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Syrian government doubles territory under its control

Russia says Syrian government forces have seized thousands of square kilometres from ISIL in the centre of the country.

Homs province

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Unrest in Saudi Arabia town displaces thousands

Local activists say thousands removed against their will from Awamiya during security operation in mostly Shia town.

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Saudi Arabia 'seeks Iraq's help' to mend ties with Iran

Iraqi PM reportedly asked to lead Saudi mediation with Iran, which has welcomed initiative, according to TV station.

Salman

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Seven White Helmets medics killed in Syria's Idlib

Armed attackers stormed the Sarmin office of the Syrian paramedic group that is active in opposition-controlled areas.

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Saudi Arabia and UAE 'tried to host' Taliban first

Fighter turned mediator dismisses Saudi bloc's criticism of Qatar for hosting Afghan group's office as 'bewildering'.

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Iran boosts budget for missiles, Revolutionary Guards

Citing recent US sanctions and 'adventurism', Tehran plans to bolster its ballistic missile system as tensions rise.

Tehran's ballistic missile programme

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World's oldest man and Holocaust survivor dies at 113

Israel Kristal's wife and two children were killed by the Nazis in Auschwitz during World War II.

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Yemen's blood bank faces threat of closure within days

War-torn country may be hit by new humanitarian disaster as depleted blood bank treats some 3,000 Yemenis a month.

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UN rules out taking control of Sanaa airport

World body puts responsibility for protection of civilians and their access to aid on the parties to the conflict.

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Rights groups question Palestine's electronic crime law

Anyone found guilty of acts online that disturb 'social harmony' faces up to 15 years of hard labour under the new law.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

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Thousands flee ahead of Tal Afar ground invasion

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UN demands more humanitarian access to Yemen

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UN: Saudi coalition attacks kill many children in Yemen

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Ibrahim Halawa enters fifth year in Egyptian prison

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Yemen's Houthi rebels arrest activist Hisham al-Omeisy

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Saudi King Salman invites Qatar pilgrims to Hajj

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