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Iran restricts social media as anti-government protests enter 4th day

(CNN)Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressed the country Sunday night after several days of anti-government protests that have rocked the nation. "We are a free nation," Rouhani said in his prerecorded speech on state broadcaster IRINN. "And according to the constitution and citizen rights, the people are free to express

How President Trump’s first year changed the Middle East

(CNN)Men in combat fatigues posed for pictures on the border between Syria and Iraq, as they waved national and paramilitary flags. To them, this was not just another meeting, but a hard-fought triumph. Years of fighting had allowed Iran's partners and proxies to finally link up from various parts

At least 6 killed during violent protests in Iraqi Kurdistan

(CNN)At least six people were killed and more than 70 injured Tuesday as anti-government protests erupted for a second straight day, said a provincial health director in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region. Another person died while undergoing treatment at a hospital, said a security source who spoke on the condition

Powerful earthquake in Iraq kills at least 130 in Iran

(CNN)A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake Sunday in the Iraqi city of Halabja, close to the Iraq-Iran border, killed scores of people in Iran, Iranian officials said. Four people died in eastern Iraq and dozens were wounded in the town of Darbandikhan, Iraq, Omar Ahmad, the governor of Sulaimaniya, told

UN: Syria responsible for sarin attack that killed scores

(CNN)The sarin attack earlier this year on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun that killed more than 80 people was the work of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a joint report from the United Nations and international chemical weapons inspectors finds."The panel is confident that the Syrian

Why part of a Shia town in Saudi Arabia has been flattened

(CNN)Saudi elite forces are in the process of razing the historic quarter of a largely Shia town in the country's eastern province after months of clashes with gunmen in the area.Musawara is home to up to 3,000 people, all of whom, the government says, are being evicted with compensation

Israeli transgender soldier finds solace in service

Jerusalem (CNN)Two years ago, Micha Yehudi hit rock bottom. "I had never told anyone before, I barely told myself. I was terrified," says Yehudi. "I cried during the interview from the moment the reaction came out of his mouth. He said, okay and that was it."Within a month and a