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Syrians Still Finding their Way in Sweden, Five Years On

They arrived in unprecedented numbers, pushing a strained Sweden to shut its borders as anti-immigration sentiment flared. Five years later, Syrians are still trying to integrate, some more successfully than others.

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Netanyahu Says 'Many More' Secret Talks with Arab Leaders on Ties

Israel is in secret talks with several Arab states on establishing ties, in addition to its U.S.-backed deal struck with the UAE, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.

"There are many more unpublicized meetings with Arab and Muslim leaders to normalize relations with the state of Israel," he said on the eve of Israel’s first commercial flight to the United Arab Emirates.

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Egypt Arrests New Suspect in Gang Rape Case

Egyptian authorities have arrested a new suspect involved in the alleged gang rape of a women in 2014, the public prosecution said on Sunday.

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Israeli Tanks Hit Hamas after Balloon Attacks from Gaza

Israeli tanks hit Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, the army said, as Palestinian balloon attacks across the border continued despite international truce efforts.

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Masks and Tears: Shiites Mark Ashura in Iraq's Karbala despite Virus

Thousands of tearful Shiite pilgrims wearing gloves and face masks  flooded Iraq's holy city of Karbala Sunday to mark Ashura, one of the largest Muslim gatherings since the Covid-19 pandemic started.

Ashura, on the 10th day of the mourning month of Muharram, commemorates the killing of the Prophet Mohammed's grandson Hussein at the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD -- the defining moment of Islam's confessional schism.

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UAE Repeals Law Imposing Israel Boycott

The United Arab Emirates announced Saturday it had repealed legislation imposing a boycott of Israel after the two countries struck a US-brokered deal to normalise relations.

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Libyan Interior Minister Suspended after Gunmen Fire on Protesters 

Libya's UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) on Friday said the interior minister had been suspended after militia gunmen fired on peaceful protesters last week.

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US Plans Further Troop Reductions in Iraq by November

The United States plans to reduce its military force in Iraq from the current 5,200 to about 3,500 by November, U.S. officials said Friday. The cut would be in line with President Donald Trump's repeated call to bring troops home and his reelection campaign pledge to end what he calls "endless wars."

The plan to shrink the U.S. force in Iraq was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. Officials who confirmed the plan spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a matter not yet publicly announced.

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Pompeo Heads Home after Pushing Israel Deal on Mideast Tour

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has headed home after a Middle East tour aimed at encouraging Arab countries to follow the UAE's move and normalize relations with Israel.

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Saudi Reviews Death Sentences of Three Convicted as Minors

Saudi authorities are reviewing death penalties against three men convicted of crimes when they were minors, a statement said, as the kingdom seeks to improve its human rights record.

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