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U.S. General Denies Increase in Civilian Deaths under Trump

A top U.S. Air Force official on Wednesday denied claims that civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria are soaring under President Donald Trump, who has given greater leeway to battlefield commanders.

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Bahrain Warns Protesters after Deadly Crackdown

Bahrain on Wednesday warned people against holding protests a day after police shot dead five demonstrators in the home village of the spiritual leader of the kingdom's Shiite majority.

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Jewish Hardliners Ejected from al-Aqsa Mosque Compound

A group of hardline activists were removed from the flashpoint al-Aqsa mosque compound in east Jerusalem on Wednesday after violating a ban on Jewish prayer there, police said.

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16 Civilians Dead in Coalition Strikes near Raqa

At least 16 civilians were killed in bombing raids early Wednesday by the U.S.-led coalition near the Islamic State group's Syrian bastion Raqa, a monitor said.

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Algeria President Replaces PM Sellal in Wake of Polls

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Wednesday appointed a new prime minister, replacing his confidant Abdelmalek Sellal with housing minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune in the wake of parliamentary elections.

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Israeli Joy at Trump Visit, but Substance Lacking

Israeli right-wingers celebrated US President Donald Trump's visit after he made no mention of the two-state solution, but a lack of specifics on how he would resolve the conflict with the Palestinians raised concerns.

Trump visited Israel and the Palestinian territories on Monday and Tuesday, and in a closing speech talked extensively about his commitment to Israel's security.

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Oman Flies 'Missing' Australian Out of Yemen

The Omani government said it had evacuated an Australian from Yemen on Wednesday following negotiations through tribal mediators.

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Qatar Probes 'Shameful Hacking' as Gulf Split Exposed

Qatar launched an investigation and went into damage control mode on Wednesday after accusing hackers of putting what it called false remarks by the emir on state media.

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Prominent Egypt Rights Lawyer Detained

A former Egyptian presidential candidate and rights lawyer who challenged the government for handing over islands to Saudi Arabia was detained Tuesday on suspicion of illegal political work, a judicial official said.

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Trump Wants Mideast Peace 'Compromise' but Admits Won't be Easy

U.S. President Donald Trump called on Israelis and Palestinians to make compromises for peace Tuesday as he wrapped up a closely watched visit, but offered no specifics on how he would resolve the decades-old conflict.

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