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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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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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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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An air strike has hit a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in northern Yemen, killing at least 11 people, the medical charity says. Another 19 people were injured in the attack in Abs, in Hajjah province, believed to have been carried out by the Saudi-led coalition which is backing Yemen's government in its fight against Houthi rebels....

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On a typical evening at Nanuchka, a popular Georgian restaurant in the middle of Israel's bustling Tel Aviv, music fills the air and alcohol flows freely. Until a few years ago, Nanuchka was just a conventional Georgian pub serving traditional food like khachapuri, a cheesy bread, and khinkali, a meat-stuffed dumpling. But then Nana Shrier, the flamboyant owner...

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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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Oil producers' group Opec has said it expects oil prices to recover to $70 a barrel by 2020. Prices have fallen from more than $110 a barrel in the summer of 2014 to less than $37 a barrel now due to oversupply and slowing demand. But Opec said oil prices would begin to rise next year and, longer term,...

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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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The Saudi cabinet has approved sweeping economic reforms aimed at moving the country away from its dependence on oil profits. Just over 70% of revenues came from oil last year but it has been hit by falling prices. One part of the plan will see shares sold in state-owned oil giant Aramco to create a sovereign wealth fund....

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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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