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Hamas Arrests Three Suspected Jihadists at Gaza Border

Hamas security forces in Gaza foiled an attempt by three suspected jihadists to sneak into Egypt and arrested them after an exchange of fire Friday, the Palestinian Islamist movement said.

The forces "foiled a dawn attempt to infiltrate Egypt by way of the southern Gaza Strip border", said the interior ministry of the Hamas-ruled coastal territory.

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UNRWA Commissioner-General Resigns

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Commissioner-General, Pierre Krähenbühl, informed United Nations Secretary-General on Wednesday that he would be resigning from his post effective immediately, UNRWA said in a press release.

Secretary-General António Guterres thanked Krähenbühl for his commitment and dedication to UNRWA and to Palestine refugees. The Secretary-General also reiterated his appreciation to UNRWA for its excellent work, which he described as being essential to the well-being of Palestine refugees.

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For East Syria, US Troops are About Much More than Oil

As U.S. troops beef up in eastern Syria to protect oil fields, residents hope their mission will bring stability and prosperity to the remote and resource-rich region —and keep the Syrian government out.

Their hopes reflect the expectations being piled onto the operation, even as President Donald Trump flip-flopped on the scope and duration of troops deployment. He initially ordered all troops out of Syria last month, then decided to keep a force in place to hold the oil infrastructure.

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Kuwaitis Protest: New Political Crisis on the Horizon?

A demonstration held outside the Kuwaiti parliament over alleged rampant corruption was reminiscent of past crises that have marred political life in the oil-rich Gulf state.

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U.N. Report Finds Jordan, Turkey, UAE Violated Libya Arms Embargo 

Jordan, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates have regularly violated the U.N. arms embargo imposed on Libya since 2011, according to a confidential report by U.N. experts seen Thursday by AFP.

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U.S.-Led Coalition Launches Operation to Protect Gulf Waters

A U.S.-led naval coalition officially launched operations in Bahrain Thursday to protect shipping in the troubled waters of the Gulf, after a string of attacks that Washington and its allies blamed on Iran.

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Iraq's Key Port Closed Again; 4 Protesters Killed in Baghdad

Four Iraqis were shot and killed on Thursday as they tried to remove barriers blocking their march in central Baghdad, while in the south, protesters forced the closing of the country's main port hours after services had resumed following days of closure, officials said.

Demonstrators have been trying to reach the Green Zone, which houses government offices and foreign embassies.

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Six Killed in Rebel Attack in Yemen's Mokha

Six people, including four civilians, were killed in an attack by Yemeni rebels on a military base in the Red Sea coastal town of Mokha, medical sources said on Thursday. 

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Kurdish Forces Kill 11 Pro-Turkish Syrian Fighters, Says Erdogan

Eleven pro-Turkish Syrian fighters were killed Thursday by Kurdish forces in violation of ceasefire agreements aimed at creating a "safe zone" in northern Syria, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

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UN Chief Condemns Live Fire at Iraqi Protesters as 'Disturbing'

The United Nations chief Antonio Guterres denounced as "disturbing" reports that Iraqi security forces have fired live ammunition at anti-government protesters in Baghdad, as mass rallies continued to rock the capital and southern Iraq. 

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