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Israel-Hamas Gaza truce largely holds after flare-up

Israel-Hamas Gaza truce largely holds after flare-upBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A truce between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip, largely held on Saturday a day after one of the most fierce flare-ups along the volatile border in years. Hamas said it had agreed to the truce with Israel, a day after clashes killed an Israeli soldier and four Palestinians, three of them Hamas fighters. A senior Israeli official confirmed a truce was in place.


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Iran leader backs suggestion to block Gulf oil exports if own sales stopped

Iran leader backs suggestion to block Gulf oil exports if own sales stoppedIran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday backed President Hassan Rouhani's suggestion that Iran may block Gulf oil exports if its own exports are stopped and said negotiations with the United States would be an "obvious mistake". Rouhani's apparent threat earlier this month to disrupt oil shipments from neighbouring countries came in reaction to looming U.S. sanctions and efforts by Washington to force all countries to stop buying Iranian oil. "(Khamenei) said remarks by the president ... that 'if Iran's oil is not exported, no regional country's oil will be exported,' were important remarks that reflect the policy and the approach of (Iran's) system," Khamenei's official website said.


Read more: https://www.yahoo.com/news/iran-leader-backs-suggestion-block-gulf-oil-exports-120637424.html

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