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Two Arab Israeli Brothers Charged with IS Contacts

Two Arab Israelis were indicted Friday in a court in northern Israel for alleged contacts with the Islamic State jihadist group and illegal possession of weapons, the Shin Bet security agency said.

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UN Envoy Calls for Urgent Reopening of Yemen Airport

The UN Yemen envoy called on Friday for the urgent reopening of the airport in the rebel-held capital Sanaa, which has been closed to all but limited UN flights for a year.

A Saudi-led coalition supporting the government imposed an air and sea blockade on rebel-held territory in March 2015 and tightened it in August last year saying it was the only way to stop weapons smuggling.

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Regime Shelling Kills Three in Truce Zone near Damascus

Government bombardment killed three civilians on Thursday in a ceasefire zone near Syria's capital, a monitor said, in the second day of deadly shelling on the rebel area.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and local residents also reported violations in a second "de-escalation zone" in the central province of Homs.

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Israel Moves ahead on Underground Wall around Gaza

Israel is pushing ahead with a project to build a giant underground wall around the Gaza Strip to block tunnels that could be used for attacks, the army said on Thursday.

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Israel Demolishes Homes of Palestinian Attackers

Israeli authorities have demolished three homes and sealed off a fourth of Palestinians who carried out attacks that killed a soldier and a policewoman, the army said on Thursday.

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Syrian Kurds: 17 Indonesians Who Escaped IS Leave Syria

A group of 17 Indonesians who had joined the Islamic State group in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa have been handed over to representatives of their country and have left Syria, a local Kurdish official and a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

According to the official, Omar Alloush, the Indonesian nationals included men, women and children. They were handed over on Tuesday at a Syria-Iraq border crossing. They had been asking to be sent back home, he said.

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Tunisian Security Forces Kill Two Suspected Jihadists

Tunisian security forces have killed two suspected jihadists during an operation in a mountainous area near the Algerian border, the national guard said on Wednesday.

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Israel Soldier Arrives to Begin Manslaughter Prison Term

An Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter for shooting dead a prone Palestinian assailant in a trial that deeply divided the country arrived on Wednesday to begin his 18-month prison term.

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Gulf Diplomatic Crisis Splits Families, Dashes Dreams

For Qataris affected by the diplomatic crisis rocking the Gulf, the reality of politics is stark: families divided, assets frozen and dreams put on hold.

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Besieged Syria Town Swaps Meat for Mushrooms

In a humid room in the besieged Syrian town of Douma, Abu Nabil inspects the pearly white mushrooms sprouting from white sacks hanging from a ceiling.

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