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Syrian government forces walk in the strategic area of the Bazo hilltop, north of Khan Tuman on the southern outskirts of the northern embattled Syrian city of Aleppo on October 25, 2016. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
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A civil defense official said the strikes targeted a school and a marketplace.
Counterterrorism forces restored control over Rutbah, a small borderline town located near Jordan in Iraq's western Anbar province, after Daesh took over most of its neighborhoods. (AFP/File)
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Counterterrorism forces restored control over Rutbah, a small borderline town located near Jordan in Iraq's western Anbar province, after Daesh took over most of its neighborhoods.
A file picture taken on July 3, 1986 shows Lebanese Georges Ibrahim Abdallah during his trial in Lyon, central eastern France. (AFP/File)
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An event in support of Abdallah is scheduled to be held on Tuesday afternoon in Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank, and in the Israeli city of Haifa on Wednesday, as rallies have also been held around the world, including in Beirut, Athens, Tunis, Paris, Istanbul, and Chicago.
A Palestinian walks through a destroyed home in Silwan after it was razed by Israeli authorities in March. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
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Early Wednesday morning, Israeli municipality and police forces raided Silwan, which is just south of the Old City, and completely surrounded the al-Jisr area to carry out the demolition of the Jaafreh family home under the pretext that the structure lacked the required Israeli-issued permits.
Australia has a range of laws prohibiting Australians from taking part in foreign conflicts. (AFP/File)
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Around 200 Australians have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join the conflict on various sides since 2014, with at least 68 Australians being killed.
The incident did not appear to be connected to the armed insurgency Egypt is currently battling in the Sinai peninsula. (AFP/File)
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The man died of his wounds while being airlifted to a hospital from the remote desert area where he was working.
Yemeni women supporting the Houthi rebels demonstrate against Saudi-led coalition air strikes, outside a hotel where the United Nations envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, is staying, in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, on October 25, 2016. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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Peace talks held in Kuwait ended in deadlock in August.
EU's High representative for foreign affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini arrives for an European Union leaders summit on October 20, 2016 at the European Council, in Brussels. (AFP/Thierry Carlier)
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EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini also called on all parties to stop shelling of medical facilities in the city.
An Iraqi soldier walks past a broken statue of the virgin Mary. (AFP/File)
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Two years ago the mainly Christian-populated village of Bartella in northern Iraq fell to the onslaught of Islamic State. The Iraqi army has driven out the extremist militia, but the return to normal life is still far away for its displaced residents.
Officials expect the operation to become more difficult over the course of the week, after those who volunteered to leave are transported to accommodation centres and only those reluctant to give up on reaching Britain remain the camp. (AFP/File)
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On the second day of a week-long operation to remove the squalid camp and encourage migrants gathered near the port city to stay in France, hundreds of people boarded buses to leave Calais.
Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia. (AFP/File)
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Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the hotel attack on pro-insurgent Somali radio station Andalus.
Lebanese women line up to vote during municipal elections.(AFP/File)
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The EU Ambassador to Lebanon said electing a president and forming a new government would enable the EU to help Lebanon deal with more issues.

