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EU-Backed Israeli-Palestinian Meeting Fails to Materialize

A hoped-for first meeting between Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas under EU auspices in Brussels failed to materialize, diplomatic sources said Thursday.

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Bahrain Jails 24 for Forming IS Cell

A Bahraini court on Thursday sentenced 24 people for belonging to an Islamic State group cell, stripping 13 of them of their citizenship, the prosecution said.

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Iraq Forces Flushing IS Out of Last Fallujah Pocket

Iraqi forces closed in on the last neighborhood of Fallujah still held by the Islamic State group Thursday while aid groups struggled to deliver relief to desperate civilians.

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Study: Flow of Bosnians to Syria, Iraq Dries Up

The flow of Bosnian jihadists to Syria and Iraq has almost stopped -- although nearly 200 of them are still there, including 60 minors, according to a new study.

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Defiant Bahrain Speeds Up Moves against Main Opposition Bloc

Bahrain began court proceedings to dissolve the main Shiite opposition bloc al-Wefaq on Thursday, bringing them forward from October in defiance of U.N. and U.S. appeals for them to be dropped.

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Yemen Govt. Demands Rebel Withdrawal before Any Transition

The Yemeni government said Thursday that Shiite rebels must withdraw from all territory they have seized since 2014 and hand back control of state institutions ahead of any political settlement.

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Kurdish-Arab Forces Enter IS Syria Bastion of Manbij

U.S.-backed Kurdish and Arab fighters advanced Thursday into the Islamic State jihadist group's bastion of Manbij in northern Syria, sparking fierce street fighting as they push to take the city.

Backed by air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition bombing IS in Syria and Iraq, fighters with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance entered Manbij from the south, a monitoring group said.

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Saudi Suspect Found Dead after Gunfight in Shiite Town

A man wanted by Saudi authorities has been found dead after a police raid and exchange of gunfire in a Shiite town, the interior ministry said Thursday.

The dead man, Abdul-Rahim al-Faraj, and his brother Majid al-Faraj were wanted for allegedly shooting at security forces, some of whom were killed, the ministry said.

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First of Two French-Made Warships Arrives in Egypt

The first of two French-made warships sold to Egypt after France canceled their sale to Russia arrived off the coast of Alexandria on Thursday, local media reported.

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HRW Calls on Egypt to Free Members of Satirical Street Group

Human Rights Watch is calling on Egypt's government to release from detention four members of a satirical street group who posted video clips on social media that mocked President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi and called on him to step down.

Five of the group's six members were detained in May, but one was later released on bail. The sixth member has gone into hiding. They are accused of using social media networks to undermine Egypt's stability, spreading false news and inciting protests.

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