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Egypt: Six troops, 24 attackers killed in Sinai attacks

Fighters use heavy machine guns and mortars in series of near-simultaneous attacks at and around Sheikh Zweid.

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Baghdad: Iraqi forces in full control of Kirkuk

Iraqi forces capture governorate building in central Kirkuk with no opposition from Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.

Kurdish flag in Kirkuk

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Israel approves settler housing in the heart of Hebron

Decision violates international law and will make life 'even more unbearable' for Palestinians, activists say.

Hebron's Old City

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Iraqi forces launch 'major' Kirkuk operation

Kurdish forces say 'many killed' south of Kirkuk city as Iraqi federal forces retake airbase and international airport.

Kirkuk operation

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Iraq accuses Kurds of 'declaration of war' in Kirkuk

Baghdad says PKK fighters are among Peshmerga forces in disputed Kirkuk province, an allegation Kurdish officials deny.

Kurdish Peshmerga

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Turkish official rebuffs call for Idlib troop pullout

Syrian call made to save Damascus's face in public, senior MP says, adding Russia and Turkey are cooperating in Idlib.

Turkish army

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Evacuation deal as ISIL defeat in Syria's Raqqa nears

Syrian forces backed by the US are on the verge of taking back full control of Raqqa, ISIL's self-proclaimed capital.

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Iraqi, Kurd forces in Kirkuk standoff as tensions rise

Tensions have been on the rise since Kurds held a referendum on secession last month, which Iraq called illegal.

outskirts of Kirkuk

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ISIL faces imminent Raqqa defeat, Syria's YPG says

Battle in ISIL's de facto capital in Syria on verge of being finished, Kurdish group says, amid reports of evacuations.

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Audrey Azoulay wins vote to be next UNESCO chief

Former French culture minister Audrey Azoulay wins after heated election overshadowed by Middle East tensions.

Audrey Azoulay

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The Israeli army closed several Palestinian media companies in the occupied West Bank in a wave of raids overnight Tuesday, drawing criticism from the Palestinian Authority (PA).

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