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Erdogan Stages Islamic Summit to Back Palestinians

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday hosts for the second time in half a year a summit of the main pan-Islamic bloc to show solidarity with the Palestinians and condemn Israel after the killing of dozens of Gaza protesters.

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Putin Meets Assad in Sochi, Calls for 'Political Process' on Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a rare meeting with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad on Thursday and said the "military success" in Syria allowed for a large-scale "political process" leading to the withdrawal of foreign forces and the reconstruction of the country.

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U.N. Calls on Iraq to Probe Election Complaints

The U.N. on Thursday called for Iraq's electoral commission to "immediately and fully" investigate complaints by candidates and parties over the conduct of this month's legislative elections.

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Qatar Emir Thanks Iran for Support in Gulf Crisis

Qatar's ruler on Thursday personally thanked Iran's President Hassan Rouhani for his country's support during an almost year-long Gulf crisis, which has seen the emirate cut adrift by neighboring former allies.

In a telephone conversation, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and the Iranian leader also discussed ways of "boosting" relations between the two countries, according to a statement from Qatar News Agency.

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Swiss Minister Says UNRWA behind Palestinians 'Unrealistic' Return Hopes

The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees is fueling "unrealistic" hopes of return after 70 years of exodus and is therefore helping keep the Mideast conflict alive, Switzerland's foreign minister said Thursday.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)was established after the war surrounding Israel's creation in 1948, when around 700,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled.

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Israel Court Declines to Delay Expelling HRW Official

An Israeli court on Thursday rejected Human Rights Watch's request for its country director to remain in Israel until an appeal against his expulsion is heard, the affected official told AFP.

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Arab League Urges Int'l Probe into 'Israeli Occupation Crimes'

The Arab League called Thursday for an international probe into alleged crimes by Israeli forces against Palestinians following mass protests on the Gaza border that saw dozens of demonstrators killed.

Tens of thousands have protested along Gaza's border with Israel since March 30 calling for Palestinian refugees to be able to return to their homes now inside Israel.

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Denmark to Pull Special Forces Out of Iraq

NATO-member Denmark said Thursday its special forces taking part in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Iraq would be withdrawn following the IS defeat.

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Judging Jihadists in Syrian Kurdistan: A Political Hot Potato

Shunned by both their Western governments and their Kurdish jailers, foreign men and women who joined the Islamic State group are lingering in detention in northern Syria.

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Yemen's Aden University Condemns Assassination of Dean

The University of Aden has condemned the murder of its dean of sciences and her son and granddaughter, who were killed in her apartment in the de facto government capital of Yemen.

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