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US lawmakers reach deal for Senate Russia sanctions vote

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US lawmakers reached an agreement on Wednesday paving the way for the US Senate to pass a bill as soon as this week to impose new sanctions on Russia and bar President Donald Trump from easing sanctions on Moscow without Congress' approval.

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Muslim leaders tell faithful to return to Jerusalem shrine

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Muslim leaders told the faithful to return to pray inside a major Jerusalem holy site on Thursday after Israel removed security devices it installed outside entrances to the shrine following a deadly Palestinian attack at the compound.

 

Thousands of Palestinians had been praying in the streets outside the shrine to protest the security measures since the crisis began.

 

"After extensive discussion and after achieving this victory in this round we call on our people in Jerusalem and inside (Israel) and anyone who can access the Al-Aqsa Mosque to enter ... en masse," the Islamic leaders declared in a statement.

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Israel removes Jerusalem flashpoint security apparatus

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Muslim leaders have lifted a boycott of a key holy site in East Jerusalem after Israel removed the last of the security measures which had led to uproar.

 

They urged Palestinians to re-enter the compound on Thursday for the first time since the crisis erupted two weeks ago.

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Syria activists: Despite truce, strikes near Damascus kill 8

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Airstrikes in a Damascus suburb have killed eight people, including children, the area's first casualties since Russia said three days ago that it reached an agreement with the Syrian opposition on the boundaries for a de-escalation zone in the capital's eastern suburbs, opposition activists and a paramedic group said Tuesday.

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Israel removes flashpoint metal detectors at holy site

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Israel has removed metal detectors from outside a holy site in East Jerusalem after uproar from Palestinians over their recent introduction.

 

Israel's security cabinet voted early on Tuesday to remove and replace them with less obtrusive surveillance.

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Dozens of IS militants killed in air raid

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Baghdad: Dozens of Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in an air raid conducted by the Iraqi Air Force in the Anbar Province in western Iraq, Iraqi forces said Saturday.

 

Iraqi jet fighters carried out the air raid against two IS-controlled towns in western Anbar bordering Syria, said the Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC) in a statement.

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Israeli troops placed on high alert after deadly stabbings

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Israeli troops placed on high alert after deadly stabbings

Israel's military fortified its troops in the West Bank and placed forces on high alert Saturday, a day after a Palestinian stabbed to death three members of an Israeli family and some of the worst Israeli-Palestinian clashes in years erupted over tensions at the Holy Land's most contested shrine.

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Israel arrests Hamas members in West Bank after stabbing

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The Israeli military says it has carried out a wave of West Bank arrests following a deadly stabbing attack against an Israeli family.

 

The military says Sunday that forces arrested 29 people, including nine members of the Hamas militant group.

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Qatar's ruler says time to resolve differences in talks

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Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani delivers a televised speech in Doha, Qatar, July 21, 2017. Qatar News Agency/Handout via Reuters

Qatar's emir called on Friday for dialogue to resolve a political crisis pitting his country against four Arab states, saying any talks must respect national sovereignty, but the call was unlikely to end the rift.

 

 

In his first speech since four Arab countries severed ties with Doha, a defiant Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said life was continuing as normal despite what he described as an unjust "siege".

 

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Six dead in worst Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed for years

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Six people were killed on Friday in the bloodiest spate of Israeli-Palestinian violence for years, prompted by new security Israeli measures at Jerusalem's holiest site.

 

 

Three Israelis were stabbed to death in a Jewish settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, hours after three Palestinians were killed in violence prompted by Israel's installation of metal detectors at entry points to the Noble Sanctuary-Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem's walled Old City.

 

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Israel limits Muslim access to Jerusalem site amid tensions

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An Israeli police spokesman says police are banning Muslim men under the age of 50 from a contested Jerusalem shrine ahead of feared mass protests over the installation of metal detectors there.

 

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Friday that reinforcements are being deployed in and around Jerusalem's Old City, where the walled shrine is located.

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Tour operators say US to ban citizens from travel to North Korea

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US 'to ban citizens from travel to North Korea'

Two tour agencies that arrange trips to North Korea said today the US government will soon ban its citizens from travelling there, after the death of a US student arrested there while on a tour.

 

Koryo Tours said the ban would be announced on July 27 and would go into effect 30 days later. It said the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang, which handles consular affairs for the United States in the North, informed it of the ban, but did not say how long it would last.

 

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Israel bar men under 50 from Jerusalem Old City

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Israel has tightened security around Jerusalem's Old City amid fears of violence over the installation of metal detectors at a sacred site.

 

Israel has barred men under the age of 50 from the area after Palestinian leaders called for worshippers to flock there for Friday prayers.

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US to ban Americans from visiting N Korea

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The US is to ban its citizens from travelling to North Korea, according to two agencies that operate tours there.

 

Koryo Tours and Young Pioneer Tours said the ban would be announced on 27 July to come into effect 30 days later.

 

The US has not confirmed the news.

 

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White House reveals additional Trump-Putin discussion

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Trump-Putin discussion

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin had an additional, previously undisclosed chat at this month's G20 summit in Hamburg, the White House acknowledged on Tuesday.

 

After a brief greeting at the start of the two-day summit and a two-hour bilateral meeting with their foreign ministers on July 7, Trump and Putin also chatted over dinner on the final night of the summit, an official said.

 

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India revokes Zakir Naik’s passport

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Zakir Naik, AFP, Islamic preacher

Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s passport has been revoked by the Indian government after he failed to appear before the country’s anti-terror body over alleged terror-financing.

 

The Regional Passport Office in Mumbai, where Naik’s NGO Islamic Research Foundation is based, withdrew the passport after he consistently failed to respond to a show cause notice issued to him for personal appearance by July 13, our New Delhi correspondent reports.

 

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Indonesia bans Hizbut group that seeks global caliphate

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The Indonesian government on Wednesday banned Hizbut Tahrir, an Islamic organization that wants to establish a global caliphate, under a new presidential decree criticized as draconian by rights groups.

 

Hizbut's legal status was revoked to protect national unity, said Freddy Haris, a director-general at the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.

 

The decree signed last week by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo gives the government almost unfettered power to ban organizations deemed against the constitution and the official state ideology known as Pancasila, which enshrines democracy and social justice. Rights groups say the decree undermines the right to freedom of association and governments could easily abuse its power. But mainstream Muslim groups have supported it.

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