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Marine Le Pen stirs headscarf controversy in Lebanon

Far-right presidential candidate refuses to wear a headscarf for a meeting with Lebanon's top Sunni religious leader.

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Elor Azaria gets 18 months for killing Palestinian

Elor Azaria shot and killed Abed al-Fattah al-Sharif as he lay on the ground incapacitated after being gunned down.

Elor Azaria

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Troops advance on western Mosul as Mattis holds talks

With aerial support from US-led coalition, Iraqi forces launch offensive to drive ISIL from Mosul's western half.

armoured vehicles 

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Iran and Turkey trade barbs over Syria and Iraq

Iran summons Turkish ambassador and hits back at Ankara, after officials blame Tehran of destabilising the Middle East.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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Defence secretary Jim Mattis: Not in Iraq to seize oil

Jim Mattis arrives on unannounced visit to Iraq as Pentagon considers acceleration of military campaign against ISIL.

Jim Mattis

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Norwegian Refugee Council staff detained in Yemen

Seven aid workers held after being accused of distributing Saudi-led coalition supplies - allegations the group denies.

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Netanyahu spurned secret peace offer: Ex-officials

Benjamin Netanyahu turned down regional peace initiative last year brokered by John Kerry, former US officials confirm.

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Iraqi forces push into ISIL-held southern Mosul

Troops backed by jets battle their way to Mosul airport, as US defence chief arrives in Baghdad on unannounced visit.

Iraqi rapid response

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Global arms sales surge driven by Middle East demand

Major Middle East arms imports jumped by 86 percent between 2012 and 2016, double from the previous five-year period.

Bell AH-1W Super Cobra

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Iran accused of undermining Middle East security

Foreign minister backs dialogue with 'brothers in Islam' but Saudi counterpart urges 'red lines' to halt Iran's actions.

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