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{FD} Egypt sentences 56 in migrant boat disaster case

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An Egyptian court has sentenced 56 defendants in the case of a boat carrying migrants that capsized off the coastal city of Rosetta in September, killing more than 200 people. Continue reading

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{FD} Settler leader: Population growth is end of 2-state solution

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A prominent West Bank settler says the number of Israelis living in the West Bank has soared by nearly one quarter over the past five years to over 420,000 people. Continue reading

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{FD} US-backed forces battling for ISIS-held air base in Syria

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U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces began their assault on an Islamic State-held air base in northern Syria on Sunday, activists said, as reports circulated that residents were evacuating the nearby city of Raqqa, the militants’ de facto capital. Continue reading

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{FD} UN official says 6 aid workers killed in South Sudan

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{FD} With eye toward Trump, Arab leaders to seek consensus

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With an eye toward Washington, leaders of a fractured and conflict-ridden Arab world hold their annual summit this week, seeking common positions and possible leverage as President Donald Trump weighs his approach toward the region. Continue reading

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{FD} Yemenis protest 2nd anniversary of Saudi intervention

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Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of the Yemeni capital Sanaa on the second anniversary of the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen. Continue reading

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{FD} Family of missing ex-FBI agent files lawsuit against Iran

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The family of a former FBI agent who went missing in Iran a decade ago on an unauthorized CIA assignment has filed a lawsuit against the Islamic Republic, accusing it of using “cold, cynical and false denials” to torture his loved ones. Continue reading

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{FD} Missing ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson: Family files lawsuit vs. Iran

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The family of a former FBI agent who went missing in Iran a decade ago on an unauthorized CIA assignment has filed a lawsuit against the Islamic Republic, accusing it of using “cold, cynical and false denials” to torture his loved ones. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Socialist leader in Bulgaria votes for “change”

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The Latest on Bulgaria’s election Sunday: (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Activists say IS evacuating Raqqa over dam fears

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The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Russia says oil cuts may be extended amid high compliance

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Russia’s energy minister says there’s “94 percent” compliance on a six-month oil production cut among OPEC members and non-cartel nations, as well as discussions about continuing the cuts to boost crude prices. Continue reading

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{FD} German minister: Erdogan rhetoric causing significant damage

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A senior German official says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rhetoric in the standoff with European countries ahead of his country’s April 16 referendum is causing damage that will take years to repair. Continue reading

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{FD} Syrian opposition calls on US to spare civilians in Raqqa

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A leading Syrian opposition group is calling on the U.S.-led coalition to stop targeting residential areas in and around Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s de facto capital. Continue reading

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{FD} Iran imposes sanctions on 15 US companies

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Iran has imposed sanctions on 15 American companies over their alleged support for Israel, terrorism and repression in the region. Continue reading

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{FD} Qatar Foundation looks at job cuts amid low oil, gas prices

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The Qatar Foundation says it is looking at possible job cuts, the latest Gulf entity to acknowledge being hurt by low global energy prices. Continue reading

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{FD} Youth employment seen as key challenge ahead of Arab summit

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The Arab League chief says 29 percent youth unemployment is one of the region’s biggest challenges. Continue reading

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{FD} Hamas closes Gaza crossing with Israel after shadowy killing

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Hamas authorities have shut down the Gaza border with Israel following the mysterious killing of a senior militant. Continue reading

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{FD} Medical relief group: Syria hospitals need ‘fortification’

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A medical relief advocacy groups says over 100 hospitals in Syria were hit by Syrian or Russian airstrikes last year, urging the “fortification” of medical facilities such as by adding reinforced concrete or blast-resistant windows. Continue reading

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{FD} Greek police nab 2 truck drivers smuggling in 20 migrants

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Greek police say they have arrested a Turkish truck driver and a Bulgarian truck driver who were carrying a total of 20 migrants near Greece’s northeastern land border with Turkey. Continue reading

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{FD} Erdogan: Turkey might hold referendum on EU membership

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Turkey’s president says the country might pursue a Brexit-like referendum on whether to pursue European Union membership. Continue reading

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{FD} Bulgarian nationalists protest at Turkish border before vote

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 Bulgarian nationalists kept up their protests at the Turkish border Saturday against Bulgarian citizens living permanently in Turkey who are coming in to vote in Bulgaria’s election. Continue reading

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{FD} Iraq: Speaker voices concern over Mosul airstrike

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Iraq’s parliament speaker has expressed concern over reports of airstrikes that have allegedly killed more than 100 civilians in western Mosul where U.S.-backed government troops are fighting the Islamic State group. Continue reading

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{FD} Third Airbus plane purchased by Iran lands in Tehran

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Iran’s official IRNA news agency is reporting that the third of the 100 planes it purchased from Airbus following a landmark nuclear with world powers has joined its commercial fleet. Continue reading

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{FD} Roadside bomb kills 3 policemen in Egypt’s Sinai

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Egyptian security officials say a roadside bomb planted by suspected Islamic militants has hit a police armored vehicle in the north of the Sinai peninsula, killing three members of the security forces. Continue reading

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{FD} Police clash with anti-Christian mob in southern Egypt

