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Government forces and Houthis in Yemen prisoner swap

Houthis release 76 men in exchange for 118 freed by pro-government fighters in Taiz following mediation by local tribes.

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UAE minister denies comments on pullout from Yemen war

Statement that Emirati troops would no longer be involved in Yemen's conflict was misinterpreted, Anwar Gargash says.

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Morsi and Al Jazeera journalists sentenced for 'spying'

Six defendants sentenced to death and former president and aides given 25-year-jail term in contentious espionage trial.

Court delivers verdicts

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Iraq: Aid agencies inundated as thousands flee Fallujah

As the offensive against ISIL continues, 150,000 people from Fallujah could soon be in need of urgent humanitarian aid.

Fallujah

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Iraq: PM Abadi declares victory over ISIL in Fallujah

Iraqi PM says security forces have retaken most of Fallujah and only "small pockets" of ISIL remain within the city.

victory over ISIL

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Turkey bans Istanbul gay pride due to 'security fears'

Organisers describe ban as a "flagrant violation of the constitution" and say they will take legal action.

Istanbul gays

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Battle for Fallujah: Iraq retakes government HQ

Commanders say forces met limited resistance from ISIL during push into centre of city which government lost in 2014.

Battle for Fallujah

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US diplomats criticise Obama's Syria policy in memo

Memo signed by 52 State Department officials says targeted military strikes necessary to stop Assad's truce violations.

Syrian rebel groups

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EgyptAir crash: Cockpit voice recorder recovered

Investigators retrieve recorder's memory unit, raising hopes of solving mystery of plane crash that killed 66 people.

S V John Lethbridge

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Palestine: Israel wages water war on Palestinians

Palestinians call Israel's manipulation of water supplies to large areas of West Bank “inhumane and outrageous.”

water

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