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Iraqi troops push for last ISIL holdouts in Mosul

Al-Shifaa, Al-Zinjili and Al-Saha al-Oula neighbourhoods come under military attack as army seeks to reach Old City.

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Palestinian prisoners in Israel suspend hunger strike

Deal struck with Israel after intense talks hailed as 'victory' for Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike for 40 days.

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Ramadan: Saudi, 33 countries declare Saturday first day

Ramadan Mubarak! Saudi Arabia officially declares May 27 as the first day of Ramadan. Pakistan, India start on Sunday.

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UN envoy blasts electricity cuts in Gaza

Power crisis risks spiraling out of control with devastating consequences for Palestinians and Israelis alike, UN says.

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Yemen rivals urged to free wrongfully held detainees

HRW says it has documented arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance by Houthi, government and UAE-backed fighters.

Yemen rivals

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Coptic Christians killed in Minya bus attack

Masked attackers open fire on vehicles travelling to Minya monastery, killing and wounding dozens, including children.

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'Coalition strikes kill 106 civilians' in Al Mayadeen

No reaction from US-led coalition to reports of at least 106 deaths from attack on ISIL-held Al Mayadeen in Deir Az Zor.

Al Mayadeen

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US-led strikes kill 35 civilians in east Syria: monitor

US-led strikes kill 35 in east Syria, just days after monitor reports highest monthly civilian death toll for coalition.

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UN alarm over conditions for Palestinian prisoners

UN rights chief expresses concern as health of hunger-striking prisoners in Israeli jails 'deteriorates significantly'.

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Saudi Arabia: Ramadan moon sighting continues on Friday

Lebanon, Turkey Yemen and Iraq declare Saturday as the first day of Ramadan while Saudi Arabia postpones confirmation.

Ramadan Mubarak.

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