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Gaza has seen war and destruction in recent years (AFP/File Photo)
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In-depth: Armed with her lute and a passion to help others, music therapist Reem Anbar is focused on helping Gazan children with special needs, reports Rami Almeghari.
Turkey, Iran and Iraq on Thursday urged Iraq's Kurdistan region to abandon a planned referendum on independence (AFP)
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Turkey, Iran and Iraq on Thursday warned of "counter-measures" if Iraq's Kurdistan region goes ahead with a planned referendum on independence.
Over 700,000 ases of cholera have been registered in Yemen since April 27 (AFP)
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Over 700,000 ases of cholera have been registered in Yemen since April 27, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

September 21, 2017

Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) (AFP/File Photo)
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One of the Philippines’ leading Muslim figures has called on lawmakers to pass the law to grant autonomy.
King Abdullah II of Jordan and President Trump (AFP/File Photo)
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Topics included the Syrian refugee crisis and defeating ISIS
The bomb had been hidden in a large white bucket at Parsons Green station (Shutterstock/File Photo)
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The 17-year-old was detained under anti-terrorism powers early Thursday.
A number of Israeli warplanes violated Lebanese airspace over the South on Wednesday evening (Shutterstock/File Photo)
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Israeli warplanes dropped missile-deflecting flares over al-Mansouri.
Google announced Wednesday it will launch a $5 million innovation fund to counter terrorism worldwide (Shutterstock/File Photo)
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It will launch a $5 million innovation fund to counter terrorism worldwide.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (AFP/File Photo)
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Abbas Urges UN to Take Action Regarding Israeli Occupation
Female Members of the Islamic State Group (IS) (AFP/File  Photo)
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They were moved to a detention center south of Mosul under control of Iraqi security forces.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (AFP/File Photo)
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The documents provide evidence of Israel's war crimes

September 20, 2017

Hamed Sinno, Vocalist of Mashrou' Leila
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He appears in a Marsa Sexual Health video tutorial teaching viewers how to use a condom.
Switzerland could soon become the latest European country to ban the burqa (AFP)
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Switzerland could soon become the latest European country to ban the burqa. But why are suppoosedly liberal EU states trying to control the dress choices of Muslim women.
A destroyed home in Idlib, Syria (AFP/File Photo)
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Warplanes struck residential parts of Syria’s Idlib and Hama provinces.
Lebanese Politician Nabih Berri
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"Lebanon's land is one for all the Lebanese," said Lebanese politician Nabih Berri.
Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu urged the world to change or cancel the country’s nuclear deal. (Press Handout)
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A war of words has broken out between Tel Aviv and Tehran after Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu urged the world to change or cancel the country’s nuclear deal. The news marks the latest step in an ongoing regional muscle flex which has seen the Gulf states cast aside the Palestinian plight to join forces with Israel against Iran and its allies.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his country’s desire to gain observer status in the AU during his July 2016 four-nation tour of Africa (AFP/File Photo)
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Israel is the only apartheid state that is UN member state, Fatah's Davis says in Ethiopia
A test launch of the surface-to-surface medium long-range strategic ballistic missile Hwasong-10 takes place from an undisclosed location in North Korea (AFP/File Photo)
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New visas for North Korean workers will not be issued anymore.
RAF pilots stop ISIS public execution in Iraq and Syria
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Footage reveals crowds of civilians being forced at gunpoint to gather in a Syrian town
The Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan (AFP/File Photo)
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Experts and officials met in Amman to discuss new initiatives.
Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif (AFP/File Photo)
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""Trump's ignorant hate speech belongs in medieval times," said Iran's Foreign Minister
Saudi military file photo (AFP/File)
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Saudi media provides little detail regarding terms of agreement.
Snapchat is a mobile application that allows message and multimedia communication (Shutterstock/File Photo)
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The app is used to broadcast Jabhat Fateh al-Sham's messages
PM Theresa May announces UK will 'stop all defense engagement and training of Burmese military' (AFP/File)
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PM Theresa May announces UK will 'stop all defense engagement and training of Burmese military'
Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa was yesterday finally acquitted of all charges.
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Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa was yesterday finally acquitted of all charges related to a 2013 protest case in Egypt and is now set to be freed, ending a four-year fight for justice from inside an Egyptian prison cell.

