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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, mourners carry the coffins of more than 50 people  killed in a recent car bomb attack that targeted government supporters being evacuated from a besieged area, during their funeral at the Sayida Zeinab suburb of Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Wednesday's procession took place in a Damascus suburb that is home to a major Shiite shrine and is a stronghold for Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group fighting alongside the Syrian government. The April 15 attack killed nearly 130 people, including over 60 children. (SANA via AP)
The Latest: Airstrikes kill 10 in camp for displaced SyriansSyrian activists say airstrikes have struck a camp for the displaced in the northern rebel-held Idlib province, killing at least 10
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Hamas in Gaza says it won't be cowed by Abbas' threatsGaza's ruling Hamas movement says it will not be cowed by threatened funding cuts, signaling escalating tensions between the militant group and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
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Angry debate in Egypt over reforms in Islam against radicalsEgypt's government and its top Muslim religious institution, Al-Azhar, are in an angry fight over how to modernize the faith to counter radicals like the Islamic State group
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FILE - In this July 27, 2005 file photo, a sculpture of a female face stares down at visitors, in the Hatra ruins, 320 kilometers (200 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi paramilitary forces said Wednesday, April 26, 2017, that they have captured Hatra, a 2,000-year-old historical site near the northern city of Mosul, where U.S.-backed forces have been battling the Islamic State group for months. (AP Photo/Antonio Castaneda, File)
Iraqi forces say they've seized Hatra antiquities siteIraqi paramilitary forces say they have captured Hatra, a 2,000-year-old historical site near the northern city of Mosul, where U.S.-backed forces have been battling the Islamic State group for months
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FILE -- In this Tuesday, April 4, 2017 file photo, victims of the suspected chemical weapons attack lie on the ground, in Khan Sheikhoun, in the northern province of Idlib, Syria. France's foreign minister says chemical analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria shows that the nerve agent used "bears the signature" of President Bashar Assad's government and shows it was responsible. Jean-Marc Ayrault says France now knows "from sure sources" that "the manufacturing process of the sarin that was sampled is typical of the method developed in Syrian laboratories." But Kremlin promptly denounced the French report. (Alaa Alyousef via AP, File)
France: Analysis shows Syrian government behind sarin attackFrance's foreign minister says chemical analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria shows that the nerve agent used "bears the signature" of President Bashar Assad's government and shows it was responsible
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Saudis thwart attempted attack on oil facility near YemenSaudi Arabia says its security forces thwarted an attempted attack on an Aramco oil distribution center involving an unmanned boat from Yemen, where the kingdom is at war with Shiite rebels
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FILE- In this May 12, 2014 photo, a girl shoots baskets during team practice at a private sports club in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. A proposal to establish sports education colleges for Saudi women has failed to win enough votes in the kingdom’s Shura Council, which advises the government. Saudi media reports say the proposal on the colleges needed 76 votes to pass, but fell three votes short of that goal.  (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)
Saudi council rejects proposal for female sports collegesA proposal to establish sports education colleges for Saudi women has failed to win enough votes in the kingdom's Shura Council, which advises the government
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Rights group: Israel grants permit after earlier rejectionAn international rights group says Israel has granted a work visa to its regional director that was denied earlier this year
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Officials: Egypt tribesmen burned militant alive in SinaiEgyptian officials: Members of prominent local tribe in northern Sinai burn alive suspected Islamic State militant
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FILE - In this May 26, 2004 file photo, the USS Mahan, a guided-missile destroyer, moves up the Hudson River in New York during Fleet Week. A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer fired a warning flare toward an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel coming near it in the Persian Gulf, an American official said Wednesday, the latest tense naval encounter between the two countries. (AP Photo/Ed Bailey, File)
US Navy fires warning flare at Iran vessel in Persian GulfUS Navy says a guided-missile destroyer in fired a flare toward an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel in Persian Gulf
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Israel's ex-defense minister says he'll challenge governmentIsrael's hawkish former defense minister attacks government, says he'll challenge it in next election
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Saudi novelist wins prestigious prize for Arab fictionSaudi novelist wins what is considered to be the region's top literary award for Arab fiction
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Iran confirms rejecting appeal by held British-Iranian womanIran confirms rejecting final appeal by British-Iranian woman detained in Iran against her 5-year sentence
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FILE -- In this July 29, 2015 file photo, a Turkish Air Force warplane rises in the sky after taking off from Incirlik Air Base, in Adana, southern Turkey. On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, Turkish warplanes carried out airstrikes against suspected Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq and in northeastern Syria, the military said, in a bid to prevent militants from smuggling fighters and weapons into Turkey. Although Turkey regularly carries out airstrikes against outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK targets in northern Iraq, this was the first time it has struck the Sinjar region. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)
Turkey strikes Kurds in Iraq, Syria, drawing condemnationTurkish warplanes have struck suspected Kurdish rebel positions in Iraq and Syria, drawing condemnation from Baghdad and criticism from the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group, which is allied with Kurdish factions in both countries
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Islamic State car bomb kills 4 tribesmen in Egypt's SinaiEgyptian security officials say an Islamic State suicide bomber has attacked a tribal checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula, killing four members of a powerful local tribe and wounding others
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