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January 8, 2017

A Palestinian protestor looks towards Israeli security forces during clashes following a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kfar Qaddum, near Nablus, in the occupied West Bank on January 6, 2017. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
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Israeli ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said the figure represented the estimated percentage Israel spends at the UN to support Palestinian causes.
An image grab shows people gathering amidst the debris at the site of a car bomb attack in the rebel-held town of Azaz in northern Syria. (AFP/File)
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A'zaz is controlled by rebel groups, many of which are also involved in an ongoing Turkish-backed campaign against the Daesh extremist organization in nearby areas of Aleppo province.
In July, an Israeli lawyer filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Facebook Inc., claiming that the social media platform allowed members of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas to plan and carry out attacks against Americans and Israelis. (File photo)
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Husam Badran, a Hamas spokesman, said in a statement that Facebook had closed more than 90 page supporting Hamas, in addition to 30 personal accounts affiliated with the movement.

January 7, 2017

Turkish security officers detain Turkish police officers (in black) on July 15, 2016. (AFP/File)
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The removal of citizenship would be allowed if a Turk living abroad was charged with serious crimes and failed to return to Turkey within three months, despite being told to do so. The cabinet would have to make the decision.
File photo of Saudi women in the northern village of Al-Thamama. (AFP/File)
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A number of judges pointed out that many bridegrooms felt embarrassed to conclude marriage contracts with such women in public view and preferred the greater privacy of court sessions in the evenings.
This photo taken on February 17, 2016 shows refugees massed onto an inflatable boat reaching Mytilene, northern Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey. (AFP/File)
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About 364,000 people seeking work or refugee protection crossed the sea between January and December, compared to more than 1 million in 2015.
Travelers are evacuated out of the terminal and onto the tarmac after airport shooting at Fort Lauderdale in Florida. (AFP/File)
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In custody, the suspected gunman has been identified as Iraq war veteran Esteban Santiago, 26, who reportedly told the FBI in November that voices in his head were urging him to join Daesh.
After retaking Fallujah in June, Iraqi security forces are focused on Mosul, the Islamic State group's de facto capital in the country. (AFP/Sabah Arar)
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Iraqi forces, backed by US-led air power, are pressing ahead with the campaign launched in mid-October to retake Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, which has been under Islamic State control since mid-2014.
Trump promised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he would recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's undivided capital if he emerged triumphant in the US presidential election. (AFP/File)
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A high-ranking Jordanian official has warmed US President-elect Donald Trump of “catastrophic” repercussions in case he opts to honor his campaign pledge to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.

January 6, 2017

Lieberman stated that calls for a pardon were "ignorance and slogans" following Netanyahu's statement. (AFP/File)
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The Israeli military court gave a wholesale endorsement of the prosecution's argument that Azarya was unjustified in killing 21-year-old Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif in March, based in part on the blistering testimonies given by Azarya's army commanders.
Russian Sukhoi Su-25 ground attack aircraft take off from the Hmeimim military base in Latakia province, Syria on March 16, 2016. (AFP/Vadim Grishankin)
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Russia says it has begun to draw down its military forces in Syria as a nationwide ceasefire between the government and opposition groups largely holds in the Arab country.
The April 6 movement led the protests against the Mubarak regime in 2011. (AFP/File)
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Maher was released after completing a three-year prison sentence for breaking the protest law.
Iraqi soldiers monitor a checkpoint east of Baghdad on January 6, 2014. (AFP/Ali Al-Saadi)
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Government forces, backed by tribal fighters, started the onslaught aimed at recapturing the towns of Anah, Rawa and al-Qaim in Iraq's western province of Anbar.
The attack comes after a wave of attacks in Turkey over the past week that have left more than 100 people dead. (AFP/File)
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The attackers fled the car packed with explosives when they were stopped at a police checkpoint on their way to the court. They then detonated the bomb during a shootout with police.
Tunisian military on patrol after an increase in Daesh activity. (AFP/File)
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Some 5,500 Tunisians have joined the ranks of militant groups fighting in Syria, Iraq, and Libya.
Flowers and pictures of victims have been laid in front of the Reina nightclub on January 5, 2017 in Istanbul, four days after a gunman killed 39 people on New Year's night. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
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Jordanian victims and their families were being abused online as some people praised the attacker who opened fire on a nightclub on New Year's Eve.

