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US 'discussing' moving Israel embassy to Jerusalem

Days after Trump's inauguration, White House discusses controversial plan to relocate embassy from Tel Aviv.

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Mosul: Iraqi forces 'liberate' east from ISIL fighters

Iraqi forces 'liberate' the last two neighbourhoods on the left side of the Tigris River in eastern Mosul.

Mosul

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Lebanese soldiers thwart suicide bombing in Beirut cafe

Security forces arrest a would-be suicide bomber in a crowded Costa coffee shop in busy Hamra Street.

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Netanyahu plans to discuss 'Iran threat' with Trump

Israel prime minister distinguishes between 'cruel' Tehran government and the people in recorded message.

Benjamin Netanyahu

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Israel approves permits for 566 settler homes

Building plan in East Jerusalem approved by local council after being held up until Donald Trump took office in the US.

Jerusalem

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Arab journalists urge Egypt to free Al Jazeera reporter

The Federation of Arab Journalists calls for the release of Mahmoud Hussein, who was detained by Egypt on December 20.

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Turkish MPs approve bill to create executive presidency

Changes, subject to a referendum, are to expand president's powers as head of executive while abolishing prime ministry.

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Suicide bombers blow themselves up in Saudi Arabia

Security forces engaged 'terrorists' in a firefight with suspects who later detonated explosives in the city of Jeddah.

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Deadly bomb blast hits Rakban refugee camp near Jordan

Deaths reported as camp near Jordan border is attacked days ahead of peace talks in Kazakhstan.

Rukban camp

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US: Deadly air strike in Syria hits al-Qaeda camp

US claims air strike killed more than 100 al-Qaeda fighters just a day before President Obama left office.

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