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Netanyahu spurned secret peace offer: Ex-officials

Benjamin Netanyahu turned down regional peace initiative last year brokered by John Kerry, former US officials confirm.

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Iraqi forces push into ISIL-held southern Mosul

Troops backed by jets battle their way to Mosul airport, as US defence chief arrives in Baghdad on unannounced visit.

Iraqi rapid response

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Global arms sales surge driven by Middle East demand

Major Middle East arms imports jumped by 86 percent between 2012 and 2016, double from the previous five-year period.

Bell AH-1W Super Cobra

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Erdogan 'assassination plot' trial begins in Mugla

Trial of 47 people accused of plotting to kill President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has begun in the southern city of Mugla.

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Iran accused of undermining Middle East security

Foreign minister backs dialogue with 'brothers in Islam' but Saudi counterpart urges 'red lines' to halt Iran's actions.

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Syria's 'White Helmets' makers get US visas for Oscars

Leader of rescue group and filmmaker plan to attend Academy Awards next week after suspension of Trump's travel ban.

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Iraqi government launches offensive on west Mosul

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announces start of attempt to take ISIL's last major urban territory in Iraq.

west Mosul

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Kurds pledge to fight Turkey to retain Syria's Manbij

Turkish president's plan to clear Kurdish forces from Syrian city and set up a safe zone elicits Kurdish defiance.

Adnan Abu Amjad

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Explosion hits Viransehir in Turkey's southeast

Car bomb kills at least three-year-old child and wounds 15 people in Viransehir, according to local governor.

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Fighting intensifies in Syria's Deraa

Heavy Russian attacks reported after rebels try to obstruct Syrian government bid to retake strategic border crossing.

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