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Syrian rebels and Turkish troops enter ISIL-held Al Bab

Reports say heavy clashes under way in group's last stronghold in northern Syria with Assad forces also approaching it.

Al Bab

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Turkey's Erdogan approves constitutional reform bill

Government says the changes will provide stability, but opponents fear creation of a system without checks and balances.

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Kremlin: Turkey gave target for mistaken Syria strike

Russians say Turkish troops should not have been in building while Turks say they were in the same position for 10 days.

Russian forces

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Palestine writer says can't go home after novel banned

Ramallah-based writer stranded abroad after controversial novel banned and an arrest warrant issued.

Abbad Yahya

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Iranians pour onto streets to mark 1979 revolution

Traditional celebration of US-backed Shah's toppling comes after Donald Trump sparked war of words with Tehran.

march on Friday

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Velayati: US does not dare carry out attack on Iran

Ali Akbar Velayati, adviser to supreme leader, calls US efforts to halt Iran's missile programme 'worthless fantasies'.

Ali Akbar Velayati

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Mahmoud Hussein detained for more than 50 days

Qatar-based network calls for release of Mahmoud Hussein who is detained under conditions that violate human rights.

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Egypt shuts El Nadeem Centre for torture victims

Police seal El Nadeem Centre after two attempts to shut it down claiming the rights group violated terms of its licence.

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Dozens of ISIL fighters killed by Turkish-led forces

Battle for Syrian city of al-Bab intensifies with 58 ISIL fighters killed as rebels and government troops converge.

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Air strike on Gaza Strip tunnel kills two Palestinians

Two dead and five wounded near Gaza-Egypt border after missile slams into a tunnel defying Israeli blockade.

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