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Activists Say Idlib Province in Syria Calm

Syrian opposition activists say the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib is calm after two main militant groups agreed to end days of fighting that killed scores.

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Russia Says Agrees Safe Zone Mechanism with Syrian Rebels

Russia's defense ministry said Saturday that its officials had signed a deal with moderate Syrian rebels at peace talks in Cairo on how a safe zone near Damascus will function.

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Egypt Kills 30 Extremists in Sinai, Says Military

Egyptian forces have killed 30 extremists during several days of security operations in the Sinai Peninsula involving the army, air force and police, the military said Saturday.

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Violence over Jerusalem Holy Site Leads to 6 Deaths

Six people are dead after Israeli-Palestinian tensions over the Holy Land's most contested shrine boiled over into violence.

Three Palestinians died in street clashes in Jerusalem and three Israelis in a stabbing attack at a West Bank settlement Friday.

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Arab League Accuses Israel of 'Excessive Violence' in Jerusalem

The Arab League condemned Israel's use of "excessive violence" against Palestinians in clashes on Friday outside a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site, while Egypt called on Israel to exercise reason.

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Pentagon Chief Says He Thinks IS Leader Baghdadi is Alive

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said Friday that he believes Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is still alive, following various claims he was dead.

"I think Baghdadi's alive... and I'll believe otherwise when we know we've killed him," Mattis told Pentagon reporters. 

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Qatar Emir Says Ready for Gulf Crisis Dialogue with Conditions

Qatar's ruler said Friday that the Gulf emirate is ready for talks to resolve a diplomatic crisis with a Saudi-led bloc so long as his country's sovereignty is respected.

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Abbas Says Freezing Contacts with Israel over al-Aqsa Dispute

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday he was freezing contacts with Israel over new security measures at a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site, after deadly clashes erupted earlier in the day.

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Egypt Kills Two Islamist Militants

Egyptian forces shot dead two militants from the Hasam group, the government said Friday, after the Islamist group claimed to have carried a deadly attack on police.

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Tense Truce Ends Jihadist-Rebel Clashes over Key Syria Province

A former al-Qaida affiliate and a leading rebel group agreed Friday to end days of fighting over of one of the last major parts of Syria out of the regime's control.

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