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January, 17, 2017

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Police grilled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for three hours on Monday on suspicion of receiving gifts from businessmen, as part of a graft probe that has shaken the country's politics.
 
Afghan officials say a Taliban ambush in the northeastern Badakhshan province has killed at least four police.
 
Yemeni security officials say pro-government forces attacked al-Qaida militants in the country's south, killing 15 jihadis but losing 11 of their own troops.
 
Violence claimed the lives of at least 6,878 civilian Iraqis last year, the United Nations said on Monday, as the Iraqi government struggles to maintain security nationwide and to dislodge Islamic State group militants from areas under their control.
 
Syrian army advances as rebels put peace talks on hold
Syria's ceasefire appeared under threat as government forces intensified their attacks near Damascus and around 10 rebel groups said they were suspending talks about planned peace negotiations this month.
 
Afghans struggle to supplant poppies with growing fruit
Frosty relations between Kabul and Islamabad have put a brake on Afghanistan's ambitious plans to boost fruit exports, seen as vital to providing farmers an alternative to poppy cultivation which fuels the Taliban insurgency.
 
Israeli media is reporting that police are expected to question Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a pair of corruption allegations.
 
France's Hollande in Iraq to review war on IS
French President Francois Hollande arrived in Baghdad Monday to meet the French forces helping Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State group and to hold talks with top officials.
 
Islamic State claims Baghdad blasts that killed at least 28, wounded 54
A pair of bomb blasts targeting a market in central Baghdad Saturday killed at least 28 people and wounded at least 54, according to police and medical officials.
 
Russia is pushing for a U.N. Security Council vote Saturday to support the cease-fire it helped broker in Syria, where the truce remained largely intact on its second day despite sporadic clashes.
 
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