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Iraq militants launch deadly attacks around Tikrit

At least 12 police officers killed in first attack of its kind since city was retaken from Isis last year Militants have killed at least a dozen members of the Iraqi security forces in early morning attacks in the city of Tikrit, according to reports. Show More Summary

Unity gives Jerusalem a prayer: Jews, Muslims and Christians join for worship

Eight religious leaders brought their congregations together for eight days in one room. It was a dangerous move In a small building in the foreboding shadow of Jerusalem’s Mount Zion, Rabba Tamar Elad-Abblebaum looked upon a crowd sitting attentively before her. Show More Summary

New twist in case of Italian student Giulio Regeni's murder in Egypt

Egyptian police killed five men allegedly linked to the murder, but authorities now say that case against them is weak Six months ago, Ibrahim Farouk, a 21-year-old university student who drove a minibus for extra money, started his day doing a routine job shuttling four neighbourhood men he vaguely knew around Cairo. Show More Summary

Benjamin Netanyahu to meet with Clinton and Trump on Sunday

The Israeli prime minister’s separate meetings with the presidential nominees is likely be in New York, where he is attending the UN general assembly Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on Sunday, campaign aides to the Democratic and Republican nominees have confirmed. Show More Summary

Dramatic Footage Shows Syrian Girl’s Rescue From Rubble

The girl was reported to be the only survivor of her family after the airstrike

Death toll in migrant shipwreck off Egypt rises to 300

Number of drownings in the Mediterranean in 2016 now expected to easily surpass last year’s record figure of 3,771 A record number of migrants are expected to drown in the Mediterranean in 2016, after the estimated death toll in this week’s latest shipwreck rose to about 300 on Friday. Show More Summary

Given repeated failures, can ceasefires pave the way to peace in Syria?

Each ceasefire in Syria seems destined to end in disaster despite bringing brief relief, but there’s hope that even collapsing deals may ultimately bolster peace Syria’s descent into ever more vicious civil war has been marked by broken...Show More Summary

Amos Oz on his novel Judas – books podcast

The Israeli novelist Amos Oz talks about prose, poetry and politics in his latest novel, Judas The novelist Amos Oz has been exploring the complexities of the Israeli experience in a career that stretches back over 50 years. His latest...Show More Summary

Aleppo rocked again by airstrikes; attacks underscore failed diplomacy

Intense bombardment shook Aleppo on Friday, thunderously underscoring the failure of the latest diplomatic efforts to stem the carnage in Syria’s largest city. Syria’s Russian-backed military pressed ahead with airstrikes and shelling aimed at Aleppo’s rebel-held eastern sector -- an offensive...

Girl pulled from rubble after airstrike in Aleppo – video

A young girl is pulled from rubble on Friday after an airstrike in Aleppo. Rescuers dig out the girl, covered in the wreckage and dust, with their bare hands. She is believed to be the only surviving member of her family from the attack...Show More Summary

We will ignore the bombs to continue delivering humanitarian aid in Syria | Sonja Meyer

This week’s attack against a UN convoy was not the first time humanitarian operations have come under fire in the country’s bloody civil war The heinous attack against a UN humanitarian aid convoy near Aleppo shocked the world. It is...Show More Summary

‘I am Lake Urmia’: a social media campaign takes on the environment in Iran

Lake Urmia’s grim destiny reflects a wider trend of enviromental problems in Iran, including an over-reliance on dams, extreme weather patterns, climatic changes, poor irrigation practices and unregulated use of water Long tucked away...Show More Summary

Egypt recovers 79 bodies from migrant boat carrying 450

Authorities bring to shore more bodies from fishing vessel as authorities arrest four suspected people traffickers Rescuers recovered 24 bodies on Friday from a boat crowded with migrants that capsized off the Egyptian coast, bringing...Show More Summary

Syria civil defence volunteer recalls Aleppo attack – video

An unidentified member of the Syria civil defence volunteer group describes the bombardment of Aleppo on Thursday morning. The volunteer says there were 25 airstrikes on the city, which destroyed emergency vehicles and the SCD’s centres in the area. Show More Summary

Aleppo residents describe onslaught as airstrikes bombard Syrian city

Medical centres struck and homes destroyed as bombing campaign in rebel-held region enters second day Residents of rebel-held east Aleppo have described scenes of devastation, with activists claiming attacks by Syrian and Russian warplanes on the city hours after the Syrian military announced a major new offensive. Show More Summary

'A massacre is inevitable': Punishing siege drags on for two Shiite villages in Syria

Ammar Hammood was shopping at the market when he got word that his 9-year-old son, Haidar, had been shot by a sniper while playing near his house in the northwestern Syrian town of Fuah. Hammood pushed his way out of the market, so panicked he could barely see. “When I got to the hospital, I found...

Women gain ground in Jordan election despite yawning gender gap

Women claim 20 parliamentary seats as move to proportional representation reaps dividends for record number of female candidates Women’s rights campaigners in Jordan believe the country is slowly moving towards more progressive political...Show More Summary

Syrian army launches new offensive on Aleppo as ceasefire plan crumbles

Offensive comes on heels of at least 24 hours of airstrikes on east Aleppo that has left dozens of civilians dead while US and Russia hold last-ditch meeting at UN Overnight airstrikes on rebel-held Aleppo kill dozens The Syrian army...Show More Summary

Efforts to shore up the Syrian cease-fire have faltered on all fronts

As flames leaped high in the battered northern Syrian city of Aleppo, hopes faded anew on Thursday for any revival of Syria’s broken cease-fire.   In a week meant to showcase the diplomatic drive to shore up the truce, rush humanitarian aid to the country’s hardest-hit areas, isolate and target...

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