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After a devastating attack on Ghazni last week, the Taliban attacked two checkpoints in Baghlan, northern Afghanistan, killing at least 46 soldiers and police.

Comment: In Indian-controlled Kashmir, impunity is the norm, even in cases of mass rape, writes Umar Lateef Misgar.

Turkey pushes refugee return with new Syria 'safe zones'

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Turkey pushes refugee return with new Syria 'safe zones'

President Erdogan wants to create more safe areas in Syria to encourage refugees to return home from Turkey.

'Oppressing Uighur Muslims prevents Chinese Syria,' says Chinese newspaper

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'Oppressing Uighur Muslims prevents Chinese Syria,' says Chinese newspaper

A Chinese newspaper has justified Bejing's ongoing onslaught against the country's minority Uighur Muslim population, saying the crackdown is ...

Egyptian forces kill 12 gunmen in Sinai shootout

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Egyptian forces kill 12 gunmen in Sinai shootout

Cairo has been battling Sinai-based insurgents for years, but launched a major military operation in February.

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Egypt officials say bombing attempt near church thwarted

No group has claimed responsibility for the attempted attack.

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Taliban commander killed while building a bomb at home

A commander and his two relatives were killed in the explosion in Helmand province, after a bomb he was making prematurely exploded.

Aamir Ali Bhat

Is India copying Israel in Kashmir?

Only Kashmiris may own property in Muslim-majority Kashmir, but a legal bid backed by a radical right-wing Hindu nationalist group threatens the ...

Rana Allam

Resuming US military aid to Egypt

Comment: The US sees fit to arm Sisi with more aid and weaponry, despite his regime's dismal human rights record and crackdown on civil ...

Turkey 'turns blind eye' to rebel abuses in Afrin

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Turkey 'turns blind eye' to rebel abuses in Afrin

Amnesty International on Thursday accused Turkish forces of allowing Syrian armed groups to commit major rights abuses in the northern region of ...

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Erdogan vows revenge after 'PKK bomb' kills mother, baby

A mother and her 11-month-old baby were killed in a roadside bomb attack blamed on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party.

#Sisi_Leave: Sisi 'saddened' by hashtag demanding he step down

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#Sisi_Leave: Sisi 'saddened' by hashtag demanding he step down

Egypt's President Sisi has complained about a hashtag going viral that demands he steps down over his incompetency.

US and Taliban officials discuss demands for peace

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US and Taliban officials discuss demands for peace

A meeting between US and Taliban officials in Qatar have shown 'very positive signals', as both sides seek an end to Afghanistan's ongoing ...

Who's who in Syria?

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Who's who in Syria?

In-depth: The chaotic situation in Syria has seen the creation of many militias and the militarisation of many political parties. We have ...

Iraq has become a kleptocrat's dream

Sam Hamad

Iraq has become a kleptocrat's dream

Comment: The gulf between what a significant number of Iraqis want, and what political elites and foreign powers are willing to give them, has ...

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Islamic State commander 'killed' in Egypt amid Sinai unrest

The Islamic State group says one of the leaders of its affiliate in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has been killed.

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Taliban bomb-maker imprisoned for plotting to detonate UK Parliament

A man who made bombs for the Taliban was sentenced to a minimum of 40 years in prison for plotting to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

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10 Iran Revolutionary Guards killed in border clash

Iran's Revolutionary Guard said at least 10 members were killed in an insurgent attack long the border with Iraq.

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Building on Afghanistan's fleeting ceasefire

Comment: Getting the US to engage in direct talks with the Taliban is the best way to kickstart Afghanistan's long overdue peace process, says ...

How long will foreign troops stay in Syria?

Paul Iddon

How long will foreign troops stay in Syria?

Analysis: The US, Russia, Turkey and Iran all have different motives for staying - and for leaving, writes Paul Iddon.

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Egypt IS cell 'planned to assassinate Sisi in Mecca'

Egypt’s military court heard the trial of 292 detainees accused of forming 22 armed cells belonging to the Islamic State group’s Sinai branch on ...

Sudan extends ceasefires until end of year

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Sudan extends ceasefires until end of year

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has extended until the end of this year a unilateral ceasefire in the regions of Darfur, Blue Nile and South ...

Egypt says security forces kill 11 militants in Sinai

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Egypt says security forces kill 11 militants in Sinai

Egypt's official news agency says security forces killed at least 11 suspected militants in a shootout in the northern Sinai Peninsula.

Is Thailand next for the Islamic State group?

Austin Bodetti

Is Thailand next for the Islamic State group?

Analysis: The unrest in Thailand's south offers the Islamic State group all that it could need to build a southeast Asian franchise, writes ...

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