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Saudi Arabia, Iran trade blame over failed Hajj talks

Officials blame each other over talks' failure that may see Iran's Muslims miss out on annual pilgrimage.

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Suicide and gun attacks kill at least 16 in Iraq

At least four security personnel killed hours after 12 people were gunned down at cafe in the town of Balad.

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Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddin killed in Syria

Lebanese Shia group says one of its highest-ranking officials Mustafa Badreddine killed in an air strike in Syria.

Mustafa Badreddin

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UN panel warns against 'excessive force' by Israel

Panel against torture voices grave concerns that solitary confinement can be applied to minors.

Israeli administrative detention

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Report: Rebels may have used chemical weapons in Aleppo

Amnesty International report says rebels may have used chemical weapons and "hell cannon" rockets.

Aleppo

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Arrests made over Turkey car bomb attack

The blast went off near a military base in Istanbul, wounding at least seven people.

Istanbul

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Benjamin Netanyahu ridiculed in Twitter Q&A

Question and answer session with Israeli prime minister draws criticism and ridicule over policies against Palestinians.

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Air strikes target Syria's Aleppo after truce expires

Syrian regime warplanes aided by Russian jets bomb several rebel-held areas in northern Aleppo province.

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Iraq humanitarian crisis 'one of the world's worst'

More than 10 million Iraqis are in need of immediate humanitarian aid, according to UN estimates.

Iraqis internally displaced

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Over 8 million people displaced by conflict in 2015

Wars and natural disasters jointly accounted for total of 27.8 million new internally displaced people last year alone.

displaced

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