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Rights groups slam Saudi arrests of religious figures

Amnesty International and HRW denounce 'politically motivated' recent detentions of religious scholars and preachers.

religious figures

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Assad forces advance against ISIL in central Syria

Syrian troops have been on the offensive against ISIL in central Syria for weeks under the cover of Russian air attack.

al-Bogheliyah, in Deir Az Zor

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Syria diplomatic talks: A timeline

MWC News tracks the diplomatic initiatives aimed at resolving the six-year war in Syria.

Syrian chief negotiator Bashar al-Jaafari

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Final de-escalation zones agreed on in Astana

Iran, Turkey and Russia unveil plan in Astana calling for end to hostilities in zones in mainly opposition-held areas.

 de-escalation zones

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Turkey's President Erdogan hosts Qatar's emir

Turkey's leader holds talks with the Qatari emir at his presidential palace in Ankara.

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UN to expand role in south Yemen

UN coordinator urges more assistance to southern provinces amid conflict and worsening humanitarian situation.

food shortages

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Twin suicide attacks leave dozens dead in southern Iraq

Shooting and car bomb attacks claimed by ISIL kill at least 50 people in southern Thi Qar province.

Thi Qar

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'Millions of dollars missing' in school aid for Syrians

Funding gaps prevented 500,000 Syrian children in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey from attending school in 2016, HRW says.

Syrian refugee children

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Qatar's emir to meet Turkey's President Erdogan

Turkey's leader has been a major supporter of Doha since June 5 when a Saudi-led bloc cut ties and blockaded Qatar.

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Iraq parliament votes to remove Kirkuk governor

Move to remove Najm Eddine Karim follows parliamentarians' rejection of Kurdish plans to hold independence referendum.

Kurds

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