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Egypt refers 48 ISIS suspects to military court over church bombings

Egypt referred 48 people to the country’s military judiciary on Sunday for suspected involvement in three deadly church bombings and accused them of joining the militant group Islamic State.

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In speech before Arab leaders, Trump urges Muslim nations to step up fight against terrorism, calls for unity among religions

U.S. President Donald Trump called on Arab leaders to do their share to fight “Islamist extremism” on Sunday in a speech that put the burden on the region to combat militant groups while urging unity among religions.

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Melania Trump hails ’empowerment of women’ in visit to all-female factory in Saudi Arabia

U.S. First Lady Melania Trump praised the “empowerment of women” at a General Electric all-female service center in the Saudi capital on Sunday, saying the women should work together and educate their children well.

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Iranians determine future of reforms in presidential election

Iranians vote on Friday in a bitter presidential contest between pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani and hardline challenger Ebrahim Raisi that could determine the pace of economic and social reform and Iran’s re-engagement with the world.

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Saudi Arabia, ignoring Trump’s slights, will give him a royal welcome

When President Trump heads to Saudi Arabia on Friday for his first trip overseas since taking office, it will be for much more than a run-of-the-mill state visit.

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With latest airstrikes, US signals to Iran: Containment is back

The U.S.-led coalition against ISIS waged a series of airstrikes against a military convoy of loyalists to the Syrian regime, CNN has confirmed.

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Kurdish-led forces advance on ISIS-held Raqqa, say activists

Syrian Kurdish-led forces were closing in Saturday on the de-facto capital of the Islamic State group in Syria, seizing a cotton mill only a couple of miles north of the city and clashing with the militant group on a number of fronts, activists and Kurdish media reported.

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Jordanian stabber shot dead in Jerusalem

An Israeli police officer shot dead a Jordanian attacker who stabbed him in the Old City of Jerusalem on Saturday, police said.

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Pakistan signs nearly $500 million in China deals at Silk Road summit

Pakistan signed new deals with China on Saturday worth nearly $500 million (387.9 million pounds) ahead of Beijing’s international forum on its “Silk Road” trade and infrastructure initiative for Asia, Africa and Europe, the Pakistani government said.

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