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Sombre Eid al-Fitr for Qatar as Gulf blockade continues

Qatari citizens express sadness as the regional diplomatic crisis casts a shadow over Islam's most important holiday.

Eid al-Fitr

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Iran: Hassan Rouhani condemns 'siege of Qatar'

In a phone call with the Qatari Emir, president also says Iran's air space, ground and sea will be open to Doha.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani

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Deadly car bombing kills Syrian civilians in Idlib

Attack in country's northwest comes as Assad government announces release of 672 detainees from Damascus prison.

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Al-Wasat: Newspaper shut down by Bahrain fires staff

Daily sends note to employees saying it had to let them go after Bahrain's rulers ordered it closed earlier this month.

Al-Wasat

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Turkey's Erdogan denounces demands on Qatar

Turkish leader criticises list of demands presented by Saudi-led countries that cut ties with Qatar and prompted crisis.

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UN: Yemen faces world's worst cholera outbreak

WHO says more than 1,300 people have died and as many as 300,000 could become infected by the end of August.

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Hotter and drier again in the Middle East and US desert

Halfway through the year and we have already set new heat records.

Los Angeles

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Deadly suicide bombings hit shopping district in Mosul

Suicide bombings kill at least three people in shopping arcade in city's east in run-up to Islamic Eid al-Fitr holiday.

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Istanbul LGBT march banned over 'security concerns'

Governor's office bans event for third year in a row, but organisers wow to hold it despite threats by various groups.

Istanbul LGBT march

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Iran foils 'plot to bomb religious centres'

Authorities seize weapons and explosives, but do not say how many were detained, or where the operation took place.

Security forces

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