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Turkey marks one year since failed coup attempt

Ankara declares July 15 a national holiday as President Erdogan leads events marking the defeat of coup plotters.

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Trump: We will have maintain good relations with Qatar

US president confident of maintaining relations despite blockade and has also ruled out moving the airbase from Qatar.

Trump and the Emir of Qatar

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UN calls for release of Bahraini rights campaigner

Nabeel Rajab must be released 'unconditionally and immediately', says UN human rights office.

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Turkey dismisses thousands of police and civil servants

A total of 7,563 people, including police, have been dismissed in the latest purge, the Anadolu news agency reports.

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France calls for lifting of sanctions on Qatar citizens

French Foreign Minister says his country is "very concerned by the sudden deterioration" of the situation in the Gulf.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian

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Ex-mufti says Al-Aqsa closure 'collective punishment'

Clerics and worshipers barred from entering Al-Aqsa mosque compound for second day after gun attack leaves five dead.

Al-Aqsa closure

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Attackers kill Saudi soldier in Qatif

A shooting attack on the military patrol vehicle in the Shia-majority province also injured another soldier.

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Israel shuts down Al Aqsa mosque after shooting

Israeli police briefly detains Jerusalem's top Muslim cleric and closes Al Aqsa mosque after deadly shootout.

Friday prayers outside Jerusalem's Old City

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Two tourists stabbed to death, four wounded in Egypt

Unidentified attacker swims from public beach to holiday resort in Hurghada, stabbing six foreigners.

Sunny Days El Palacio hotel

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No direct talks in sight between Syria's warring sides

Government delegation chief says direct meeting with opposition was not raised with his team at Geneva talks.

Mistura

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