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IUMS urges Saudi Arabia to free Muslim scholars

Preachers and scholars arrested in Saudi Arabia 'should not be used as pawns in political crisis', Doha-based IUMS says.

The International Union of Muslim Scholars

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Iraq parliament rejects Kurdish independence referendum

Kurdish plans for referendum on statehood in northern Iraq suffer setback in the national parliament.

People celebrate in Kirkuk

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Turkey set to buy Russian missile defence system

Putin's adviser confirms agreement marking the NATO member's first major weapons purchase from Russia.

The S-400 anti-aircraft missile

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Syria army readies final push to capture Deir Az Zor

After breaking three-year-old ISIL siege, Syrian forces amass troops and equipment near strategic city.

Deir Az Zor military council flag

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UN nuclear watchdog defends Iran agreement

President Donald Trump has called the 2015 agreement between Iran and six major powers 'the worst deal ever negotiated'.

Yukiya Amano, IAEA's director-general

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Iraq holding 1,400 foreign 'ISIL wives, children'

Wives and children of suspected ISIL fighters held in camp after group's expulsion from former stronghold in Mosul.

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Lavrov: Saudi Arabia committed to solve Syria crisis

Sergey Lavrov says kingdom has assured its support for setting up 'de-escalation' zones in Syria under Astana deal.

Sergey Lavrov

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Ziad Doueiri faces Lebanon army tribunal 'over film'

Director Ziad Doueiri held in Lebanon, reportedly over his previous film The Attack, which was filmed partly in Israel.

Director Ziad Doueiri

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18 soldiers killed in ISIL ambush in Egypt's Sinai

Monday's attack the deadliest against Egyptian security forces since July when ISIL killed 23 troops in Rafah.

Egyptian soldiers

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Qatari FM: Doha ready for dialogue despite blockade

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani says Gulf blockade is violating human rights, but stresses readiness for talks.

Abdulrahman Al Thani

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