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Iran elections: Rouhani allies win parliament poll

Conservative MPs lose majority in parliament for first time since 2004, as reformist and moderates score landslide win.

President Hassan Rouhani

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Iran: Hassan Rouhani's allies set for parliament win

State media say reformists and moderates won 128 seats in 290-member assembly in second round of voting.

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Vote counting under way in Iran's parliamentary runoff

Second round of parliamentary elections will determine outcome of 68 undecided seats, with reformists eyeing gains.

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Syria truce comes into effect but Aleppo excluded

Government agrees to cessation of fighting near Damascus and Latakia but no sign of let up in bombardment of Aleppo.

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Jordan lifts ban on Lebanese rock group Mashrou' Leila

Mashrou' Leila indie band, which sings about religious and sexual freedoms, permitted to perform after online uproar.

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Voting under way in Iran parliamentary runoff

Allies of President Hassan Rouhani seek to make major seat gains in second round after strong showing in first vote.

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Saudi Arabia to pump more oil to meet domestic demand

Output may rise to about 10.5 million barrels per day from average 10.15 but sources say Kingdom will not flood market.

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Aleppo onslaught: New air strikes hit medical facility

Civil defence says clinic in Aleppo hit by air strike, the second time this week a medical facility has been targeted.

Aleppo onslaught

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Syria war: UN aid chief laments 'massive suffering'

UN humanitarian chief laments situation in Syria, where people are facing "appalling" desolation, hunger and starvation.

starvation

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Palestine slams Israel’s rejection of French peace plan

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu says the best way to resolve the conflict is through direct, bilateral negotiations.

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