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Our weekly round-up of events in Iraq covers the anniversary of the defeat of the Islamic State group, and protests in Basra.

Syrian groups uncovering Raqqa's mass graves need help to preserve evidence, identify human remains and shed light on the horrors perpetrated by the IS, Human Rights Watch said.

Malta detains rescue ship as hundreds die at sea

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Malta detains rescue ship as hundreds die at sea

Malta detains a second migrant rescue ship as UNHCR said over 300 have died in the Mediterranean over the last four days.

Conservative Muslim Forum says party failing to tackle Islamophobia

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Conservative Muslim Forum says party failing to tackle Islamophobia

The CMF is the latest to join calls for an independent investigation into Islamophobia within the Conservative Party.

Rohingya militants massacred Hindu villagers: Amnesty

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Rohingya militants massacred Hindu villagers: Amnesty

A new amnesty report says Rohingya militants killed 53 Hindus Myanmar's Rakhine last August.

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Search for bodies continues months after Mosul battle

After almost a year since IS were ousted from Mosul, Iraqi services are still discovering bodies of militants and their victims.

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Israel's Gaza response 'wholly disproportionate': UN rights chief

The UN human rights chief slammed Israel's deadly reaction to protests along the Gaza border as "wholly disproportionate".

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Ireland recalls Israel ambassador amid outrage over Gaza massacre

Ireland is the latest country to recall its ambassador from Israel, as world leaders react to Monday's 'bloodbath' on the Gaza border.

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Iran destroys mass graves of 1988 prison massacre victims

Human rights groups estimate as many as 5,000 people were executed in 1988 during a wartime purge of political prisoners by Iranian authorities.

Syria's Idlib on verge of becoming 'new Aleppo': UN

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Syria's Idlib on verge of becoming 'new Aleppo': UN

As the Assad regime sets its sights on rebel-held northern Syria, UN experts warn of devastating crisis in the overpopulated area if a ...

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IS mass grave uncovered in Syria's Raqqa

A mass grave containing dozens, possible hundreds of bodies has been uncovered in the Syrian city of Raqqa, where IS ruled for ...

Syria chemical attack probe stalls as regime 'hides evidence'

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Syria chemical attack probe stalls as regime 'hides evidence'

The team from the world's chemical arms watchdog has not been able to begin its field work in Douma, where dozens were killed in a suspected 7 ...

Myanmar troops sentenced ten years for Rohingya slayings

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Myanmar troops sentenced ten years for Rohingya slayings

In a rare investigation, Myanmar military found seven of their personnel guilty of the Rohingya slayings.

Iraq discovers another <em>mass</em> <em>grave</em> near Tikrit

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Iraq discovers another mass grave near Tikrit

Iraqi authorities have uncovered a mass grave containing the bodies of 158 people believed to have been killed by the Islamic ...

Bodies of Indian workers murdered by IS return home

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Bodies of Indian workers murdered by IS return home

The bodies of 38 Indian workers murdered by IS during their rampage through northern Iraq in 2014 are to be flown back to India.

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Withdrawals continue from Syrian rebels' shrinking Eastern Ghouta enclave

Thousands more leave East Ghouta as negotiations over the final evacuations continue between the Syrian regime and opposition.

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The Iraq Report: 15 years of failure

Far from spreading seeds of democracy, the US-led invasion of Iraq, 15 years ago, allowed dangerous forces to supplant the previous Baathist ...

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Kidnapped Indian workers found in Iraq mass grave

Thirty-nine Indian workers were abducted in June 2014 when IS militants overran large swathes of territory in Iraq and captured Mosul.

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Nobel laureates demand Erdogan to release jailed writers

Over 35 Nobel prize-winners have addressed an open letter to Turkey's President Erdogan demanding the release of jailed writers, renewing alarm ...

US forensics team searching for hostages' bodies in Syria

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US forensics team searching for hostages' bodies in Syria

A team of US criminal forensic investigators are searching mass graves in Syria, searching for the remains of IS foreign hostages ...

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Police officer buried in graveyard for Kashmir's 'martyrs'

In-depth: In the graveyard of Ashtengu village in Indian-administered Kashmir, a police officer and a civilian are laid to rest side by side, ...

UN warns Rohingya abuses could spark regional conflict

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UN warns Rohingya abuses could spark regional conflict

Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled to bordering Bangladesh since a military crackdown in Rakhine State last August.

<em>Mass</em> <em>grave</em> of IS victims uncovered in Iraq

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Mass grave of IS victims uncovered in Iraq

A mass grave thought to contain bodies of civilians and security forces has been discovered near Hawija in northern Iraq, one ...

Scores of Eastern Ghouta children killed in early January

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Scores of Eastern Ghouta children killed in early January

UNICEF has slammed the deteriorating condition in the Syrian city of Eastern Ghouta, where escalating violence has left over 30 children dead in ...

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