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Syrian government 'ready' for prisoner swap with rebels

State media says Assad government 'continuously ready' for prisoner exchange with rebels before upcoming peace talks.

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Bin Nayef receives CIA award for 'counter-terrorism'

Mike Pompeo gives Saudi Crown Prince Muhammed bin Nayef the George Tenet award for his 'counter-terrorism' work.

Mike Pompeo

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Yemenis mark six-year anniversary of uprising

In 2011, protests forced Saleh to quit as president, but hopes have been destroyed by sectarian divisions and conflict.

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Erdogan: Turkish army aims to cleanse Raqqa from ISIL

Turkey will not stop until whole border region is cleared from ISIL, Turkish president says, as troops enter Al Bab.

Turkish army

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GCC nations look to adopt VAT 'within a year'

Six-nation GCC expected to introduce 5 percent value-added tax at the start of 2018, senior UAE financial official says.

GCC states

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Violence grips protest rally in Baghdad

At least five killed during demonstration by Muqtada al-Sadr loyalists demanding overhaul of Iraq's electoral system.

supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr

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Syrian rebels and Turkish troops enter ISIL-held Al Bab

Reports say heavy clashes under way in group's last stronghold in northern Syria with Assad forces also approaching it.

Al Bab

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Turkey's Erdogan approves constitutional reform bill

Government says the changes will provide stability, but opponents fear creation of a system without checks and balances.

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Kremlin: Turkey gave target for mistaken Syria strike

Russians say Turkish troops should not have been in building while Turks say they were in the same position for 10 days.

Russian forces

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Palestine writer says can't go home after novel banned

Ramallah-based writer stranded abroad after controversial novel banned and an arrest warrant issued.

Abbad Yahya

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