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Nine jihadists killed in Russia strikes on Idlib: Monitor

Six of the dead were members of the Al-Qaeda linked Hurras al-Deen

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Iraqi authorities lift Baghdad curfew amid protests

Iraqi authorities lifted a curfew in Baghdad on Saturday that anti-government protesters had defied.

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Death toll nears 100 due to mass protests in Iraq: Rights panel

Nearly 4,000 people have also been injured since the protests began.

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Benjamin Netanyahu’s rival Benny Gantz calls off Israel unity government talks: Reports

Gantz’s centrist secular Blue and White party came first in last month’s elections — the second poll this year — winning 33 seats in the 120-member parliament. Netanyahu’s Likud took 32 seats.

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Saudi crown prince warns of escalation with Iran, says he prefers political solution

On CBS programme "60 Minutes," Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom's ruler, also denied that he ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Kazakh leader appoints new PM after sacking government

'The head of state signed a decree appointing (Askar) Mamin prime minister of Kazakhstan,' Nazarbayev's office said on its Twitter account.

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US-backed Syrian fighters close in on last Islamic State-held area in eastern Syria

IS still retains territory in the part of Syria that is mostly under the control of the Russian- and Iranian-backed Syrian government.

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Saudi attorney general seeks death penalty for accused in Khashoggi killing

The names of the 11 defendants have not been officially released.

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US pullout from Syria angers Iraq

Trump’s decision to keep a military presence in Iraq angered the country's lawmakers who have been requesting a US withdrawal for many years.

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Syrian surprise: How Trump's phone call changed the war

In the phone call two weeks ago, Trump had been expected to deliver a standard warning to the Turkish president over his plan to launch a crossborder attack targeting US-backed Kurdish forces in…

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Jesus walked on this biblical lake - now it needs a saviour

The Sea of Galilee is not isolated, it is part of a water basin comprising the Jordan River and the Dead Sea, too. If it shrinks, everything else shrinks faster.

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Israeli air strike destroys Hamas TV building

No injuries were immediately reported and workers were believed to have evacuated after the warning shots.

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Jordan-Syria border area comes back to life

In areas close to the Jaber border, Syrian goods have started showing up in markets. 

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In Yemen, a child dies every 10 minutes from easily preventable diseases

According to UNICEF, 1.8 million Yemeni children under the age of five suffer from acute malnutrition, and the lives of 400,000 severely affected children are under threat.

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Iranian oil: 40 years of revolution, war, sanctions and bans

The isolation caused by poor relations with the United States and, in recent years, Tehran`s efforts to develop a nuclear capability have prevented Iran building output capacity.

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