October 25, 2016

Syrians line up to cross the Turkish border. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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Turkish officials said Jarabulus was clear of all extremist groups and so far over 7,700 people had returned home.
Palestinians walk up towards Al Aqsa mosque. (AFP/File)
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The dispute over Al-Aqsa and the controversial UNESCO resolution continues.
Lebanon's parliament is expected to hold an electoral session on Monday. (AFP/File)
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A parliament session to elect a president is scheduled on October 31.
A police vehicle is pictured in front of a House in Jena, east Germany, during an anti-terror operation on October 25, 2016. (AFP/Bodo Schackow)
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Germany has been on high alert since two attacks were carried out in July.
Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia. (AFP/File)
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Has Wikileaks done more good or bad to Hillary Clinton's campaign?
A boy walks in the rubble of a destroyed house in the Gaza Strip. (AFP/File)
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The frustration over severe lack of services and opportunities in the Gaza Strip coincided with a $70 million budget deficit for UNRWA.
A volunteer and a police officer rush an injured person to a hospital in Quetta. (AFP/File)
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The attackers stormed the police training centre Monday night and three attackers who were wearing suicide vests were killed
Kurdish peshmerga foiled an attack involving seven suicide bombers in explosives-rigged vehicles. (AFP/Marwan Ibrahim)
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Peshmerga troops killed four Daesh suicide bombers at Eski Mosul, north of the city, and a fifth blew himself up.
Police officers search a car during a security control check in central Ankara. (AFP/File)
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A massive explosion has occurred in the southwestern Turkish tourist hub of Antalya, injuring at least 10 people.
Liberman's remarks were published the same day rocket sirens sounded along the Gaza border after a rocket was fired at Israel from the Palestinian enclave. (AFP/File)
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Ramallah says defense chief ‘deluding himself he’ll find Palestinian partner to fit his views.’
The ambassador said he expects a "leading" newspaper as The Guardian to publish his response to their article. (AFP/File)
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Egypt's ambassador to London Nasser Kamel wrote a letter that was published by foreign ministry on Sunday, where he expressed his "astonishment" from the article, and refuted "some of [its] obvious and factual mistakes".
Iraqi forces gather in the area of al-Shourah, some 45 kms south of Mosul, as they advance towards the city to retake it from the Islamic State on Monday. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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The brief statement from the Military Information Unit of the Iraqi armed forces came after Turkish state news agency Anadolu quoted Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Sunday saying that Turkish troops were backing Kurdish Peshmerga forces at their request.
One of the hostage of Somali pirates reacts as he arrives at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi on October 23, 2016 after being freed with other hostages. (AFP/Stringer)
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Though piracy has plummeted in recent years, pirates made millions in ransom from hijacking ships and caused the cost of living in Somalia to skyrocket.

October 24, 2016

Shells of buildings in Aleppo, Syria. (AFP/File)
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George Sabra, vice president of Syrian opposition negotiating delegation in Geneva and member of SHNC, told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that Europe announced an initiative two days ago to ceasefire and send humanitarian aids.
Emergency workers are seen at the site of the wreckage of a small twin engined plane which crashed shortly after takeoff from Malta International Airport, on October 24, 2016. (AFP/Matthew Mirabelli)
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All five passengers and crew of the small aircraft were killed after the plane took off and then plummeted into the ground.
Iraqis flee from fighting in the Mosul area. (AFP/File)
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The United Nations has said several thousand people have fled areas around Mosul since the military operation began.
Smoke rises following an Israeli air strike in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip. (AFP/File)
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Palestinian security sources and eyewitnesses told Ma'an that at least one Israeli artillery shell hit a military post belonging to what they called the "Palestinian resistance," east of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza, next to the border with Israel.
The file photo shows Abu Wahib (L), a top commander of the Daesh. (AFP/File)
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The attack on Rutbah, near a strategic junction where the highway west from Baghdad forks towards the Syrian and Jordanian borders, is typical of the group's tactic of launching a major assault elsewhere when it comes under military pressure.
Former Qatari Emir Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, pictured in 1988, died last night, aged 84. (AFP/File)
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Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, Qatar’s former ruler and the grandfather of current emir Sheikh Tamim, has died at the age of 84.
Members and supporters of Hezbollah carry the coffins of Hezbollah's commander Hatem Hamadeh (R) and militant Jalal al-Effeh (L), who were killed in combat alongside Syrian government forces in Syria, on October 18, 2016. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
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General Michel Aoun is known to have close ties with the Shia political and militant movement.
Migrants queue for transportation by bus to reception centres across France, from the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais, northern France, on October 24, 2016. (AFP/Philippe Huguen)
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The fate of some 1,300 unaccompanied minors is still to be decided.
A picture taken on October 18, 2016 from the east Jerusalem Arab neighbourhood of Issawiya shows a Palestinian youth looking on as the Palestinian Shuafat refugee camp (R) is seen behind the controversial Israeli separation wall. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
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But the Israeli government often legalizes such outposts retroactively, declaring them official settlements once connected to the utility grid.
Iraqis hold crossed-out portraits of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a December 2015 demonstration to demand the withdrawal of Turkish forces from Iraq. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
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Yildrim also criticized Iraq's leadership, saying it was "being provocative" with recent comments and said Ankara will continue to have a presence in Iraq.
A Yemeni boy sits at a market in the old city of the capital Sanaa on October 21, 2016. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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The lack of clean drinking water available in Yemen has seriously worsened the hygiene situation in the country.
Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters hold a position on the top of Mount Zardak, about 25 kilometres east of Mosul.  (AFP/File)
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Daesh leader Abu Osama was reportedly killed when a warplane struck his hideout in Talasqaf town, south of Mosul.
A young boy pushes his sibling through the mud at a makeshift camp close to Calais.0 (AFP/File)
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Saturday’s first wave of vulnerable children was welcomed by members of human rights organizations carrying balloons and placards reading “refugees welcome”.

