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CIA weapons for Syrian rebels sold to arms black market - NYT

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Weapons shipped into Jordan for Syrian rebels by the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi Arabia were stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market, the New York Times reported, citing American and Jordanian officials.

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Iraqi commander declares defeat of Islamic State in Falluja 26 Jun 2016

FALLUJA, Iraq Iraqi forces on Sunday recaptured the last district of Falluja held by Islamic State militants and the commander of the operation declared the battle over following a month of fighting. | Video

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Vatican hits back at Turkey for calling pope 'crusader' 26 Jun 2016

YEREVAN The Vatican hit back on Sunday at Turkey's depiction of Pope Francis as having a "crusader mentality" after he used the word genocide to describe the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians a century ago. | Video

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Israel and Turkey agree to normalise ties -senior Israeli official 26 Jun 2016

JERUSALEM/ISTANBUL Israel and Turkey on Sunday reached agreement to normalise ties, a senior Israeli official said, to end a six-year rift over the Israeli navy's killing of 10 Turkish pro-Palestinian activists who tried to sail to the blockaded Gaza Strip in 2010.

Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen kill at least seven - residents 26 Jun 2016

DUBAI Saudi-led airstrikes killed at least seven people in Yemen on Sunday, residents said, as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon flew to Kuwait to try and galvanise peace talks on the conflict.

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No direct impact on Israeli economy from Brexit - Netanyahu 26 Jun 2016

JERUSALEM There will be no direct impact on Israel's economy from Britain's decision to leave the European Union, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.

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Iran supreme leader - Bahrain's move against top cleric risks violence 26 Jun 2016

DUBAI Iran's supreme leader has blasted as "foolishness" a decision by Bahrain's leaders to strip a top Shi'ite Muslim cleric of his citizenship, and said it could provoke violence from Shi'ites, who make up the majority in the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom.

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Bahraini activist to be tried for tweets - lawyer 26 Jun 2016

DUBAI Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab will face trial for tweets condemning the Gulf Arab kingdom's prison system and its involvement in the war in Yemen, his lawyer said on Sunday, and he could face up to 13 years in prison.

Islamic State militants launch new attacks in eastern Afghanistan 26 Jun 2016

KABUL Heavy fighting between Islamic State militants and government security forces has claimed dozens of lives in eastern Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday.

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Pope urges Armenia and Turkey to reconcile, shun vengeance 25 Jun 2016

YEREVAN Pope Francis urged Armenia and Turkey on Saturday to seek reconciliation and to shun "the illusory power of vengeance" a century after 1.5 million Armenians were massacred in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire. | Video

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