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Iraq's UN envoy: No evidence ISIL used chemical weapons

Mohamed Ali Alhakim's statement over use of toxic agents in Mosul comes week after several were hospitalised.

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Twin bombing kills at least 40 in Damascus' Old City

More than 100 people also wounded after two blasts hit near Shia Muslim sites of worship in the Bab Musalla area.

Syrian soldiers

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Putin and Erdogan vow cooperation to help end Syria war

Russian leader cautiously optimistic on Syria peace deal, hails Ankara's 'exceptional cooperation' in keeping truce.

Putin and Erdogan

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Putin-Netanyahu meeting focuses on Iran's role in Syria

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu warns Russian President Vladimir Putin over Iranian influence in war-torn Syria.

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Ancient pharaoh statues uncovered in Cairo mud pit

The relics, found by a team of Egyptian and German archaeologists, date back more than 3,000 years.

Cairo mud pit

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US deploys heavily armed marines to Syria

Several hundred marines sent to prepare for battle to push ISIL out of its de facto capital, Raqqa, in country's north.

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Suspected coalition raids 'kill 23 civilians' in Syria

Fighter jets believed to belong to the US-led coalition killed dozens in air raids on ISIL-held village, monitor says.

air raids 

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Suicide bomb blasts hit wedding near Iraq's Tikrit

Suicide bomb explosions target wedding ceremony in a village near the Iraqi city of Tikrit, officials say.

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Muting mosque bill gets initial thumbs up in Israel

Racism accusations as legislation to muffle calls to prayer in Israel and occupied East Jerusalem wins first backing.

al-Aqsa mosque

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Forces claim gains in battle for Mosul's Old City

Troops claim control of main government offices and museum in ongoing assault on ISIL's last remaining urban stronghold.

The battle for Mosul

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