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Saudi official denies former crown prince confined to palace


DUBAI A Saudi official on Thursday denied a New York Times report that Prince Mohammed bin Nayef has been confined to his palace and barred from travelling abroad after he was replaced by the king's son as next in line to the throne.

What next in Afghanistan? Europe seeks U.S. leadership

BRUSSELS European allies will tell U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on Thursday they are willing to help step up NATO's mission in Afghanistan - but only if the United States is clear on its strategy, diplomats said.

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Israel's Mossad sets up fund to acquire new spy techniques

JERUSALEM Israel's Mossad intelligence agency has set up an investment fund to help development of new cloak-and-dagger know-how and is offering grants of up to 2 million shekels (about $570,000) per project to bring in new ideas. | Video

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U.S. says its warning appears to have averted Syrian chemical attack

BRUSSELS/ISTANBUL U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday that the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad appeared so far to have heeded a warning this week from Washington not to carry out a chemical weapons attack. | Video

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Israeli troops kill Palestinian gunman who shot at them during raid

JERUSALEM Israeli troops on Wednesday shot and killed a Palestinian gunman who fired at them during a raid to uncover an arms cache in the occupied West Bank town of Hebron, the Israeli military said.

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Gunmen fire on U.N. convoy west of Libyan capital

TRIPOLI Gunmen opened fired on a United Nations convoy on a coastal road west of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on Wednesday, an incident that could complicate the gradual return of diplomatic and other international staff to Libya.

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Israel attacks Syrian position after mortar lands in Golan Heights

JERUSALEM Israel said it attacked a Syrian military position on Wednesday after a stray mortar shell from fighting in Syria's civil war landed inside the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.

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'Hamilton' creator issues musical riposte to immigration debate

LOS ANGELES "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda on Wednesday released what he called a "musical counterweight" to the U.S. political debate on immigration, inspired by one of the best-known lines from his award-winning, racially diverse Broadway musical.

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Revived U.S. travel ban sows confusion, anger in Middle East

ANKARA/KHARTOUM A U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing partial implementation of President Donald Trump's travel ban has stirred anger and confusion in parts of the Middle East, with would-be visitors worried about their travel plans and their futures.

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U.N. rapporteur, media watchdog slam Qatar-based Al Jazeera closure demands

DUBAI A United Nations expert and a media freedom watchdog on Wednesday criticised four Arab states for seeking to close Al Jazeera television in a rift with Qatar.

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