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#Iran convicts Ahmadinejad's vice president

Mohammad Reza RahimiMohammad Reza Rahimi, Iran's first vice president under former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has been sentenced to prison and fined.

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#Israel seizes 400 hectares of West Bank land

West BankThe United States has urged Israel to reverse its decision to seize nearly 400 hectares of land in the occupied West Bank, a move anti-settlement activists termed the largest land grab in 30 years.

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Call for Houthi civil disobedience in #Yemen

Defying calls by the UN Security Council to end hostilities against the Yemeni government, a Houthi tribal leader has urged supporters to wage a campaign of civil disobedience until their demands are met.

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#Bahrain arrests top human rights activist

Maryam al-Khawaja

The prominent Bahrain human rights activist and critic of the ruling family, Maryam al-Khawaja, has been arrested by authorities on her arrival at the Gulf state's airport.

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Syrian rebels release Lebanese soldiers

Four soldiers and a police officer kidnapped in the east of Lebanon nearly a month ago have been freed by the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda.

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US jets target IS positions in #Iraq

The US military has attacked Islamic State positions in the besieged northern Iraqi town of Amerli and airdropped humanitarian aid to civilians trapped there, the Pentagon has said.

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#Iran says new US sanctions 'deepen' mistrust

Hassan Rouhani, Iran's president, has denounced the new round of US sanctions linked to the country's nuclear activities, saying mistrust has been "further deepened" by the new measures.

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Gulf states fail to resolve diplomatic rift

Gulf Arab foreign ministers have failed to resolve a diplomatic rift that is undermining their ability collectively to influence Middle East events.

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#Iraq breaks Islamic State siege of Amerli

Islamic State siege of AmerliGovernment forces mainly composed of Kurdish peshmerga fighters and armed volunteers have broken through the Islamic State group siege on the town of Amerli located between Baghdad, and the northern city of Kirkuk, sources say.

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UN soldiers escape siege by #Syria rebels

UN forcesTwo groups of UN peacekeepers have evaded capture by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, military sources have said, after one group was rescued and another slipped away from their besieged position.

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