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Saudi Media Accuses Yemen Rebels of Missile Fire at Mecca

Saudi-owned media accused Yemeni rebels Tuesday of targeting Islam's holiest city Mecca after Riyadh and its allies said they had intercepted two missiles over the kingdom.

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Hafter's Rule Brings Security to Eastern Libya, at a Cost

After years of assassinations, bombings and militia firefights, Libya's eastern city of Benghazi finally feels safe again — but security has come at a heavy cost.

Uniformed police are out at major intersections, cafes and restaurants stay open late into the night, and local groups hold art exhibitions and festivals. But the city center lies in ruins, thousands remain displaced, and forces loyal to commander Khalifa Hifter, who now controls eastern Libya, have cracked down on dissent.

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Egypt to Free Ex-Diplomat Critical of Sisi's Rule

Egyptian authorities have ordered the release of a former diplomat who was detained after proposing a referendum on the regime of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, his lawyer said on Monday.

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Yemen Rebels Say their Drone Hit Arms Depot at Saudi Airport

Yemen's Houthi rebels said Tuesday they launched a bomb-laden drone into Saudi Arabia, targeting an airport with a military base — an attack acknowledged by the kingdom as Mideast tensions remain high between Iran and the United States.

It was not clear if there were any injuries or what the extent of damage was.

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U.N. Team Unearths 12 Mass Graves in Iraq Probe of IS Crimes

A U.N. team investigating the massacre of Iraq's Yazidi minority and other atrocities has excavated 12 mass graves and is collecting witness accounts that could be used in Iraqi and other national courts, according to a U.N. report seen by AFP on Monday.

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Iraqi Shiite Figures Warn U.S.-Iran War Could 'Burn' Iraq

Leading Iraqi Shiite figures warned Monday against attempts to pull their country into a war between the U.S. and Iran, saying it would turn Iraq into a battlefield yet again, just as it is on the path to recovery.

The warning came hours after a rocket slammed into Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, landing less than a mile from the sprawling U.S. Embassy. No injuries were reported and no group immediately claimed the Sunday night attack.

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What We Know about Bomb Blast near Egypt's Pyramids

Just a month before the African Cup of Nations, Egypt was hit by a bomb blast that undermined efforts to burnish its image as a bulwark of stability after years of turmoil.

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Palestinians Say Not Consulted on Bahrain Conference

The Palestinian leadership said Monday it was not consulted over an economic conference next month in support of Washington's Middle East peace plan and no party was entitled to negotiate on its behalf.

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12 Suspected Jihadists Killed in Egypt Raids

Twelve suspected jihadists were killed Monday in police raids near Cairo, Egypt's interior ministry said, a day after a bomb blast injured 17 people including tourists near the Giza pyramids.

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Gulf Countries Strengthen Oil Coordination amid Tensions, Says Kuwait

Kuwait's deputy foreign minister said countries in the Gulf have strengthened coordination to provide oil to global markets amid increased regional tensions.

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