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Blasts strike Baghdad days into Ramadan, killing 27

Two attacks in the space of 12 hours roil Iraqi capital, with ISIL claim of first explosion at a busy ice cream parlour.

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Baghdad: Car bomb hits Karrada ice cream shop, 15 dead

ISIL car bomb also wounds at least 30 people as they gathered to enjoy a Ramadan evening after breaking their fast.

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Amnesty condemns activist deportation to Saudi Arabia

Qatar said the deportation took place on May 24 and was based on legal procedures and regional agreements.

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Egypt's Sisi approves controversial NGO law

The bill restricts NGO activity to developmental and social work and introduces jail terms for non-compliance.

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Civilian death toll rises in Syria's Raqqa

Deadly air strikes continue to target Raqqa city, monitoring group says, as thousands continue to flee the fighting.

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Millions of Yemenis face hunger during Ramadan

At least 17 million people suffer food shortages in what the UN calls the world's largest humanitarian crisis.

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Egypt blocks financial newspaper website

Access to prominent financial newspaper, Al-Boursa, denied days after 21 other sites were blocked by authorities.

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Palestinian judge bans divorce during Ramadan

Judge says fasting and ban on cigarettes tend to lead to frayed tempers and sharp tongues that are later regretted.

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Mosul: Iraqi forces press ahead in Old City push

As humanitarian concerns over Mosul civilians grow, Iraqi forces close in on ISIL positions despite strong resistance.

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Warplanes carry out new strikes on Libya's Derna

Fresh strikes come days after Egypt attacked camps in city of Derna, in response to killing of Egyptian Christians.

Egyptian air force

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