October 23, 2016

The raids, among the most extensive carried out by the Egyptian military in its ongoing campaign against militants in the restive peninsula, followed the gunning down of Brigadier General Adel Ragaei. (AFP/File)
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Pre-dawn strikes on Islamic State-aligned group injured a further 70, destroyed vehicles.
TIOM also estimates that 3,654 migrants died or went missing in this year's Mediterranean crossings. (AFP/File)
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Some 463 migrants and the body of a pregnant woman in her mid-20s arrived in the port of Naples early on Sunday.
Hagai El-Ad, Executive Director of B'Tselem, at a press conference in Tel Aviv, February 05, 2016. (AFP/Jack Guez)
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“For nearly 50 years Palestinians have not had citizenship or rights. Now the coalition chairman, the messenger of the Prime Minister, wants to cancel of the citizenship of those who speak out against this reality.”
Calais Jungle demolition begins as riot police move into migrant camp. (AFP/File)
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Dozens of people could be seen throwing rocks at police in images relayed by French broadcaster BFMTV. The authorities responded with tear gas.
Tribal gunmen loyal to the Houthi movement brandish their weapons in the capital Sanaa. (AFP/File)
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Saudi-led coalition accused the Houthis of violating the ceasefire almost 1,000 times in the last 24 hours by launching mortar and armed attacks along Yemen's border with the kingdom and in several Yemeni provinces.
Iraqi troops on Saturday mounted a major attack to recapture a mostly Christian town near Mosul from Daesh. (AFP/File)
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Speaking after meeting US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter in Baghdad, al-Abadi denied that any agreement had been reached on a Turkish role in the fight for Iraq's second-largest city.
Egypt's deposed president Morsi sits behind the defendants cage during a court trial in Cairo on November 5, 2014. (AFP/File)
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The defendants were convicted of detaining, torturing and inciting violence against protesters outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace during his tenure in December 2012.
A Syrian man walks past destroyed buildings on May 2, 2016, in Aleppo. (AFP/File)
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The Russian military announced an 11-hour ceasefire for Thursday to allow civilians, rebel fighters and injured persons to leave the area, promising them safe passage.
An Israeli D9 bulldozer rolls along the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip. (AFP/File)
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Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank told Ma'an that Israeli authorities escorted the bulldozers onto lands just a few kilometers south of the illegal Elon Moreh settlement.
The hand of a victim amid the destruction following reported airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition air-planes on the capital Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammad Huweis)
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A UN panel of experts has accused the Saudi Arabia-led coalition of a deliberate “double tap” airstrike on a funeral gathering in Yemen earlier this month. In a report to the UN Security Council, obtained by IRIN, the panel says that the coalition’s second strike in particular “violated its obligations” under international law and it “did not take effective precautionary measures to minimize harm to civilians, including the first responders” on the scene.
Tasmanian Governor Kate Warner (center) says she is proud to welcome all asylum seekers during a rally on October 22, 2016. (Courtesy photo)
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Thousands across Australia have participated in nationwide rallies in more than 25 cities in support of asylum seekers in the country after recent calls by a lawmaker to enforce a refugee ban.

