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UAE Goes to Polls with some Citizens still Denied Vote

Emiratis went to polls on Saturday to fill the elected seats on a government advisory body but despite a broadening of the franchise some citizens were still denied the vote.

The electoral roll is drawn up by the rulers of the seven states that make up the United Arab Emirates who also appoint the remaining members of the Federal National Council.

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Erdogan Urges Putin to Change Mind over Syria Bombing

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday urged Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to reconsider Moscow's bombing campaign in Syria, accusing the Russian military of turning a blind eye to the killing of dozens of civilians.

Speaking in an interview with Al-Jazeera Arabic, Erdogan expressed anger that whereas Moscow had informed Ankara it would be attacking Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria, it had in fact targeted moderate Syrian rebels.

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10 Palestinians Wounded as Israel Hunts Settlers' Killers

Ten Palestinians were wounded by Israeli fire in the West Bank on Saturday during a raid by troops hunting the murderers of a Jewish settler couple, Palestinian police and medical sources said.

Palestinians protesting against the raid in the territory's main northern city of Nablus hurled stones at soldiers, who responded with rubber bullets, tear gas and live ammunition, the sources said.

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Iran Expels Bahrain Envoy

Iran has expelled a senior official from Bahrain's embassy in Tehran in apparent retaliation after the Sunni-ruled Gulf state did the same to its envoy in Manama.

"The number two official in Bahrain's embassy in Iran is persona non grata and Mr. Bassam al-Dossari must leave Iran's territory within 72 hours," the official IRNA news agency quoted a foreign ministry statement as saying late Friday.

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Troubles with U.S.-Trained Rebels a Familiar Problem

The new band of rebel recruits was supposed to prove the United States could train moderate Syrian fighters to defeat the jihadists in the war-ravaged nation.

But soon after returning to Syria, the American-backed fighters handed over a quarter of their ammunition and other equipment to a local Al-Qaida affiliate, known as the Al-Nusra Front.

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Russia Hits IS in Syria Heartland in Defiance of West

Russia bombed the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold Saturday and vowed to press its aerial campaign despite criticism from Washington and its allies that its military action was strengthening the jihadists.

A long-time staunch backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Russia began sorties over its ally on Wednesday in what it said would be a prolonged bombing campaign against IS and other extremist groups.

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Only 5 Percent of Russian Strikes on Syria Target IS, Says Britain

Only one in 20 Russian air strikes in Syria have targeted Islamic State (IS) fighters, Britain's Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Saturday.

British intelligence services observed that five percent of the strikes had attacked the militant jihadist group, with most "killing civilians" and Free Syrian forces fighting against the regime of president Bashar Assad, Fallon told the Sun newspaper.

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First Iran Hajj Dead Flown Home Nine Days after Stampede

The first bodies of Iranians killed in a stampede at the hajj arrived home from Saudi Arabia Saturday after a controversial nine-day delay and questions over the final death toll.

President Hassan Rouhani and other top officials laid white flowers on coffins at a sombre ceremony in Tehran for the 104 pilgrims -- among 464 Iranians declared dead in the September 24 crush.

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Bahrain Denounces Iranian 'Interference' to U.N.

Bahrain has submitted a complaint to the United Nations denouncing Iranian "interference" in its internal affairs, the BNA news agency said Friday.

The move came a day after Manama recalled its ambassador from Iran and ordered Tehran's envoy to leave within 72 hours.

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Netanyahu Compares Oregon Shooting to West Bank Violence

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday said his country and the United States were united in grief over the Oregon shooting and the double murder of Jewish settlers in the West Bank.

Netanyahu drew the comparison at the start of a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in New York, on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.

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