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Mosul: Obama's 'military advisers' engaging in battle under Trump

23 February, 2017

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.

Elite Iraqi forces capture Mosul airport

23 February, 2017

Iraqi forces captured Mosul International Airport on Thursday, just hours after storming the IS-held facility.

Yemen president says Saudi allocated $10bn for reconstruction

23 February, 2017

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.

Iranian team visits Saudi Arabia for hajj talks

23 February, 2017

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.

Syrian opposition seek direct talks with regime

23 February, 2017

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.

Tunisian parliament passes anti-graft law

23 February, 2017

Tunisia's parliament on Wednesday passed a law to fight widespread corruption that has plagued the country's economy since the 2011 revolution.

The fight for women's rights in the Middle East

22 February, 2017

Special coverage: More than 150 features, blogs, opinion articles and news stories from rage to resistance, inside the real fight for women's rights in the Middle East.

Russia asks Assad to stop bombing as talks begin

22 February, 2017

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.

Majority of Israelis support pardon for 'executioner soldier'

22 February, 2017

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 police detain 35 IS suspects in Istanbul raids

22 February, 2017

Turkish anti-terrorism police have detained 35 IS suspects in Istanbul in the latest crackdown on the militant group.

Australia PM lavishes praise on Israel, backs illegal settlements

22 February, 2017

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.

Mogadishu on lockdown for presidential inauguration

22 February, 2017

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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