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Netanyahu under Fire after Reneging on Western Wall Deal

Israel's shelving of a deal to allow mixed-gender prayers at the Western Wall echoed far beyond religion Monday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused of abandoning reform efforts for political gain.

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Bahrain Accuses Qatar of 'Military Escalation'

Bahrain's foreign minister on Monday accused Qatar of a "military escalation" in the Gulf diplomatic crisis, an apparent reference to Doha's allowing Turkish troops on its territory.

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Morocco King Slams Development Delays in Restive North

Morocco's king has rebuked ministers over delays to a development program meant to pump investment into a region rocked by months of protests over unemployment and perceived state neglect.

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Israel Hits Syria Army after Errant Fire Lands in Golan for 2nd Day

Israel launched airstrikes on Syrian army posts in Quneitra after several projectiles fired from Syria landed in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights for a second consecutive day.

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UAE President in First Appearance since 2014 Stroke

United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan made his first public appearance Sunday since suffering a stroke more than three years ago, to mark the Eid al-Fitr Muslim holiday.

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Iraq Forces Push Deep into Devastated Old Mosul

Iraqi forces battled deep into the devastated historical heart of Mosul and closed in fast on the last pockets of jihadists Sunday, eight months into an epic battle to retake the city.

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Banned Bahraini Newspaper Fires Staff

A independent Bahraini newspaper has sacked its staff three weeks after Sunni-dominated authorities banned it on accusations that it "sows division" in the Shiite-majority Gulf kingdom.

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Dutch Slam 'Unnecessary' Extradition Row with Morocco

The Netherlands reacted coolly Sunday after Morocco summoned its ambassador home in a row about the extradition of an alleged drug trafficker, saying comments by Rabat were "incomprehensible and unnecessary."

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Assad Leads Prayers in Rare Appearance outside Damascus

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad led Eid al-Fitr prayers in the central city of Hama on Sunday, appearing in public outside the capital for the first time in a year.

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Erdogan Says Saudi-Led Ultimatum to Qatar 'Against International Law'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday welcomed Qatar's dismissal of a sweeping list of demands from Saudi Arabia and its allies in an escalating crisis and said the ultimatum was "against international law."

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