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Demands by Saudi-led Arab states for Qatar include shuttering Al Jazeera

An official from the United Arab Emirates condemned the leak of the demands, calling it an “attempt to undermine serious mediation.”  

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Taliban attacks key Afghan police base, killing at least five officers

The assault began with a suicide car bomb outside the base just before the start of the morning’s rush hour.

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U.S.-led airstrikes on Syria’s Raqqa cause ‘staggering’ civilian deaths, U.N. says  

As ground forces advance, airstrikes intensify, and residents trapped in the city suffer the consequences, an official said.

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Saudis 'foil suicide attack' on Mecca's Grand Mosque

Officials say a suicide bomber blew himself up when security forces surrounded the house he was in.

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Awkward questions

A guide on how to deal with "uncomfortable questions" during family gatherings after Ramadan.

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Arab Nations Demand Qatar Shut Al Jazeera, Cut Islamist Ties and Detail Funding

The demands risked pulling other powers deeper into the rift by calling on the country to shut down a Turkish military base and to downgrade its ties ...

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Loose Definition of Terrorism Upends a Syrian Asylum Seeker’s Life

Radwan Ziadeh, a dissident who faced persecution in Syria, has been denied asylum because of a measure that targets even groups the United States supports.

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Fears Grow That U.S. Is Inching Toward Bigger Role in Syria War

Recently the United States has shot down a Syrian warplane, came close to shooting another and downed two Iranian-made drones that were nearing American-backed troops.

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Beatings, shocks and ‘the grill’: Reports allege torture in secret prisons run by United Arab Emirates in Yemen

One report, by the Associated Press, also found that U.S. forces participated in interrogations of prisoners in Yemen.

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Gaza is running perilously short of power. This time, it’s not all Israel’s fault.

Israel says the Palestinian Authority is starving Hamas and the coastal enclave of electricity. 

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Mosul’s Old City waits for salvation amid ‘death, death, death’ 

In the last square mile the Islamic State controls, residents are bracing for the militants’ last stand.

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Dozens of Islamic State militants in suicide vests launch major Mosul counterattack 

The militants were supported by “sleeper cells” and backed by car bombs.

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How the showdown over Qatar is ripping families apart

Many in the region have parents with different citizenship. They now face difficult decisions.

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U.S.-backed forces battle ISIS around the edges of Raqqa’s Old City

Syrian Democratic Forces have made swift progress, but rights groups worry about civilians still trapped in the city.

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Qatari capital brims with fear, uncertainty and resilience as Arab crisis intensifies

In Doha, food shortages and split families are among the “unintended consequences” of the dispute between Qatar and a Saudi-led bloc.

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Battle for Raqqa

The BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse is one of the first reporters to reach the de-facto IS capital Raqqa.

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After Mosul

Although IS is close to losing Mosul, the jihadist group still controls a number of Iraqi towns.

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Israeli airline El Al banned from asking women to switch seats

Female passengers can't be asked to switch seats at request of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men, says court.

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Gaza's only power plant resumes after Egypt fuel delivery

Residents will still only get four hours of electricity a day, as Gaza's power crisis continues.

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New details on how US downed Syrian jet

CNN has learned new details of Sunday's rare air-to-air encounter between a Syrian Su-22 fighter and two US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornets in the skies ...

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ISIS Destroys Al Nuri Mosque, Another Loss for Mosul

The episode is a blow to the city’s cultural heritage and its plethora of ancient sites that have been damaged or destroyed during three years of ...

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Iraqi forces fight their way into the narrow streets of Mosul’s historic center

Intense gunbattles broke out in the Islamic State’s last redoubt.

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U.S.-backed Syrian fighters reach Old City walls in ISIS-held Raqqa

ISIS calls for attacks on Europe, U.S., Russia, Middle East, Asia during Ramadan.

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Trump seems to undercut Tillerson’s remarks on Qatar

The secretary of state had called on a Saudi-led bloc of Arab nations to ease their blockade on Qatar.

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Thirteen days in the history of the accused leader of the Benghazi attacks

Secret boats, a special warship cell and diplomacy figured in the capture of Abu Khattala, a court hears.

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Saudi king names son as new crown prince, upending the royal succession

The surprise move could have with deep ramifications for the monarchy and the broader Middle East.

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