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A Russia-declared unilateral cease-fire is to take hold in Syria's Aleppo Friday even as rebels stepped up a week-old assault to break a government siege of the city's eastern districts.
 
The shadowy leader of the Islamic State group has released a new message urging his followers to keep up the fight for Mosul as they defend the city against a major offensive aimed at routing the militants from their last urban stronghold in Iraq.
 
Israel advances construction of 181 homes in east Jerusalem
Israeli planning authorities issued building permits for 181 new homes in east Jerusalem Wednesday, drawing a harsh rebuke from the United States.
 
An Israeli military court on Wednesday sentenced a Palestinian minor to life in prison for killing an Israeli woman, the army said.
 
Saudi Arabia has congratulated Lebanon's new President Michel Aoun on his election despite the support he received from the kingdom's regional foes.
 
Russia seeks "honest cooperation" for a political solution in Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday as Moscow declared a brief truce in the war-ravaged city of Aleppo.
 
Iraq forces fight way into Mosul
Iraqi forces fought their way into jihadist-held Mosul on Tuesday, the military said, as a top commander declared the "true liberation" of the city from the Islamic State group had begun.
 
A Palestinian gunman opened fire at Israeli soldiers on the outskirts of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on Monday, wounding three of them before being shot dead, officials said.
 
The world's largest pan-Islamic body, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, said its Saudi chief resigned Monday, days after infuriating Egypt over a remark that mocked President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
 
Iraqi special forces neared the eastern city limits of Mosul on Monday, tightening the noose as the offensive to retake the Islamic State group stronghold entered its third week.
 
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