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West Mosul Breached as War on IS Rages in Iraq and Syria

Iraqi forces on Friday entered west Mosul neighborhoods, a key stronghold in the shrinking "caliphate" of the Islamic State group, which replied with deadly suicide attacks in Iraq and Syria.

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Top U.S. Commander for Mideast in Secret Syria Trip

The top U.S. military commander for the Middle East made a secret trip to northern Syria Friday to meet a U.S.-backed alliance fighting the Islamic State group, the alliance's spokesman said.

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Palestinian Protesters Clash with Israeli Troops in West Bank's Hebron

Hundreds of Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers Friday in the powderkeg West Bank city of Hebron on the anniversary of a 1994 massacre carried out by a far-right Jewish settler.

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New Hamas Gaza Leader in Rare Public Appearance

The new leader of Hamas in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, made his first public appearance since his election for the inauguration of a mosque on Friday, winning praise from his predecessor.

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Jordan Warplane Crashes in Saudi, Pilot Survives

A Jordanian F-16 warplane crashed in Saudi Arabia on Friday but its pilot survived, the Saudi-led military coalition fighting Shiite Huthi rebels in neighboring Yemen said.

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U.N. 'Disturbed' by Light Sentence for Israeli Soldier

An 18-month prison sentence for an Israeli soldier who shot dead a wounded Palestinian assailant is an "unacceptable" punishment for "an apparent extra-judicial killing," the U.N. said Friday. 

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Copts Flee Sinai after Suspected Islamic State Attacks

Dozens of Coptic Christians have left Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after a string of jihadist attacks killed three Christians in the restive province, church officials said.

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Israel to Publish Long-Awaited Report on 2014 Gaza War

A report expected to criticize Israel's prime minister and the armed forces command over their conduct in the runup to the 2014 Gaza war is to be released next week, officials said Friday.

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Turkey Says Al-Bab Completely Captured from IS

Turkish armed forces and allied Syrian rebels have completely taken the IS bastion of Al-Bab in northern Syria from jihadists, the military said Friday.

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Saudi King Eyes Investment, Skills on Rare Asia Tour

Saudi Arabia's King Salman begins on Sunday a three-week Asian tour likely to seek investment and technical expertise as the world's biggest oil exporter looks to diversify its economy.

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