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In Syria's Besieged Douma, Ramadan Meals Among the Ruins

The scene in Syria's besieged rebel-held town of Douma is almost surreal -- tables laden with food to break the Ramadan fast are surrounded by the crumbling carcasses of bombed-out buildings.

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IS Blows Up Mosul Mosque where Baghdadi Announced 'Caliphate'

The Islamic State jihadist group on Wednesday blew up Mosul's iconic leaning minaret and the adjacent mosque where their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his only public appearance in 2014, a top Iraqi commander said.

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Canada Urges Qatar to Fight Terror Financing

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed "concern about the funding of terrorism" to the emir of Qatar on Wednesday, calling for dialogue to end Doha's row with Arab states.

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Saudis, Allies Have List of Demands for Qatar, Says U.S.

Saudi Arabia and its allies have drawn up a list of demands to be presented to Qatar, the United States said Wednesday, as President Donald Trump discussed the regional crisis with new Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The latest moves came as Washington stepped up its efforts to resolve the thorny row between Qatar -- home to the biggest U.S. air base in the Middle East -- and its neighbors, led by Riyadh.

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Three Things to Watch as Saudi Names New Heir to Throne

Mohammed bin Salman, named Saudi crown prince on Wednesday, becomes first in line to the throne as the historically conservative nation faces challenges at home and turmoil abroad.

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King Salman Presides over Saudi Reform Effort

Saudi King Salman, who ascended the throne in January 2015 and the last of the "Sudairi Seven" to rule, has presided over wideranging efforts to transform his oil-dependent, conservative Islamic realm.

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Aid Workers Readying for Mosul Exodus, Says UNHCR

Aid workers are preparing for a potentially massive outflow of civilians from Mosul's Old City, the U.N. refugee agency's representative in Iraq said, raising fears for civilians being held as human shields.

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Israel Arrests Mother of Palestinian Attacker over Remarks

Israeli forces arrested the mother of a slain Palestinian assailant early on Wednesday after she praised her son's deadly east Jerusalem attack, the army and police said.

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Iran Demands Saudi Arabia Release Detained 'Fishermen'

Iran on Wednesday demanded the release of three fishermen detained last week by Saudi Arabia, which claims the men were Iranian Revolutionary Guard members planning an attack.

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Egypt Delivers Fuel to Ease Gaza Electricity Crisis

Egypt began on Wednesday to deliver a million litres of fuel to Gaza, a Palestinian official said, in an attempt to ease the Palestinian enclave's desperate electricity crisis.

The fuel, trucked in through the Rafah border between Egypt and Gaza, will be routed to the territory's only power station -- closed since April due to fuel shortages.

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