Washington Post /
Tillerson urges Qatar and the Gulf states to negotiate an end to their rift

The U.S. secretary of state said a list of 13 demands included some that would be “very difficult” for Qatar to meet.

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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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Israeli cabinet ‘freezes’ plan to create egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall

Disappointed with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, liberal Jews vow to keep fighting for a mixed-gender area at the site. 

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U.S. risks further battles as it steps deeper into Syrian quagmire 

Tensions soar in 24-hour period that sees U.S. shoot down Syrian jet and Iranian strikes against ISIS in Syria.

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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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Ethiopia asks for extension of Saudi amnesty deadline

Ethiopia asks Saudi Arabia for an extension of its visa amnesty for illegal migrants so more can leave.

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ISIS blows up historic mosque in Mosul, Iraqi military says

The Great Mosque of al-Nuri is the latest casualty in the war to wrest the city from the militant group.

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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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On first trip as envoy, Kushner wades into the Israel and Palestinian conflict 

Trump’s son-in-law leads a mission to see whether peace talks can be restarted. 

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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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How a 91-year-old imam came to symbolize the feud between Qatar and its neighbors

This hard-line cleric has riled neighbors for years. Will Qatar be forced to shut him down?

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Airstrike on ISIS Prison in Syria Kills Dozens, Activists Say

Syrian activists said the military coalition led by the United States destroyed a house that had been turned into a prison, a claim the coalition said it was investigating.

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U.S. Has Seen Chemical Weapons Activity in Syria, Pentagon Says

The Defense Department detailed the activity after a White House statement warning Syria against an attack. Syria and its Russian patrons rejected the accusation.

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Fifa releases Qatar World Cup bid probe report

A lengthy report into claims of alleged corruption into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups is released by Fifa.

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Qatar facing indefinite isolation, UAE says

Gulf countries might 'ultimately, simply disengage from Qatar', a UAE spokesman says.

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'Significant' brain drain from Iran to West

Sporting earbuds and sagging backpacks, students lounge on patches of grass, shaded by trees from the harsh sun. They sit in the library, hunched ...

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White House: Syria could be preparing another chemical attack

The White House has warned there are "potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack" by the Syrian regime and told the country's president, Bashar al-Assad, he will face a "heavy price" if one is carried out.

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Suez Canal 'a food supply choke point'

More must be done to protect key transport routes like the Panama and Suez canals, researchers warn.

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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 list, 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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Senator Puts Hold on Arms Sales to Persian Gulf Nations Over Qatar Feud

Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, appeared to be trying to aid an effort by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson to ...

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Mosul: A 'couple of hundred' ISIS fighters left

A "couple of hundred" ISIS fighters still defend the Old City in western Mosul, though it's not clear how many civilians are trapped in the area, a ...

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The Supreme Court hands Trump a travel ban victory

Ever since Donald Trump signed the first executive order banning people from seven countries from entering the U.S. on January 27, it's been nothing but trouble.

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Netanyahu bows to pressure over mixed prayer at Western Wall

Bowing to pressure from the ultra-Orthodox parties, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu froze plans for an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall, one of Judaism's holiest sites.

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Retired UK ambulances saving lives in Syria

Volunteers from the 'Unity Convoy' have delivered 100 ambulances to the devastated country.

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