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Key Syria-Iraq border crossing falls to #ISIL

ISIL fighters capture the last border crossing with Iraq still held by the Syrian government.

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Suicide bomber attacks Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia

At least seven people reportedly killed after attacker detonates explosives during Friday prayers in Qatif province.

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#Yemen-bound Iranian ship reaches Djibouti

Diversion of vessel to African country follows warnings from Saudis which did not want it to proceed to Yemen directly.

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Amnesty criticises #Qatar on migrant labour rights

Rights group says Gulf nation failing workers and says FIFA should pressure Qatar to do more ahead of 2022 World Cup.

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#ISIL gains ground with capture of Syria's Palmyra

Syrian Observatory says group now in control of almost half of country as Palmyra residents report worsening conditions.

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UN #Yemen talks face hurdles amid political bickering

Both Houthis and Hadi government tentatively welcome talks, but reiterate conditions for meeting in Geneva.

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US says coalition targeting Iraq's Ramadi

Announcement comes as people continue to flee Anbar's capital and Shia units prepare for counterattack to retake city.

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US mulls arming Iraqi tribes after #Ramadi rout

US official says Barack Obama considering faster training and more weapons for tribal fighters after fall of major city.

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#ISIL captures strategic Syrian city of #Palmyra

Fall of ancient city, also known as Tadmur, opens way for armed group to advance towards key government-held areas.

ISIL has overrun Palmyra

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#Yemen peace talks to resume in shadow of conflict

UN sets date for meeting in Geneva to end seven weeks of war as Arab coalition mounts sustained bombardment of Sanaa.

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