September 19, 2017

Most people in Damascus still struggle with low wages, high inflation and an unstable security situation /AFP
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Despite the Syrian government’s recent push for reconstruction and economic renewal in the country, most people in Damascus still struggle with low wages, high inflation and an unstable security situation
Members of the Afghan National Army (ANA) (AFP/File Photo)
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Rights groups come out against idea, saying local forces are hard to control and prone to abuses
His Majesty King Abdullah meets with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen in New York on Monday (Photo courtesy of Royal Court)
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Regional, international efforts exerted in war on terror among topics
The Patriot anti-ballistic missile system intercepted the unmanned aerial vehicle before it penetrated Israeli skies. (AFP/File)
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The Patriot anti-ballistic missile intercepted the unmanned aerial vehicle before it penetrated Israeli skies.
According to court documents, the accused paid the Emirati officer the amount in two installments between September and December last year for him to be able to travel to Amman and Beirut.  /FilePhoto
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The Palestinian man is accused of offering Dh120,000 worth of bribes to an officer at the Dubai International Airport to help him travel despite having a criminal case of a dud cheque. Advocate Nasser Hachem argued his client wanted to travel to be by the side of his nine-year-old dying son.
Cutting the ribbon at the new American base. (IDF)
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The U.S. and Israel inaugurate the launch of the first permanent American military facility in Israel, this comes after decades of spending billions of U.S taxpayer money on the Israeli military.
US Military at Risk of Becoming "Hollow Force"
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Rising internal costs put the US military at risk of looming implosion.
Children play in the water in Gaza City (AFP/File Photo)
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Trump envoy Jason Greenblatt calls on the Palestinian Authority to eject Hamas from power in Gaza.
Electricity Pylons (Shutterstock/File Photo)
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Man reportedly confessed ‘to giving 14-year-old electric shocks as a form of discipline’
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
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Abdel Fattah al-Sisi discusses met with Benjamin Netanyahu in New York.
U.S. President Donald Trump (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) (AFP/File Photo)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump regarding the Iran nuclear accord.
Displaced Yemeni Children Playing Outside Their Shelter (AFP/File Photo)
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84 percent of 1,980,510 people internally displaced for over a year, UNHCR says
Iraqi Kurds campaign for the independence referendum (AFP/File Photo)
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The U.S. is in a bind; it wants to stabilise Iraq without supporting Iran.
A U.S. army soldier stationed in Afghanistan (AFP/File Photo)
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Additional US forces are already on their way or have orders to deploy, says James Mattis

September 18, 2017

Animal Rights activist Bilkes Ibrahem runs the Habiba Animal Shelter in Cairo (Facebook)
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Egypt’s animals are facing a crisis as the government is using deadly poison to kills those without a home and the country’s shelters are struggle for donations in a tough economic climate.
A photo taken on September 6, 2017, shows the Hotel Mercure in Marigot, near the Bay of Nettle, on the French Collectivity of Saint Martin, during the passage of Hurricane Irma (AFP/File Photo).
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King Abdullah II of Jordan ordered a plane to airlift 96 Jordanians from Saint Martin island following Hurricane Irma.
Kurdistan is set to hold a referendum on 25 September. (AFP/File)
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Iraq's supreme court has ordered Erbil to scrap the planned Kurdish referendum which in a week's time.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun (AFP/File Photo)
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Lebanese president Michel Aoun attended the 72nd UN General Assembly after three years of Lebanon not participating.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (left) and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington earlier this year (AFP/File Photo)
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Rex Tillerson and Sergey Lavrov met on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly
A dozen ISIS militants, including Pakistanis, were killed during operations in eastern Nangarhar province  (AFP/File Photo)
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A dozen ISIS militants, including Pakistanis, were killed during operations in eastern Nangarhar province.
A picture taken on September 16, 2017 shows masked members of the Imam Ali Division, one of the groups fighting within the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitaries, marching with machine guns in a military parade in the holy shrine city of Najaf in central Iraq. 
(Haidar HAMDANI / AFP)
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A picture taken on September 16, 2017 shows masked members of the Imam Ali Division, one of the groups fighting within the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitaries, marching with machine guns in a military parade in the holy shrine city of Najaf in central Iraq.
Turkey has announced an overhaul of more than 170 topics in the country's school curriculum, including removing all direct references to evolution from biology classes. (AFP/File)
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The theory of evolution and Charles Darwin is being scrapped from school textbooks in Turkey, after the country's education minister said the topic was "too controversial".
The proposed Nationality Law is seen by advocates as strengthening the Jewish character of the state, whereas critics see it coming at the expense of democratic values. Photo: The Israeli Knesset. (AFP/File)
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Knesset Constitution Committee chairman Nissan Slomiansky's proposal calls for courts to draw on “principles of Hebrew law” in instances that are not covered by existing law.
Tunisia has seen widespread protests in recent days (Manich Msamah)
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Tunisian activists have accused the country’s President Beji Caid Essebsi of exploiting women’s rights amid fears that the government is attempting to cover-up a counter-revolution.
Iraqi Kurdish protesters wave flags of their autonomous Kurdistan region during a demonstration (AFP File Photo)
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National Security Council rejected Kurdish referendum for independence in northern Iraq late Sunday.
King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa at Bahraini court (AFP File Photo)
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The king of the island nation has plans to establish a Museum of Religious Tolerance in the capital city by the end of the year.
The denial comes following news reports that Rome planned to build 'logistics hub' on Libya’s southern border. (AFP/File)
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The denial comes following news reports that Rome planned to build 'logistics hub' on Libya’s southern border.
His Majesty discussed the peace process as well as other developments in the region. (Photo courtesy of the Royal Court)
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His Majesty discussed the peace process, Jerusalem, as well as other developments in the region.

