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A huge monument has been discovered buried under the sands at the Petra World Heritage site in southern Jordan. Archaeologists used satellite images, drone photography and ground surveys to locate the find, according to the study published in the American Schools of Oriental Research. The large platform is about as long as an Olympic swimming pool and twice...

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When Iran's top civil defence official said his country was preparing for major cyber-attacks from Saudi Arabia, perhaps even he did not think it would take such a short time for his warnings to become reality. In mid-May, Gen Gholamreza Jalali, the head of Iran's Civil Defence Organisation, said he saw the mainly Sunni kingdom as his chief threat...

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Developers have announced plans to build a new tower in Dubai to surpass the Burj Khalifa, currently the world's tallest building. Emaar Properties has not announced the height of the proposed tower, saying only that it would be "a notch" taller than the Burj Khalifa's 828m (2,717ft). The $1bn (£710m) project is scheduled to be completed for the Dubai...

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Hacker-activist group Anonymous has broken into Twitter accounts linked to so-called Islamic State (IS) and flooded them with gay pride messages. The group infused pro-IS profiles with rainbow images and LGBT slogans. The hacks follow the recent shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, where 49 people were killed by a gunman who reportedly stated his allegiance to IS....

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Local authorities in Yemen's second city of Aden have banned the sale of the herbal stimulant khat on weekdays. Markets where khat leaves and shoots are sold were empty on Monday and pro-government forces prevented vehicles carrying them from entering the city. The ban was prompted by complaints from residents and due to "security, social and health" concerns,...

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Researchers in Israel have made what they say is the first discovery of a Philistine cemetery. The discovery, made in 2013 and finally revealed on Sunday, may yield answers to an enduring mystery surrounding the origins of the Philistines. It comes at the end of a 30-year excavation by the Leon Levy Expedition. Expedition leaders say they discovered 145...

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The Dead Sea, the salty lake located at the lowest point on Earth, is gradually shrinking under the heat of the Middle Eastern sun. For those who live on its shores it's a slow-motion crisis - but finding extra water to sustain the sea will be a huge challenge. If there's one thing everyone knows about the Dead Sea...

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The Egypt Air disaster may have dropped out of the news briefly, but the investigation continues apace to find out why flight MS804 crashed. French investigators think they have heard locator-beacon signals from at least one of the "black box" flight recorders, and now salvage experts are heading to the site to take a closer look. Hearing the beacons...

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Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's attention span may be just seconds but his attention to detail is huge. Visitors sitting across the desk from the billionaire on the 66th floor of his office in the Saudi capital Riyadh have to fight for him to focus on them as opposed to the 20 televisions screening 24-hour Arabic and English news stations....

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Authorities in Iran have banned the Pokemon Go app because of unspecified "security concerns". The decision was taken by the High Council of Virtual Spaces, the official body overseeing online activity. Iran follows a number of other countries in expressing its worries over security related to the game. But it becomes the first country to issue a ban of...

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