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Kuwait closes Iran cultural mission, expels diplomats

State news says move relates to the 2015 case of a broken up 'terror' cell that authorities said had contacts with Iran.

Kuwaiti Emir, Hassan Rouhani

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No charges for Saudi woman in viral miniskirt video

Statement says footage of woman walking in public wearing 'immodest clothes' was published without her knowledge.

Saudi woman

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Palestinians clash with Israeli forces outside al-Aqsa

Tensions grow in occupied East Jerusalem after Israel implements new security measures at al-Aqsa compound.

al-Aqsa fighting

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Saudi-led coalition attack kills 20 near Yemen's Taiz

UN 'deeply disappointed' by attack that killed at least 20 civilians who had fled fighting in country's southwest.

Yemen's Taiz

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Saudi-led coalition bars UN, BBC flight to Yemen

Coalition stopped plane leaving Djibouti because it was carrying three BBC journalists, aviation officials say.

The Saudi-led coalition controls the airspace

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US hits Iran with new economic sanctions

At least 16 individuals and entities targeted for backing 'illicit Iranian actors or transnational criminal activity'.

US is targeting Iran

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Protest calls grow as Israel tightens grip on al-Aqsa

Fatah calls on Palestinians to boycott holy mosque as heightened security measures are feared to be signs of a takeover.

Israel has installed metal detectors outside al-Aqsa

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Turkey arrests six human rights activists

Amnesty International director among the six jailed for 'helping an armed terrorist organisation'.

Idil Eser, the director of Amnesty International’s Turkey branch

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Egypt vows to maintain sanctions on Qatar

Blockade against Qatar will end only if Doha complies with list of demands, Egyptian FM tells Kuwaiti counterpart.

Sisi

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Air strikes hit Syria's Raqqa as ISIL defend stronghold

Fatalities reported among warring Kurdish-led group and ISIL fighters as heavy bombardment shakes Old City.

Raqqa

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