September 17, 2017

Remote-controlled improvised explosive blasts are militants' frequently used tactic to target security forces (Shutterstock/FILE)
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A planted remote-controlled improvised explosive killed tribal administrative official Fawad Ali and four security men in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday.
President Donald Trump and Erik Prince, courtesy of Al Bawaba
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President Trump claims he is only sending 3,500 U.S. troops to Afghanistan. But thousands more mercenaries may come with them, bringing accountability and security concerns.
Iraqi forces are seen outside the town of Akashat, northwest of the al-Anbar province, as they prepare a military operation to push out ISIS (Moadh Al-Dulaimi/AFP)
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Over the past 72 hours, Daesh appears to have stepped up its attacks -- with both car bombs and suicide bombers -- in Iraq’s eastern Diyala province; central Baghdad province; southern Dhi Qar province; and the northern Kirkuk and Saladin provinces.
(Shutterstock/FILE)
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Al Shabab killed four soldiers and injured three in army checkpoint attack in central Somalia.
Migrants crossing the Mediterranean (Shutterstock/FILE)
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Libyan coastguard vessels intercepted 1,074 migrants during an intensive day of operations west of the capital Tripoli on Saturday, a spokesman said.
A Palestinian man walks past a graffiti reading in Arabic ''Division'' in Gaza City, on September 17, 2017, after Hamas announced it had agreed to steps toward resolving a decade-long split with the Fatah movement and was ready to hold elections (Mahmud Hams/AFP)
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Hamas' announcement means that the group has accepted key demands set by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas - whose presidency expired in 2009 - for ending the Fatah-Hamas split.
Thirty people sustained mostly flash burn injuries when an improvised explosive device partially exploded in 
an underground train at the Parsons Green station on the District Line. (Adrian Dennis/AFP)
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London police Saturday arrested another suspect in connection with Friday’s underground bomb attack in London that injured 30 people, according to police.
Iraqi security forces inspect the scene of a car bomb explosion that targeted a shop selling alcohol in the mainly Kurdish Iraqi city of Kirkuk on September 16, 2017. (Marwan Ibrahim/AFP)
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The attack targeted a liquor store in the oil-rich city.
This file photo taken on June 18, 2016 shows Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, wearing a red uniform, gesturing from behind the defendant's bars during his trial on espionage charges at a court in Cairo. (AFP FILE)
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Court confirms life sentence handed down earlier against Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first freely-elected president

