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Syria war: Air strike near Raqqa ‘kills 16 civilians’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tens of thousands of people have been displaced by the fighting around Raqqa At least 16 civilians have been killed in a US-led coalition air strike near so-called Islamic State’s Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, activists say. Women and children were among those who died overnight ...

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Iraq investigates alleged abuses by Mosul troops

Image copyright AFP Image caption The journalist said he documented “war crimes” by an Iraqi interior ministry force Iraq has opened an inquiry into claims that its forces abused and killed civilians in the battle for Mosul against so-called Islamic State (IS). An interior ministry statement said it would take ...

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Qatar says state news agency hacked after report cites emir criticising US

Image copyright AFP Image caption Donald Trump urged Qatar’s emir and other Arab leaders on Sunday to “isolate” Iran Qatar has blamed hackers for a story on its state news agency website that quoted the emir as criticising US “hostility” towards Iran. On Tuesday, the Qatar News Agency (QNA) quoted ...

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Bahrain unrest: Death toll from raid on cleric’s home rises to five

Image copyright adhrb Image caption Amnesty International said one of those killed had suffered birdshot wounds to the head The death toll from Tuesday’s raid by Bahraini police on the home of the Sunni-ruled kingdom’s most prominent Shia cleric has risen to five. The interior ministry said 286 people were ...

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Symbols but no substance

Image copyright EPA Image caption Israelis viewed Mr Trump’s visit to the Western Wall as a sign of support President Donald Trump brought with him to Jerusalem most of his top advisers, dozens of vehicles and his own helicopters. The White House booked the entire King David Hotel for the ...

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Rouhani dismisses Trump warning over Iran ‘threat’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hassan Rouhani was speaking at his first news conference since his re-election on Friday Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned his US counterpart, Donald Trump, that regional stability cannot be achieved without Tehran’s help. Mr Trump began a trip to Israel on Monday by saying ...

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‘Trump, servant of God’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Plenty of attention was on Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka in Saudi Arabia. Her father was there too. In stark contrast to the upbeat statements of Saudi officials concerning US President Donald Trump’s visit to the kingdom on 20 May, many Arab Twitter users have ...

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Trump’s first trip

Image copyright AFP US President Donald Trump is embarking on his first overseas trip since taking office, visiting Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican – the homes of Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Saudi Arabia is, on the face of it, a surprising choice of destination for Mr Trump’s first overseas ...

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Syria war: US-led coalition ‘strikes pro-Assad convoy’

Image caption British special forces personnel were photographed near the Tanf base in June 2016 US-led coalition aircraft have bombed a convoy of pro-Syrian government forces in a remote area near the border with Jordan, US and rebel officials say. Syrian and Iranian-backed militiamen were reportedly moving towards the Tanf ...

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Syria war: IS attack in Hama on government forces

More than 50 people are reported to have been killed in heavy fighting in Syria after so-called Islamic State launched an attack in Hama province. The militants targeted villages under government control, and clashed with the army and its militia allies. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said ...

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Turkey says ‘pro-Kurd’ US envoy Brett McGurk should leave

Image copyright Reuters Image caption YPG fighters are battling jihadist group Islamist State but Turkey views Kurdish militants as terrorists Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has accused a senior US diplomat of backing Kurdish militants and said he should be sent home. He said Brett McGurk, the US envoy to ...

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Instagram election

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Iranian authorities have relaxed rules on internet use during the election campaign This is an Iranian election like no other, where the main battles are being fought on social media. For the first time candidates, as well as voters, have discovered the power of ...

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