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#Qatar criticised for domestic workers' abuse

Amnesty International, the UK-based human-rights group, has accused Qatar for failing to protect migrant domestic workers, saying they are exposed to a greater extent of abuse than construction workers and are trapped by employers.

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Palestinian factions to form unity government

Palestinian leaders in Gaza reach agreement to form a national unity governmentA meeting of Palestinian leaders in Gaza has reached a milestone reconciliation pact that will see rival Palestinian groups form a national consensus government in five weeks - after seven years of operating under separate administrations.

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Palestine warns Israel against talks failure

Peace talks were revived last July after nearly a three-year hiatus [AFP]Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said that Israel must take on Palestinian governance if peace talks with Tel Aviv fail.

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Trial of Al Jazeera journalists resumes

Three Al Jazeera English journalists have appeared in a court in Egypt for a sixth time, accused of spreading news and belonging to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

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US to examine #Syria chlorine-attack claim

The US has indications that a toxic chemical, probably chlorine, was used in Syria this month and is examining whether the Syrian government was responsible, according to the US State Department.

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Rival Palestinian factions to meet in Gaza

The West Bank delegation is expected to meet with Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Tuesday [Reuters]A delegation sent by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is set to arrive in the Gaza Strip for a new round of Palestinian reconciliation talks with rival political faction Hamas.

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#Iran to start cutting petrol subsidies

Iran will start cutting petrol subsidies this week, an official said on Monday, a move that will test President Hassan Rouhani's public support as higher petrol prices add to inflation in a country already squeezed by economic sanctions.

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Saudi Arabia sentences al-Qaeda members to death

A Saudi court has sentenced eight people to death and 77 others to prison on charges related to attacks against expatriate residential compounds in the country's capital more than a decade ago, the official press agency said.

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Dozens killed in #Iraq attacks and bombings

A destroyed vehicle is removed from the site of a car bomb explosion in Suweirah where 12 people died [AFP]Suicide bombings and other attacks across Iraq have killed at least 33 people and wounded another 80, in a surge of violence as the country counts down to parliamentary elections.

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#Bahrain sacks prisons chief after escape

Bahrain's interior minister has ordered the dismissal of the country's prisons chief after two inmates escaped from a main jail, his office said.

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