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UK firms make huge profits on arm sales to Saudi Arabia

Arms sales to Riyadh exceed $8bn, while UK government receives just $40m of corporate tax, War Child report says.

War in Yemen

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Palestinian PM to visit Gaza for reconciliation talks

Palestinian Authority's Rami Hamdallah to follow up on Hamas concessions to end decade-long rift with Fatah.

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Syrian army closes in on ISIL in Deir Az Zor

Syrian soldiers, backed by Russian air strikes, cross Euphrates River in a head-on course with rival SDF fighters.

Syrian troops

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Egypt acquits Irish-Egyptian after 4 years in prison

Ibrahim Halawa, detained at age 17, is expected to walk free after years of 'mockery of justice' in pre-trial detention.

Ibrahim Halawa

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Snapchat blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia asks Snap Inc to remove Al Jazeera Discover Publisher Channel in the kingdom citing violation of local law.

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Iraq top court rules to suspend Kurdish referendum

Kurdistan Regional Government is planning to hold independence referendum on September 25.

The KRG

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UN's Guterres urges Kurds in Iraq to scrap referendum

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says next week's scheduled referendum detracts from the fight against ISIL.

Kurds

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Qatar agrees to buy 24 fighter jets from Britain

Doha signs agreement to purchase two dozen Typhoon aircraft in second major arms purchase since Gulf crisis began.

UK's Typhoon

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Large convoy of Turkish troops masses at Syria border

Convoy expected to cross into Syria as part of a de-escalation force in Idlib province in the coming weeks.

Turkish army vehicles

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Hamas agrees to steps towards Palestinian unity

Group says it is ready to dissolve rival government in Gaza and enter talks with Fatah about holding general elections.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (R)

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