September 16, 2017

Iraqi forces are seen outside the town of Akashat, northwest of the al-Anbar province, as they prepare a military operation to push out ISIS (Moadh Al-Dulaimi/AFP)
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Iraq has launched a new offensive towards the Syria border, where some of the country's last remaining Islamic State group fighters are making a last stand.
Thirty people sustained mostly flash burn injuries on Friday when an improvised explosive device partially exploded in an underground train (Adrian Dennis/AFP)
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An 18-year-old man was arrested in Dover Saturday in connection with Friday’s underground bomb attack in London that injured 30 people, according to police.
Smoke rises from buildings in the area of Bughayliyah, on the northern outskirts of Deir Ezzor on September 13, 2017, as Syrian forces advance during their ongoing battle against ISIS. (George Ourfalian/AFP)
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US-backed Syrian fighters say they will not allow regime forces to cross the Euphrates River, in a statement that appears to further entrench Kurdish separatist power in the north of the country.
Iraqi Kurds fly Kurdish flags during an event to urge people to vote in the upcoming independence referendum in Irbil. (Safin Hamed/AFP)
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The United States on Friday strongly urged northern Iraq's autonomous Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) to call off a controversial referendum on independence from Baghdad.
Police forensics officers works alongside an underground tube train at a platform at Parsons Green underground tube station in west London on September 15, 2017. (Adrian Dennis/AFP)
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Police began a manhunt Friday after an explosion rocked a crowded London subway car in what officials say was a terror attack during the morning rush hour.

September 15, 2017

The parties at the Syrian peace talks in Kazakhstan have agreed the boundaries of the final de-escalation zone. (AFP)
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The parties at the Syrian peace talks in Kazakhstan have agreed the boundaries of the final de-escalation zone, Turkish and Russian diplomatic officials said Friday.
The head of Yemen's Shia Houthi rebels threatened to fire missiles at the United Arab Emirates (AFP)
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The head of Yemen's Shia Houthi rebels threatened to fire missiles at the United Arab Emirates on Thursday and to attack Saudi tankers in the Red Sea.
Syrian Children Stockpile Bread During the Siege of Aleppo (AFP)
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Efforts to meet the educational needs of Syrian child refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey are being strained, with millions of dollars in schooling-related aid unaccounted for, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.
President Beji Caid Essebsi called for the government to scrap the ban dating back to 1973. (AFP)
08:00 GMT
Tunisia has abolished a decades-old ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims, the presidency has announced.

UNICEF said on Thursday that about 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar since Aug. 25 (AFP)
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A trade delegation from the European Parliament decided on Thursday to postpone a planned visit to Myanmar due to the recent violent crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.

September 14, 2017

Tunisian activists fear that the country’s revolution could be in jeopardy (مانيش مسامح Manich Msamah)
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Tunisian activists fear that the country’s revolution could be in jeopardy after the country’s controversial Reconciliation Law was given the green light on Wednesday.
Sheikh Tamim will hold talks on "bilateral ties and regional issues as well as international developments", Turkey's presidential office said in a statement. (AFP)
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Sheikh Tamim will hold talks on "bilateral ties and regional issues as well as international developments", Turkey's presidential office said in a statement.
This comes after online petitions signed by 10,000 Canadians, collected in just five days, urged Trudeau to act and to revoke Suu Kyi’s honorary Canadian citizenship. (AFP/File)
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This comes after online petitions signed by 10,000 Canadians, collected in just five days, urged Trudeau to act and to revoke Suu Kyi’s honorary Canadian citizenship.

September 13, 2017

Cairo is home to a blossoming start--up  scene. (AFP)
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When it first emerged that 21 news websites were unavailable to Egyptian internet users last May, state media reported that they had been blocked for “promoting terrorism”.
Google Plus: ISIS’ Last Online Bastion?
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Google Plus: ISIS’ Last Online Bastion?
According to a report by the West Asia-North Africa Institute, Jordanians can pay up to JOD 400 [USD563] to be smuggled into Syria. /Shutterstock
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Jordan is a key western ally in the fight against Islamic State and other extremist groups in Iraq, Syria and Libya. Despite this, since 2011 over 3000 Jordanians have left to fight alongside terrorist groups and the country has the highest per-capita number of fighters in Syria, according to the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism.
The rubble of Aleppo, May 2016 (AFP)
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Iran has secured multi-million dollar contracts for Iranian power companies in war-torn Aleppo, reaping the rewards of its pivotal backing for Syrian regime President Bashar al-Assad in the country's brutal six-year war.
Murdered Italian student Giulio Regeni (Twitter)
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A lawyer involved in the investigation of an Italian student murdered in Egypt has been arrested by Egyptian authorities as he attempted to leave the country, a rights group said on Tuesday.
Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has said she will not attend the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting (Aung Kyaw Htet/AFP)
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Myanmar’s de facto leader has cancelled plan to attend the upcoming UN General Assembly as her government faces growing international pressure over its crackdown on the Muslim Rohingya minority.
A protest of Trump's temporary ban on refugees earlier this year (AFP)
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed President Donald Trump's ban on refugees from entering the U.S. to continue.
Among the those arrested is social media star and successful social entrepreneur Essam al-Zamel (Twitter)
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Media outlets in Saudi Arabia now completely toe the government line on the Qatar issue and no space is given for dissent or criticism, however soft.
Model Marisa Papen posed naked at various monuments across Egypt (Copyright: Marisa Papen)
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The case of a Belgian model arrested after posing naked at some of the country’s most iconic landmarks has raised questions about the state’s treatment of Egyptians in comparison to wealthy foreign visitors.

