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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, smoke rises after Syrian government airstrikes and shelling hit in Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood held by Islamic State militants, southern Damascus, Syria, Sunday, April 22, 2018. Syrian state media says government forces are pounding districts of southern Damascus held by Islamic State militants with warplanes, helicopters and artillery in a bid to enforce an evacuation deal reached earlier in the week. (SANA via AP)
Syrian troops look to isolate IS in Damascus battleSyrian state media say government forces have moved to cut off Islamic State militants in southern Damascus from nearby rebel-held suburbs in an attempt to force the extremists to surrender or evacuate the district
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Iran police's assault on woman over headscarf stirs debateVideo of police assaulting woman over her loose headscarf stirs debate on mandatory hijabs in Islamic Republic
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Yemen detainees in UAE-controlled prison start hunger strikeDozens of prisoners at UAE-run prison in southern Yemen start hunger strike to protest their indefinite detention
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Watchdog warns of humanitarian crisis in Egypt's SinaiRights group warns of humanitarian crisis in Egypt's Sinai amid military campaign against militants
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Qatar denies UAE, Bahrain allegation over military jetsQatar is denying an allegation by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain that it sent military fighter jets dangerously close to an Emirati commercial airliner
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2 Palestinians die of wounds sustained in Gaza protestsGaza's Health Ministry: 2 Palestinian youths die of wounds sustained in Israeli fire during border protests
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Yemen health officials: Saudi-led coalition bombed a wedding in northern Yemen on Sunday, killing at least 15Yemen health officials: Saudi-led coalition bombed a wedding in northern Yemen on Sunday, killing at least 15
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Kuwait says overnight fire at onshore oil rig now containedKuwait's state-run oil company says it has contained a fire at an onshore oil rig in the country's southwestern oilfields
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Prosecutors say terror suspect doesn't qualify for immunityFederal prosecutors say a former California college student charged with providing material support for a terrorist group isn't entitled to the sort of immunity often bestowed upon soldiers in national armies during wartime
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Libyan navy rescues 263 migrants, recovers 11 bodiesLibya's navy says it has recovered the bodies of 11 migrants and rescued 263 others in two separate operations off Libya's western coast
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FILE- In this April 19, 2009, Tehran former prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi speaks to the media at a news conference in Tehran, Iran. Iran's official judicial news agency is reporting that police have arrested the former Tehran prosecutor who faces a two-year prison sentence over the death of prisoners following the country's 2009 protests. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
Iran detains ex-prosecutor convicted in 2009 torture caseReport: Iran detains former prosecutor who faces 2-year prison sentence over the death of prisoners in 2009
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This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows a convoy of buses carrying rebels and their family leaving the towns of Ruhaiba in the eastern Qalamoun region in the Damascus countryside, Syria, Saturday, April 21, 2018. Syrian state media says several buses have left the towns of Ruhaiba, Jayroud, and al-Nasriya carrying hundreds of rebels and their families to opposition territory in north Syria. (SANA via AP)
Syrian military pummels IS-held districts in DamascusSyrian state media says government forces are pounding districts of southern Damascus held by Islamic State militants in a bid to enforce an evacuation deal reached earlier in the week
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