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Saudi City Soldiers On as Civilian Toll Mounts

It doesn't look like there is war in Najran.

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Iraq Requests Saudi Ambassador be Changed

Iraq has officially asked Saudi Arabia to recall its ambassador to Baghdad after the envoy allegedly told media outlets of a plot by Iran-backed Iraqi groups to assassinate him.

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Yemen Government Cautiously Welcomes U.S. Peace Plan

Yemen's exiled government has said it welcomes in principle a U.S.-backed plan to resume peace talks with Iran-backed rebels on the basis of forming a unity government.

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Israel Court Delays Hearing for U.N. Worker

An Israeli court on Sunday postponed a hearing for a U.N. worker accused of aiding the Islamist movement Hamas after a dispute over whether he should be immune from prosecution.

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Egypt Frees Renowned Rights Lawyer

Egyptian authorities on Sunday released a renowned human rights lawyer arrested after protests against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's decision to hand over two islands to Saudi Arabia.

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Libya Forces Push into Last IS-Held Areas of Sirte

Forces loyal to Libya's U.N.-backed unity government pushed Sunday into the last areas of Sirte held by the Islamic State group in what was the jihadists' coastal stronghold, a spokesman said.

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Coalition Strikes Kill 7 Yemeni Civilians

Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition struck a rebel convoy near a taxi stand in central Yemen, killing seven civilians and nine insurgents, officials said on Sunday.

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U.N. Demands Answers on 48-Hour Aleppo Ceasefire by Sunday

The United Nations Syria envoy urged warring parties to state by Sunday whether they will commit to a 48-hour humanitarian ceasefire in the embattled city of Aleppo. 

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Barrel Bombs Kill at Least 15 Civilians in Syria's Aleppo

At least 15 civilians were killed in a barrel bomb attack on a rebel-held district of Syria's Aleppo city on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

The Britain-based group said the strikes hit Maadi district in eastern Aleppo, near a tent where relatives of people killed in a barrel bombing earlier this week were receiving condolences.

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Egypt Court Orders Release of Lawyer who Defied President

An Egyptian court has ordered the release of a rights lawyer who had been held without charge in solitary confinement for over 100 days after defying President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

The Saturday ruling in favor of Malek Adly, who was incarcerated on a rolling series of administrative detention orders, rejected an appeal by prosecutors after a court ordered Adly's release on Thursday.

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