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Saudi Arabia strips religious police of arresting power

New cabinet decision orders religious officers to report violators to police or drug squad unit.

religious police

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Jordan closes Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Amman

Security services searched and evacuated the building before sealing off the entrance with red wax.

Muslim Brotherhood's office in Amman

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Surge of clashes in Syria on eve of Geneva peace talks

Fresh offensive by Assad forces may break down truce, which has largely been holding since February.

Aleppo

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Suicide bomber targets young men in Yemen's Aden

Suicide attacker sets off explosives belt during ceasefire and before peace talks, killing at least four people.

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Syrian children in Lebanon forced to work: report

Children made to work for little or no pay, many of them in dangerous conditions, according to anti-slavery experts.

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Blast kills Palestinian official in Lebanon

Fathi Zaydan, official responsible for the Palestinian camp of Mieh Mieh in Sidon, was killed while leaving a meeting.

Lebanon city of Sidon

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UN envoy: Yemen truce first step in return to peace

Special envoy Ahmed Ismail Ould Cheikh says now is time to step back from the brink and rebuild the war-torn country.

Yemen truce

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Yemeni truce begins amid reports of clashes

Warring sides say they will observe ceasefire despite reports of pockets of fighting in hours leading up to it.

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Iran receives advanced missile system from Russia

Iran Foreign Ministry confirms receipt of S-300 long-range, surface-to-air missile as part of first batch of the deal.

Jaber Ansari

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Egypt to give Saudi Arabia two Red Sea islands

Egypt announces that the strategically-important islands of Tiran and Sanafir are in Saudi territorial waters.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman, Sisi

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