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Ancient pharaoh statues uncovered in Cairo mud pit

The relics, found by a team of Egyptian and German archaeologists, date back more than 3,000 years.

Cairo mud pit

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US deploys heavily armed marines to Syria

Several hundred marines sent to prepare for battle to push ISIL out of its de facto capital, Raqqa, in country's north.

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Suspected coalition raids 'kill 23 civilians' in Syria

Fighter jets believed to belong to the US-led coalition killed dozens in air raids on ISIL-held village, monitor says.

air raids 

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Suicide bomb blasts hit wedding near Iraq's Tikrit

Suicide bomb explosions target wedding ceremony in a village near the Iraqi city of Tikrit, officials say.

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Muting mosque bill gets initial thumbs up in Israel

Racism accusations as legislation to muffle calls to prayer in Israel and occupied East Jerusalem wins first backing.

al-Aqsa mosque

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Forces claim gains in battle for Mosul's Old City

Troops claim control of main government offices and museum in ongoing assault on ISIL's last remaining urban stronghold.

The battle for Mosul

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Turkey, Russia, US army chiefs discuss anti-ISIL steps

Top generals discuss developments in Syria and Iraq amid rising tensions in northern Syria over US-backed Kurdish force.

The generals

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Palestinians protest against Basil Araj's killing

Politician calls Basil Araj's death 'assassination', day after incident in Ramallah which also injured two Palestinians.

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Iraqi forces claim capture of Mosul bridge

Announcement, which some dispute, comes as forces continue offensive against ISIL from western side of the Tigris River.

displaced

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SDF forces 'cut key road' out of ISIL-held Raqqa

Major progress claimed in push to seize ISIL's de-facto capital along with the destruction of Euphrates River bridges.

Raqqa

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