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Thousands of Egyptian doctors protest over alleged police brutality

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CAIRO Thousands of Egyptian doctors demonstrated in Cairo on Friday in a rare protest at what rights groups call police impunity after two doctors were alleged to have been assaulted in a hospital in the city last month.

Syria rebels say get more missiles from Assad's enemies 8:40pm GMT

BEIRUT Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's foreign enemies have sent rebels new supplies of ground-to-ground missiles to confront a Russian-backed offensive by the government near Aleppo, stepping up support in response to the attack, two rebel commanders said.

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Saudi warns U.N., aid workers to leave areas near rebel bases in Yemen 8:19pm GMT

UNITED NATIONS Saudi Arabia, which is leading air strikes against rebels in neighbouring Yemen, has warned the United Nations and international aid groups to protect staff by removing them from areas near rebel military bases, according to a letter that was seen by Reuters on Thursday.

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New app helps young Iranians avoid 'morality police' 8:11pm GMT

DUBAI A new smartphone application that helps Iranians dodge the Islamic Republic's "morality police" is proving popular with the young, tech-savvy population but has quickly fallen foul of the authorities.

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Iraq says moving troops, preparing offensive to retake Mosul 7:24pm GMT

BAGHDAD Iraq's military said on Friday it was mobilising troops to prepare for an offensive the government has pledged to launch this year to retake the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State.

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Clooney says refugee crisis is huge, U.S. Muslim ban won't happen 7:22pm GMT

BERLIN George Clooney said on Friday the refugee crisis is bigger than the headline-grabbing exodus from Syria and Iraq, and he believes Americans "will do the right thing" by rejecting Donald Trump and calls to ban Muslims entering the United States. | Video

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Clooney says refugee crisis is huge, U.S. Muslim ban won't happen 7:22pm GMT

BERLIN George Clooney said on Friday the refugee crisis is bigger than the headline-grabbing exodus from Syria and Iraq, and he believes Americans "will do the right thing" by rejecting Donald Trump and calls to ban Muslims entering the United States. | Video

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Iran says ready to put rivalries aside with Saudi Arabia 7:16pm GMT

MUNICH Iran and Saudi Arabia must overcome strained relations and work for stability in Syria and the Middle East, Iran's foreign minister said on Friday, a day after Syrian peace talks brought the rivals to the same table for the first time in months.

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Tunisian film 'Hedi' brings Arabic-language sex scenes to Berlin 6:50pm GMT

BERLIN "Inhebbek Hedi", the story of a love triangle that includes sex scenes unusual for an Arabic-language film, became the first Tunisian film shown in international competition in two decades when it screened on Friday at the Berlin film festival.

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Israel says has mended fences with EU in Netanyahu-Mogherini call 6:40pm GMT

JERUSALEM Israel said on Friday it had resolved its differences with the European Union after weeks of diplomatic tension following an EU decision not to allow goods produced in settlements in the occupied West Bank to be labelled "Made in Israel".

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