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Amnesty slams Iran executions of juvenile offenders

Rights group says dozens of juveniles have been put to death since 2005, as at least 49 others still face execution.

Council

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Deadly blasts claimed by ISIL rock Syria's Homs city

At least 20 people killed in multiple bombings in the central city with ISIL taking responsibility.

Homs

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Syria talks to seek ceasefire, excluding ISIL and Nusra

UN envoy postpones Syria peace talks until Friday, saying a push for ceasefire won't include ISIL or al-Nusra Front.

Staffan De Mistura

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Two Palestinians killed after alleged stabbing

Unidentified men shot dead after allegedly wounding two Israeli women in the illegal West Bank settlement of Beit Horon.

Israeli women

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Syria peace talks postponed until end of January

Talks on Syria that were planned on Monday have been delayed due to the disagreements on who can attend, UN envoy says.

Staffan De Mistura

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Arab Spring anniversary: Protesters defy crackdown

Despite heavy security presence and arrests, demonstrators take to the streets in Egypt to mark 2011 uprising.

Egyptian police

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Egypt marks 2011 revolution amid tight security

President Sisi praises 25 January uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, amid heightened security presence in Cairo.

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Iraq summons Saudi ambassador over Shia militia comment

Envoy says presence of Iranian-backed Shia militias in Iraq's fight against ISIL is exacerbating sectarian tensions.

Shia volunteers

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Scores die in suspected Russian strikes in Syria's east

Monitoring group says at least 63 people killed in Khasham town near Deir Ezzor, which is mostly controlled by ISIL.

Deir Ezzor

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West-wary Iran deepens China ties as sanctions end

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Iran never trusted the West, as Beijing and Tehran agree to expand 10-year trade to $600bn.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei meets Chinese President Xi Jinping

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