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Fighting intensifies in Syrian Golan Heights

At least 12 people reportedly killed as Assad's forces and opposition fighters clash in Quneitra amid Israeli strikes.

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US-backed SDF forces advance in Raqqa

ISIL fighters lose western Raqqa neighbourhood of Qadisia to the SDF, a coalition of Arab and Kurdish fighters.

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Bahrain's FM in about-face over Turkish base in Qatar

Sheikh Khalid says presence of foreign forces in Qatar will have consequences, apparently referring to Turkish soldiers.

Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa

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Detentions as police break up Istanbul Pride parade

Police fire rubber bullets and tear gas on LGBT activists who attempted to hold march in defiance of ban by authorities.

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ISIL fighters launch counterattacks in west Mosul

Iraqi officials say ISIL fighters launched surprise attacks in Tanak and Yarmuk to ease pressure on Mosul's Old City.

Iraqi army

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'We are more united': Qataris mark Eid amid blockade

Qatari citizens express unity, sadness as a regional diplomatic crisis casts shadow over Islam's most important holiday.

Eid al-Fitr

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Iran: Hassan Rouhani condemns 'siege of Qatar'

In a phone call with the Qatari Emir, president also says Iran's air space, ground and sea will be open to Doha.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani

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Deadly car bombing kills Syrian civilians in Idlib

Attack in country's northwest comes as Assad government announces release of 672 detainees from Damascus prison.

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Al-Wasat: Newspaper shut down by Bahrain fires staff

Daily sends note to employees saying it had to let them go after Bahrain's rulers ordered it closed earlier this month.

Al-Wasat

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Turkey's Erdogan denounces demands on Qatar

Turkish leader criticises list of demands presented by Saudi-led countries that cut ties with Qatar and prompted crisis.

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