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Israeli planes target Gaza sites after rocket attack

Gaza City - 

The Israeli air force carried out attacks on the Gaza Strip early Thursday in response to a rocket attack targeting the Jewish state, the army and Palestinian sources said.

Pressure builds on IS with twin assaults in Syria, Iraq

Pressure builds on IS with twin assaults in Syria, Iraq
Beirut - 

US-backed Syrian fighters and Iraqi forces pressed twin assaults against the Islamic State group on Wednesday, in two of the most important ground offensives yet against the jihadists.

Saudi says talks with Iran on hajj 'positive'

Saudi says talks with Iran on hajj 'positive'
Jeddah - 

Saudi Arabia said talks on Wednesday with visiting Iranian delegates on arrangements for hajj pilgrims from the Islamic republic have been "positive".

Israel PM's travel expenses under scrutiny

Israel PM's travel expenses under scrutiny
Jerusalem  - 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's travel expenses came under fresh scrutiny on Tuesday with the release of an official report into alleged overcharging and conflict of interest.

Erdogan says Turkey parliament will block EU migrant deal if no visa-free travel

Erdogan says Turkey parliament will block EU migrant deal if no visa-free travel
Istanbul  - 

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned the European Union that the Turkish parliament would block laws related to the landmark deal to stem the flow of migrants to Europe if Ankara was not granted its key demand of visa-free travel.

Calm near Syria capital after Russia calls for fighting freeze

Beirut - 

Two key opposition-controlled areas near Syria's capital were relatively calm on Tuesday after appeals by Russia for a temporary freeze in fighting there, a monitor and an activist told AFP.

PKK bomb kills six soldiers in southeast Turkey: army

PKK bomb kills six soldiers in southeast Turkey: army

Diyarbakir - 

Six soldiers were killed and two others wounded when a bomb hit a military convoy in southeast Turkey on Tuesday, the army said, blaming Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants for the attack.

DNA samples taken as searchers hunt for EgyptAir plane

DNA samples taken as searchers hunt for EgyptAir plane

Cairo - 

Egyptian forensics officials collected DNA from relatives of EgyptAir MS804 victims Tuesday to help identify body parts retrieved from the Mediterranean, as investigators hunt for clues into the mysterious crash.



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