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Turkey summons Dutch envoy over Rotterdam police action

Notes given to Netherlands criticise the treatment of Turkish ministers and protesters.

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Israel denies entry to prominent British BSD activist

Palestine Solidarity Campaign head Hugh Lanning denied entry over his connection to the boycott movement.

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UNICEF: 2016 was the worst year yet for Syrian children

UN says more Syrian children suffered 'grave violations' in 2016 than in any year since ruinous war began.

Syrian children

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Ahmad Daqamseh freed after killing Israeli schoolgirls

Ahmad Daqamseh opened fire on Israeli schoolgirls on a trip to the Jordan-Israel border in 1997.

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Hardline group in Syria claims deadly Damascus bombings

Rebel alliance formerly affiliated with al-Qaeda said it was behind blasts targeting Shia pilgrims that killed dozens.

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Iraqi general: 30% of west Mosul seized from ISIL

Government troops seized 17 out of 40 western districts of ISIL-held city, Iraqi commander says.

Iraqi forces

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Syria's Bashar al-Assad calls US forces 'invaders'

Syrian president says there could be room for cooperation with US President Donald Trump in the fight against ISIL.

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Donald Trump invites Mahmoud Abbas to White House

White House says US president welcomes his Palestinian counterpart to visit 'in the near future'.

Donald Trump, Mahmoud Abbas

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Iraq's UN envoy: No evidence ISIL used chemical weapons

Mohamed Ali Alhakim's statement over use of toxic agents in Mosul comes week after several were hospitalised.

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Twin bombing kills at least 40 in Damascus' Old City

More than 100 people also wounded after two blasts hit near Shia Muslim sites of worship in the Bab Musalla area.

Syrian soldiers

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