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Hundreds killed in ISIL attacks in southwest Syria: state media

Health authority says up to 215 killed in attacks as government forces seek to wrest territory from rebels in the south.

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Beauty brands ban Kuwaiti blogger over comments on Filipino maids

Beauty blogger Sondos Qattan doubles down on initial comments on Kuwaiti law that grants Filipino workers more rights.

Sondos al-Qattan

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Turkey-Israel war of words as Erdogan slams 'nation-state' law

Bilateral relations soured again since Israel's killing of Palestinian protesters along Gaza border.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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Israel shoots down Syrian fighter jet over Golan Heights

Israeli army says two Patriot missiles 'intercepted' a Syrian Sukhoi jet after it allegedly entered occupied territory.

Syrian fighter jet

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UK acting agency offered people $25 to attend anti-Qatar protest

UK firm now says it won't be involved 'in such a project', referring to planned protest against Qatari emir in London.

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Israel partially lifts limitations on Gaza goods crossing

Move comes after urgent warnings from UN officials that emergency fuel supplies running low in the besieged enclave.

Kerem Shalom crossing

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UN's top court rules UAE blockade violated Qataris' rights

International Court of Justice rules in discrimination case brought by Doha against the United Arab Emirates.

blockade

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Government forces close on last rebel group in southwestern Syria

Russians hold 'urgent' talks with PM Benjamin Netanyahu as tensions heighten along the Israeli occupied Golan Heights.

Golan Heights

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Iraq: Deadly standoff in Erbil governorate building ends

Two gunmen dead and third wounded attacker taken into custody after security forces confront the assailants.

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Israeli army kills Palestinian teen in Bethlehem raid

Israeli forces shot a 15-year-old in the chest and rounded up 11 others during an overnight raid in occupied West Bank.

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