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Syria civil war tops Russia-Arab Gulf meeting agenda

Meeting in Moscow comes as rebel coalition makes slow progress in campaign to evict ISIL from Raqqa in northern Syria.

GCC ministers

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Lieberman to be defence chief after deal with Netanyahu

Avigdor Lieberman's hard-line party joins Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition government.

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Israel's Netanyahu suspected of 'criminal conduct'

Israeli state comptroller issues report accusing PM of not disclosing details of foreign-funded trips a decade ago.

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Iran: Ahmad Jannati to head Assembly of Experts

Senior cleric from Esfahan to head 88-member council responsible for selecting successor of Ayatollah Khamenei.

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Report slams Israel's military law enforcement system

Human rights group B'Tselem says it will no longer file complaints with a system that habitually fails Palestinians.

Israel's military

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Kurdish-led SDF launches offensive on Syria's Raqqa

US-backed coalition of armed groups aims to oust ISIL from its de facto capital of Raqqa.

SDF

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Syria civil war: Russia calls for 'regime of calm'

Temporary truce may last for 72 hours in suburbs of Damascus as country reels from ISIL bombings that killed 150 people.

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ISIL blamed for deadly blasts in Yemen's Aden

Military base targeted in southern city dominated by armed groups, leaving at least 45 would-be army recruits dead.

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Conflicting claims cloud EgyptAir crash cause

Official's claim of small size of body parts suggesting explosion on board Flight 804 is denied by head of forensics.

EgyptAir crash

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Iraqi army suffers losses with Fallujah assault

At least 15 deaths reported so far as UN expresses concern about fate of 50,000 civilians still in ISIL-controlled city.

fighters

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