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Turkish diplomat ‘shot dead’ in Iraqi Kurdistan

A Turkish diplomat has been shot dead at a restaurant in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Irbil, security sources tell the BBC. Turkey’s deputy consul, who was said to have been dining with two other people, is reportedly among the dead. Sources say the two gunmen have fled the scene …

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Iran rejects suggestion its missile programme is negotiable

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption US President Donald Trump has demanded curbs on Iran’s missile programme Iran has rejected suggestions it is willing to discuss its missile programme with the US. A spokesman for Iran’s UN Mission said the weapons “are absolutely and under no condition negotiable”. His denial comes …

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In pictures: 9,000 year-old settlement found in Israel

Thousands of pieces of tools, jewellery, figurines, seeds and other objects have been found at the site of a huge 9,000-year-old settlement from the Neolithic period uncovered in Israel. Image copyright Israel Antiquities Authority Archaeologists believe that the site, located near Motza Junction, 5km (3 miles) west of Jerusalem, was …

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Back in time inside Tehran’s former US embassy

The BBC has been given rare access in Iran at a key time. Iranians remain angry that Donald Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal in 2018 and has imposed crushing sanctions on the country. BBC Middle East correspondent Martin Patience, along with Cameraman Nik Millard and Producer Cara Swift …

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Jewels and tools among Neolithic find in Israel

Thousands of pieces of tools, jewellery, figurines, seeds and other objects have been found at the site of a huge 9,000-year-old settlement from the Neolithic period uncovered in Israel. Image copyright Israel Antiquities Authority Archaeologists believe that the site, located near Motza Junction, 5km (3 miles) west of Jerusalem, was …

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Fariba Adelkhah: French-Iranian academic ‘arrested in Iran’

Image copyright Sciences Po Image caption Fariba Adelkhah’s research focuses on political and social anthropology France says a French-Iranian academic has been detained in Iran and denied consular assistance. The French foreign ministry called on the Iranian authorities to “shed full light” on Fariba Adelkhah’s situation and allow diplomats to …

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Iran nuclear deal ‘not dead yet’, says UK FM

Media captionJeremy Hunt hopes to find way to save the Iran nuclear deal Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says there is a “small window” to save the Iran nuclear deal, as he launches a fresh bid to ease tensions in the Gulf. Mr Hunt is meeting EU foreign ministers in Brussels …

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UK in bid to ease Iran nuclear deal tensions

Image copyright EPA Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is launching a fresh bid to stop the Iran nuclear deal unravelling and ease tensions in the Gulf. Mr Hunt will meet EU foreign ministers in Brussels to raise concerns about Iran breaching some of its commitments. The deal, which involves Iran limiting …

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Iranians on Trump and the nuclear deal

As tensions rise between Iran, the United States and its allies, the BBC has been given rare access to Iran. Iranians remain furious that President Donald Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal last year and has imposed crushing sanctions on the country. Our correspondent Martin Patience, along with cameraman …

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