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Kuwait's emir dissolves parliament, cabinet resigns over oil price dispute

Kuwait dissolves parliamentDisputes over fuel price increases in oil-rich Kuwait have prompted the country's emir to dissolve its parliament. Every member of Kuwait's cabinet had already resigned.

Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah issued an emergency government decree Sunday afternoon "given the circumstances in the region," BBC reported.

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Suicide bomber strikes Shia Muslim gathering in Baghdad

Suicide bobmer hits baghdadA suicide bombing targeting Shia Muslims killed at least four people in Baghdad on Sunday, officials said, a day after the deadliest attack to hit the Iraqi capital in months.

The bombing in central Baghdad, which targeted a tent where Shias distribute food as part of annual religious commemorations, also wounded at least 12 people, officials said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group frequently carries out suicide bombings targeting Shias, whom it considers heretics.

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Turkish-backed Syrian rebels seize Dabiq from ISIL

ISIS loses townSyrian opposition fighters backed by Turkey have taken control of the northern Syrian town of Dabiq from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

The fighters said they seized the town on Sunday following heavy shelling and months of air strikes.

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Last Tiananmen Square prisoner to be released after 27 years in prison

Tiananmen SquareMiao Deshun, the last known prisoner jailed following the 1989 Tiananmen Square uprising in Beijing, is set to be released from prison on Saturday.

Miao was 25-years-old when he took part in the student-led demonstration which turned bloody after military involvement in the Square, and was one of the 1,602 people sent to prison for taking part.

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U.S. removes limits on bringing in Cuban rum, cigars

Obama raises limits on Cuban productsThe Obama administration says it is eliminating a $100 limit on the value of Cuban rum and cigars that American travelers can bring back from the island.

Cuban rum and cigars will now be subject to the same duties as alcohol and tobacco from other countries, meaning most people will be able to bring back as many as 100 cigars and several bottles of rum. High-end Cuban cigars can sell for more than $100 apiece outside Cuba, meaning every U.S. traveler can now legally bring back many thousands of dollars in Cuban products. The previous limit restricted travelers to a combined value of $100 in rum and cigars.

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Report: ISIL crushes rebellion plot in Mosul

ISIL crushes Mosul rebellionIslamic State of Iraq and the Levant has crushed a rebellion plot in Mosul led by one of its commanders who aimed to switch sides and help deliver the city to Iraqi forces, Reuters news agency reports.

ISIL executed 58 people suspected of taking part in the plot after it was uncovered last week. Residents, who spoke to Reuters from some of the few locations in Mosul that have phone services, said the plotters were killed by drowning and their bodies were buried in a mass grave in a wasteland on the outskirts of the city.

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Israel suspends UNESCO ties over al-Aqsa resolution

Israel suspends UNESCOIsrael has suspended cooperation with UNESCO a day after the UN cultural body passed a resolution that sharply criticised Israeli policies around the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, while supposedly rejecting Jewish ties to the holy site in occupied East Jerusalem.

The resolution condemned Israel for restricting Muslims access to the site, and for aggression by police and soldiers. It also referred to Israel as an "occupying power".

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