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Libya Govt. Forces Say Key Sector Seized in IS Bastion

Libyan pro-unity government forces said they seized a key central district of the Islamic State jihadist group's coastal bastion of Sirte on Friday.

Fighters allied to the Government of National Accord took control of a residential area called the "700 housing units" near Ibn Sina hospital and the city's Ouagadougou conference center, the GNA's forces said on social media.

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Turkish Ship Sets Off with Gaza Aid

A Turkish ship left for Israel on Friday carrying aid for Gaza as part of a deal between Ankara and Israel to mend ties after years of acrimony.

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Israel Slaps Security, Cash Curbs on Palestinians after Attacks

Israel on Friday announced a lockdown on the West Bank city of Hebron and a reduction in monthly tax payments to the Palestinian Authority, after a wave of deadly attacks.

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Mideast Quartet: Israel Settlements, Palestinian 'Incitement' Must Stop

Israel should stop building settlements and the Palestinians should cease incitement to violence, the Middle East diplomatic quartet said in a much-awaited report Friday aimed at reviving peace talks.

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Syrian Regime Pilot Captured by Rebels, Says Monitor

A Syrian air force pilot was captured by Islamist rebels after his plane crashed near Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.

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Palestinians Say Man Dies from Tear Gas Fired by Israeli Forces

The Palestinian health ministry said on Friday that a middle-aged man had died from tear gas fired by Israeli forces during a clash in the occupied West Bank.

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Libya's Unity Government Says Four Ministers Sacked

Libya's UN-backed unity government said on Friday that four of its ministers had been sacked just three months after it set up office in the capital Tripoli.

Their departure is a new setback in efforts to unify the North African country which has a rival administration in the east.

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Palestinian Tries to Stab Israelis in West Bank, Shot Dead

A Palestinian woman attempted to stab an Israeli guard at a flashpoint West Bank shrine on Friday and was shot dead, Israeli police said, the third violent incident in two days.

They said that no police were wounded in the attempt at the site in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, known to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque and to Jews as the Cave of the Patriarchs.

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Iranians Hold Annual Anti-Israel Rallies to Mark al-Quds Day

Iranians are staging anti-Israel rallies across the country, with protesters condemning the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and chanting "death to Israel."

Tens of thousands of people are marching in the capital, Tehran, as part of the al-Quds day rallies held each year on the last Friday of Ramadan. Some protesters trampled the Israeli flag and also chanted "down with the USA."

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6 Egypt Soldiers Killed in Clash with Smugglers near Libya

Egypt's military said six soldiers were killed in clashes with armed smugglers near the country's western border with Libya on Thursday.

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