January 5, 2017

The blast took place outside the prosecutors and judges’ entrance. (File photo)
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Explosion near Izmir main courthouse, western Turkey. Two assailants were shot dead. No civilian casualties reported.
A Syrian man rides a motorbike past a cemetery in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, on January 3, 2017. (AFP/Abd Doumany)
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Residents in the area had invited the four Russian military officers to oversee implementation of the ceasefire.
The photo shows the aftermath of a bomb attack in the town of Jableh, Latakia Province, Syria, January 5, 2017. (File photo)
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A car bomb attack has rocked the coastal town of Jablah in Syria’s eastern province of Latakia, leaving at least nine people dead and scores wounded, state media say.
Lebanese president-elect Michel Aoun sits on the presidential chair at the presidential palace in Baabda east of Beirut on Oct. 31, 2016. (AFP/File)
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Aoun will visit the Kingdom Jan. 9-10 at the invitation of King Salman, before heading to Qatar for a two-day visit.
Syrian refugees look for water at the Rukban camp on the Jordanian border. (AFP/File)
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The northeastern border has been declared a closed military zone since June.
A spokesperson told the crowd that the family would, with the help of the Palestinian leadership, continue to push for a murder charge against Azaria in international courts. (AFP/File)
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The case was closely followed by many Palestinians, who often complain that Israel refuses to prosecute crimes committed by its soldiers. The last manslaughter conviction against an Israeli soldier came 12 years ago.
Egyptian protesters demonstrate in the capital, Cairo, on April 25, 2016, against the handing over of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian prosecutors have sentenced 12 people to four day in prison after they staged a protest against the controversial transfer of Egypt’s two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.
A Turkish special force police officer patrols in front of the Reina nightclub on January 4, 2017 in Istanbul, three days after a gunman killed 39 people on New Year's night. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
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The shooter still remains at large and his identity has not yet been made public.
Turkish special forces are seen on patrol in Diyarbakir. (AFP/File)
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Turkish security forces plan to locate and destroy explosives planted by PKK militants, a security source said.

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack, which also left about 50 people injured. The claim cannot be independently verified. (AFP/File)
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The attacker was captured using that gesture, which means there is only one god, by the video camera at Berlin's Zoo station, which is a short distance from the scene of the December 19 attack.
Marah Jawdat Moussa Bakir is seen in a screenshot shared on social media at the time of her detention. (Twitter)
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The court sentenced Marah Jawdat Moussa Bakir, 17, from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina to eight-and-a-half years of prison and imposed a fine of 10,000 shekels (approximately $2,595) on her.
An Afghan policeman watches as a cache of alcohol and drugs burns on the outskirts of Kabul on December 20, 2016. (AFP/Shah Marai)
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The Afghan army has been battling a resurgent militancy across the country.
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. (AFP/File)
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The main reason behind these protests was the 2017 Budget, which included charges and taxes and increased prices of major consumption products and materials such as electricity, gasoline and necessary food products.
In this image released by the UN, members of the Security Council vote on December 23, 2016, on a resolution to stop Israeli settlements. (AFP/Manuel Elias)
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Not only will Israel not respect the United Nations' will but is, in fact, already accelerating its settlement activities in the Jerusalem area, in defiance of that will.

January 4, 2017

President of Lebanon, Michel Aoun. (AFP/File)
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Amine Bakri, 56, was shot dead by gunmen near his workplace Sunday in the Angolan capital Luanda.
A member of the Iraqi pro-government forces stands in a street as they advance in Mosul's southeastern Sumer neighbourhood on December 29, 2016. (AFP/Ahman Al-Rubaye)
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Forces seen fighting street-to-street on Tuesday were from the elite Counter Terrorism Service.
In this March 30, 2010 file photo reviewed by US military officials, a member of the US military mans the guard post before sunrise at Camp Delta, part of the US Detention Center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (AFP/Paul J. Richards)
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The White House said Tuesday that the Obama administration would go ahead with releasing another 19 detainees from the military prison.
US President Barack Obama. (AFP/File)
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Despite domestic popularity, Barack Hussein Obama showed extreme caution in foreign policy.
Police officers walk at the Christmas market near the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedaechtniskirche. (AFP/File)
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The man, who has been in detention since March, is charged with being a member of a foreign extremist organization as well as the violation of war weapons laws.
Around 1,700 Iraqi military recruits were executed in June 2014 after Daesh terrorists seized control of the western city of Tikrit. (AFP/File)
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The remains of the victims’ bodies, which were found submerged in Tigris River under tree branches.
Judges deliver verdict in manslaughter trial of Israeli soldier Elor Azaria. (AFP/File)
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Judge Maya Heller skewers ‘unreliable’ defense of Elor Azaria, calls the killing 'unjustifiable' and determines Azaria shot Hebron attacker because ‘terrorists deserve to die.’
Marshal Khalifa Haftar (C), the military leader of the Libyan National Army and Libya’s parallel parliament based in the eastern city of Tobruk returns from a visit to Russia on December 3, 2016. (AFP/Abdullah Doma)
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Khalifa Haftar is the leader of the main rival government to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).
A screen grab from footage broadcasted by the Turkish media outlet Haberturk on January 2, 2016 claiming to show the attacker from a deadly night club attack in Istanbul, Turkey. (File photo)
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Mevlut Cavusoglu told Anadolu news agency that the identity of the attacker was known, without giving further details.
Forces loyal to the Libyan National Army (GNA) advance toward the area of Qanfudah, south of Benghazi, in Libya, November 30, 2016. (AFP/File)
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The airstrike and preceding clashes between the two military forces has raised fears of an escalation of violence in Libya.
People lay flowers Tuesday in front of a memorial at the Reina nightclub, scene of Istanbul's deadly New Year's attack. (AFP/Yasin Akgul)
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The prime minister says Turkey’s State of Emergency, in place since July 15, will be extended for “as long as needed.”
US President Barack Obama (R) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP/File)
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In a telephone call, Obama expressed his condolences for the deadly attack early Sunday at an Istanbul nightclub.
With Aleppo again under government control, there have been fears that the offensive could shift to Idlib, where many rebels and their families have been sent. (AFP/File)
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At least four were killed after regime airstrikes hit Idlib city.
Emergency responders at the scene of the deadly Bastille Day attack in Nice, France. (AFP/Valery Hache)
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Madrid is planning security measures ahead of Three Kings' Day after extremists used trucks to plow through crowds of people in Nice and Berlin.

