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Syrian forces recapture military base from rebels

Some 200 government fighters freed after raid on rebel-held military base on the outskirts of Damascus, monitor reports.

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Saudis 'ban family' of arrested scholar from travelling

Seventeen relatives of Salman al-Awda have been banned from leaving the kingdom, family member says.

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Qatar: UN report proof Saudi-led blockade illegal

The National Human Rights Committee of Qatar (NHCR) calls the UN report proof the blockade is illegal.

Ali bin Smaikh al-Marri

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Egypt sets date for presidential election

Egypt will hold presidential elections in March, with a possible runoff in April.

presidential election

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Blood-rusted Sword: Elite force of Saudi crown prince

Al-Ajrab Sword Brigade, formed in 2015, comprises elite forces from across Saudi military ranks.

Blood-rusted Sword: Elite force

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Kuwait's emir urges GCC nations to settle differences

As Gulf standoff enters its eighth month, Sheikh Sabah warns 'deteriorating circumstances' pose a 'challenge to all'.

Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah

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Syria monitor: Over 20 killed in Idlib car bomb blast

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says seven civilians among those killed in car bomb attack.

Idlib

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Saudi warplane crashes in Yemen; pilots escape

Incident comes as party of slain former president Ali Abdullah Saleh chooses its new leader.

British-made Tornado fighter jet

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Thousands flee as Syria forces press further into Idlib

Push by government troops causes thousands of civilians to head towards Turkish border in freezing winter conditions.

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Cleric Salman al-Awda 'held over Qatar tweet'

Salman al-Awda detained over refusal to tweet specific text to support the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar, his family says.

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