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Questions and Answers on Israeli Settlements

A Palestinian gunman opened fire at an entrance to the Israeli settlement of Har Adar in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, killing three security personnel and wounding another.

Here are some key questions and answers on Israeli settlements:

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Iraq since the U.S.-Led Invasion

U.S.-led forces invaded Saddam Hussein's Iraq in 2003 after claims it was harboring weapons of mass destruction.

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Squeezed on All Sides, Hamas Bids for Reconciliation

When Hamas announced this week it would accept demands from rivals Fatah in a bid for Palestinian reconciliation, it was the latest in months of shifts from the Islamist group.

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Major Battlefronts against IS in Iraq and Syria

The Islamic State group has lost swathes of territory in its self-declared "caliphate" in recent months, including its former Iraqi hub Mosul and most of its Syrian bastion Raqa.

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Yes or No? Independence Referendum Splits Iraqi Kurds

Iraqi Kurds may have long dreamed of founding their own state, but the independence referendum set for September 25 has also exposed divisions between their autonomous region's main cities.

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Hamza Bin Laden: The Heir to Al-Qaida?

A photo montage published by al-Qaida to mark the 16th anniversary of 9/11 shows the face of Osama bin Laden in the flames of the Twin Towers.

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Iraqi Kurds Pressure Baghdad with Referendum Bid

An Iraqi Kurdish plan to hold a September 25 independence referendum, which has hit a legal roadblock with just a week to go, is more of a tool to pressure Baghdad than a step towards actual secession, observers say.

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Iraqi Kurdistan, Autonomous and Oil-Rich

Iraq's Kurdish region, which will hold a referendum on statehood on September 25, has been autonomous since 1991 and has played a major role in the war against jihadists.

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Russia Touts Essential Role in Syria's Advance against IS

As the Islamic State group seems to crumble across Syria, a top Russian commander points to a pulverised tank once used by the jihadists as proof of his country's essential role in their demise.

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A History of Persecution: Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims

Nearly 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled renewed violence in Myanmar, crossing the border in Bangladesh in waves following a military crackdown the UN says amounts to ethnic cleansing.

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