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Several wounded after gunmen attack Saudi military base in Taif

Two men attacked National Guard facility after killing a policeman and seizing his car, news report says.

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Syria's Assad vows to retake areas held by US-backed Kurds

United States should learn the lesson of Iraq and get out of Syria, President Bashar al-Assad says.

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Iraq's election commission annuls thousands of votes

Elections commission says a probe has been launched with 'a view to holding violators accountable'.

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Iran: Total oil company has 60 days to secure US sanctions waiver

Iran's oil minister, Bijam Namdar Zanganeh, says China's CNPC would take over if Total fails to get exemption.

oil

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UAE rights activist Ahmed Mansoor sentenced to 10 years in prison

The human rights activist was convicted of using his social media accounts to publish 'false information'.

Ahmed Mansoor

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Jordanians protest proposed income tax legislation

Members of more than 33 trade unions, along with numerous private-sector employees, took part in Wednesday’s strike.

Amman

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Kuwait proposes 'international protection' for Palestinians

Draft resolution circulated at the UNSC calls for safety guarantees for the Palestinian civilian population.

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Hamas-Israel ceasefire holds after night of violence

Palestinian faction says it has agreed to a ceasefire with Israel to end largest flare-up of violence since 2014 war.

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Yemeni forces advance to within 20km of Houthi-held Hodeidah

Saudi-backed fighters battling Houthi rebels on the march towards Hodeidah city, the main conduit for humanitarian aid.

Hodeidah city

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UK weapons exports to Israel soar to record high in 2017

Campaign Against Arms Trade says Britain issued £221m worth of arms licenses to defence firms exporting to Israel.

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