October 22, 2016

A verdict is not expected before April 2017. (AFP/File)
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The suspect allegedly participated in the abduction on February 17, 2013 and was "involved in guarding the kidnapped victim (a Canadian lawyer) between March and June 2013".
Egyptian army soldiers stand guard outside a polling station during the counting of ballots after the first round of voting for Egypt's parliamentary elections in Giza, Cairo, on October 19, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Gunmen opened fire on Brigadier General Adel Rajaaie, an armored division commander, when he left his home in Obour city.
Syrian refugees walk on their way back to the Syrian city of Jarabulus on September 7, 2016. (AFP/File)
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Many displaced Syrians are heading to the newly-freed, half-shattered town of Jarablus, which has become a symbol of Turkey's intervention in the Syrian war. But it is far from clear what awaits them there, and whether the nascent buffer zone is sustainable.
Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend a rally on July 31, 2016 in Cologne, as tensions over Turkey's failed coup put authorities on edge. (AFP/Oliver Berg)
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Officials said 35 Turkish diplomatic passport holders had formally applied for asylum, but no other details were given about their identities or status of their applications.
Members of Iraqi pro-government forces drive towards the frontline on October 21, 2016 near the village of Tall al-Tibah, some 30 kilometers south of Mosul. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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Several police buildings were attacked and 18 security force members were killed.
Migrants sit on a boat of Libyan coastguard taking them ashore after they were rescued off the town of Qarabulli. (AFP/File)
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The Germany-based group had been attempting to deliver first-aid supplies to the migrants' boat when a speedboat bearing Libyan coastguard markings arrived on the scene.
Migrants, including many children, have lived at the camp for the last 18 months. They will now be relocated. (AFP/File)
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The French interior ministry said Friday that workers will begin closing the camp on Monday and the process will last for much of the week.

October 21, 2016

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri has said he will back General Michel Aoun for President. (AFP/File)
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Saad Hariri is expected to endorse Christian politician Michel Aoun, despite being a close ally of Hezbollah.
Palestinian security forces are seen on patrol in the West Bank city of Nablus. (AFP/File)
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The PA has faced widespread criticism over the vague circumstances in which Palestinian fugitives have been arrested and killed amid a security crackdown.
Iraqi soldiers and civilians check the damage after a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle in northern Baghdad's Sadr City, May 17, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad al Rubaye)
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A campaign of violence continues in Baghdad, targeting a local market and killing civilians.
Smoke rises from reported opposition fire from buildings in an eastern government-held neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on October 20, 2016 as clashes erupted in an area designated as a humanitarian corridor for civilians to leave the embattles city, an AFP journalist said, despite an announced pause in the Syrian army's Russian-backed offensive. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
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Russia has told the UN it will stop bombing rebel-held eastern Aleppo for 11 hours a day over the next four days.
Israeli security forces gather at the site where a Palestinian woman attempted to stab an Israeli border police with a knife before being shot dead, near the Zaatara checkpoint, south of the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, on October 19, 2016. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
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Rahiq Birawi, 23, became the 234th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli soldiers and settlers in the last year.
Syrian boys stand next to an Arab Red Crescent lorry carrying humanitarian aid in the rebel-held town of Douma, east of the Syrian capital Damascus, on October 19, 2016. (AFP/Abd Doumany)
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Continued shelling from both sides casts doubt on the 'humanitarian pause' in fighting that was supposed to take place.

