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Yemen cholera cases ‘pass 200,000’

Image copyright EPA Image caption No part of Yemen has been spared from the cholera outbreak, the UN says The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has now exceeded 200,000, the United Nations says. The joint statement by Unicef and the World Health Organization said the country was now ...

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After Mosul

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iraqi government forces have encircled Mosul’s Old City, the last district still held by IS With Iraqi forces close to retaking full control of the city of Mosul, so-called Islamic State (IS) is about to lost its last – and largest – urban bastion in ...

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Gaza’s only power plant resumes after Egypt fuel delivery

Image copyright EPA Image caption The power plant had been dormant since April amid a row over fuel payments The Gaza Strip’s only power plant has resumed work, temporarily preventing a worsening of the energy crisis in the Palestinian coastal territory. Officials said it was operating, but at a reduced ...

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Israel starts work on first new West Bank settlement in 20 years

Image copyright Reuters Image caption This is the first time an Israeli government has built a new settlement since the 1990s Israel has started work on the first new Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank for more than 20 years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said. He tweeted a ...

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A line in the sky

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A race is on to see who will dominate the territory that IS vacates The battle for Mosul may be entering its final phase. The battle for Raqqa is under way. But the battle for the future of eastern Syria is just beginning. This is ...

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Mosul battle: Fierce fighting as Iraqi troops push into Old City

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mosul is so-called Islamic State’s last major urban stronghold in Iraq The last Islamic State militants in Mosul are reportedly putting up fierce resistance as Iraqi forces try to seize their last stronghold in the city. One commander said penetrating the jihadists’ defences was very ...

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Russia questions US Himars missile deployment in Syria

Image copyright AFP Image caption The government says it has advanced up to Tanf The Russian defence ministry has raised concerns about US multiple-rocket launchers being deployed at a base in eastern Syria. It said it was not impossible the two Himars launchers being set up in al-Tanf would be ...

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Man Booker International Prize: David Grossman wins for stand-up comic novel

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Translator Jessica Cohen and author David Grossman split the prize David Grossman has become the first Israeli author to win the Man Booker International Prize. He split the £50,000 cash award for his winning book, A Horse Walks Into a Bar, with translator Jessica ...

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Saif al-Islam Gaddafi case: ICC calls for arrest of ex-Libya leader’s son

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was seen as Col Gaddafi’s successor The International Criminal Court (ICC) has called for the arrest and surrender of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who was released by a militia in Libya last week after six years in jail. The son of late leader ...

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Turkey’s Erdogan decries Qatar’s ‘inhumane’ isolation

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Turks attended a demonstration in support of Qatar in central Istanbul last week Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has denounced the isolation of Qatar by several Arab states, describing it as “inhumane and against Islamic values”. Last week’s decision by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United ...

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‘Ban Zumba’ row

Image copyright Getty Creative Stock Image caption An Iranian sports federation is calling for a ban on Zumba dance classes across the country A call made by a local sports federation to ban Zumba dance classes across Iran has angered many online. The Iran Sport for All Federation penned a ...

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Qatar crisis: Germany seeks to bridge rift with Arab states

Image copyright EPA Image caption German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel met his Qatari counterpart in northern Germany Germany has called for diplomatic efforts to resolve a growing crisis over Qatar, which is accused by four Arab neighbours of funding terrorism. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain ...

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