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Iraq Sentenced 616 Foreigners for IS Links in 2018

Iraq sentenced more than 600 foreigners including many women and dozens of minors in 2018 for belonging to the Islamic State group, the judiciary said on Monday.

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Syria War's 2018 Death Toll Lowest at under 20,000

Syria's nearly eight-year-old conflict saw its lowest annual death toll in 2018 as the regime reasserted its authority over swathes of territory, a war monitor said on Monday.

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Hamas Denies Mubarak Claim It Sent Militants to Egypt in 2011

Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas have denied an allegation by Egypt's deposed president Hosni Mubarak that it infiltrated hundreds of men across the border during the 2011 uprising. 

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Two Right-Wing Ministers Form New Party ahead of Israel Polls

Two right-wing Israeli government ministers have launched a new party aimed at winning over secular voters ahead of snap elections in April. 

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UAE Rescue Crew Killed in Helicopter Crash

A rescue helicopter crashed on Saturday in the emirate of Ras Al-Khaimah, killing all crew members, the United Arab Emirates state news agency WAM said.

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Syria's Regime on Path to Come in from the Cold

Almost eight years into Syria's civil war, President Bashar al-Assad seems closer than ever to securing a comeback at home and in the Arab region, analysts say.

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Govt. Forces Cast Doubt on Rebel Withdrawal from Hodeida Port

Yemeni rebels have begun to withdraw from the port of Hodeida, under a truce agreement, a U.N. official said, amid doubts over the handover process by pro-government forces.

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Two Vietnamese Tourists Killed by Roadside Bomb in Egypt

Two Vietnamese tourists were killed Friday and 10 others wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near their bus as it traveled close to the Giza pyramids in Cairo, Egypt's interior ministry said.

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Palestinian Killed by Israeli Fire in Gaza

A Palestinian man was killed Friday by Israeli fire during protests and clashes near the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, the health ministry in the coastal enclave said.

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Syrian Army Not in Manbij City, Says U.S. Military

The Syrian army has not entered Manbij, the U.S. military said Friday, after Syrian forces claimed they had gone into the key northern city and raised the national flag.

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