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Egypt crackdown angers people in Sinai border town

Residents say the forces dynamite several apartment buildings a day, and bulldozers flatten another 20 homes.

Iran says return of hajj dead delayed

Iran's health minister arrived in Mecca today to head the effort to return the bodies, having tried to go earlier but his plane was refused permission to land.

Iran threatens ‘fierce’ reaction if hajj dead not returned

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that not fulfilling their (Saudis) obligation to transfer holy bodies, will have Iran's tough and fierce reaction."

Abbas slams Netanyahu’s link of Palestinians to Holocaust

Abbas deplored Netanyahu's comments a week earlier referring to Nazi sympathizer Haj Amin al-Husseini, a former grand mufti of Jerusalem.

Russia takes Syria lead after Bashar al-Assad’s surprise Moscow visit

Moscow announced afterwards that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov would meet tomorrow with US Secretary of State John Kerry and their Turkish and Saudi counterparts to discuss Syria.

Mohammed’s Journey: A Syrian’s long quest for a normal life

Mohammed's voyage was part of an historic movement of humanity as more than 600,000 migrants this year have crossed land and sea, seeking sanctuary in Europe.

Canada withdrawing fighter jets from Iraq, Syria: PM Justin Trudeau

While Canada remains "a strong member of the coalition against ISIL," Trudeau said he made clear to the US leader "the commitments I have made around ending the combat mission."

Israel razes West Bank home of jailed Palestinian: army

Hashlamoun, a member of radical group Islamic Jihad, was given two life sentences by a military court in March for the November 10, 2014 murder of Dalia Lemkus, 26, and the attempted murder of two other people on a road in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, south of Jerusalem.

Russians support airstrikes in Syria, despite Afghan legacy

"We've extended a helping hand and that's how it should be," said 70-year-old Tamara Vlasenko, a resident of the town 65 kilometers (40 miles) outside Moscow.

Saudi Arabia hajj disaster death toll stands at around 2,177

The toll keeps rising from the Sept. 24 disaster outside Mecca as individual countries identify bodies and work to determine the whereabouts of hundreds of pilgrims still missing.

Haj stampede death toll shows 1,621 killed in deadliest tragedy in recent history

The Associated Press count is more than double Saudi Arabia's official tally of 769 killed and 934 injured in the September 24 disaster in Mina, a few miles from the holy city of Mecca.

In final step, top Iranian council approves nuclear deal

Iranian state television reported that the Guardian Council, one of the top leadership bodies in Iran's cleric-ruled system, gave final approval to a bill passed by parliament to implement the deal.