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Thousands more dismissed over failed coup attempt

Another 6,000 people sacked and dozens of associations closed over alleged links to July coup plotters.

police officers

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Bomb kills dozens in northern Syrian city of Azaz

At least 43 people killed and several others wounded in northern stronghold of Turkish-based Syrian rebels.

Azaz

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Israel halts $6m to UN to protest UNSC settlements vote

Announcement comes in reaction to recent UN vote condemning Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories.

Danny Danon

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Erdogan offers citizenship to Syrian and Iraqi refugees

President Erdogan says some refugees who pass screenings will be granted nationality to "make use" of their skills.

refugees

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UN: Wadi Barada water-supply sabotage is a war crime

Syrian forces battle rebels for Wadi Barada valley where damaged infrastructure has cut off water to millions of people.

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Yemeni Guantanamo inmates transferred to Saudi Arabia

Release of four detainees comes despite President-elect Donald Trump's demand for a freeze on transfers.

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Russia 'scaling down' military presence in Syria

Moscow says it has begun the reduction of its Syria deployment with the only Russian aircraft carrier to leave first.

Admiral Kuznetsov

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Egypt frees 2011 uprising activist Ahmed Maher

Ahmed Maher released after three years in prison for attending protest in defiance of law banning public gatherings.

Ahmed Maher

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More than a dozen killed in Baghdad car bomb attacks

At least 17 people killed and 15 others wounded in two separate car bomb blasts in the Iraqi capital.

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Yemen's orphans face 'catastrophe' as fighting rages

The capital's main orphanage may have to close due to lack of funding, forcing hundreds of children onto the streets.

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