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Oman accepts 10 Guantanamo Bay inmates at US request

Transfer is part of a push by outgoing President Obama to shrink the prison's inmate population before leaving office.

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Sinai residents accuse state of extrajudicial killings

Ministry labels 10 slain youths "terrorists" but El Arish residents vow to "bring to justice all those who killed" them.

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Syria's war: Rebel groups to attend Astana peace talks

Delegation of opposition factions to attend next week's meeting but others, including Ahrar al-Sham, will not join in.

Rebel groups

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Court rejects Red Sea islands transfer to Saudi Arabia

In final verdict, Egyptian court rules against government agreement to hand over Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia.

Tiran and Sanafir

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'Shelling kills civilians' in Syria's Wadi Barada area

Monitoring group says seven dead in government assault on village in contested valley which supplies water to Damascus.

Wadi Barada

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Bahrain executes three men over police killings

Trio convicted of carrying out a 2014 deadly attack on police executed by firing squad, state news agency reports.

Bahrain's Shia majority

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South African photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed kidnapped

Shiraaz Mohamed taken by unidentified armed men near Turkey border while on assignment for Gift of the Givers charity.

Shiraaz Mohamed

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Syria's main opposition bloc backs Astana peace talks

Clashes continue in parts of Syria ahead of scheduled peace talks in the Kazakh capital later this month.

Syrian clashes

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Iraqi forces 'retake parts' of Mosul University

Iraqi army claims seizing nearly quarter of university used as base by ISIL fighters amid fierce fighting.

Iraqi forces

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Israel and Palestinians squabble over Paris conference

At least 72 countries will attend a conference aiming to lay a framework for a two-state solution.

Netanyahu

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