October 20, 2016

Lebanese security forces have made a number of arrests of people suspected of planning to carry out attacks in the country. (AFP/File)
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Lebanon's General Security said the cell was made up of eight Syrian nationals planning to carry out attacks in cafes and restaurants throughout the country.
People walk in the main street of the ''Jungle'' migrant camp where all makeshift shops have closed as French Interior Minister said on the eve the demolition of the camp would take place "within days" on October 19, 2016. (AFP/Denis Charlet)
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A group of unaccompanied children between the age of 14 and 17 were sent to England from the Calais refugee camp, causing a furor among British lawmakers who thought some of the migrants might be over the age of 18.
Turkish tanks are seen during a military operation in Jarabulus in northern Syria. (AFP/File)
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Turkey launched an unprecedented military operation in northern Syria on August 24, sending tanks and striking extremist targets along with Kurdish groups seen by the West as an effective force in combatting Daesh.
Iraqi soldiers look on as smoke rises from the Qayyarah area, some 35 miles south of Mosul, on October 19, 2016, as Iraqi forces take part in an operation against Daesh to retake the main city. (AFP/Yasin Akgul)
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A Kurdish security source said coalition forces aim to strike Daesh from three sides in the mission to recapture Mosul.
Yemeni fighters from the separatist Southern Movement, loyal to the government forces, arrive for a rally marking the anniversary of the south's revolt against British colonial rule on October 13, 2016, in the southern city of Aden. (AFP/Saleh al-Obeidi)
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Yemeni army sources said Houthi rebels were shelling residential areas to the east and west of Taiz.
A Palestinian art student paints as she takes part in a festival marking the World Mental Health Day on October 11, 2016 in Gaza City. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
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Pumping large numbers of highly educated youth into stagnant, over-saturated job markets only increases the pool of frustrated young people from which extremists draw their recruits.
The Lebanese army is seen on patrol in the border town of Arsal. (AFP/File)
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The shipment was in support of Lebanon's continued fight against Daesh and other militant groups operating in the country and on its border with Syria.
Mass protests hit Egypt earlier this year following a controversial deal transferring two Red Sea islands from Egypt to Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File)
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The arrests came amid growing calls on social media for mass demonstrations to protest economic conditions and price hikes.
Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar was shot dead in front of a courthouse in Amman last month after sharing a cartoon online that was deemed "insulting to Islam." (AFP/File)
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The main suspect, Riad Abdullah, was charged with four crimes, including premeditated murder and possessing an unlicensed weapon.
Syrian rebel fighters and their families arrive on the outskirts of Idlib, bordering the Hama province, following their evacuation from Qudssaya and al-Hamah, rebel-held neighbourhoods of the Syrian capital, on October 14, 2016. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)
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Few civilians appear to be leaving Aleppo, too, whether because they are unable to find a safe way out or because they prefer to stay in their homes.
A Syrian Arab Red Crescent lorries are seen in the rebel-held town of Douma, east of the Syrian capital Damascus, on October 19, 2016. (AFP/Abd Doumany)
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Both Russia and Syria said they had halted airstrikes around Aleppo ahead of Thursday's eight-hour truce.
An Afghan health worker administers the polio vaccine to a child during a campaign on the outskirts of Jalalabad on October 17, 2016. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)
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In a new report, the UN noted a marked increase in child casualties this year, even as overall numbers of civilian casualties fell.
Jewish worshippers perform the annual Cohanim prayer during Sukkot holiday, or the feast of the Tabernacles, at the Western Wall in the old city of Jerusalem on October 19, 2016. (AFP/Gil Cohen-Magen)
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The resolution heavily criticizes Israeli restriction of access to the holy site for Muslim worshippers.

October 19, 2016

The civilian deaths have drawn particular attention since a strike earlier this month that left more than 140 dead at a funeral ceremony. (AFP/File)
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Sounds of powerful explosions were heard following two airstrikes by alliance jets against the facility, in the eastern part of rebel-controlled Sana'a.
Egyptian security forces stand by their armored personnel carriers in North Sinai. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian air forces and artillery brigade pounded seven militant hideouts on Tuesday, and damaged 16 havens and arms caches used by the insurgents, the military said in a statement late in the day.
The visit began three months after Morocco announced its bid to rejoin to the African Union. (AFP/File)
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This is the first tour by the Moroccan Monarch to East Africa, where Morocco's presence and projection are weak in comparison to West Africa.
Palestinian children wait as they wait to cross with their families into Egypt through the Rafah border crossing on October 16, 2016 in the southern Gaza Strip. (AFP/Said Khatib)
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Last year the Rafah crossing was closed for 344 days, sealing off the main lifeline for Gazans to the outside world.
Israeli soldiers patrol a street, east of the West Bank city of Nablus. (AFP/File)
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The young Palestinian woman reportedly approached Israeli border guards stationed at the Tappuah junction, using the Israeli term for the area around the checkpoint, and after "ignoring their directives and their calls for her to stop," pulled out a knife. Israeli forces then opened live fire on the young woman and "neutralized" her.
Some have compared Israel's treatment of its Arab residents to South Africa's apartheid regime. (AFP/Rajesh Jantilal)
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The UN and its member states seem to be obsessed with the idea of "two-states" or a "one-state reality" that they ignore that there are Palestinian lives perpetually oppressed by Israel.
Ghani and Sharif have both committed themselves to renewing the Afghan peace process. (AFP/File)
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It said the meetings were attended by Mullah Abdul Manan Akhund, brother of the late Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, and Afghan spy chief Mohammed Masoom Stanikzai.
Yemeni children fill empty jerrycans with water from a donated source amid ongoing widespread disruption of water supplies in an impoverished coastal village on the outskirts of the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, on October 18, 2016. (AFP/Stringer)
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The 72-hour truce is due to begin Wednesday night after a meeting held in London on Sunday between John Kerry, Boris Johnson, and UN Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.
A member of Iraqi forces gestures as troops head to the frontline on October 18, 2016 near the town of Qayyarah, south of Mosul, during the operation to recapture the city from Daesh. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
10:00 GMT
Pockets of armed resistance are slowing Iraqi forces as they make their way to Mosul.
Islamic Republic's President Hassan Rouhani (AFP/File)
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Washington has said it is deeply concerned at the reports and has called for all Americans held in Iran to be freed.
Assad, a former investment banker, was born and raised in London. She was married to Bashar six months after he assumed the presidency in July 2000, following the death of his father Hafez. (AFP/Miguel Medina)
07:00 GMT
It is not the first time that attempts to resolve the Syrian crisis by inducing Bashar al-Assad or his family to seek refuge elsewhere have been revealed.
Displaced Iraqis from the Bajwaniyah village, about 30 kms south of Mosul, who fled fighting in the Mosul area approach security forces on October 18, 2016 after they liberated the village from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
06:00 GMT
The US and EU have pledged aid to support up to 1 million civilians that are expected to flee Mosul as the fight intensifies.
Members of the Syrian Civil Defence, known as the White Helmets, search for victims amid the rubble of a destroyed building following reported air strikes in the rebel-held Qatarji neighbourhood of the northern city of Aleppo, on October 17, 2016. (AFP/Karam al-Masri)
05:00 GMT
Russia's defense minister said the pause in the bombing was to allow fighters and civilians to leave the city.

