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Saudi-led forces accused of cluster bombings in #Yemen

Rights group says civilians killed after coalition troops used cluster munition rockets in attacks in Hajja governorate.

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Syrian army and rebels agree to new truce in #Zabadani

Ceasefire aims to end government bombardment of Zabadani and the siege of two Shia villages by rebels.

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Senior Iraqi commanders killed in ISIL suicide blast

Car bomb attack in Anbar province kills two generals and three others as fighting rages between ISIL and Iraqi forces.

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Saudi troops enter northern #Yemen after Houthi clashes

Saudi commanders insist incursion into northern Yemen is temporary, as troops take up positions overlooking Jizan.

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#Syrian rebel commander killed in #Turkey car blast

Leader of faction linked to Free Syrian Army dies after car explodes outside his home in southern town of Antakya.

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Saudi Arabia executes four more despite moratorium call

Three Saudis and one Syrian killed a day after Amnesty group called for freeze, bringing number executed in 2015 to 127.

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Assad defends presence of #Hezbollah fighters in #Syria

Syrian leader says his government formally requested help from group while foreign fighters helping rebels are illegal.

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#Israel frees hundreds of refugees from desert jail

Supreme Court orders release of asylum seekers from detention facility, but those freed remain banned from two cities.

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Petition pushes for end to Israel's #Gaza blockade

A year after the 2014 war, Gaza remains decimated, with tens of thousands of Palestinians still homeless.

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Al-Qaeda denies holding UK hostage freed in #Yemen

Al-Qaeda says that it never held a UK hostage that the UAE said was freed from the group in Yemen on Sunday.

Douglas Semple

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