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Iran Says to Miss Hajj, Saudi 'Blocking Path to Allah'

Iran said Sunday its pilgrims will miss this year's hajj because Saudi Arabia, custodian of Islam's holiest sites, was raising obstacles and "blocking the path to Allah" for its faithful.

Riyadh said Iran's hajj demands were "unacceptable."

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Netanyahu's Newly Expanded Coalition already Threatened

A key party in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's newly expanded right-wing coalition threatened to bring it down on Sunday over a demand related to the military.

The Jewish Home party, whose leader Naftali Bennett is a political rival to Netanyahu, said it would vote against the expanded coalition in parliament if its demand was not met.

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Two Rockets Fired from Syria Land near Turkish Airport

Two rockets fired Saturday from inside Syria landed near the international airport of Gaziantep, a major Turkish border city, although nobody was hurt, the Turkish news agency Dogan reported.

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IS-rebel Clashes Rock Northeast Syria Town

Heavy fighting between the Islamic State group and rebels gripped a town in northeastern Syria Saturday, a monitor and an activist said, after a lightning assault by the jihadists cut a main supply route.

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'Westerner' among 7 IS Suspects Arrested in Yemen

Yemeni authorities on Saturday arrested seven Islamic State group suspects, including one "Westerner", in second city Aden, a police officer told Agence France Presse.

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Malaysia Accepts 68 Syrian Refugees

Malaysia on Saturday received 68 Syrian refugees including 31 children out of a total of 3,000 it hopes to allow into the predominantly Muslim country with hundreds more expected soon.

Last December, the Southeast Asian country accepted the first batch of 11 Syrian migrants who had relatives in Malaysia.

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Hundreds of People Flee Iraq's Fallujah Area

Hundreds of people fled the Fallujah area on Friday with the help of Iraqi forces who are fighting to retake the city from the Islamic State jihadist group, officials said.

Iraqi forces launched an operation to recapture Fallujah, an IS stronghold located just 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of Baghdad, at the start of this week.

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Iraq Forces Fire Tear Gas as Thousands Protest in Baghdad

Security forces fired tear gas as thousands of protesters gathered in central Baghdad on Friday and attempted to head to the Green Zone, a fortified area they have breached twice.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had called on the demonstrators, most of them supporters of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, to stay home and security forces deployed to block their way to the Green Zone, but the protesters were undeterred.

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Amnesty Warns of 'Dramatic Surge' in Saudi Executions

Amnesty International warned on Friday that a surge in executions carried out by Saudi authorities could see more than 100 people put to death in the first six months of 2016.

The London-based watchdog says that the kingdom carried out at least 158 death sentences last year, making it the third most prolific executioner after Iran and Pakistan.

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100,000 Syrians Trapped as IS Advances near Turkish Border

At least 100,000 people were trapped Friday along Syria's border with Turkey after the Islamic State group swept through rebel territory in Aleppo province, rights groups and activists said.

The shock IS advance on two rebel-held towns came as the jihadist group is facing an offensive further east in its own heartland of Raqa province.

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