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Netanyahu, Israeli Police Face Off over Graft Probe

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli police faced off in a rare public dispute Sunday over an intensifying graft probe that has led to speculation over whether he will eventually be forced from office.

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Nearly 700,000 Iraqis from War-Torn Mosul Still Displaced

Nearly 700,000 Iraqis from the former jihadist stronghold of Mosul and nearby areas are still displaced despite the city's recapture in July, the Norwegian Refugee Council said Sunday.

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'Final Phase' of Battle for Raqa as Some IS Fighters Leave

U.S.-backed forces announced the "final phase" of the battle to retake Syria's Raqa on Sunday, after a group of foreign Islamic State group fighters left their one-time stronghold under an evacuation deal.

Raqa was once the de facto Syrian capital of the jihadists' self-styled "caliphate" in Syria and Iraq, but IS now holds just 10 percent of the city.

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Iraq, Kurds in Crisis Talks over Kirkuk Standoff

The presidents of Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan held talks Sunday to defuse an escalating crisis, after a deadline for Kurdish forces to withdraw from disputed positions was extended by 24 hours.

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Dozens of IS Fighters Surrender as Raqa's Fall Nears

Dozens of Islamic State group fighters have surrendered in their former Syrian stronghold of Raqa, the US-led coalition said Saturday, as the fall of the one-time jihadist bastion nears.

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Baghdad Gives Ultimatum on Kirkuk Pullback, Says Kurds

Baghdad has set a pre-dawn Sunday deadline for Kurdish forces to abandon positions in the disputed oil province of Kirkuk they took during the fightback against the Islamic State group, a senior Kurdish official said.

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Talks on Raqa Civilian Exit Halted

Talks on securing safe passage for civilians from the last Islamic State group-held neighborhoods of Syria's Raqa have stopped, a city official close to the discussions told the AFP news agency on Friday.

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Qatar Advances Boycott Case at WTO

Qatar has asked the World Trade Organization to set up a panel to arbitrate its complaint against Gulf neighbors over a four-month old blockade, sources at the global trade body said Friday. 

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6 Egyptian Soldiers Killed in Sinai Attack

Six Egyptian soldiers were killed in a "terrorist" attack in restive North Sinai, where jihadists are active, the army's spokesman said on Friday.

"Terrorist elements attacked a security post in El-Arish with hand grenades and firearms," Tamer el-Rifai wrote on his Facebook page.

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Kurds Accuse Baghdad of Readying Push for Oil Fields

Kurdish authorities accused the Iraqi government on Friday of massing forces in readiness for an offensive to seize Kurdish-held oil fields, as tensions soar after a vote for independence last month.

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