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Rebels to leave Qaboun as army advances in Damascus

Rebels and families will be moved from Qaboun neighbourhood to Idlib province in latest deal with government forces.

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Thunderstorms pelt Oman's mountainous east

A weekend of rain in and around the Hajar Mountains brought the usual traffic disruption and temporary power outages.

Thunderstorms

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Iraqi forces push toward ISIL's 'last pocket' in Mosul

ISIL controls nine percent of war-torn city's west, army official says, as US-backed Iraqi forces seek to evict group.

Iraqi forces

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Archaeologists uncover 17 mummies in central Egypt

The find is the latest in a number of discoveries that officials hope will help revive the struggling tourism industry.

mummies

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West Bank Palestinians vote in local elections

With all major Palestinian factions except Fatah boycotting the local poll, it is effectively a one-party election.

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Bus crash near Turkey's Marmaris kills 23 people

Officials said the bus, carrying mostly women and children, fell 15 metres down a cliff near holiday town of Marmaris.

Marmaris

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GCC rejects formation of Yemen transitional council

Aden's sacked governor al-Zubaidi had formed the council in southern Yemen that was rejected by President Hadi.

Supporters of the separatist Southern Movement

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Jordanian 'attacker' shot dead by Israeli police

Alleged stabber had entered Israel on a tourist visa, according to police, and attacked officer in East Jerusalem area.

East Jerusalem

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Rouhani vows to target all US sanctions if re-elected

Iran's president and five other contenders face off in the final TV debate ahead of next week's election.

The election

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Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces in Nabi Saleh

Saba Nidal Obaid, 20, was shot in the stomach while at demonstrations in support of 1,500 Palestinians on hunger strike.

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