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Two Killed in Fresh Gaza Protests but Israel-Hamas Truce Holds

Two Palestinians including a medic were killed by Israeli fire on the Gaza border Friday, but away from protests the calm reached after a deadly flare-up between the enclave's rulers Hamas and the Israeli army mainly held.

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Saudi-Led Coalition Announces Probe into Yemen Bus Attack

The Saudi-led coalition on Friday announced a probe into an air strike on a bus that killed at least 29 children in Yemen where it is fighting Huthi rebels.

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Combative Saudi Foreign Policy Stirs International Ire

Saudi Arabia has sought to tame critics with an aggressive foreign policy, but a deadly air raid in Yemen following an acrimonious spat with Canada will only amplify international pressure on the kingdom, analysts say.

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Reporters Without Borders 'Unblocks' Website in Egypt

Reporters Without Borders said it had restored its website in Egypt on Friday, exactly one year after it was blocked by the authorities. 

"Access to hundreds of websites are blocked in Egypt, placing journalists in a virtual jail," the press freedom body said on its site. 

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Yemen in Shock after Saudi-Led Hit on Bus Kills at Least 29 Children

The remains of victims and children's clothing were strewn across a market in northern Yemen on Friday, as the U.S. and U.N. called for an investigation into an air strike the previous day by a Saudi-led coalition that killed at least 29 children on a bus.

Thursday's strike on the Dahyan market in the Huthi rebel stronghold of Saada injured at least 48 others, including 30 children, according to the International Committee for the Red Cross.

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Calm Returns to Gaza-Israel Border - for Now

Calm returned to Gaza and neighbouring areas of Israel Friday after a deadly flare-up between Palestinian militants and the Israeli military, but fresh protests could test the embryonic truce.

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Iraqi Cleric Sadr Wins Vote Recount

Nationalist Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr's alliance won Iraq's legislative election in May according to a manual recount, the electoral commission said Friday, paving the way for a government to be formed nearly three months after the polls.

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Syrian Troops Shell Idlib, Drop 'Surrender' Notes

Syrian regime forces shelled rebel and jihadist positions in the northwestern province of Idlib on Thursday and dropped leaflets urging people to surrender. 

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Saudi-Led Coalition Claims Deadly Yemen Attack

A Saudi-led coalition battling in Yemen said it carried out a deadly attack in the rebel-held north on Thursday, which the Red Cross said hit a bus carrying children.

In a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, the coalition called the strike a "legitimate military action" that targeted elements responsible for a rebel missile attack on the Saudi city of Jizan on Wednesday.

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Syria Kurds Face Tough Talks to Preserve Autonomy

Syria's Kurdish minority, hailed as an indispensable Western ally during the war against the Islamic State group, faces hard bargaining with Damascus to save its hard-won autonomy.

Early last year, President Bashar al-Assad's government held just 17 percent of Syrian territory and was unable to do anything about the autonomous institutions the Kurds have set up in areas under their control.

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