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Turkey, Saudi Arabia discuss efforts to end Qatar rift

Agreement reached on increasing efforts to end tension between Gulf states and Qatar, sources from Erdogan's office say.

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Kushner meets Abbas, Netanyahu in bid to restart talks

Donald Trump's adviser and son-in-law held meetings with Palestine and Israel leaders aimed at continuing talks.

Jared Kushner

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UN: ISIL targets children of families fleeing Mosul

UNICEF says children being killed by the armed group during 'one of the most brutal wars in recent history'.

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Iran calls on Riyadh to free Saudi-detained 'fishermen'

Tehran urges Saudi Arabia to release the three Iranians and pay compensation for shooting dead another.

Saudi-detained 'fishermen'

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HRW: UAE backs torture and disappearances in Yemen

Rights group says United Arab Emirates forcibly disappears people, operates secret prisons, and backs torture in Yemen.

Yemeni forces

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Profile: Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman

Newly crowned prince is known to be pragmatic on domestic issues and keen on aggressively countering influence of Iran.

Mohammed bin Salman

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Iconic Grand al-Nuri mosque in Iraq's Mosul 'blown up'

ISIL blew up the Grand al-Nuri Mosque and its leaning minaret, the Iraqi army says, but armed group blames US air raid.

ISIL's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

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Doha welcomes US stance on anti-Qatar blockade motives

Qatar reacts to US suggestion that Gulf states' concern about "terrorism" was not real reason behind Doha embargo.

heather-nauert

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US shoots down 'Iranian-made' drone in Syria

Pentagon declined to speculate on who was operating it but said drone advanced on coalition forces in Syria's southeast.

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Ex-Saudi crown prince pledges allegiance to successor

Royal decree removes Mohammed bin Nayef as next-in-line to the throne and replaces him with Mohammed bin Salman.

Former Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef

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