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Activists ramp up pressure on Lebanon's rape law

Calls increase for the repeal of controversial law allowing rapists to avoid punishment if they marry their victims.

Lebanon's rape law

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US defence secretary visits Qatar to 'reinforce' ties

ISIL, Syria's war, and Iran's regional role expected to top the agenda of Pentagon chief's meeting with Qatar's Emir.

Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani

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Israeli settlers attack activists in the West Bank

Video shows masked men approaching and attacking a group of activists accompanying Palestinian shepherds.

Israeli settlers

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First phase of Syria evacuations ends after delay

Removal of civilians and fighters from besieged towns ends after 48-hour halt, with prisoners set to be released.

Fighters guard a convoy of buses

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 'disqualified' from Iran elections

State media says clerical body disqualifies former Iranian president from running in May presidential election.

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Qatari hunters kidnapped in Iraq freed after 16 months

Iraqi interior ministry says gunmen have released a Qatari hunting party that includes members of the royal family.

Iraq's Muthanna

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Army accused of extrajudicial killings in leaked video

Footage purportedly shows Egyptian soldiers executing prisoners in Sinai province then staging events.

soldiers executing prisoners

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Assad still possesses chemical weapons: James Mattis

Pentagon chief warns against use of banned munitions as transfer of Syrian evacuees resumes after suicide car bombing.

James Mattis

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Iraqi forces 'make further gains' against ISIL in Mosul

Army commanders say areas west of the Old City have been recaptured and a senior ISIL operative was killed.

people have fled Mosul

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Egypt says air raids kill 19 ISIL fighters in Sinai

Three leaders were among 19 members of Sinai Province group who were killed in air raids, Egyptian military says.

Sinai

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