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Ethnic Uzbek leader Abdul Rashid Dostum has been in self-imposed exile from Afghanistan since last year, when he was accused of being behind the rape and torture of a rival.

The UN chief urged both sides "to step back from the brink" of a conflict after a seven-hour Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip.

Israel breaks ceasefire with Hamas, bombs besieged Gaza

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Israel breaks ceasefire with Hamas, bombs besieged Gaza

Israel has broken an Egyptian-UN brokered ceasefire hours after it was announced and bombed eastern Gaza on Saturday.

France, Russia send first joint humanitarian aid to Syria

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France, Russia send first joint humanitarian aid to Syria

A Russian military cargo plane carrying 50 tons of medical aid and humanitarian supplies as part of a joint French-Russian initiative left ...

Moscow suggests cooperation with US on returning Syrian refugees

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Moscow suggests cooperation with US on returning Syrian refugees

Russia, a staunch backer of the brutal Assad regime, has put forward plans to the US to return Syrian refugees to their war-torn home.

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Palestinian toll climbs as Israel unleashes strikes across Gaza

At least four Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in a fresh round of attacks on the besieged enclave.

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Gaza kites and balloons trigger tension

Israel feels threatened by incendiary balloons floated over Gaza's border fence and has retaliated with lethal force, reports Rami Almeghari.

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Two Palestinians killed by Israeli fire amid fresh protests

The Israeli military said it struck targets "throughout the Gaza Strip".

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New Jordanian government wins vote of confidence

Jordan's House of Representatives has endorsed the new government formed after mass anti-austerity protests.

Iraqi government 'disabled internet during <em>protests</em> to cover-up abuses'

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Iraqi government 'disabled internet during protests to cover-up abuses'

Protesters in Iraq have accused authorities of deliberately cutting internet access before security forces attack and open fire on them to ...

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Palestinian killed in Israeli strike on Gaza

Three other people were wounded in the attack east of Rafah, Gaza's health ministry said.

Marginalisation drives Tunisians to migrant boats

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Marginalisation drives Tunisians to migrant boats

In-depth: A worsening economy and frustration among civilians drives more Tunisians from the marginalised interior towards irregular migration, ...

The Iraq Report: Basra's fury spreads to Baghdad

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The Iraq Report: Basra's fury spreads to Baghdad

Our weekly round-up of events in Iraq this week includes a look into the causes of the most recent unrest, while Iraqi officials get sent to ...

Turkey state of emergency expires after two-year crackdown

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Turkey state of emergency expires after two-year crackdown

Opposition activists warn of increasing authoritarianism in Turkey despite the country's emergency law coming to an end.

Regime-ally Russia offers to 'help' Syrian refugees return

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Regime-ally Russia offers to 'help' Syrian refugees return

After bolstering Assad's firepower against the Syrian people, Russia has offered to help refugees return to the homes that it took part in ...

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Riyadh releases Egyptian 'drug-mule granny' after 4 month ordeal

An Egyptian grandmother, who was duped into smuggling drugs while attempting to perform the lesser pilgrimage to Mecca, will return home after a four month ordeal in Saudi Arabia.

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Racism in German housing market drives refugees to scammers

Investigation: People with Arab-sounding names are being shunned by major real estate firms, leaving them vulnerable to unscrupulous 'brokers', ...

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HRW slams Morocco over journalist's 3-year jail term

Hamid el Mahdaoui was sentenced in June for "not denouncing" attempts to harm state security

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Egypt 'pressures Hamas' to stop sending fire-kites from Gaza

Egypt has reportedly pressured Gaza's Hamas rulers to prevent incendiary kites and balloons from being launched into Israel.

Jordan hints at restoring Qatar relations after aid package

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Jordan hints at restoring Qatar relations after aid package

Jordan's minister of labour has described the relationship between Amman and Qatar as being "good", signalling a likely return of normal ...

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Assad regime strikes rebel-held Nawa in southern Syria

The Syrian regime launched intensive airstrikes on the city of Nawa in the southern Daraa province late on Tuesday, with reports of multiple ...

UK arms sales to human rights abusers 'almost double'

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UK arms sales to human rights abusers 'almost double'

Arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel and Bahrain "fuel atrocities for years to come", campaigners said.

Egypt IS cell 'planned to assassinate Sisi in Mecca'

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Egypt IS cell 'planned to assassinate Sisi in Mecca'

Egypt’s military court heard the trial of 292 detainees accused of forming 22 armed cells belonging to the Islamic State group’s Sinai branch on ...

Protesters demand scholar Tariq Ramadan's release ahead of trial

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Protesters demand scholar Tariq Ramadan's release ahead of trial

Protesters have gathered outside French embassies and consulates around the world to express solidarity with detained Muslim academic Tariq ...

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