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IDF unearthed Gaza tunnel, 18.3.2014

Three Palestinians killed in Gaza tunnel collapse: Palestinian media

A string of tunnel collapses in the Gaza Strip have killed at least 16 Palestinians since January

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Des combattants yéménites partisans du président Abedrabbo en exil, dans la province de Marib, le 9 avril 2016

Yemen ceasefire due to begin at midnight

The UN says more than 6,300 people have been killed in impoverished Yemen since March last year

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Palestinian activists stick leaflets calling for the boycott of Israeli products to a shelf selling Israeli dairy products in a supermarket in the town of Bethlehem i

Palestinian Authority charges two companies with marketing Israeli products

The PA banned the entry of goods made by five major Israeli food companies in March

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Beirut's Rafiq Hariri International Airport.

Two workers at Beirut airport detained over terrorist links

Unrest from the Syrian civil war has spilled over into Lebanon

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Russian airstrikes hit Syrian city of Jobar outside Damascus, February 26 2016

Air raids kill 24 IS fighters, 8 civilians in Syria's Raqa: monitor

Syrian army preparing to retake Aleppo: prime minister

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Turkish soldiers carry the coffins of officers killed in a Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) attack in the eastern province of Tunceli, during a funeral in Ankara, on September 27, 2015

Turkey breaks Kurdish militant cell 'preparing attack': report

Turkey is on a knife's edge after four militant attacks that have killed 79 people this year alone

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Members of the revolutionary guard attend the anniversary ceremony of Iran's Islamic Revolution at the Khomeini shrine in the Behesht Zahra cemetery, south of Tehran, February 1, 2012

Iran: Saudis are training terrorists to attack us

Iran and Saudi Arabia have suffered a drastic decline in their relationship in recent months

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Saudi King Salman (left) shakes hands with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during talks in Cairo, on April 7, 2016

King Salman calls for joint fight against 'terrorism'

Saudi Arabia has backed Sisi since the overthrow of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood movement

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When fighting in Aleppo first broke out in mid-2012, the yellow cabs saw a significant drop in business as people stayed home or left the city altogether

Syrian army, Russian air force preparing operation to liberate Aleppo: reports

Meanwhile, clashes around Aleppo have killed at least 16 pro-regime fighters and 19 jihadists in past 24 hours

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Saudi King Salman (left) shakes hands with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during talks in Cairo, on April 7, 2016

Egypt, Saudi Arabia agree $16 bn investment fund, settle maritime spat

Cairo said it had agreed to demarcate its maritime borders with Saudi Arabia

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Palestinian security forces in Bethlehem on December 24, 2015

Palestinian forces arrest three youths suspected of planning attack on Israelis

Three youths, suspected to belong to the Hamas terror group, were found in possession of large weapons cache

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Des policiers à Istanbul en Turquie, le 17 mars 2016

Three lightly wounded after percussion bomb explodes in Istanbul: report

Percussion bombs make a loud noise, causing fear and panic but rarely serious damage or injury.

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A US Boeing B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber overflies the runway during the F-Air Colombia 2015 air festival at the Jose Maria Cordova airport in Rionegro, Antioquia department, on July 9, 2015

US deploys B-52 bombers against Islamic State

It was not immediately clear how many of the bombers had been deployed.

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Yemeni soldiers stand guard in Sanaa on August 5, 2012

Qaida ambush kills at least 20 Yemeni soldiers: military source

Jihadists kill young recruits deployed to secure areas under government's control

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Syrians stand in front of heavily damaged buildings in al-Qaryatain, Homs province, a few days after Syrian regime forces seized it from jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) group

Syrian civilians return to ravaged town retaken from Islamic State

Situation remains extremely fragile with Islamic State positions in the hills some 10 to 15 kilometers away

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Le système de défense aérienne Buk-M1-2 de fabrication russe, également connu sous le nom de SA-17

Lebanon's Hezbollah acquired advanced SA-17 missile system: report

If true the development could be a game changer for Israel

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Arabic Media Review

Building bridges, BDS, and bumping beats: the Arabic-language media review

Headlines and editorials from major Arabic-language dailies and news sites: April 9, 2016

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Des membres des forces de sécurité afghanes arrivent sur les lieux d'un attentat-suicide près du ministère de la Défense à Kaboul, le 27 février 2016

Afghan Taliban chief consolidates power before annual offensive

New Taliban military gains in recent months have helped cement Mansour's authority within organization

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Saudi King Salman (left) shakes hands with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during talks in Cairo, on April 7, 2016

King Salman announces Saudi-Egypt bridge in rare Cairo visit

Idea of causeway between the two countries had been floated before, but never left planning stage

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Islamic State fighters inside Syrian city of Palmyra

Islamic State agrees to free abducted Syrian cement workers: monitor

Local figures from Dmeir mediated a deal with Islamic State on Friday to let the workers go free

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King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia (L) and President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt meet in Saudi Arabia in May 2015

Saudi king says agreed with Sisi to build Saudi-Egypt bridge

The announcement was made before representatives of the two countries began signing up to 24 investment deals

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Philippa Whitford (left), visits al-Ahli hospital with its medical director Doctor Maher Ayyad in Gaza City on April 5, 2016

British MP performs life-saving cancer operations for Palestinians

Philippa Whitford said breast cancer was for a long time a hidden killer in Gaza due to social stigma

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US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) held talks with Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari in Baghdad, on April 8, 2016

Kerry arrives in Iraq on unannounced visit to back crisis-hit government

Kerry to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, and Prime Minister of the autonomous Kurdish region

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Lebanese politician Michel Samaha has close links to the Syrian regime

Lebanon ex-minister jailed for 13 years on 'terror' charges

Samaha argues that he should be acquitted because he was a victim of entrapment