

DUBAI Former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal has criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, in one of the sharpest reactions emanating from the U.S.-allied kingdom.

World, Israel 8:48am EST

Palestinian leader Abbas in Cairo, Istanbul to rally region over Jerusalem

CAIRO Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday intensified efforts to rally Middle Eastern countries against U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, setting up talks with Arab leaders beginning in Cairo.

World, Israel 8:33am EST

Iran foreign minister defends missile program, asks European support

BEIRUT Iran's foreign minister on Monday defended its ballistic missile program and urged European countries not to be influenced by U.S. President Donald Trump's confrontational policy towards Tehran.

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