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#ISIL pushes for control of Iraq's Anbar province

Shia militias and army deployed to stop ISIL advance as calls grow for the US to change its strategy against the group.

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#Israel jails Palestinians for #Facebook comments

Activists say Israeli authorities are "watching social media closely and targeting Palestinians" for online postings.

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Arab coalition jets renew strikes on Houthis in #Yemen

Rebel positions in capital Sanaa, Marib province, and port city of Aden were hit during Friday's strikes.

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Fears mount over fate of Syria's ancient #Palmyra ruins

UNESCO chief says destruction of historical city seized by ISIL would be an "enormous loss to humanity".

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Audio leaks 'show #UAE and #Egypt shipped arms to Haftar'

Latest leaked phone calls appear to show cooperation between the UAE and Egypt to transfer weaponry to Libyan general.

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#ISIL claims responsibility for Saudi mosque attack

At least 19 people are killed after a suicide bomber detonates explosives during Friday prayers in Qatif province.

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Key Syria-Iraq border crossing falls to #ISIL

ISIL fighters capture the last border crossing with Iraq still held by the Syrian government.

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Suicide bomber attacks Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia

At least seven people reportedly killed after attacker detonates explosives during Friday prayers in Qatif province.

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#Yemen-bound Iranian ship reaches Djibouti

Diversion of vessel to African country follows warnings from Saudis which did not want it to proceed to Yemen directly.

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Amnesty criticises #Qatar on migrant labour rights

Rights group says Gulf nation failing workers and says FIFA should pressure Qatar to do more ahead of 2022 World Cup.

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