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Israel and Bahrain to Formalize Diplomatic Ties

Israel and Bahrain will officially establish diplomatic relations Sunday at a ceremony in Manama, an Israeli official said, after the two states reached a U.S.-brokered normalization deal last month. 

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Pro-Iran Protesters Torch Kurd Party Offices in Baghdad

Supporters of Hashed al-Shaabi, an Iraqi paramilitary network dominated by Iran-backed factions, Saturday burned down the main Kurdish party's headquarters in Baghdad after criticism from a Kurdish ex-minister.

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European Powers Condemn Israel Settlement Approvals

European powers on Friday condemned Israel's decision to approve thousands more settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, calling it a "counterproductive" move that undermines regional peace efforts.

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Syria Kurds Free Hundreds of IS Militants as Part of Amnesty

Kurdish-led authorities released on Thursday hundreds of militants from the Islamic State group imprisoned in northern Syria, as part of a general amnesty in the region controlled by the U.S.-backed fighters.

Amina Omar, the head of the Syrian National Council, told reporters that IS members who were released have "no blood on their hands" and have all repented joining IS at some point.

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Israeli Parliament Backs UAE, Bahrain Normalization Deals

Israel's parliament voted Thursday in favor of the normalization of ties with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain after a marathon debate with over 100 speeches lasting more than eight hours.

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Pompeo Encourages Saudis to Normalize with Israel

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday encouraged Saudi Arabia to recognize Israel, in what would be a massive boost for the Jewish state amid normalization by two other Gulf Arab kingdoms.

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Israel's Settlement Approvals Hit Record High

Israel has approved over 12,000 West Bank homes in 2020, a record high for Jewish building in occupied Palestinian territory, settlement watchdog Peace Now said Thursday.

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Italy Foreign Minister Vows to Bring Home Fishermen Held in Libya

Italy's foreign minister pledged Thursday to bring home 18 fishermen detained in Libya since the start of September, in an escalation of the so-called Mediterranean "prawn war".

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Hundreds of Fighters Head Home in Yemen Prisoner Exchange

A landmark prisoner exchange between war-torn Yemen's government and Huthi rebels began Thursday, with hundreds of combatants heading home on flights criss-crossing the country and Saudi Arabia.

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Watchdog Urges Sanctions over Civilian Deaths in Syria's Idlib

Attacks on civilian targets during a Syrian-Russian campaign in northeast Syria's rebel-held Idlib may amount to crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said Thursday, calling for sanctions against top commanders.

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