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Two Egyptian girls found dead at Syria's Al-Hol camp

Syria's Kurdish authorities have recovered the bodies of two Egyptian girls dumped in sewage at the notorious Al-Hol detention camp, local security personnel said on Tuesday.

"The bodies of two Egyptian girls were found in the sewage waters" at Al-Hol a day earlier, a Kurdish security source told AFP, requesting anonymity.

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Saudi crown prince courts Asia amid row with Washington

Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince has embarked on a multi-stop Asian tour, shoring up the Gulf nation's ties with its biggest energy market and signaling growing independence from Washington amid a bitter row over oil supply.

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Two Israelis killed in West Bank attack, Palestinian shot dead

Two Israelis were killed Tuesday in an attack in the occupied West Bank, with the Palestinian perpetrator shot dead, Israeli and Palestinian officials said.

The latest surge in violence comes hours before Israel swears in its new parliament, with far-right lawmakers poised to be members of the cabinet vowing a crackdown on Palestinian violence.

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Renewed Iranian attacks in northern Iraq kill at least 1

Missiles fired from Iran have targeted bases of an exiled Iranian Kurdish opposition group in neighboring Iraq, killing at least one person and wounding eight, local officials said. It was the latest in a series of such attacks in recent weeks.

One official with the Iranian opposition in Iraq later put the death toll at three while the health minister in Iraq's semi-autonomous, Kurdish-run region said the casualty number was expected to rise.

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Qatar's role in diplomacy ahead of 2022 World Cup

For decades, Doha has flung open its doors to Taliban warlords, Islamist dissidents, African rebel commanders and exiles of every stripe.

Now, the tiny emirate is receiving extra scrutiny as it welcomes over a million soccer fans from around the world for the 2022 World Cup.

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Total to launch sea exploration after Lebanon-Israel deal

French oil giant Total said Tuesday it would soon launch exploration activities in search for gas in the Mediterranean Sea off Lebanon's coast, following last month's Lebanon-Israel deal on their maritime border.

According to a statement, TotalEnergies and its partner, Italy's ENI, signed with Israel a so-called "Framework Agreement" to implement the U.S.-mediated border agreement reached last month. Lebanon and Israel have been formally at war since Israel's creation in 1948.

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Israeli liberals fear new government will undo progress

Israel's outgoing coalition has been the most diverse in the country's history, bringing a slew of progressive policies on the environment, LGBTQ issues and funding for the country's Arab minority.

But now, even before it takes office, Israel's expected new coalition government — overwhelmingly male, religious and right-wing — is promising to roll back many of the achievements of its predecessor, prompting concern from activists and liberals over where their country is headed.

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US sinks boat carrying 'explosive materials' from Iran to Yemen

The U.S. navy said Tuesday it had scuttled a boat transporting "explosive materials" from Iran to supply Huthi rebels in Yemen, with enough power to fuel a dozen ballistic rockets.

The boat, which the U.S. navy seized on November 8 in the Gulf of Oman was sunk on Sunday, the Bahrain-based United States Fifth Fleet said.

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Abu Akleh family praises US decision to probe Shireen's killing

The family of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was likely killed by an Israeli soldier, on Tuesday praised a U.S. decision to open a probe into her death.

"This is an important step," a statement from the Palestinian-American family said, adding that US authorities have a responsibility to investigate, "when a US citizen is killed abroad, especially when they were killed, like Shireen, by a foreign military."

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Egypt calls reports of surveillance at COP27 'ludicrous'

A senior Egyptian diplomat has dismissed as "ludicrous" Monday reports that his country's police have been conducting surveillance of participants at this year's U.N. climate talks in Sharm el-Sheikh.

The United Nations said Sunday that it was investigating allegations of misconduct by Egyptian police officers who were part of the force providing security to the global body at the venue. Germany had raised concerns after attendees at events hosted by the country were photographed and filmed.

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