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Egypt's Sisi ratifies handover of Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ratified a maritime demarcation agreement that sees the country cede sovereignty over two uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, the government said on Saturday.

Franco-Swiss journalist wounded in Iraq’s Mosul dies of injuries
Franco-Swiss journalist Véronique Robert, wounded in the same mine blast that killed two of her colleagues in the Iraqi city of Mosul earlier this week, has died, employers France Télévisions announced Saturday.

In shift to ‘realpolitik’, Macron drops French calls to oust Assad
President Emmanuel Macron has said France no longer sees Bashar al-Assad’s departure as a pre-condition to resolving the Syrian conflict, ending his predecessor’s intransigent stance on the “Butcher of Damascus”.

Qatar out in the cold: What's behind the diplomatic crisis?
The small but energy-rich country of Qatar normally basks in the heat. But earlier this month, several of its powerful Gulf neighbours decided to leave it out in the cold. Led by Saudi Arabia, those Sunni countries cut their ties and imposed economic sanctions, accusing Qatar - an ally of Iran - of supporting terrorism. But are those accusations justified? Our reporters Philomène Remy and Jasmin Lavoie in Doha have been finding out.

Saudi king defies royal succession to appoint son as heir
Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday appointed his son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, placing him first-in-line to the throne and removing the country's counterterrorism czar from the royal line of succession.

EXCLUSIVE: Embedded with Iraqi troops battling to retake Mosul from IS group
FRANCE 24 brings you an exclusive report filmed by Roméo Langlois and Amar Al Hameedawi, our reporters in Iraq. Our team on the ground were able to follow elite Iraqi forces as they track down Islamic State (IS) group jihadists in the district of Zinjali, one of the last neighbourhoods before Mosul's Old City, the terrorists' stronghold. The Old City is where French journalist Stephan Villeneuve and his Iraqi colleague Bakhtiyar Addad were killed in a mine explosion on Monday.

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