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Deadly ambush near Damascus hits pro-Assad forces

Firefight in village east of Damascus comes as clashes between two anti-government factions continue in Idlib province.

Anti-Assad forces

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Hamas warns Israel of al-Aqsa 'red lines' amid protest

Almost one week after attack that set off tensions, Israeli officials deciding whether to keep new security measures.

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Qatar says cyberattack 'originated from the UAE'

Planning and hacking of official media started as early as April, with IP address linked to the attack traced to UAE.

Qatari officials

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Risk of mass killing rose most in Yemen in 2016: report

Yemen rises as Syria tops UK-based rights group's annual 'People's Under Threat' index for third consecutive year.

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Execution site discovered near Mosul's Old City

Human Rights Watch says observers discovered the corpses of 17 men, allegedly executed by Iraqi forces, in west Mosul.

Execution site

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US praises Qatar's role in fight against 'terrorism'

State Department's annual country report also says Doha made 'significant progress' in combating 'terrorist' financing.

Qatar and the US

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'Trump ends CIA support for anti-Assad Syria rebels'

US president phasing out agency's programme to arm and train groups in order to get closer to Russia, say US officials.

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Qatar faults 'disorganised' conduct by Saudi-led group

Qatari official says four countries imposing illegal blockade on Doha regularly issue conflicting statements.

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Palestinian man killed after alleged stabbing

Victim identified by local news media as Muhammad Hussein Ahmad Tnouh, who Israeli forces say tried to stab a soldier.

Israeli forces

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Kuwait closes Iran cultural mission, expels diplomats

State news says move relates to the 2015 case of a broken up 'terror' cell that authorities said had contacts with Iran.

Kuwaiti Emir, Hassan Rouhani

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