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Iraqi tanks and armoured vehicles advance towards the village of Sheikh Younis, after the offensive to retake the western side of Mosul commenced on February 19, 2017. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
February 20, 2017 - 15:00 GMT
The fresh push in the four-month operation to retake Mosul involves federal police forces, as well as elite units under the supervision of the interior ministry, army soldiers and Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary fighters.
In February 2012, more than 74 Ahly Club supporters were killed after thousands of Masry fans attacked them at Port Said Stadium following the team's 3-1 Egyptian Premier League victory over Ahly. (AFP/File)
February 20, 2017 - 14:00 GMT
After protracted legal procedures and a long appeal process, a lower Egyptian court sentenced in June 2015 11 people to death, including one in absentia, in a retrial of the case after receiving the Grand Mufti's opinion on the verdict.
Donald Trump poses for a photo with retired general James Mattis and vice-president-elect Mike Pence. (AFP/File)
February 20, 2017 - 13:00 GMT
This comes a day after Iraqi forces began offensive in western Mosul.
Iraq digs anti-Daesh trench around city of Ramadi. (AFP/File)
February 20, 2017 - 12:00 GMT
Iraqi forces captured Ramadi from Daesh a year ago and are now struggling to retake Mosul, Iraq's once second largest city, from the extremist group.
Protesters march in New York's Times Square in solidarity with American Muslims and against the travel ban ordered by US President Donald Trump on February 19, 2017. (AFP/Timothy A. Clary)
February 20, 2017 - 11:00 GMT
US President Donald Trump has pledged to introduce a revised travel ban after his executive order was shot down by federal judges.
Turkish protestors chant slogans against the 47 suspects whose trial for plotting to assassinate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan starts February 20th, 2017. (AFP/File)
February 20, 2017 - 10:00 GMT
The "assassination team" accused of targeting Erdogan was among 44 suspects appearing.
Two rockets hit souther Israel from the Sinai. (AFP/File)
February 20, 2017 - 09:14 GMT
The rockets landed in the Eshkol Regional Council in the northwestern Negev region.
Chief opposition negotiator Mohammad Alloush (C) of the Jaish al-Islam looks on during the second session of Syria peace talks at the Rixos President Hotel in Astana, on February 16, 2017. (AFP/Stanislav Filippov)
February 20, 2017 - 08:00 GMT
The upsurge in attacks has mostly taken place in Homs, the outskirts of Damascus, and Deraa province.
Syrian civil defense volunteers, known as the White Helmets, search for survivors following reported government airstrike on the rebel-held town of Douma, east of Damascus, on February 19, 2017. (AFP/Sameer al-Doumy)
February 20, 2017 - 07:00 GMT
Violence is escalating in the area near the Jordanian border as government forces try to retake the province from opposition fighters.
Dutch far-right politician and leader of the Partij Voor De Vrijheid (PVV or Freedom Party) Geert Wilders (C) looks towards journalists as he officially launches his parliamentary election campaign in Spijkenisse on February 18, 2017. (AFP/John Thys)
February 20, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
The controversial politician previously called for a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest and gave women 'anti-refugee spray.'
Iraqi forces, supported by the Popular Mobilization paramilitaries, prepare to advance towards the village of Sheikh Younis, south of Mosul, after the offensive to retake the western side of the city from Daesh commenced on February 19, 2017. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
February 20, 2017 - 05:00 GMT
The Iraqi prime minister on Sunday announced the start of a large-scale operation to retake the western half of the city from Daesh.
Afghan men climb up a snow covered hillside as youths play on the frozen surface of Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul on February 10, 2017. (AFP/Wakil Kohsar)
February 19, 2017 - 16:00 GMT
More than 100 died due to heavy snowfall just days earlier.
This file photo taken on June 25, 1993 shows Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman (R) entering his apartment building with an unidentified man after afternoon prayers at his mosque in Jersey City, New Jersey. (AFP/Mark D. Phillips)
February 19, 2017 - 15:00 GMT
Radical preacher Omar Abdel-Rahman, 78, died while serving a life sentence for his involvement in the 1993 World Trade Center attacks in New York.
Tens of thousands of people march holding a banner reading
February 19, 2017 - 14:00 GMT
Spain has been slow to make good on its pledge to take in more than 17,000 refugees over a two-year period.
US-backed Kurdish and Arab fighters advance into the Daesh bastion of Manbij, in northern Syria, in June 2016. (AFP/File)
February 19, 2017 - 13:00 GMT
Both Syria's Kurds - supported by the US - and Bashar al-Assad have condemned Turkey's military activity as a violation of Syria's sovereignty.
Marshal Khalifa Haftar (C), the military leader of the Libyan National Army and Libya’s parallel parliament based in the eastern city of Tobruk returns from a visit to Russia on December 3, 2016. (AFP/Abdullah Doma)
February 19, 2017 - 12:00 GMT
General Khalifa Haftar heads the Tobruk-based eastern government in Libya, which has been fighting the UN-backed government since 2014.