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The site of the April 3 blast on the St Ptersburg metro. (AFP/file)
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The attack on the Russian city's metro on April 3 killed at least 14 people.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. (AFP/file)
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An Israeli report says that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will use a speech this week to deliver an ultimatum to the militant group, Hamas, that runs Gaza.
A hunting party consisting of 24 Qataris and two Saudis kidnapped in southern Iraq in December 2015 was released last week. (AFP)
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Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told a news conference that Qatari negotiators had come to Baghdad prior to the release with what he said was hundreds of millions of dollars in ransom money.

Continued ground and air strikes by Turkey and Ankara-backed rebel forces has angered Washington and led to calls for a united front against Daesh. (AFP)
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More than two dozen fighters died in the attacks, which appear to have hit Kurdish units fighting Daesh.
Yemenis collect water from a donated source amid an ongoing wide spread disruption of water supplies in an impoverished coastal village on the outskirts of the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, on April 17, 2017. (AFP/Stringer)
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The war that is now in its third year has left 17 million of Yemen's 27 million people at risk of hunger.
A Syrian boy stands against a bullet-riddled wall in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, on April 24, 2017. (AFP/Abd Doumany)
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The population transfers between rebel-held and regime-held towns has forcibly displaced thousands of civilians.

April 25, 2017

'While my family live in Palestine under the daily injustices of apartheid, the legacy of the British is felt every day through their pain. The least Britain can do is apologise.' (AFP)
20:41 GMT
UK government rules out apology to Palestinians over Balfour stating 'We are proud of our role in creating the State of Israel'.
Supporters of Kuwaiti opposition leader Mussallam al-Barrak (C) celebrate his release from jail on April 21, 2017 in Kuwait City, after serving two years in prison for insulting the emir. (AFP/Yasser al-Zayyat)
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Musallam al-Barrak was jailed for 'undermining the status of the emir.'
Demonstrators hold a flag of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey and a placard reading "No! This is just the beginning" during a protest at the Kadikoy district in Istanbul on April 23, 2017 following the results in a nationwide referendum that will hugely enhance the president Recep Erdogan powers. (AFP/Yasin Akgul)
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Turkey has said it is reconsidering its relationship with the Council of Europe over the decision.
People take part in a demonstration against the deportation of some 50 Afghan refugees from Munich airport, southern Germany, on February 22, 2017. (AFP/Matthias Balk)
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Many blame Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for signing the deal that paved the way for refugees to be forcibly removed and returned to Afghanistan.
A Syrian refugee in a refugee camp in Jordan. (AFP/file)
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The US is reportedly planning a 21 percent cut in aid to Jordan. Al Bawaba looks at why that might not be such a good idea.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, right, and German Ambassador to Israel, Clemens von Goetze, lay a wreath at the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum in Jerusalem, April 24, 2017. (AFP/Gali Tibbon)
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The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, has threatened to cancel his meeting with Germany's foreign minister if he meets with left-wing Israeli groups.
A Hezboallah fighter armed with an RPG stands near Lebanon's border with Israel, April 20 2017. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
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US plans to tighten sanctions on the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah will have effects beyond the group, Michel Aoun said.
A torchlit procession in Yerevan, Armenia, to mark 102 years since the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turkey, April 23 2017. (AFP/Karen Minasyan)
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Armenians across the world have been commemorating the anniversary of genocide carried out by Ottoman Turkey.
Syrian women who fled from Daesh-controlled parts of Syria at the al-Mabrouka camp on the Turkish border, April 23 2017. (AFP/Delil Souleiman)
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The bomb hit a car the family were trying to escape the fighting in, killing five children and three adults.
The explosion occurred in the Kurram Agency tribal region on the Afghan frontier. (File/Photo)
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The van hit by the blast was carrying passengers to nearby Parachinar, the only Shia Muslim-majority city in Pakistan's tribal region.
President Donald Trump has called Assad “evil” and said his use of chemical weapons “crossed a lot of lines.” (AFP)
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Trump administration issued sanctions on 271 people linked to Syrian agency responsible for producing non-conventional weapons.
Prisoners across Libya "were subjected to various forms of mistreatment, including severe beatings, electrocution, acts of sexual violence and rape, solitary confinement" as well as mock executions. (File/Photo)
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Judges unseal arrest warrant for Libya's former security chief, accusing him of carrying out war crimes in 2011 to quash opposition to Moamer Gaddafi.
Some leading figures - such as Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and powerful Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr - oppose the participation of Hashd in the elections. (AFP)
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In the midst of next year's elections, splits are beginning to emerge amongst key figures in Iraqi politics.