October 18, 2016

The Iraqi army is deploying thousands of soldiers to a northern base in preparation for operations to retake the Islamic State (IS) group's hub of Mosul
16:00 GMT
Protesters carried Iraqi flags and demanded that the Turks withdraw from Bashiqa base, in line with repeated requests by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
Lebanese troops are seen on patrol near the Syrian border. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
The Lebanese army and Hezbollah have been routing out militants from Daesh and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham that are entrenched along the border with Syria.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed make a joint statement on Yemen at Lancaster House in London on October 16, 2016. (AFP/Justin Tallis)
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The Houthis have yet to comment and the entry date for the ceasefire has not been specified.
A picture shows on October 14, 2016 the Dome of the Rock, in the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's old city. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
13:00 GMT
The decision came after Mexico's ambassador to UNESCO, who is Jewish, walked out of Thursday's vote in a personal protest against his country's vote in support of the resolution.
An Egyptian member of the armed forces in northern Sinai. (AFP/Mohamed el-Shahed)
12:00 GMT
The Egyptian army began a major crackdown against armed groups in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after six Egyptian soldiers were killed by the group.
Storage tanks at the Tawke oil field in Zakho, a Kurdish area 400km north of Baghdad. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
11:29 GMT
“We weren’t getting any of the benefits of the oil we were protecting. The government just took the oil and didn’t work with the local people.”
A fighter loyal to Yemen's exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi walks with crutches in Yemen's second city of Aden on July 30, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
The truce will begin on 23:59 local time on Wednesday and continue for 72 hours.
Israeli forces detain a Palestinian boy following clashes in the centre of the West Bank city of Hebron, on June 20, 2014. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Among them was a 17-year-old identified as Ahmad H., who told DCIP that he was interrogated twice in the first week of August for one and three hours, during which time he had no parent present or access to legal counsel.
Iraqi refugees arriving in Erbil from Mosul. (AFP/File)
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The rights group has accused paramilitary groups and government forces on one occasion of rounding up thousands of older boys and men who were then tortured, forcibly disappeared or extrajudicially executed.
A protest in Sydney against the treatment of refugees on Nauru. (AFP/File)
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In a devastating report released late Monday, Amnesty accused Australia of running an open-air prison on the Pacific island nation, where more than one thousand asylum seekers and refugees have been languishing for the past three years.
Iraqi forces load artillery outside Mosul. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
President Masoud Barzani of Iraqi Kurdistan said that Iraq's forces and Kurdish Peshmerga troops have cleared some 200 square kilometres of land that were under the control of Islamic State in the first day of the campaign to capture Mosul.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. (AFP/Oli Scarff)
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The "humanitarian pause" is intended to allow safe passage for civilians and the withdrawal of "militants" from rebel-held eastern Aleppo.