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Turkey: Hundreds detained over alleged links to PKK

State media says more than 800 people have been detained in operations carried out in 37 provinces.

raids

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Syria rebels cast doubt on attending Kazakhstan talks

Accusing Russia of failing to implement ceasefire, rebels say they might attend talks only if progress is seen soon.

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HRW: Syria carried out chemical attacks in Aleppo

Rights group accuses Syria of eight chemical attacks, killing at least nine people during offensive to retake key town.

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Burhan Ozbilici wins 2017 World Press Photo competition

AP photographer Burhan Ozbilici wins 2017 World Press Photo competition for image of Russian ambassador's assassin.

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Syrian government 'ready' for prisoner swap with rebels

State media says Assad government 'continuously ready' for prisoner exchange with rebels before upcoming peace talks.

prisoners

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Bin Nayef receives CIA award for 'counter-terrorism'

Mike Pompeo gives Saudi Crown Prince Muhammed bin Nayef the George Tenet award for his 'counter-terrorism' work.

Mike Pompeo

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Yemenis mark six-year anniversary of uprising

In 2011, protests forced Saleh to quit as president, but hopes have been destroyed by sectarian divisions and conflict.

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Erdogan: Turkish army aims to cleanse Raqqa from ISIL

Turkey will not stop until whole border region is cleared from ISIL, Turkish president says, as troops enter Al Bab.

Turkish army

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GCC nations look to adopt VAT 'within a year'

Six-nation GCC expected to introduce 5 percent value-added tax at the start of 2018, senior UAE financial official says.

GCC states

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Violence grips protest rally in Baghdad

At least five killed during demonstration by Muqtada al-Sadr loyalists demanding overhaul of Iraq's electoral system.

supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr

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