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Iran detains Rouhani's brother on financial charges

Hossein Fereydoun is accused of receiving zero-interest loans and influencing the appointment of a bank director.

Hossein Fereydoun

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Palestinians reject Israel security measures in al-Aqsa

Dozens of worshippers gathered to pray at an entrance to the compound after new measures introduced at holy site.

Al-Aqsa

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Huge Istanbul rally marks failed 2016 coup

Thousands carry Turkish flags while others chant 'we are soldiers of Tayyip [Erdogan]' to mark July 2016 attack.

people have gathered at a massive rally in Istanbul

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Syria talks conclude in Geneva with no breakthrough

UN Syria envoy de Mistura says the Syrian regime has not budged in its unwillingness to discuss political transition.

The conflict in Syria has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives

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Turkey marks one year since failed coup attempt

Ankara declares July 15 a national holiday as President Erdogan leads events marking the defeat of coup plotters.

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Trump: We will have maintain good relations with Qatar

US president confident of maintaining relations despite blockade and has also ruled out moving the airbase from Qatar.

Trump and the Emir of Qatar

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UN calls for release of Bahraini rights campaigner

Nabeel Rajab must be released 'unconditionally and immediately', says UN human rights office.

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Turkey dismisses thousands of police and civil servants

A total of 7,563 people, including police, have been dismissed in the latest purge, the Anadolu news agency reports.

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France calls for lifting of sanctions on Qatar citizens

French Foreign Minister says his country is "very concerned by the sudden deterioration" of the situation in the Gulf.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian

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Ex-mufti says Al-Aqsa closure 'collective punishment'

Clerics and worshipers barred from entering Al-Aqsa mosque compound for second day after gun attack leaves five dead.

Al-Aqsa closure

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