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Ramadan fasting to start May 27 or May 28

With Ramadan one month away, the first day of fasting will be confirmed on the eve of May 27.

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Palestinians on strike in solidarity with prisoners

General strike held in solidarity with hunger striking prisoners as Fatah party calls for 'day of rage' on Friday.

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Palestinian Authority to stop funding Gaza electricity

Decision to halt payments could lead to a complete power shutdown in Gaza, exacerbating the humanitarian crisis.

Gaza electricity

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Russian warship sinks in the Black Sea after collision

All 78 personnel of Russian intelligence vessel rescued after collision with a Togo-flagged freighter.

Russian warship

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Deadly air strikes target rebel-held Idlib in Syria

Suspected Russian and Syrian air strikes bombard several districts in Idlib province, killing at least a dozen people.

Idlib province

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'Israeli strikes' hit arms depot in Damascus

Arms depot near Damascus International airport goes up in flames after series of overnight strikes blamed on Israel.

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Turkey detains more than 1,000 for 'links to Gulen'

Overnight arrests target alleged network of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed by Turkey for failed coup attempt.

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Reporters Without Borders: Journalism at tipping point

Reporters Without Borders warns of tipping point for press freedom in era of 'strongmen and propaganda'.

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France: Assad government behind chemical attack

French foreign minister says chemical analysis of samples from Khan Sheikhoun 'bears signature' of Syria government.

Foreign Minister Jean-March Ayrault

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US sanctions Syria officials over sarin gas attack

Sanctions imposed on 271 Syrian officials in response to sarin gas attack, blamed by US on Assad's government.

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