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16 Afghan police killed in US strike

A US airstrike killed 16 Afghan police and wounded two others in Helmand province, officials said Saturday. The incident took place Friday 5 pm as Afghan security forces were clearing a village of Taliban elements, Salam Afghan, Helmand…
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Egypt to end visas on arrival for Qataris

Egypt said it would end visas on arrival for Qatari citizens as a dispute between four Arab states and the Gulf emirate continues over allegations that Doha supports terrorism. The measure, which goes into effect on Thursday, will not…
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IS head reported dead after jihadists lose Mosul

Islamic State group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reported dead on Tuesday, a day after Iraq declared it had driven the jihadists from their one-time biggest stronghold of Mosul. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a longtime monitor…
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US, Russia agree on ceasefire in southwest Syria

Russia and the United States have agreed to a ceasefire in southwest Syria starting from midday on Sunday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced Friday. "Today in Amman Russian, American and Jordanian experts... agreed on a…
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Qatar crisis: Restrictions to continue

Restrictions on Qatar will continue after it rejected the ultimatum made by its Middle East neighbours, Saudi Arabia has said. The foreign ministers of four Arab countries, meeting in Cairo, said they regretted Qatar's "negative" response…
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Saudi Arabia to discuss Qatar crisis with allies

Saudi Arabia and Arab allies that have cut ties with Qatar will hold talks in Egypt on Wednesday on the Gulf diplomatic crisis, after Doha said their demands were impossible to meet. The four Arab nations, which also include the United…
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IS blows up Mosul mosque

Jihadists on Wednesday blew up Mosul's iconic leaning minaret and the adjacent mosque where their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014 declared himself "caliph" in his only public appearance, Iraqi officials said. The Islamic State group…
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