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Police have used tear gas to disperse an angry mob of Muslims approaching Christian homes in southern Egypt. Continue reading

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{FD} Airstrike on rebel-held Syrian city inflicts casualties

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Syrian opposition activists say airstrikes have struck the northwestern rebel-held city of Idlib, inflicting casualties. Continue reading

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{FD} Vehicle attacks: easy success for IS, challenge for police

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In the battlefields of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State group became infamous for its spectacular variations on explosive vehicles. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump son-in-law’s ties to Israel raise questions of bias

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Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has deep business and personal ties to Israel that could raise questions about his ability to serve as an honest broker as he oversees the White House’s Mideast peace efforts. Continue reading

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{FD} Former Palestinian prisoner found shot dead in Gaza

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A former Palestinian prisoner who Israel sent to Gaza after his release has been found shot dead at the entrance of his house in Gaza City. Continue reading

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{FD} Saudi embassy confirms UK attacker had been in Saudi Arabia

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The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in London says that the Westminster attacker was in the country three times and taught English there. Continue reading

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{FD} Peacekeeping chief expects 3 mission to close by March 2018

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{FD} UN: Israel didn’t comply with UN call to stop settlements

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The United Nations says Israel took no steps to comply with a Security Council call to stop all settlement activity in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, and instead authorized “a high rate” of settlement expansions in violation of international law. Continue reading

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{FD} UN warns that destroying cultural heritage may be war crime

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{FD} Arab autocrats: Exiled, killed or fighting for survival

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Egypt’s ousted former President Hosni Mubarak was released Friday after six years in custody but he is not the only autocratic ruler in the Middle East that was caught up in Arab Spring revolts that swept across the region in 2011. Continue reading

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{FD} Cyprus: gas search will continue despite Turkish ‘threats’

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Cyprus says the search for oil and gas off its shores will continue after Turkey said that it would “take all necessary measures to protect its interests” in the eastern Mediterranean, as well as those of breakaway Turkish Cypriots. Continue reading

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{FD} Swiss find signs of spying linked to Turkish community

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Swiss federal prosecutors say they have “concrete indications” pointing to alleged political espionage by people linked to the Turkish community in Switzerland. Continue reading

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{FD} Iran says renewing UN special rapporteur mandate ‘spiteful’

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Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman, Bahram Ghasemi, has condemned as “selective and spiteful” the U.N. Continue reading

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{FD} Key events in the life of the ousted Egyptian president

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Key events in the life of the ousted Egyptian president, who has been released from detention and returned home. Continue reading

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{FD} Social justice ‘warriors’ jump into Kurdish-Syrian struggle

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Scores of military-minded westerners have flocked to the Kurdish-dominated enclave of Syria in recent years – armed and ready to defeat the jihadist threat that is the Islamic State. Continue reading

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{FD} US coalition investigating reports of deadly Mosul airstrike

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The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group says it is investigating reports of an airstrike in a western Mosul neighborhood that allegedly left more than 100 civilians dead. Continue reading

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{FD} Turkey’s Erdogan targets German intelligence chief

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Turkey’s president has hit out at the head of Germany’s intelligence service for suggesting that Berlin is not convinced U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen played a role in last year’s failed coup. Continue reading

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{FD} UN’s South Sudan inquiry gets wider powers to pursue abuses

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The United Nations commission of inquiry for South Sudan now has broader powers to pursue human rights abuses in the country’s civil war. Continue reading

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{FD} Hamas TV channel builds Jerusalem set in Gaza

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Quiet on the set! Surrounded by militant training sites on uprooted Jewish settlement lands, the first movie set in the Gaza Strip is growing, depicting the history-rich, volatile alleyways of Jerusalem’s Old City. Continue reading

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{FD} Israeli rights group: Troops seize Palestinian boy

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An Israeli rights group has released an amateur video it says shows soldiers seizing a terrified 8-year-old Palestinian boy as they tried to get him to identify people who had thrown a firebomb in the West Bank. Continue reading

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{FD} Merkel affirms German backing for two-state solution

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Chancellor Angela Merkel is reiterating Germany’s long-held support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and its rejection of Israeli settlements. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: New round of Syria peace talks starts in Geneva

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The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 2 p.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Egypt’s Mubarak returns home after years-long detention

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An Egyptian security official says ousted President Hosni Mubarak is back at home, free following his release from custody after legal proceedings that took years during which the country witnessed major upheavals. Continue reading

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{FD} Blast rattles Cairo suburb, killing 1; police don’t say bomb

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Egypt’s Interior Ministry says a man was killed and three members of his family were injured when a device exploded while he was cleaning up his backyard in a leafy Cairo suburb. Continue reading

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{FD} French candidate Macron wins key backer: defense chief

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Independent French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron has won the backing of the defense minister, which could bolster voter confidence that the 39-year-old is presidential material despite having no party and minimal political experience. Continue reading

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{FD} French defense chief: Battle for Syria’s Raqqa within days

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France’s defense minister says the battle by international forces to take back the Islamic State group’s de facto capital of Raqqa in Syria will start in the coming days. Continue reading

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