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Hassan Rouhani takes over as Iran president

The U.S. may be hoping Iran's new president-elect, Hasan Rowhani, shown here in front of a portrait of the late Iranian revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, will be amenable to talks. (AP) (AP)

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Mr Rouhani’s election has been endorsed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at a ceremony in the capital, Tehran. He won the presidential poll in June, promising to reform and to put an end to Iran’s international isolation. The ceremony marks the handover of power, but his public inauguration does …

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US closes two dozen embassies and consulates for day

Several countries have temporarily closed their missions in Sanaa

A state department global travel alert, issued on Friday, is also in force until the end of August. The department said the potential for an al-Qaeda inspired attack was particularly strong in the Middle East and North Africa. President Obama’s senior security team met late on Saturday to brief him. National …

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Egypt ‘orders police to blockade pro-Morsi sit-ins’

Pro-Morsi supporters in Cairo (19 July 2013)
The Muslim Brotherhood has been organising daily street protests against Mr Morsi's removal

Thousands have been defying warnings from the authorities to abandon the sit-ins in Cairo outside the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque and at Nahda Square. On Friday evening they expanded their protest to a third sit-in site. More than 100 Morsi supporters have been killed in clashes since he was overthrown by …

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