US troops sent to Iraq as military advisers under Barack Obama are increasingly engaging in battle, in what is described as more leeway under Donald Trump.
Iraqi forces captured Mosul International Airport on Thursday, just hours after storming the IS-held facility.
Yemen's president said Wednesday that Saudi Arabia has earmarked $10 billion for the reconstruction of provinces retaken from Houthi rebels, though the kingdom has not announced the aid.
Tehran on Wednesday sent a team for talks in Saudi Arabia on the next annual pilgrimage after missing the hajj in 2016, Iran’s culture minister said.
Syria's main opposition group said Wednesday it wanted face-to-face discussions with representatives of the regime of Bashar al-Assad at the new round of peace talks in Geneva.
Tunisia's parliament on Wednesday passed a law to fight widespread corruption that has plagued the country's economy since the 2011 revolution.
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Russia has asked the Syrian regime to halt bombings during peace talks this week in Geneva, the United Nations envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday.
More than half of Israelis think an 18 month jail sentence for a soldier who shot dead an injured Palestinian is "too severe" and that he be granted a pardon.
Turkish anti-terrorism police have detained 35 IS suspects in Istanbul in the latest crackdown on the militant group.
Australia's prime minister has offered a staunch defence of Israel, condemning a UN resolution that called for an end to illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Roads and businesses close amid looming security threat from al-Shabaab militants, who have vowed to wage war on Somalia's new government.
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