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2 Rockets Hit near Iraq Airbase Hosting U.S. Soldiers

Two rockets hit near an Iraqi airbase hosting U.S. soldiers north of Baghdad on Sunday, three days before a new "strategic dialogue" starts with the new U.S. administration, a security source told AFP.

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Gulf Monarchies Back Jordan King after Security Sweep

Jordan's powerful Gulf allies voiced support for King Abdullah II Sunday, after a several senior figures were detained and a half-brother to the monarch said he was under house arrest.

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Jordan King's Half-Brother Says under 'House Arrest' after Security Sweep

Jordan's official media warned Sunday that security and stability are a "red line", a day after several senior figures were detained and a half-brother of King Abdullah II said he was put under house arrest.

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Blinken Seeks Israel's 'Equal' Treatment of Palestinians

Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Friday on Israel to ensure "equal" treatment of the Palestinians as the new US administration cautiously steps up efforts for a two-state solution.

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Jihadist Suspect Blows Herself, Child Up in Tunisia

A suspected foreign jihadist blew herself and her little girl up with an explosives belt as security forces closed in in mountains of central Tunisia, the interior ministry said Friday.

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Rights Groups Urge Russians to Wake Up to Syria Abuses

Rights groups in Moscow urged Russians to take responsibility for abuses in Syria as they released a damning report Friday on the country's role in the decade-old conflict.

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Yes, Israel 'Occupies' West Bank, U.S. Says

U.S. President Joe Biden's administration has said that Israel's control of the West Bank is indeed "occupation," clarifying its stance after the release of a report that seemed to downplay the term, adopting language used by Donald Trump's government.

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Iraq PM Seeks to Soothe Security Concern on Saudi Visit

Iraq will never become a launchpad for attacks on Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi has pledged during a long-awaited visit to the kingdom aimed at forging closer economic and security ties.

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As under Trump, U.S. Report Avoids 'Occupied Territories'

U.S. President Joe Biden's administration held off Tuesday on using the term "Occupied Territories" in an annual human rights report, a formulation abandoned by staunchly pro-Israel predecessor Donald Trump.

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French IS Widow in Syria Camp, Veil-Free, Wants to 'Go Home'

In a Syrian detention camp for people linked to the Islamic State group, French mother-of-five Emilie Konig has swapped her all-engulfing black robe for a sweatshirt and baseball cap. 

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