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How Egypt’s Activists Became ‘Generation Jail’

Six years after the Arab Spring, the country’s democracy activists live under constant threat of prison — or worse.
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Iraqi troops seize main bridge, advance on mosque in battle for Mosul

Iraqi government forces battling Islamic State for Mosul took control of a main bridge over the Tigris river on Wednesday and advanced towards the mosque where the group's leader declared a caliphate in 2014, federal police said....
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Islamic State leader Baghdadi abandons Mosul fight to field commanders, U.S. and Iraqi sources say

U.S. and Iraqi officials believe the leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has left operational commanders behind with diehard followers to fight the battle of Mosul, and is now hiding out in the desert, focusing mainly on his own survival....
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As drugs flood into Gaza, Hamas to get tougher on smugglers

Marijuana and prescription painkillers are flooding into the Gaza Strip as never before, prompting officials from the ruling Islamist group Hamas to seek tougher punishments for smuggling drugs into the blockaded territory....
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Trump's Israel envoy pick gave funds to settle Jews in Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City

David Friedman, on whom a Senate committee votes Thursday, has donated money to Ateret Cohanim, which has raised close to $25 million over the past 20 years....
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Iraqi families devastated by chemical attacks in Mosul

ERBIL, IRAQ – At West Emergency Hospital in Erbil, five small children lie in beds, along with their mother, all wrapped in bandages, with chemical burns from a mortar attack that hit their house....
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Saudi Arabia Stealing 65% of Yemen's Oil in Collaboration with Total: Report

A Yemeni economic expert disclosed that Saudi Arabia is stealing his country's crude reserves in bordering regions in collaboration with the French energy giant, Total. ...
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Egypt lawmaker says his expulsion is warning to opposition

Cairo (AFP) - An Egyptian lawmaker who was one of the few dissenting voices in parliament said Tuesday his expulsion over accusations of leaking a draft law to foreign embassies was a warning to the opposition....
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Yemen's displaced families struggle to survive

Al-Jarrahi (Yemen) (AFP) - Wrapping their children in plastic sheets to stave off the winter cold, Yemeni families driven out of the historic port of Mokha are struggling to adjust to the harsh life of internal displacement....
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