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Civilian death toll rises in Syria's Raqqa

Deadly air strikes continue to target Raqqa city, monitoring group says, as thousands continue to flee the fighting.

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Millions of Yemenis face hunger during Ramadan

At least 17 million people suffer food shortages in what the UN calls the world's largest humanitarian crisis.

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Egypt blocks financial newspaper website

Access to prominent financial newspaper, Al-Boursa, denied days after 21 other sites were blocked by authorities.

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Palestinian judge bans divorce during Ramadan

Judge says fasting and ban on cigarettes tend to lead to frayed tempers and sharp tongues that are later regretted.

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Mosul: Iraqi forces press ahead in Old City push

As humanitarian concerns over Mosul civilians grow, Iraqi forces close in on ISIL positions despite strong resistance.

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Warplanes carry out new strikes on Libya's Derna

Fresh strikes come days after Egypt attacked camps in city of Derna, in response to killing of Egyptian Christians.

Egyptian air force

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Lawyer Mohammed al-Roken awarded human rights prize

UAE lawyer was among 69 jailed on charges of conspiring to topple government after trial criticised by rights groups.

UAE

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Iraqi troops push for last ISIL holdouts in Mosul

Al-Shifaa, Al-Zinjili and Al-Saha al-Oula neighbourhoods come under military attack as army seeks to reach Old City.

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Palestinian prisoners in Israel suspend hunger strike

Deal struck with Israel after intense talks hailed as 'victory' for Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike for 40 days.

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Ramadan: Saudi, 33 countries declare Saturday first day

Ramadan Mubarak! Saudi Arabia officially declares May 27 as the first day of Ramadan. Pakistan, India start on Sunday.

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