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First phase of Syria evacuations ends after delay

Removal of civilians and fighters from besieged towns ends after 48-hour halt, with prisoners set to be released.

Fighters guard a convoy of buses

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 'disqualified' from Iran elections

State media says clerical body disqualifies former Iranian president from running in May presidential election.

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Qatari hunters kidnapped in Iraq freed after 16 months

Iraqi interior ministry says gunmen have released a Qatari hunting party that includes members of the royal family.

Iraq's Muthanna

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Army accused of extrajudicial killings in leaked video

Footage purportedly shows Egyptian soldiers executing prisoners in Sinai province then staging events.

soldiers executing prisoners

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Assad still possesses chemical weapons: James Mattis

Pentagon chief warns against use of banned munitions as transfer of Syrian evacuees resumes after suicide car bombing.

James Mattis

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Iraqi forces 'make further gains' against ISIL in Mosul

Army commanders say areas west of the Old City have been recaptured and a senior ISIL operative was killed.

people have fled Mosul

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Egypt says air raids kill 19 ISIL fighters in Sinai

Three leaders were among 19 members of Sinai Province group who were killed in air raids, Egyptian military says.

Sinai

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Turkey's Erdogan: Barack Obama deceived us over PKK

Turkish leader says he hopes for stronger ties between Turkey and US under Donald Trump's administration.

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Police targeted near Egypt's St Catherine's Monastery

ISIL claims responsibility for attack near UNESCO World Heritage site in southern Sinai, just days before pope's visit.

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Syria evacuations resume after deadly bomb attack

The reciprocal evacuations from two pro-government villages and two opposition-held towns resumed under tight security.

The evacuation

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