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Administrator of Egyptian Pro-Mubarak Facebook Page Detained

The administrator of a Facebook page supporting Egyptian ex-president Hosni Mubarak was detained for 15 days for "spreading false information," a judicial source said Thursday. 

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Palestinian Militant Killed by Israeli Fire near Gaza Border

A Palestinian militant was killed by Israeli fire near the border fence in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, the enclave's Islamist rulers Hamas said.

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Car Bomb at Rebel Checkpoint in Syria's Afrin Kills 13

A car bomb near a checkpoint manned by Turkey-backed rebels in the northern Syrian city of Afrin killed 13 people including eight civilians Thursday, a war monitor said.

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Clashes Kill 71 Fighters in Northwest Syria

Regime and jihadist-led forces were locked in clashes Thursday on the edge of an opposition bastion in northwest Syria after a jihadist-led advance that killed 71 fighters overnight, a monitor said.

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Netanyahu Vows to Retain Every West Bank Settlement

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged not to dismantle even the remotest Jewish settlement in the West Bank, in a message to settlers ahead of September's general election.

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New Chemical Arms Team Draws Up List of Syria Probes

A new team set up by the global toxic arms watchdog to identify the culprits behind attacks in Syria has drawn up a list of its first investigations, the organisation's chief said.

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Press Rights Group in Secret Riyadh Mission to Urge Journalists' Release

French press freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) confidentially met top Saudi officials in Riyadh to press for the release of journalists after the murder of dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi, it revealed Wednesday.

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Iraqi Kurdistan Gets New Cabinet, without Oil Minister

A new regional government came into power Wednesday in Iraqi Kurdistan, but the key post of oil minister remained unassigned and therefore de facto managed by new prime minister Masrour Barzani.

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Israeli Settlers Take Over East Jerusalem Home after Court Battle

A Palestinian family was evicted from a home in east Jerusalem near the Old City on Wednesday after Israeli settlers won a court battle that stretched more than two decades, activists said.

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Syria Says 'Progress' towards Talks on Post-War Constitution

Damascus on Wednesday for the first time announced "great progress" towards forming a body to agree on a post-war constitution, as the U.N. envoy to Syria visited.

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