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Saudi Arabia seeks death penalty for five accused in Khashoggi murder
Five Saudi officials face the death penalty for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, but Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was not involved in the prominent journalist’s killing, the kingdom’s public prosecutor said Thursday.

Fear, anger in Israel's Ashkelon amid latest Gaza flare-up
FRANCE 24's Marios Sofos, Cecile Galluccio and Antoine Mariotti meet residents of the Israeli border city of Ashkelon, where a Palestinian labourer was killed when a rocket fired from Gaza struck a residential building amid the worst flare-up in violence since a 2014 war between Israel and the Hamas militant group.

Trump picks retired Army general as US ambassador to Saudi Arabia
President Donald Trump on Tuesday tapped John Abizaid, a top US general from the Iraq war who has studied the Middle East for years, as ambassador to Saudi Arabia amid growing friction between the longstanding allies.

'Iran has shown patience and continues to be part of nuclear deal'
Kamal Kharrazi is the head of Iran's Strategic Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a foreign policy advisor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. In an interview with FRANCE 24's Sanam Shantyaei, he discussed the latest US sanctions unleashed on Iran and reacted to the recent tensions over alleged foiled terror plots in France and Denmark, which were blamed on Iran's intelligence services. Kharrazi also touched on the war in Yemen and the fate of dual nationals jailed in Iran.

Canada has heard Khashoggi killing tapes, PM Trudeau acknowledges
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday became the first Western leader to acknowledge his country had heard recordings of the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi.

Gaza-Israel tensions flare up again after a night of deadly violence
After a morning of apparent calm, clashes have flared up again between Gaza and Israel...with at least two Palestinians killed.It comes as thousands of mourners turned out Monday to attend the funerals of militants killed during overnight violence.Air raids between the two sides broke out after Israeli forces infiltrated the Gaza strip on Sunday night. 7 Palestinians and one Israeli lieutenant commander were killed.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut a trip to Paris short to rush home to deal with the crisis... By Ivana Scatola.

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