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Geneva talks on Syria postponed, Russia says

Russia announces delay in UN-sponsored Syria talks as it hosts opposition politicians in Moscow.

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Taraneh Alidoosti boycotting Oscars over Trump visa ban

Taraneh Alidoosti will not attend Academy Awards whether or not US President Trump's ban includes cultural events.

Taraneh Alidoosti

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Green light for 153 East Jersualem settler homes

Authorities also plan to provide permits for 11,000 settler homes in East Jerusalem amid surge in settlement action.

Israel's settlement expansion

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Bahrain police raid targets cleric's supporters

One man reportedly shot, while another died after being tortured in an early dawn raid in the village of Diraz.

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UN accused of suppressing Middle East report

The UN denies it suppressed a report critical of the way Middle Eastern governments treat their citizens.

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Kuwait hangs seven, including royal, in mass execution

The prisoners were convicted of various offences, including murder, kidnapping and rape.

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UN condemns huge Israeli settlement plan

UN joins EU in denouncing Israeli move, as Palestinians call on more support against illegal settlement activity.

illegal Israeli settlers

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PA threatens to withdraw recognition of Israel

Senior official threatens to withdraw Palestinian Authority's recognition of Israel if US embassy is moved to Jerusalem.

Palestinian demonstrated

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Haider al-Abadi: East Mosul fully liberated from ISIL

Haider al-Abadi says army took back eastern part of city, day after defence ministry retracted earlier claim of victory.

Mosul

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Iraqi forces gear up for anti-ISIL push in west Mosul

Popular Mobilisation 'prepares' to soon launch operation in city's western part, even as fighting continues in the east.

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