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In a first, Dubai eases liquor rules for Ramadan
Dubai,the Mideast's desert party town, has just gotten even wetter.
 
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis set off for a three-day visit to Armenia Friday, just over a year after he enraged Turkey by using the term genocide to describe the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire.
 
JERUSALEM, June 23, 2016 - Four Palestinians were on Wednesday handed life sentences for the killing of an Israeli couple as they drove in the West Bank with their children last year, the army said.
 
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suggested Turkey could hold a referendum over whether to continue its long-stalled accession process to join the European Union.
 
The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces entered Manbij Thursday and were advancing slowly to the center of the city, an Islamic State group stronghold in northern Syria, an adviser to the predominantly Kurdish force and a monitoring group said.
 
Syrian refugees stranded along the Jordanian border said Wednesday that clean water is getting scarce in their desert tent camp after the area was sealed by Jordan in response to a deadly cross-border attack.
 
Troubled waters
In this June 20 photo, Palestinian children climb on a portable tank used to distribute water in el-Zohor slum, on the outskirts of Khan Younis refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip. The expansion of the el-Zohor slum, where barefoot children play in the rusty skeletons of discarded vehicles surrounded by mountains of garbage, is a sign of the times in Gaza, where poverty is growing and there is little hope for the future.
 
Jordan seals last entry point for Syria refugees
Jordan sealed its last entry point for Syrian refugees Tuesday after a cross-border suicide attack killed six members of the Jordanian security forces, wounded 14 and exposed the pro-Western kingdom's growing vulnerability to spillover from conflict next door.
 
Warplanes have bombed the Islamic State group's de facto Syrian capital Raqa, killing at least 25 civilians, after the jihadists drove pro-government forces out of their bastion northern province.
 
Yemen says coalition airstrike kills 8 civilians
An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition on Tuesday mistakenly killed eight civilians building a home in an area on the border between Yemen's southern provinces of Lahj and Taiz, security officials said.
 
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