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Yemen Rebel Long-Range Arsenal Grows Lethal

From ballistic missiles to unmanned drones, Yemen's Huthi rebels appear to have bolstered their fighting capabilities, posing a serious threat to mighty neighbour Saudi Arabia.

In June alone, the Iran-aligned Shiite Huthis launched at least 20 missile and drone attacks on the oil-rich kingdom, Iran's regional foe, some resulting in casualties and damage.

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Top Omani Diplomat to Visit Iran amid Regional Tensions

Oman's top diplomat will head to Iran this weekend, the Gulf country announced Monday, amid increased regional tensions with the Islamic republic.

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France Condemns Israeli Demolitions of Palestinian Homes

France condemned a move by Israel on Monday to demolish Palestinian homes near Jerusalem, saying the destruction set a "dangerous precedent" and violated international law.

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Libya Warplane of Haftar's Forces 'Lands in Tunisia'

A warplane belonging to the forces of Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar made an emergency landing in neighboring Tunisia on Monday, an allied administration based in eastern Libya said.

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Airstrikes Kill 50 Civilians in Syria's Northwest

Regime and Russian air strikes killed 50 people in northwest Syria on Monday, most of them in a crowded market, a war monitor said, in the latest violence to plague the opposition bastion.

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China Thanks UAE for Backing Beijing's Xinjiang Policies

China on Monday thanked the United Arab Emirates for backing its security crackdown in Xinjiang, state media said, as President Xi Jinping played host to Abu Dhabi's crown prince.

Beijing has come under growing international scrutiny for placing an estimated one million mostly Muslim ethnic minorities in internment camps in the name of counter-terrorism, but Muslim countries have largely refrained from criticising China.

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Palestinian Given Life Sentence over Israeli Soldier Death

An Israeli military court on Monday sentenced a Palestinian to life in prison for murdering an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank last year, the army said.

"The military court in Judea (the West Bank) handed a life sentence... to the terrorist Islam Naji (Abu Hamid)," a statement from the army read.

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Russian Air Strikes on Syria Market Kill 23

Russian air strikes on a market in northwestern Syria killed 23 people on Monday, a monitor said, in the latest violence to plague the country's last major opposition bastion.

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Israeli Probes into Deaths of Palestinians Often Go Nowhere

Hamedo Fakhouri clearly remembers the moment when the young Palestinian who worked at his neighborhood coffee shop was shot dead.

Israeli troops were lingering after an overnight arrest raid in the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem when he noticed the mentally disabled Mohammed Habali limp up the street with his wooden walking stick. Seconds later, he heard gunshots and spun around to see Habali collapse.

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Israel Demolishes Palestinian Homes in Jerusalem Area

Israel began demolishing a number of Palestinian homes it considers illegal south of Jerusalem early Monday, in a move which has drawn international concern.

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