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Egypt's Abdel Fattah el-Sisi visits Saudi Arabia

Egyptian president heads to Riyadh for meeting aimed at 'bolstering strategic relations' between the two powers.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

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Qatar hunters held captive for 16 months express relief

Two men abducted while hunting in southern Iraq relish their new-found freedom as they return home.

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ISIL attacks police station near Mosul

Fighters target police base in Hamam al-Alil, south of Mosul, killing at least one police officer, Iraqi officials say.

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Deadly Israeli strikes target Syria's Quneitra province

Deaths of fighters reported as government positions in Golan Heights are targeted for second time in recent days.

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Human Rights Watch calls for end to Egypt military aid

US and others urged to cut military aid to Egypt after video of apparent summary executions surfaces.

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Government forces advance against rebels north of Hama

Government forces retake the town of Halfaya near Hama city and push deeper into rebel-held areas of Damascus.

Hama

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Activists ramp up pressure on Lebanon's rape law

Calls increase for the repeal of controversial law allowing rapists to avoid punishment if they marry their victims.

Lebanon's rape law

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US defence secretary visits Qatar to 'reinforce' ties

ISIL, Syria's war, and Iran's regional role expected to top the agenda of Pentagon chief's meeting with Qatar's Emir.

Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani

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Israeli settlers attack activists in the West Bank

Video shows masked men approaching and attacking a group of activists accompanying Palestinian shepherds.

Israeli settlers

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First phase of Syria evacuations ends after delay

Removal of civilians and fighters from besieged towns ends after 48-hour halt, with prisoners set to be released.

Fighters guard a convoy of buses

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