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With Fall of Sirte, IS Down but Not Out in Libya

The fall of Sirte to pro-government forces is a significant setback for the Islamic State group in Libya, but will not spell the end of the jihadists in the strife-torn country, experts say.

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Jordan Military Plane Crash Kills Pilot

A Jordanian air force pilot was killed on Monday after his F-16 jet crashed due to a technical fault during a training exercise, the army said.

The army statement did not specify the location of the accident, which happened as the jet took off.

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Two Senior Iraqi Officers Killed in Clashes with IS

Two senior Iraqi army officers have been killed in clashes with the Islamic State group south of the embattled jihadist bastion of Mosul, the military command said Monday.

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Russian Field Hospital Hit in Syria's Aleppo, Nurse Killed

Rebel shelling of Syrian government-held part of Aleppo killed a Russian nurse in a makeshift Russian hospital in the city on Monday while the Defense Ministry in Moscow said a Russian fighter jet crashed into the Mediterranean Sea after returning from a sortie over Syria.

The developments were a blow to Russia, which has been one of the staunchest supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad in his country's bitter civil war, now in its sixth year.

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In Aleppo, Dreaming of Home but Finding Only Rubble

Kafa Jawish hadn't slept in days, daydreaming of seeing her home in east Aleppo for the first time in four years, but when she arrived she found little more than rubble.

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Saudi King on Regional Tour ahead of GCC Summit

Saudi Arabia's King Salman arrived in Qatar on Monday as part of a rare regional tour ahead of the annual summit of Arab leaders of the oil-rich Gulf states.

The trip comes at the time of a political transition in the United States and as deadly conflicts rage in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

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Kerry Accuses Israeli Right of Sabotaging Peace Process

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday accused right-wing Israelis of deliberately thwarting efforts to broker a peace deal with the Palestinians.

In unusually stark terms, Washington's top diplomat warned that Israeli settlement building was undermining any hope of an agreement to allow two states to live side-by-side.

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IS Loses Libya Bastion in Major Blow to Jihadists

Forces loyal to Libya's U.N.-backed government said Monday they had seized full control of Sirte from the Islamic State group, in a major blow to the jihadists who battled for months to retain their bastion.

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Syria Rebels Rule out Withdrawal from Aleppo

Syrian rebels on Monday ruled out a pullout from east Aleppo despite sweeping government advances, after Moscow announced it would hold talks with Washington on their withdrawal from the city.

The Syrian army has seized two-thirds of east Aleppo and continued to advance on Monday, pounding remaining opposition-held territory.

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Israel Resumes Parcel Post into Gaza

Israel has begun allowing parcels to be sent to Gaza again, officials said Monday, months after a ban over allegations the Palestinian enclave's Hamas rulers were using them to smuggle weapons.

"It was decided yesterday to renew the postal services for packages into the Gaza Strip," said a statement from COGAT, the Israeli defence ministry unit that implements government policies in the Palestinian territories.

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