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Questions over 2015 hajj stampede still remain
Marching with thousands of other pilgrims at last year's hajj in Saudi Arabia, 23-year-old Sobia Noor of Pakistan felt the crowd get tighter and the air grow thicker in the scorching heat. Suddenly, there was shouting and crying along the narrow street bordered by tall metal barriers.
 
Iran urges Muslim world to punish Saudi Arabia for 2015 hajj disaster
Iran's president on Wednesday called on the Muslim world to "punish" Saudi Arabia following last year's hajj crush and stampede that killed over 2,400 people -- sharp criticism as multitudes poured into the kingdom for this year's pilgrimage.
 
Syrian activists and rescue workers in the rebel-held part of the contested city of Aleppo said that government warplanes dropped suspected chlorine bombs Tuesday on a crowded neighborhood, injuring dozens.
 
Netanyahu put off talks planned this month: Abbas
The Palestinian president on Tuesday said he had been set to meet the Israeli prime minister in Moscow this week but that Israel asked to delay the meeting until an unspecified later date.
 
The Palestinian economy could easily double, while sky-high unemployment and poverty would plummet if the Israeli occupation were lifted, the United Nations development agency said Tuesday.
 
Seven Iranian military boats harassed a U.S. patrol ship in international waters in the Persian Gulf over the weekend in yet another "unsafe and unprofessional" interaction, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
 
'Dozens choke' in Syria Aleppo after barrel bomb attacks
Dozens of people had to be treated for breathing problems in the Syrian battlefront city of Aleppo after regime helicopters dropped barrel bombs on a rebel-held district Tuesday, a monitor said.
 
Global charity attacked in deadly wave of Kabul violence
Militants attacked an international charity in Kabul Tuesday during an hours-long assault labelled a "war crime" by Amnesty, as the capital reeled from a wave of violence that killed at least 41 and wounded dozens.
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Deadly blasts rock Syria as US, Russia talks stall
Bombings claimed by the Islamic State group killed dozens in mainly government-controlled areas of Syria on Monday, as Washington and Moscow failed to agree a deal to stem the violence.
 
Tel Aviv building collapse leaves two dead, while five still trapped
The collapse of a building in Israel's commercial capital Tel Aviv killed at least two people and injured 23 others Monday, as rescuers tried to reach five people believed trapped under the rubble.
 
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