September 12, 2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Ankara has paid a deposit on an arms deal with Moscow, estimated to be worth $2.5bn (AFP)
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Ankara has paid a deposit on an arms deal with Moscow, estimated to be worth $2.5bn.
Survivors of genocide in Bosnia say catastrophic situation in Myanmar revives memories of 1995 killings. (AFP/File)
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Survivors of genocide in Bosnia say catastrophic situation in Myanmar revives memories of 1995 killings.
A Sanaa house reduced to rubble by an airstrike earlier this year (AFP)
11:01 GMT
Human Rights Watch called for the UN to return to the coalition to its annual 'list of shame' for violations against children in armed conflict.
The fresh arrests come amid a new flare-up between the two countries over various issues (AFP)
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The fresh arrests come amid a new flare-up between the two countries over various issues, including Turkey's detention of several German citizens.
US troops in Afghanistan, 2010 (Wikimedia Commons)
09:26 GMT
"A small number of Resolute Support service members and Afghan civilians were wounded today when a suicide attacker targeted their convoy".
September 11 attacks (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Researchers conducted blood tests on 308 children, 123 who came in direct contact with dust on 9/11.
 Naguib Sawiris became the face of Egyptian-North Korean relations. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
President Trump recently declared in a "policy tweet" he was considering suspending trade with "any nation that does business with North Korea".
British Police (AFP/File Photo)
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They have also been charged with possessing terrorist material.

September 11, 2017

Lavrov made the remarks at a joint press conference held with Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi in Jordanian capital Amman. (AFP/File)
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Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, made the remarks at a joint press conference held with Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi in Jordanian capital Amman.
British journalist Yvonne Ridley was kidnapped by The Taliban in 2001.
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In 2001, British journalist Yvonne Ridley was kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Upon her release she left behind her life as hard living Fleet Street journalist and converted to Islam. She is now one of the most outspoken, and at times controversial, activists in the Muslim world.
Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani speaking earlier in the crisis (AFP)
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Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani also blasted the bloc's "illegal siege which clearly violates international laws."
Hundreds of Egyptian security personnel have been killed in attacks across Sinai /Shutterstock.
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At least five policemen were killed and another three injured in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Monday when their vehicles struck a number of roadside bombs, according to local security sources.
The global police agency issued arrest warrant for Yousef al-Qaradawi in 2014 at request of Egypt’s post-coup regime. (AFP/File)
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The global police agency issued arrest warrant for Yousef al-Qaradawi in 2014 at request of Egypt’s post-coup regime.
Muslim cleric Sheikh Salman al-Awdah, 60, was reportedly taken into custody on Saturday, just days after he took to Twitter to welcome reports that Saudi and Qatari royals had made contact after months of their prolonged dispute (Twitter)
12:56 GMT
Reports of the arrests came amid widespread speculation that King Salman bin Abdulaziz was preparing to abdicate in favour of his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
A senior UN human rights official on Monday said Myanmar's security operation in Rakhine state "seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing" (AFP)
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High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said the force used in the operations is "clearly disproportionate" to rebel attacks carried out last month.
A photo taken on September 6, 2017 shows the Hotel Mercure in Marigot, near the Bay of Nettle, on the French Collectivity of Saint Martin, during the passage of Hurricane Irma. (AFP / LIONEL CHAMOISEAU)
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Power has been cut to 4 million homes in Florida as millions fled the state as Hurricane Irma moved up the coast.