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US military halts exercises over Qatar-Gulf crisis

Joint army drills with Gulf Arab allies cancelled 'out of respect for the concept of inclusiveness', US army says.

Gulf Arab allies

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UN blacklists Saudi-led alliance for Yemen child deaths

Saudi-led alliance added to the UN chief's annual list of shame for killing and maiming 683 children during 2016.

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Jalal Talabani laid to rest in Sulaimaniyah funeral

Media close to Iraq's central government critical of funeral ceremony 'because coffin was not draped by the Iraqi flag'.

The coffin of former Iraqi President Talabani

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Iraq: What is the strategic importance of Hawija?

The capture of Hawija leaves just one remaining area under ISIL's control in Iraq.

outskirts of Hawija

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Saudi Arabia arrests 22 for spreading online videos

One Qatari national was among 22 people arrested for 'inciting against public order' via social media, authorities say.

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Syria: Probe reveals chemical weapons use in Hama

As watchdog probes use of sarin gas in Hama, activists say international community needs to do more to punish Assad.

Residents of Hama and Idlib

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Macron offers mediation between Baghdad and Kurds

The French president expresses readiness to help in easing tension between Baghdad and Kurds over secession referendum.

Haider al-Abadi, Macron

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Syria violence at worst level since Aleppo: ICRC

Heavy fighting raging in several regions of Syria is causing hundreds of civilian casualties, ICRC reports.

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Turkey sentences 40 to life for trying to kill Erdogan

Rogue soldiers convicted in a major trial linked to last year's failed coup attempt that left hundreds dead.

Mugla

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Moscow denies ISIL captives are Russian soldiers

President's office cautions against reports but says will check whether captives in Deir Az Zor are Russian citizens.

Russian mercenaries

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