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Russian minister meets Assad in Damascus

Syria President welcomes Sergei Shoigu after pro-government forces backed by Russia gain control of city of Deir Az Zor.

Deir Az Zor

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Qatar-Gulf crisis boils over at Cairo meeting

A heated exchange of words, which erupted on live TV, is the latest chapter in the Gulf crisis, now in its fourth month.

Arab League meeting

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HRW: Israeli banks complicit in settlement expansion

Report dismisses claims by banks that under law they must provide services to illegal Jewish settlements in West Bank.

settlement expansion

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Deadly attack hits Egypt's Sinai Peninsula

The latest attack in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula claims the lives of seven, following Monday's attack which killed 18.

Sinai Peninsula

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Remains of four Palestinians buried by Israel

Palestinian Prisoners' Affairs lawyer says burials won't affect appeal demanding release of bodies held by Israel.

Palestinians buried

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Saudi Arabia 'detains' more preachers

Days after reported arrest of 20 preachers and scholars, activists accuse Riyadh of cracking down on more individuals.

Saudi Arabia

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Hamas ready to reconcile with Fatah: reports

Group which rules Gaza had previously demanded Fatah end punitive measures as precondition for reconciliation deal.

Gaza

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HRW: Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen are 'war crimes'

Rights group says air strikes over two months killed dozens including children, where there were no military targets.

Saada

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IUMS urges Saudi Arabia to free Muslim scholars

Preachers and scholars arrested in Saudi Arabia 'should not be used as pawns in political crisis', Doha-based IUMS says.

The International Union of Muslim Scholars

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Iraq parliament rejects Kurdish independence referendum

Kurdish plans for referendum on statehood in northern Iraq suffer setback in the national parliament.

People celebrate in Kirkuk

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