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Thousands flee as air strikes hit ISIL-held Tal Afar

Iraqi and coalition planes step up air raids ahead of a ground offensive to drive out ISIL from town west of Mosul.

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Lebanon scraps controversial rape law after campaign

Parliament abolishes contentious 1940s law that allows rapists to marry their victims in order to avoid jail sentence.

'marry the rapist'

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Saudi Arabia to reopen border with Iraq after 27 years

Arar crossing to reopen for transportation of goods after Riyadh establishes joint trade commission with Baghdad.

The border was closed after Baghdad and Riyadh

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Rare August thunderstorms hit Doha

Rain fell at a time of year that is normally bone dry.

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UN: Nearly 50,000 stranded at Jordan-Syria border

Groups of mostly women and children stuck in increasingly unsafe area where air attacks were reported in last few days.

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Italy to return envoy to Cairo, ending Regeni standoff

The murder of Italian graduate student Giulio Regeni led the Italian government to recall its envoy in April 2016.

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Central Bank: Saudi coalition starving Yemen of cash

Central Bank head says ban on flights bringing in newly printed currency notes from Russia 'strangling the economy'.

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Iran could quit nuclear deal if new sanctions imposed

Iranian leader describes his US counterpart Donald Trump as 'not a good partner' after US imposed new sanctions.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

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Saudi Crown Prince MBS 'wants out' of Yemen war

Leaked emails show Mohammed bin Salman expressing desire to end conflict during talks with former US officials.

Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

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Egypt extends detention of Al Jazeera's Mahmoud Hussein

Detention of Al Jazeera journalist renewed for seventh time since he was arrested on December 20.

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