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Leading rights group called on world powers to stop returning refugees to war-torn Afghanistan, where violence has spiked in the past week.

An Iraqi airstrike killed a number of Islamic State militants and destroyed the group's operations room in neighbouring Syria, authorities said on Thursday.

Iraq executes six for 'shedding Iraqi blood'

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Iraq executes six for 'shedding Iraqi blood'

Iraq's justice ministry on Thursday said six criminals were hanged for shedding the blood of Iraqi citizens.

IS attack on Syrian regime airbase kills 7 soldiers

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IS attack on Syrian regime airbase kills 7 soldiers

At least seven soldiers were killed when the Islamic State group attacked an army position near the eastern city of Deir ...

Saudi forces arrest armed 'extremist' after gunfight

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Saudi forces arrest armed 'extremist' after gunfight

The incident comes as the kingdom prepares to host the annual hajj pilgrimage from 19-24 August.

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Palestine condemns new Israeli settlement plan in occupied Jerusalem

The Palestinian Authority has condemned a plan to build 20,000 illegal settlement units in the occupied city of Jerusalem as a "declaration of war".

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After IS, Mosul vows to restore its great monuments

Marta Bellingreri visits Mosul, tracing the history of its once grand monuments that celebrated its vibrant multi-cultural history, which locals ...

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Jordan court charges 5 with 'terrorism' after deadly raid

Jordan's state security court charged five suspected jihadists with terrorism offences on Wednesday.

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At least 25 killed in Kabul suicide attack: officials

Afghan officials said dozens of people were killed when a suicide bomber on foot detonated an explosive device in a minority Shia area of ...

Iran rights advocate spy sentence unlawful: defence team

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Iran rights advocate spy sentence unlawful: defence team

Famed rights lawyer Sotoudeh was arrested in June and told she had already been found guilty "in absentia" on spying charges, a move branded ...

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Tunisia denies Italy's claims of 'terrorist' migrants

Tunisian authorities have denied accusations made by Italy that migrants it arrested as they tried to cross the Mediterranean were 'terrorists'.

Syria says deal struck with Jordan to return refugees

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Syria says deal struck with Jordan to return refugees

Syrian media have reported that Damascus and Amman have struck a deal to return refugees back home to Syria.

South-east Asian IS fighters: Where are they now?

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South-east Asian IS fighters: Where are they now?

Analysis: Since the fall of IS' self-proclaimed caliphate, some fighters from south-east Asia have returned home, but many remain in the region, ...

Three killed in blast on Baghdad's Sadr district

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Three killed in blast on Baghdad's Sadr district

A woman and a child were among three people killed in an blast that struck the Shia bastion of Sadr City in the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, ...

30,000 <em>Islamic</em> <em>State</em> members still in Iraq, Syria: UN

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30,000 Islamic State members still in Iraq, Syria: UN

IS still has up to 30,000 members in Syria and Iraq and its global network, along with that of al-Qaeda, poses a rising threat, according to an ...

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Kurdish-led SDF visits Damascus for second round of talks

A delegation from the Syrian Democratic Council discussed local administration and decentralisation with the Syrian government in Damascus, local news reported.

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Protests at funeral for Yemeni children killed in strike

Protests were held during a funeral for 29 Yemeni children killed in a Saudi-led coalition air strike.

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Toll from blast in Syria's Idlib rises to 69

The death toll of an explosion at a weapons depot in northwestern Syria has risen to 69, including 17 children, according to the Syrian ...

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Militants responsible for Jordan attack 'share IS ideology'

Jordan's interior minister said that those responsible for the latest attacks on police officers supported the extremist Islamic ...

Russia downs two drones near Syrian air base

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Russia downs two drones near Syrian air base

Russia's defence ministry said it shot down two 'unmanned aerial vehicles' that were believed to be launched by rebels in Idlib's de-escalation ...

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UAE operating 27 clandestine, torture prisons in Yemen

At least 49 people have reportedly died in UAE-run prisons in South Yemen, with inmates subject to psychological, physical and sexual abuse.

Egypt police arrest six over failed church attack

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Egypt police arrest six over failed church attack

Egyptian police arrested six men over an attempted attack on a church near Cairo.

Dozens of civilians dead in Syria arms depot blast

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Dozens of civilians dead in Syria arms depot blast

At least 39 people died in a blast in Idlib on Sunday that collapsed two buildings and left civilians trapped under rubble.

Iraq's Abadi cancels trip to Iran following Tehran anger

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Iraq's Abadi cancels trip to Iran following Tehran anger

Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has cancelled a trip to Iran next week, after Tehran was reportedly angered by the premier's stance on US ...

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