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A Syrian independent media activist working in southeast Turkey survived an assassination attempt Sunday that was claimed by the Islamic State group.
 
Bahraini police detained a prominent activist during a raid on his home early on Monday morning, rights groups and the activist's family said, part of a wide crackdown on dissent more than five years after the Arab Spring.
 
Israel has reopened Palestinian crossing points from the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip following a three-day closure put in place after last week's deadly Tel Aviv shooting, the army said Monday.
 
Hopes lost, some Syrians pay smugglers to go home
Europe seemed like the promised land, worth risking their lives to reach. But in a muddy field on the northern edge of Greece, their dreams died. Now, dozens of Syrian refugees are risking their lives again but in the opposite direction -- paying smugglers to take them back to Turkey, and heading home.
 
IS kills 18 civilians trying to flee Fallujah
Fighters from the Islamic State group killed at least 18 members of two families as they attempted to flee the besieged jihadist bastion of Fallujah, relatives said on Sunday.
 
The coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Syria may have accidentally hit allied rebels during an air strike at the end of last month, a U.S. military spokesman said Saturday.
 
A Dutch woman who told Qatari police she had been drugged and raped in March has been in government detention ever since on unclear charges, a lawyer said Saturday.
 
The Islamic Action Front, the political arm of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood, said on Sunday it will take part in September parliamentary elections which it had boycotted in 2010 and 2013.
 
Kuwait has asked the public prosecutor to open an investigation into a scrapped deal with U.S. firm Dow Chemical that resulted in a US$2.2 billion fine, a newspaper reported Sunday.
 
Islamic State claimed responsibility for suicide and car bomb blasts that struck a Damascus suburb on Saturday near Syria's holiest Shi'ite Muslim shrine, and a monitoring group said at least 20 people were killed.
 
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