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Israel Advances Plans for 1,292 West Bank Settler Homes

Israeli authorities on Tuesday advanced plans for 1,292 settler homes in the occupied West Bank, in a new push by the government for such approvals, settlement watchdog Peace Now told AFP.

"They are all over the West Bank," spokeswoman Hagit Ofran said, without immediately providing a breakdown.

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Iranian Guards Commander Killed in Syria

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander has been killed during fighting in Syria, Iran's state media reported on Tuesday.

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U.N. Warns of 'Shocking' Abuse of Migrants in Libya Smuggling Hub

More than 20,000 migrants, including pregnant women and babies, are being held either in detention centers or by traffickers in Libya's people-smuggling hub Sabratha, the U.N. said Tuesday, warning of abuse "on a shocking scale."

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Who's Who in the Syria Conflict

Syria's war has spiraled into a complex multi-sided conflict since it began with anti-government protests in March 2011, drawing in regional and international powers including the United States and Russia. 

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Netanyahu Presses Russian Defense Minister on Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held talks with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday, saying his country will not allow Iran to "establish itself militarily in Syria."

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Kuwait Scraps Mandatory DNA Testing Law, HRW Says

Kuwait has dropped a controversial counterterrorism law mandating DNA testing for all citizens, residents and visitors which had been passed following a 2015 suicide attack, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. 

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Hamas Says Unity Deal at Risk if Abbas Does Not End Sanctions

Hamas warned on Tuesday that Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's delay in easing sanctions on Gaza was putting at risk a landmark unity deal signed last week.

"The continuation of the punitive measures against our people in Gaza a month after the dissolution of the administrative council spoils the general atmosphere for reconciliation," a party spokesman said in a statement to Hamas media.

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Four Turkish Soldiers Killed in Northern Iraq, Says Army

Four Turkish soldiers were killed in northern Iraq in two separate attacks blamed on Kurdish militants, the Turkish military said on Tuesday.

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Iraq Forces Take Two Key Kirkuk Oil Field from Kurds

Iraqi forces took control of the two largest oil fields in the disputed northern province of Kirkuk on Tuesday dealing a heavy blow to the finances of the autonomous Kurdish government.

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US-Backed Forces Say Have Captured Raqa from IS

US-backed forces said Tuesday they had taken full control of Raqa from the Islamic State group, defeating the last jihadist holdouts in the de facto Syrian capital of their now-shattered "caliphate".

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