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Fatah Official Badly Beaten in Hamas-Run Gaza

A senior official with the Palestinian party Fatah was badly beaten up in the Gaza Strip on Monday, with the group accusing the strip's Islamist rulers Hamas of responsibility.

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Morocco Says 3 Migrants Dead, 53 Rescued from Med

Morocco said Monday its coastguard rescued 53 sub-Saharan migrants and found three people dead on a rubber boat that deflated in the Mediterranean on a crossing to Europe.

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U.S. Envoy Leads Protest over Anti-Israeli 'Bigotry' at U.N. Council

The U.S. ambassador to Germany led protests outside the U.N. Monday over what he termed the "bigotry" faced by Israel at the Human Rights Council, as nations weighed condemnations of Israel.

Several hundred people joined the protests which were largely focused on the council's so-called Agenda Item 7, a fixture on the council's schedule exclusively devoted to resolutions condemning Israel's treatment of the Palestinians. 

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Syria Army Vows to Retake Control of Kurdish Areas

Syrian government forces will reclaim control of northeastern areas controlled by the U.S.-backed Kurds, whether by force or through reconciliation, the defense minister warned Monday.

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Assault on IS Jihadist Redoubt in Syria Grinds On

A shroud of black smoke covered the Islamic State group's last Syria redoubt on Monday as US-backed forces battled holdout jihadists after a night of shelling and heavy air strikes.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic forces have been closing in on IS fighters holed up in a small sliver of territory in the village of Baghouz in eastern Syria since January.

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Pompeo to Visit Netanyahu before Israeli PM Heads to Washington

Locked in a tough re-election campaign, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week will host a visit from the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before flying to Washington for a possible meeting with President Donald Trump.

But Pompeo's Jerusalem visit -- sandwiched by additional stops in Kuwait and Beirut -- reflects a larger agenda than simply lending US support to an important regional friend at a key time. 

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Israeli Dies from Wounds in West Bank Attack

An Israeli man wounded in a Palestinian attack that killed an Israeli soldier and injured another one in the occupied West Bank died of his injuries on Monday, his family said.

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Two Iraqi Troops Killed in Rare Clashes with PKK

Two Iraqi soldiers were killed in rare clashes Sunday with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the north of the country where the group has bases, the army said overnight.

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Report: Saudi Crown Prince Approved 'Intervention' against Dissidents

More than a year before the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved a secret campaign to silence dissenters, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

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U.S. Denies Report it is Leaving Up to 1,000 Troops in Syria

The United States strongly denied Sunday a report that it intended to leave almost 1,000 troops in Syria, adding plans for a residual force of around 200 troops had not changed.

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