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CIA did not end Syria rebel support 'to appease Russia'

Senior US army official says decision was 'tough' but not related to Syria ally Russia, as previous reports claimed.

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Al-Aqsa: UN slams Israel killings of young Palestinians

UN chief calls for probe into deaths of two teenagers and young man as tension grows over al-Aqsa restrictions.

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UAE restores Qatar's BeIN sports network back on air

Providers and subscribers report reinstatement of BeIN channels in the UAE over a month after authorities banned it.

Qatar's BeIN sports

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Hezbollah makes gains in Syria-Lebanon border assault

Pro-Assad forces capture several strategic hills on second day of assault to drive rebels from the border, say reports.

The Lebanese army

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Egypt sentences 28 to death over top prosecutor killing

Court hands death sentences to 28 and jails 38 others over the killing of Hisham Barakat in 2015.

Egyptian court

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Iran accuses US of nuclear deal 'sabotage'

Senior Iranian official vents anger over fresh US sanctions which it says violates terms of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Abbas Aragchi, Iranian deputy foreign minister

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Israelis dead in occupied West Bank stabbing attack

At least three Israelis dead in West Bank settlement of Neve Tsuf in knife attack, Israeli radio says.

At least three Israelis have been stabbed to death

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Mahmoud Abbas freezes contact with Israel over al-Aqsa

President Mahmoud Abbas' move follows deadly clashes that left three Palestinians dead and hundreds more wounded.

Mahmoud Abbas

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Sheikh Tamim: Any talks must respect Qatar sovereignty

Qatar's emir expresses readiness for dialogue but says any solution to the Gulf crisis must respect Qatar's sovereignty.

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani

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Rights group wants monitors to look into Qatar blockade

Brussels-based rights group says 'siege' is against principle of non-interference in other country's internal affairs.

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