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Qatar and Chad restore relations, first since blockade

Qatar and Chad have signed Memorandum of Understanding restoring diplomatic relations.

Chad and Qatar

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Abbas calls for international peace conference at UNSC

Palestinian Authority president calls for 'multilateral mechanism' during his speech at United Nations Security Council.

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Israel jails first asylum seekers refusing deportation

Israel has jailed seven Eritrean asylum seekers after they refused to be deported to Rwanda, human rights groups say.

Protests against Israel's plan

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Hundreds dead in 'relentless bombing' of Eastern Ghouta

At least 27 killed in fresh attacks by Syrian forces, raising the death toll to more than 270 in the past three days.

Eastern Ghouta

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Pro-government fighters move into Syria's Afrin

Convoy of 20 vehicles with dozens of fighters enters the besieged Kurdish-held region but met by Turkish artillery.

Turkish artillery

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Iran officials find wreckage of deadly plane crash

Iranian officials say they have located the site of a plane crash that killed all 65 people on board last week.

the mountainous crash area

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Gonabadi Dervish protest leaves 5 dead in Tehran

More than 300 arrests made after five security forces killed in clashes in Tehran involving Sufi Muslims, reports say.

police officers

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Syrian forces continue bloody offensive in East Ghouta

Residents describe 'catastrophic' scenes as bombardment by regime forces kills over 150 people in the last 48 hours.

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Turkey denies reports Syria will help YPG in Afrin

Turkey says reports Syrian army will aid Kurdish YPG in Afrin are false, adding such a move will be a 'major disaster'.

Syria's Afrin

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Egyptian, Israeli firms sign $15bn natural gas deal

Israel to export $15bn worth of natural gas to Egypt over 10-year period.

Ashdod

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