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EU-Arab Summit Set for February 24-25 in Egypt

European Union and Arab leaders will meet in Egypt in late February for their first summit as part of efforts to forge a new European-African alliance and fight migrant smuggling, officials said Thursday.

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U.S. Downgrades Palestinian Mission into Israel Embassy

The United States downgraded its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians on Thursday, placing it under the authority of the U.S. embassy to Israel.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the consulate general, a separate office which handled dealings with the Palestinians, would be replaced by a new Palestinian Affairs Unit inside the controversial new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

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Hamas Pledges Gaza Rocket Fire Probe as Calm Returns

Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas on Thursday pledged to launch an investigation into rocket fire at Israel the previous day, in an apparent bid to calm fears of a new war.

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U.S. to Appoint Qatar Ambassador amid Gulf Row

The United States has said it would appoint an ambassador to Qatar, after a 16-month gap during which Doha has been at the centre of a regional diplomatic crisis.

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Head of U.N. Humanitarian Taskforce for Syria to Step Down

A day after the U.N. envoy for Syria announced his planned departure, the head of the humanitarian taskforce for the war-ravaged country said Thursday he would also resign next month.

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U.S. Gives KSA 'Few More Days' on Khashoggi

The United States will give Saudi Arabia "a few more days" to work on its probe into the suspected murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday.

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Flash Floods in Tunisia Leave Five Dead, Two Missing

Flash flooding in Tunisia has killed at least five people while a further two are unaccounted for, the interior ministry said on Thursday.

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French Minister Pulls Out of Saudi Conference over Khashoggi

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said Thursday he was pulling out of a major investment conference in Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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UN Syria Envoy to Try to Move on Constitution before Leaving

U.N. special envoy Staffan de Mistura said Wednesday that he will make a final effort before stepping down next month to advance toward a new constitution for Syria — a key step in ending the country's civil war.

De Mistura announced at the end of a Security Council briefing that he is leaving the job in late November for "purely, purely personal reasons" related to his family after four years and four months in one of the toughest U.N. jobs.

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US Newspaper Publishes 'Last Piece' by Missing Saudi Journalist

Two weeks after he disappeared, The Washington Post on Wednesday published what it said appears to be Jamal Khashoggi's final column, in which the missing Saudi journalist writes of the importance of a free press in the Arab world.

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