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Qassem Suleimani, who was killed in a US drone strike in Baghdad, was widely considered to be the most powerful man in Iran after the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Arch-foes Tehran and Washington may be temporarily calling it even after Iranian missiles targeted US forces in Iraq, but analysts predict violent instability will keep blighting Baghdad.
Did Trump's threat to possibly use 'disproportionate' force if Iran strikes US citizens and sites violate int'l law?
Iran's supreme leader said a "slap in the face" was delivered to the United States, when the Islamic republic fired missiles at US troop bases in Iraq on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump says that it's time to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's eldest, Yair, tweeted that Facebook blocked his page for 24 hours over apparent anti-Muslim posts.
The Israeli military has launched its widest airstrike campaign in Gaza since the 2014 war, as Hamas militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel.
Calm has returned to the Gaza Strip and nearby Israeli communities after the worst military flare-up since a 2014 war raised fears of yet another full-blown conflict in the beleaguered Palestinian enclave.
Patients with gunshot wounds have filled wards and hallways in Gaza's under-equipped and overwhelmed main hospital, with dozens still waiting in line for surgery a day after Israeli soldiers shot and killed 59 Palestinians.
President Donald Trump on Friday warned Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to be "very careful with his words."
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday said he was "outraged" by another missile attack on an Iraqi airbase where US forces have been stationed, as neighboring Iran signalled a wish to de-escalate tensions.
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday said the US strike that killed a top Iranian general had restored credibility to the US threat to Tehran to restrain itself militarily.
Iranian state television claimed that Wednesday missile strikes on bases in Iraq killed 80 Americans, in a report citing what it called an informed Revolutionary Guards source.
An unofficial cease-fire appears to be holding between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers despite limited exchanges of fire.
Israel's Foreign Ministry says its embassy in Jordan has filed a strong condemnation with the kingdom over a picture of a Jordanian government minister stepping on an image of the Israeli flag.
Israel's parliament has adopted a law defining the country as the nation state of the Jewish people, provoking fears it could lead to blatant discrimination against Arab citizens.
Saudi Arabia may be moving forward with plans to dig a canal along its border with Qatar.
Israel accused Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas of using the protests to carry out attacks.
Hamas is a known terror organisation. It is known to use civilians as human shields and to place the citizens of Gaza in danger, writes Howard Feldman.
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