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Iran pilgrims to join this year's hajj: Saudi Arabia

Iran's pilgrims did not attend the hajj in 2016 after the two countries failed to agree on security and logistics.

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Air raid on mosque near Aleppo 'kills dozens'

Mosque in Aleppo province was full of worshippers at evening prayer when it was hit by fighter jets, monitor says.

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Syrian rebel group condemns Damascus blasts

Ahrar al-Sham's statement comes in response to 39 deaths in double bombing as the conflict enters its seventh year.

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100,000 flee as Iraqi forces advance in west Mosul

Elite troops battle towards iconic Nuri mosque where ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed the caliphate.

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Explosion hits security convoy in southeast Turkey

Highway blast targeting security forces kills two soldiers on a road linking the cities of Mardin and Diyarbakir.

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Iraqi forces kill ISIL commander in Mosul

Government soldiers try to retake strategic bridge in ISIL-held western Mosul, but snipers slow the advance.

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Syria war: Twin suicide attacks kill dozens in Damascus

Suicide bomber targets main judicial building in the capital's centre, with a second blast reported in the Rabweh area.

Palace of Justice

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Iraq forces hit stiff resistance in Mosul's Old City

More than 65,000 fled their homes in the past two weeks as Iraqi fighters push into the city's densely populated west.

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UN: Syria jets deliberately hit Damascus water supply

UN says two Syrian air raids struck Ain al-Fijeh spring in December, a war crime that left millions without water.

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Egypt's Hosni Mubarak to walk free in coming days

Public prosecutor orders release of former president as early as tomorrow following court acquittal.

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