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Netanyahu Takes Aim at Graft Probes ahead of Israel Polls

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has in recent days taken aim at what seems to be his main opponent ahead of upcoming elections: corruption investigations that may lead to his indictment.

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Hamas Staff Reclaim Egypt-Gaza Border as PA Withdraws

Hamas employees retook control of the border crossing between Gaza and Egypt on Monday after the Palestinian Authority withdrew its own staff, an AFP journalist and Hamas officials said.

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Two Americans among Foreign Jihadists Captured by Syrian Kurds

The Kurdish-led force battling the remnants of the Islamic State group in eastern Syria said Monday it captured five foreign jihadists, including two U.S. citizens.

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Thailand Will Not Forcibly Deport Saudi Woman

The Saudi woman who made a desperate plea for asylum after landing at Bangkok airport will not be forcibly deported from Thailand, an official said Monday.

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Israel Launches More Hamas Strikes after Gaza Rocket Fired

The Israeli army said Monday it had carried out further air raids against Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket being fired over its border. 

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Rebels Say Next Round of Yemen Talks Could be in Amman

A second round of negotiations between Yemen's government and Huthi rebels could be hosted "soon" in Jordanian capital Amman, a rebel leader said Sunday after meeting the U.N. envoy.

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Trump Aide Sets Out 'Conditions' for Syria Pullout

U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser said Sunday that conditions such as guarantees on the safety of Kurdish allies must be met before American troops are withdrawn from Syria, NBC News said.

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Saudi Woman Held at Bangkok Airport Says Fears Death if Repatriated

A Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport said she would be killed if she was repatriated by Thai immigration officials, who confirmed the 18-year-old was denied entry to the country Sunday.

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Al-Sisi to Inaugurate Coptic Cathedral after Bomb Blast

Egypt's president will inaugurate a massive cathedral on Coptic Christmas Eve Sunday amid heavy security, a day after a deadly bomb blast near a church in a country where jihadists have repeatedly targeted Christians.

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Two British Soldiers Injured in Syria by IS Missile

Two British soldiers have been wounded in eastern Syria by a missile fired by the Islamic State group, an NGO said. 

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