Michael Pompeo
Michael Pompeo

RIYADH — Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday that the United States has no intention to leave the Middle East region. In an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya TV, Pompeo made it clear that the U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia are the foundation of the regional stability. (Mideast-US-Pompeo)
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PARIS — Two French firefighters were killed and at least 47 others were wounded when a suspected gas leak caused “a spectacular explosion” that rocked a building in central Paris on Saturday, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said. The firefighters succumbed to their live-threatening injuries following the blast, Castaner confirmed in a Tweet message. (France-explosion-deaths)
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BEIRUT — The United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Andrea Tenenti said Saturday that the construction of a cement wall by Israeli forces along Israel’s borders with Lebanon in the disputed area violates UN Resolution 1701, local media reported. “The UNIFIL’s role is to find a solution to these violations and to ensure stability in south Lebanon,” Tenenti was quoted as saying by Elnashra, an online independent newspaper. (Israel-Lebanon)
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LAGOS — Scores of people lost their lives in a petrol tanker explosion on Friday along the Calabar-Odukpani highway in southern Nigeria’s Cross River State. The incident occured after the tanker fell while trying to negotiate a bend, with residents rushing to the scene to scoop fuel. (Nigeria-Tanker blast) Enditem

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