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Rights groups, reporters decry Israel ban on Al Jazeera

Rights groups, journalists and observers criticise Israel's decision to shut down Al Jazeera's operation in Jerusalem.

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Veteran prosecutor to quit UN Syria human rights probe

Carla del Ponte said a lack of political backing from the UN Security Council had made the job impossible.

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Israel moves to strip Alaa Zayoud of citizenship

Israel takes unprecedented step of revoking Israeli citizenship from 22-year-old Palestinian, Alaa Zayoud.

The Haifa distric

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Jordan's King Abdullah in rare visit to Palestine

Visit comes two weeks since a surge in violence in Jerusalem after Israel installed metal detectors at al-Aqsa Mosque.

King Abdullah II

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Syrian army takes ISIL-held town of al-Sukhna in Homs

Monitor says government troops have taken last ISIL-held town in Homs as army advances towards ISIL strongholds in east.

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Israel moves to close Al Jazeera, ban its journalists

Request made by the country's communication minister targets both the network's Arabic and English channels.

Minister Ayoub Kara

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UN slams 'disregard' for civilians after Yemen strike

At least 12 civilians, including nine from same family, died in Saada province in strikes blamed on Saudi-led coalition.

building destroyed

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Abadi rejects al-Sadr call to dissolve Hashd al-Shaabi

Iraqi PM rules out merging controversial unit with army, a call made by Muqtada al-Sadr following visit to Saudi Arabia.

Hashd al-Shaabi, also known as the Badr militia

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Saada: Saudi-led air strike kills nine family members

Three children and six women who were sleeping at time of attack on family home near Saada killed, with more injured.

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At inauguration Hassan Rouhani urges more talks

Hassan Rouhani calls for upholding of 2015 nuclear deal in the face of new sanctions imposed by US on his country.

Hassan Rouhani

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