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Syrian Rivals Tackle Governance, Terrorism at U.N. Talks

Syrian rivals will tackle all agenda items at peace talks this week, including political transition, the United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura said Friday, warning not to expect "miracles."

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Gunmen Kill Hamas Official in Gaza

Gunmen in the Gaza Strip on Friday shot dead a Hamas official who was freed by Israel in a 2011 prisoner swap, said the interior ministry in the Palestinian enclave.

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Syria Rebel Group Fights in Damascus, Talks in Geneva

Syrian rebel group Faylaq al-Rahman is in the thick of a new offensive in Damascus but is also participating in peace talks with the government in Geneva this week.

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Libya Court Suspends Italy Deal on Tackling Migration

A Tripoli court has suspended a deal between Libya and Italy to limit irregular migration to Europe, the unity government's justice ministry said.

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Damascus Says Peace Talks Must First Focus on 'Terrorism'

Syria's regime said Friday that the latest U.N.-backed peace talks must start with a focus on terrorism after attacks around Damascus, a call likely to be rejected by the opposition.

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Escaping IS-Held Mosul, Residents Head into Unknown

Bilal Abduljabbar clambers onto the back of an Iraqi army truck with his two teenage children to start the final stage of their escape from war-torn west Mosul.

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Mubarak, Symbol of Dashed Hopes, Goes Free

In six years, Egypt's Hosni Mubarak has gone from symbolizing the hubris of Middle East dictators swept away by the Arab Spring uprisings to an emblem of dashed hopes.

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Cairo Blast Kills Egyptian Man

An explosion killed an Egyptian man on Friday in Cairo, the interior ministry said.

The blast in the Maadi district, caused by a "strange metal device", killed a 35-year-old doorman as he cleaned a garden, the ministry said in a statement.

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Iraq's Sadr Threatens Boycott if Election Law Unchanged

Populist Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr told a demonstration in Baghdad on Friday that he would order a boycott of upcoming Iraqi parliamentary elections unless the country's electoral law is changed.

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Ousted Egypt President Mubarak Freed from Detention

Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian autocrat toppled during the 2011 Arab Spring, left a military hospital on Friday where he spent much of the last six years in detention.

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