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Beirut: Birds drawn by rubbish pose 'danger' to flights

Transport minister says the capital is facing an 'emergency' with mounting rubbish posing a real threat to flights.

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Syria's war: Astana peace talks 'set for January 23'

Russia reportedly confirms date for upcoming Syria negotiations in Kazakhstan's capital amid concerns over participants.

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Syria rebels deny deal with government on water supply

The damage to water infrastructure supplying Damascus has left some 5.5 million people without water.

The water supply to Damascus

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Abadi: Iraq-Turkey relations 'can't move forward'

State TV quotes Iraqi PM as renewing his demand that Turkish forces leave Bashiqa camp near Mosul.

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Army offensive tightens noose on rebel-held Douma

Health workers in rebel-held Damascus suburb say daily attacks by Syrian troops are stretching them to the limit.

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Israeli army kills Palestinian in West Bank Faraa camp

Soldiers raided the Faraa refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, shooting dead one Palestinian and arresting three.

Israeli soldiers

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Police kill attacker in Turkey's Gaziantep

Local news reports say clashes erupt in front of city's police station, with suicide bomber shot dead during attack.

Gaziantep

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Thousands gather for Rafsanjani's funeral in Tehran

Iranians pour out on the streets as Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who served as president from 1989 to 1997, to be buried.

Rafsanjani's funeral

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US troops 'kill dozens of ISIL fighters' in Syria raid

Coalition official confirms US soldiers carried out operation against armed group in eastern province of Deir Az Zor.

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Abbas warns Trump not to move US embassy to Jerusalem

Palestinian leader tells US president-elect that a relocation would have a "disastrous impact on the peace process".

Donald Trump

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