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Lebanese parliament passes law paving way for new polls

A May 2018 vote will be based on proportional representation and 15 districts, replacing the winner-takes-all system.

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Saudis and allies working on list of Qatar 'grievances'

Saudi foreign minister's announcement comes as Turkey continues diplomatic efforts to resolve Gulf diplomatic crisis.

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TRT reporter says S Arabia briefly detained his team

Statement by Pakistani reporter says he was held with his cameraman while covering a visit by Turkey's foreign minister.

Mevlut Cavusoglu

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UN believes up to 150,000 civilians trapped in Mosul

ISIL is preventing civilians fleeing and plans to use them as human shields ahead of final battle for Old City, UN says.

western Mosul

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Saudi 'rejects' Turkey offer to build base in kingdom

Unnamed official says kingdom 'cannot allow Turkey to build military bases on its territories', SPA news agency reports.

A Turkish F-16 fighter jet

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Palestinians shot dead after Jerusalem Old City attacks

Three Palestinians killed by Israeli forces after separate attacks at Damascus Gate near Jerusalem's Old City.

Israeli policemen

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Mevlut Cavusoglu pushes efforts to end Qatar dispute

Foreign minister says, after holding talks in Qatar and Kuwait, 'problem can't be solved with embargoes and sanctions'.

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan scolds US over arrest warrants

Criticism follows announcement that Turkish security agents were among those being sought over brawl in Washington, DC.

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Egypt arrests dozens ahead of proposed island protests

As many as 40 people detained amid calls on social media for mass protest against Saudi deal on Friday at Tahrir Square.

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Qatar calls on UN to protect Gulf citizens' rights

Doha calls for action from UN to end humanitarian crisis resulting from anti-Qatar steps taken by its neighbours.

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