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Saudi Suspect Found Dead after Gunfight in Shiite Town

A man wanted by Saudi authorities has been found dead after a police raid and exchange of gunfire in a Shiite town, the interior ministry said Thursday.

The dead man, Abdul-Rahim al-Faraj, and his brother Majid al-Faraj were wanted for allegedly shooting at security forces, some of whom were killed, the ministry said.

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First of Two French-Made Warships Arrives in Egypt

The first of two French-made warships sold to Egypt after France canceled their sale to Russia arrived off the coast of Alexandria on Thursday, local media reported.

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HRW Calls on Egypt to Free Members of Satirical Street Group

Human Rights Watch is calling on Egypt's government to release from detention four members of a satirical street group who posted video clips on social media that mocked President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi and called on him to step down.

Five of the group's six members were detained in May, but one was later released on bail. The sixth member has gone into hiding. They are accused of using social media networks to undermine Egypt's stability, spreading false news and inciting protests.

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Islamic State Militants Push Back in Syria, Iraq and Libya

Even as internationally backed forces chip away at Islamic State-held territory in Syria, Iraq and Libya, the militants have demonstrated a stubborn resilience this week in the face of recent losses.

The IS forces dealt an embarrassing setback to the Syrian army near the militants' self-styled capital of Raqqa with a swift counteroffensive that rolled back incremental gains by troops loyal to President Bashar Assad.

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Syrian Armenians Find Refuge in Ancestral Homeland

When a bomb destroyed his workshop in war-ravaged Syria, silversmith Levon Keoshkerian followed other Armenians heading with a heavy heart for their ancestral home in the Caucasus.

He now lives with his elderly mother in Yerevan, where he goes every morning to the outdoor flea market to sell the silver ornaments he rescued as he fled the divided city of Aleppo.

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UN Chief Meets Saudi Prince over Yemen Row

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday hosted Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman for talks that touched on the row between the world body and Riyadh over the deaths of hundreds of children in Yemen.

The meeting at UN headquarters in New York was low-key, and neither Ban nor the Saudi prince spoke to reporters.

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Israel PM to Meet Kerry in Rome on Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in coming days in Rome to discuss stalled peace efforts with the Palestinians, an Israeli official said.

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U.N. Criticizes 'Repression' in Bahrain, Urges Dialogue

A U.N. special adviser sharply criticized Bahrain's government Wednesday for repressing opponents and revoking the citizenship of the Gulf state's top Shiite religious leader.

Adama Dieng, the special adviser for the prevention of genocide, warned that the country and the region were facing "a critical moment."

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Amnesty Urges Jordan to Keep Border Open to Syrian Refugees

Amnesty International on Wednesday urged Jordan to keep its border open to refugees fleeing Syria after a deadly frontier attack prompted Amman to declare the area a "military zone."

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U.S. to Host Iraq Donors amid Fallujah Crisis

The United States and key allies will host a donors conference next month to raise funds for Iraqi civilians driven from their homes by fighting.

The announcement came Wednesday even as Iraqi forces battled Islamic State fighters to secure control of Fallujah and thousands fled the city.

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