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Saudi labour minister replaced, councils reshuffled

The changes come as the Gulf kingdom prepares to implement social and economic reforms amid economic hardship.

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Syrian forces tighten grip on besieged Aleppo

Capture of Tariq al-Bab neighbourhood means government now controls about half of eastern Aleppo.

Tariq al-Bab

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Fund to protect heritage sites in war zones approved

Around 40 nations agree to create safe havens for endangered art works as well as protecting heritage sites.

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Syrian rebels blame Russia for stalled Aleppo talks

Little relief for civilians despite weeks of indirect meetings in Turkey between Syrian opposition officials and Russia.

children

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New Israeli envoy arrives in Turkey after rapprochement

Eitan Naeh dispatched as Israel's first ambassador to Ankara in six years after row over Gaza flotilla raid ended.

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Troops advance in Aleppo, Russia proposes aid corridors

Despite global criticism and UN warning Aleppo risks becoming a "giant graveyard", Syrian government forces press on.

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Qatari news website raises 'censorship' concerns

Doha News says it has been blocked by the Gulf country's two internet service providers - with no reason why.

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New UN tally shows spike in casualties in Iraq

Deaths of civilians, security forces, and Peshmerga fighters are all on the rise amid ferocious battles for Mosul.

Iraqi man mourns

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Russia vows to save Aleppo from 'terrorists'

Foreign minister vows to clear Syrian city of "terrorists" while working with Turkey for increased humanitarian access.

Russian aid

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UN envoy: Aleppo residents at risk of extermination

UN envoy urges access to residents of eastern Aleppo as at least 26 more killed while fleeing the fighting.

Aleppo residents

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