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Russia 'Skeptical' over U.N. Syrian Crimes against Humanity Report

Russia's foreign minister on Thursday said he was "skeptical" about a U.N. report accusing the Syrian regime of committing crimes against humanity during the siege of Eastern Ghouta.

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Regime Forces Advance in Syria Desert against IS

Syrian regime forces have advanced against the Islamic State group after a wave of jihadist attacks in a central desert region, a monitor and state media said.

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Libya Strongman's Forces Say Key Oil Ports Recaptured

A force led by Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar said Thursday it had recaptured two key oil ports, a week after they were seized by a rival militia in a blow to crucial exports.

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Gazan Dies of Border Protest Wounds

A Palestinian shot by Israeli forces last month during protests on the Gaza border has died of his wounds, the health ministry in the Hamas-ruled territory said late on Wednesday. 

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Top Iraq Court Rules in Favor of Manual Election Recount

Iraq's supreme court on Thursday ordered a manual recount of last month's legislative elections that resulted in a surprise victory for a populist Shiite cleric.

The court found that the decision by parliament to order a manual recount in response to allegations of electoral fraud did not violate the constitution, its president Medhat al-Mahmud told a news conference.

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Bahrain Opposition Leader Acquitted in Qatar Spy Case

Iraq's supreme court on Thursday ordered a manual recount of last month's legislative elections that resulted in a surprise victory for a populist Shiite cleric.

The court found that the decision by parliament to order a manual recount in response to allegations of electoral fraud did not violate the constitution, its president Medhat al-Mahmud told a news conference.

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Biggest Iraqi Tribe Calls for Arms to Defend against IS

Iraq's biggest tribe has appealed for weapons to defend itself against the Islamic State jihadist group after several of its members were abducted and killed in a central desert region.

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Yemen Pro-Govt Forces Seize Hodeida Airport from Rebels

Emitari-backed Yemeni government forces seized Hodeida airport from Huthi rebels on Wednesday, the coalition said, in a major step towards retaking the key Red Sea port city.

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In Rebel Syria, a Race to Save Precious Property Deeds

The external hard drive had been smuggled from Syrian regime territory through jihadist-held towns and into Turkey. When Ghazwan Koronful finally got his hands on it, he sighed in relief.

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Israeli Says Could Get Tougher on Gaza after Warplanes Hit Hamas

Israeli warplanes pounded Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday in a new flare-up of hostilities that saw dozens of rockets and mortar shells fired from the Palestinian enclave, the army said.

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