January 3, 2017

Iraqi special forces patrol the Al-Quds neighbourhood after recapturing it from Daesh, on January 3, 2017. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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The soldier was killed during a training exercise, not in combat.
Houthi rebels, dressed in army fatigues, chant slogans during a gathering in the capital Sanaa to mobilize more fighters to fight pro-government forces in several Yemeni cities, on January 1, 2017. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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The seizure of the weapons led to a controversy, as the man transferring them said he held an official permit to do so.
Clashes have recently erupted in south Lebanon's Ain el-Hilweh camp between rival extremist groups. (AFP/File)
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Many essential services stopped after violence flared in the poverty-stricken refugee camp.
File photo of an injured Afghan refugee (C) from an Australian detention facility in Manus Island being carried by two men after he was allegedly attacked by a group of Papua New Guinean men while out on a day release. (AFP/File)
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They were on their way to celebrations for New Year’s Eve outside the camp when they were approached by police, told they could not be outside the camp, and heavily beaten.
Turkish police officers stand guard on the site of an armed attack at the Reina nightclub in Istanbul on January 1, 2017. (AFP/File)
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It is unclear who the 14 suspects were but they did not include the lone gunman who carried out the attack.
Israeli forces stand next to the body of a Palestinian who was shot dead following an alleged attempt to stab Israeli border police, at a checkpoint near the Israeli settlement of Har Homa in the occupied West Bank. (AFP/File)
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“It’s not just about potentially rogue soldiers, but also about senior Israeli officials who publicly tell forces to unlawfully shoot to kill.”
An Israeli police car is seen at the entrance to the residence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as members of the media wait for the arrival of police investigators on January 2, 2017. (AFP/Gali Tibbon)
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The Israeli PM is suspected of receiving illegal money and gifts from businessmen.
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Residents buy petrol on a street in the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib on December 30, 2016 as a truce brokered by Russia and Turkey came into effect. (AFP/Omar haj kadour)
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As a result of continued violations and the escalation of the situation, "the rebel factions announce... the freezing of all discussions linked to the Astana negotiations."
This handout picture released by the Turkish police and taken from Dogan News Agency on January 2, 2017 shows the main suspect in the Reina nightclub rampage in which a gunman killed 39 people in an attack at a nightclub in Istanbul where revelers were celebrating the New Year. (AFP/Dogan News Agency)
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The killer in the New Year's Eve attack is still on the run as police continue their manhunt.
Israeli soldiers aim their guns at Palestinian youths during clashes in Hebron on October 4, 2015.  (AFP/Hazem Bader)
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General Director of HRC Imad Hamdan said that Israeli forces detained five of their employees while working in a house in al-Shuhada Street as part of the committee's aims to preserve Palestinian culture in the area.
Basel Ghattas of the Israeli Knesset's Joint Arab List voluntarily gave up his parliamentary immunity and was slapped with a travel ban until the investigation was concluded. (AFP/File)
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Ghattas voluntarily gave up his parliamentary immunity last month so that investigations could proceed.
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi. (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
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Both Hamas and Hezbollah have accused the Mossad — Israel's foreign intelligence agency — of killing Zoari, 49, who was shot to death at the wheel of his car outside his house in the Tunisian port city of Sfax in December.
Since the 2013 military coup against President Mohamed Morsi, Egyptian authorities have cracked down on the tunnels along border with the Palestinian territory. (AFP/File)
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Since 2013 the Egyptian army has been methodically flooding and collapsing the tunnels.
People carry the coffin of Yunus Gormek, 23, one of the victims of the Reina night club attack, during his funeral ceremony on January 2, 2017 in Istanbul. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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Most of those killed in the New Year's Eve attack were foreign nationals.

January 2, 2017

German police monitor people during New Year celebrations at the main train station in Cologne. (AFP/File)
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German authorities resort to racial profiling to prevent a repeat of the 2015 Cologne sexual assaults.
In the wake of the coup attempt, tens of thousands FETO suspects have been arrested. (AFP/File)
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Since the coup attempt a total of 41,326 suspects, including 6,325 soldiers and more than 7,000 police officers, have been remanded in custody across Turkey.
Assad 'ready' to work with Trump as rebels urge president-elect to protect civilians. (AFP/File)
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Rebel-held Aleppo was the first casualty of President-elect Donald Trump’s emerging world order. Here, Annia Ciezadlo explains what to expect next in Syria.