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Second federal judge blocks Trump's curbs on travel to U.S.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A second U.S. federal judge has blocked parts of President Donald Trump's latest travel ban on people entering the United States from eight countries, dealing another legal blow to the administration's third bid to impose travel restrictions.
UPDATE 3-From Damascus, Iran vows to confront Israel
BEIRUT, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Iran's military chief warned Israel against breaching Syrian airspace and territory on a visit to Damascus on Wednesday, raising tensions with Israel as it voices deep concern over Tehran's influence in Syria.
Saudi Arabia to vet use of Prophet's sayings to counter extremism
RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, is to monitor interpretations of the Prophet Mohammad's teachings to prevent them being used to justify violence or terrorism, the Culture and Information Ministry has said.
Germany suspends training of Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq
BERLIN, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Germany will suspend its mission training Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq because of the conflict between the Kurds and the Iraqi government, the German defence minister said on Wednesday.
UPDATE 1-Saudi airplane arrives in Baghdad, first time in 27 years
BAGHDAD, Oct 18 (Reuters) - A Saudi Arabian commercial airplane arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday for the first time in 27 years, the Iraqi transport ministry said.
EU calls on Israel to stop plans for new West Bank settlements
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Israel must halt new building plans for settler homes in the West Bank, the European Union's foreign service said in a statement on Wednesday, warning that such settlements threatened any future peace deal with the Palestinians.
Vote may have put independence out of reach for Iraqi Kurds
ERBIL (Reuters) - The Kurdish independence vote championed by their leader Masoud Barzani was a gamble that may have made his quest for a homeland more elusive than ever.
Saudi airplane arrives in Baghdad for first time in 27 years: Iraq
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A Saudi Arabian airplane arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday for the first time in 27 years, a statement from the Iraqi transport ministry said.
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Russian, Israeli leaders discuss Iran nuclear program, Syria, Iraq
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the Iran nuclear program, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.
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