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FILE - In this June 13, 2017, file photo, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. McCain and Sen. Jack Reed, D- R.I., are asking Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to investigate reports that U.S. military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates accused of torturing detainees in Yemen. McCain and Reed, called the reports "deeply disturbing." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, file)
Yemen to probe alleged interrogation abuses by UAE, USYemen's internationally-recognized government has created a committee to investigate allegations of human rights violations, following reports U.S. military interrogators worked UAE forces accused of torturing detainees in Yemen
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Syria releases hundreds of detainees ahead of EidThe Syrian government released Saturday hundreds of detainees including some who backed the insurgency against President Bashar Assad on the eve of a major Muslim holiday
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Egypt's president ratifies disputed Saudi islands pactEgypt's president has ratified a disputed 2016 agreement under which his country would transfer control of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia
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Bahrain newspaper, shut down by government, lays off staffA prominent independent newspaper in Bahrain earlier shut down by the government as part of a crackdown on dissent has laid off its staff
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Israel strikes Syrian positions after fire toward itThe Israeli military says its aircraft have struck various positions in Syria, destroying two tanks, in response to more than 10 projectiles that landed in its territory
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Egypt's president ratifies disputed Saudi islands pactEgypt's president has ratified a disputed 2016 agreement under which his country would transfer control of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia
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Iran detains Islamic State linked groupIran's Intelligence Ministry is saying that its forces have detained members of a group linked to the Islamic State group it says intended to carry out terrorist acts in holy cities across the country
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In this June 1, 2017 photo, judge Jehad al-Duradi, who deals with sexual violence cases in Jordan, speaks in an interview in his office in Amman, Jordan. Jordan is on the verge of repealing an article in its penal code that allows a rapist to escape punishment if he marries his victim. Women's activists say this would be a victory, but that much work lies ahead and that women still suffer under patriarchal customs and a legal system that fails to protect victims. (AP Photo/Omar Akour)
Jordan to cancel 'marry the victim' clause shielding rapistsIn a key step toward reform, Jordan is poised to abolish a provision that exempts a rapist from punishment if he marries his victim
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Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs talks to the media during a press conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, June 24, 2017. The top United Arab Emirates official says the Arab countries isolating Qatar do not seek to force out the country's leadership but are willing to cut ties with it if it does not agree to their demands. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
UAE: Arab states don't seek 'regime change' in QatarA top United Arab Emirates official says the Arab countries isolating Qatar do not seek to force out the country's leadership but are willing to cut ties with it if it does not agree to their demands
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Smoke from an explosion rises during fighting against Islamic State militants in the old city of Mosul, Iraq, Friday, June 23, 2017. Formally launched in October, the fight for Mosul has displaced more than 850,000 people. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Journalist dies of wounds from blast in Iraq's MosulThe French Embassy in Baghdad says a Swiss journalist has died from wounds sustained in a Mosul mine blast earlier this week while reporting on the fight against the Islamic State group
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This Friday, June 23, 2017 photo released by Saudi Press Agency, SPA, shows the scene of a suicide bombing after a police raid in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Police said the bomber shot at them when they tried to raid the three-story house and that the man blew himself up during the confrontation, leading to the building's collapse. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)
The Latest: Lebanon's Hezbollah condemns Mecca bombingLebanon's Hezbollah has condemned a bombing near the Grand Mosque in Mecca
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A Muslim worshipper prays during Laylat al-Qadr, Night of Decree, on the 27th day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan as pilgrims circumambulate around the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, during the minor pilgrimage, known as Umrah, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, early Thursday, June 22, 2017. Laylat al-Qadr, is the night Muslims commemorate the revelation of the first verses of the Quran to their Prophet Muhammad through the angel Gabriel. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Suicide bomber blows himself up as Saudis foil Mecca plotSaudi security forces say a suicide bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque at Mecca as police disrupted a plot to target the holiest site in Islam just as the fasting month of Ramadan ends
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A Muslim worshipper prays during Laylat al-Qadr, Night of Decree, on the 27th day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan as pilgrims circumambulate around the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, during the minor pilgrimage, known as Umrah, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, early Thursday, June 22, 2017. Laylat al-Qadr, is the night Muslims commemorate the revelation of the first verses of the Quran to their Prophet Muhammad through the angel Gabriel. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Suicide bomber blows himself up as Saudis foil Mecca plotSaudi government says a suicide bomber blew himself up as security forces foiled a terror plot in Mecca
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In this image provided by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service and released on Friday, June 23, 2017, long-range Kalibr cruise missiles are launched by a Russian Navy ship in the eastern Mediterranean. Russia's Defense Ministry said it fired cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea on positions of the Islamic State in Syria. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)
Russia fires missiles from Mediterranean at IS in SyriaRussia says it has fired cruise missiles from Mediterranean Sea on positions of Islamic State group in Syria
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Al-Jazeera manager denounces Gulf demands for its shutdownAl-Jazeera English manager denounces shutdown demands by Gulf Arab states involved in dispute with Qatar
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