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Egypt’s closure of border terminal mounts pressure on Gazans

Hesham Mhanna Gaza  Egyptian authorities have allowed Palestinian pilgrims to enter the Gaza Strip after taking part in Hajj ceremonies in Saudi Arabia. But the Egyptian border with Gaza has been closed for months despite the Palestinians’ dire need to contact the outside world. Our correspondent Hesham Mhanna reports from ...

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Iraq mortar attack kills 35: police officials

BAGHDAD: Iraqi police officials say at least 35 people were killed in a mortar attack on villages around the provincial capital of the country’s eastern Diyala province. A police official from the city of Baquba told The Associated Press that at least 35 civilians were killed late Friday when the ...

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Iranian commander killed in Syria

Iranian military commander Brigadier General Hossein Hamedani has been killed in Syria, where he was giving military advice to the Syrian army in its fight against Takfiri militants in the Arab country. Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said in a statement carried by Sepah News on Friday that Brig. ...

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Blaze kills 9 inmates in overcrowded jail in Philippines

A fire engulfing an overcrowded jail facility in the southeastern Philippines has killed nine prisoners and left another one missing. Authorities in the Filipino Justice Ministry said Friday that the blaze broke out at the maximum security section of the regional prison on Leyte island, 620 kilometers (386 miles) southeast of ...

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UN demands probe into Saudi attack on Yemen wedding

A senior aid official with the United Nations (UN) has called for a swift investigation into a recent Saudi airstrike on the location of a wedding ceremony in Yemen’s southwestern Dhamar region. Stephen O’Brien, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, demanded an impartial probe into the deadly aerial ...

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UN mission in Libya proposes unity government

The head of the UN Support Mission to Libya (UNSMIL) has proposed the formation of a unity government in the North African country. Bernardino Leon made the announcement at a press conference in the Moroccan city of Skhirat on Thursday, adding that a list of the proposed candidates for the national unity government has been also prepared. ...

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