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Civilian deaths from Russian airstrikes 'highest since Aleppo's fall'

26 April, 2017

The death toll from Russia's fierce bombardment of Syria has shot up over the past two months, coinciding with regime ground offensives, and despite a ceasefire officially being in place.

Iraqi police raid illegal drugs lab in northern city

26 April, 2017

Police in Kirkuk stormed a home in the city that had been turned into a 'drug manufacturing plant,' arresting two suspects and confiscating 'illegal pills'.

Smoke billows above Iraq's Kirkuk as oil pipeline explodes

26 April, 2017

A pipeline that exports oil to Turkey from Iraq's Kurdistan region allegedly exploded early on Wednesday morning, local reports confirmed.

Pro-government forces seize ancient Iraqi site Hatra from IS

26 April, 2017

Popular Mobilisation forces fighting Islamic State alongside Iraqi forces around Mosul have recaptured the UNESCO-listed ancient site of Hatra from the extremists.

Trouble still brewing in Iraq's hotspots

26 April, 2017

Comment: Intensifying the fight against IS in Iraq is just one conflict within a country with countless hotspots that see competing groups clashing violently, writes Mona Alami.

US-backed forces demand Syria no-fly zone after Turkish airstrikes

26 April, 2017

US-backed Kurdish forces battling the Islamic State group in northern Syria have condemned Turkish strikes on allied forces, calling for a no-fly zone to be established.

US angered by 'uncoordinated' Turkish strikes on Kurdish forces

26 April, 2017

Turkish war planes struck Kurdish fighters again in Syria and Iraq and Tuesday, drawing an angry response from the US which is working with Syrian Democratic Forces in the area.

How an aspiring stylist became an IS widow

26 April, 2017

Islam Maytat thought marrying an Afghan-British businessman was her ticket to a new life as a fashionista in London. Instead she became a widow living under jihadi rule in Syria.

Saudi writer wins this year's 'Arabic Booker' literature prize

26 April, 2017

Mohammed Hasan Alwan became the third Saudi to win the prestigious International Prize for Arabic Fiction with a story imagining the life of Islamic scholar Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi.

Rivalries and relegation: This week in Middle East football

25 April, 2017

As football seasons in the Middle East draw to a close, tensions were high as teams played in the Arab world's own El Clasicos bringing tears and heartbreak.

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