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Australia halts Syria air strikes after Russia warning

Suspension is 'precautionary measure' amid rising tensions between Russia and US over downing of a Syrian jet.

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Iraqi troops encircle Mosul's Old City

Baghdad says troops have completely surrounded the ISIL stronghold after months of deadly fighting.

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Kurdish and French reporters killed in Mosul explosion

Landmine blast in war-torn Iraqi city kills Kurdish reporter Bakhtiyar Addad and French journalist Stephan Villeneuve.

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EU's Mogherini urges de-escalation of Qatar-Gulf rift

EU Foreign Affairs head Federica Mogherini says region already dangerous enough, warning of conflict spill-overs.

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Tillerson's 'transition' remarks prompt protest in Iran

Iran condemns top US diplomat's suggestion of support for "peaceful transition" of government in Tehran.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

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EU: Saada bombing shows civilians bear brunt of war

Death of at least 20 in Saudi coalition attack on market is a stark reminder that civilians bear brunt of war, says EU.

Saada bombing

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Syrian regime forces resume bombardment of Deraa

Airstrikes and artillery shells hit rebel-held areas of the city after a two-day ceasefire expired, rights group says.

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This is how the Gulf crisis played out online

A breakdown of the different social media reactions to the Qatar-GCC rift.

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Israeli settlement building soars in West Bank

Israeli data shows work began on 2,758 dwellings between April 2016 and March 2017, compared with 1,619 the year before.

East Jerusalem

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Iran denies Saudi claim of Revolutionary Guards' arrest

Riyadh says Revolutionary Guard members, aboard "explosive-laden" boat, were apprehended near oil platform in the Gulf.

Iran, Saudi Arabia

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