April 24, 2017

A Yemeni girl carries a water container in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, on April 17, 2017. (AFP/stringer)
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Amid a drive to secure funding to head off a famine in the war-torn country, humanitarian organizations and rights groups are also highlighting the role of some of the donors in the conflict.
Last Thursday, Houthi militants stormed a hotel in Ibb where the IMC employees had been staying, whisking them off to a nearby prison. (AFP)
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Houthis release employees of International Medical Corps.
Karl Sharro - Marxist Leninism. With a Fez.
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“Oh, and you thought the Middle East was messed up?” might be one way to summarise Karl’s Sharro’s sometimes asinine but always perceptive tweets on the many contradictions of UK, US and European politics.
Protesters and riot police clash during 2013 protests in Alexandria. (AFP/File)
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They were among a group of 156 people accused of killing two policemen near Cairo in 2013.
Israelis at a Tel Aviv train station stop and stand for a minute of silence to remember the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, April 24 2017. (AFP/Jack Guez)
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Israel remembers the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis.
Moroccan Prime Minister Saad-Eddine El Othmani at a meeting in parliament, Rabat, April 19 2017. (AFP/Fadel Senna)
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The two countries are trading accusations that each has been trying to foist refugees on the other.
US Defence Secretary James Mattis (R) and senior advisor Sally Donnelly arrive by helicopter at Resolute Support headquarters in the Afghan capital Kabul on April 24, 2017. (AFP/Jonathan Ernst)
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Mattis' visit, his first to Afghanistan, comes days after a deadly army base attack that left 140 Afghan soldiers dead.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. (AFP/file)
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The Palestinian Authority has accused Israel of trying to interfere in the President's visit to Washington.
A displaced Syrian girls looks on during a sand storm at the al-Mabrouka camp in the village of Ras al-Ain on the Syria-Turkey border, where many Syrians who fled from territory held by the Islamic State (IS) group in Deir Ezzor and Raqa are taking shelter on April 23, 2017. (AFP/Delil Souleiman)
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Efforts to end the conflict and rebuild Syria should harness the skills and visions that Syrians have for their future.
Syrian prisoners arrive in rebel-held Rashidin after their release from government jails, April 21 2017. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)
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The hunting party had been held for 16 months by militias related to Iran.
Asma al-Assad, the wife of the Syrian President. (Syrian Presidency)
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Peter Ford has been defending Assad in the British press. Turns out he's being paid by the dictator's father-in-law.
A young Jordanian woman holds a placard that reads, "My life is more important than family honor." (File photo)
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The revised penal code will force rapists to serve out their sentences and calls for tougher punishment on other crimes.
The audience sport red and blue National Front buttons and blue roses. The venue is a sea of French flags.(AFP)
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Marine Le Pen left Paris to celebrate her success in the first round of the presidential campaign with 'ordinary people' in northern France.
Palestinian protesters hold portraits of prisoners during a rally marking the Palestinian Prisoner Day at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem. (AFP)
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As a mass hunger strike underway in Israeli prisons entered its seventh day on Sunday, dozens more Palestinian prisoners have declared their participation.
Yemen has been wracked by conflict since 2014. (AFP)
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Explosion in military camp in Aden, Yemen kills at least 10 soldiers.

April 23, 2017

Emmanuel Macron (Eric Feferberg/AFP). Marine Le Pen (Eric Piermont/AFP).
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Liberal centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen are expected to make it through to the second round of the French presidential vote, multiple French media report.
A picture taken from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on September 10, 2016 shows smoke rising from the Syrian village of Jubata al-Khashab after Israeli airstrikes against Syrian army positions. (AFP)
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Three Syrian forces have been killed in a fresh Israeli attack on a military camp near the southwestern city of Quneitra, a military official says.
Saudi Arabi's King Salman. (AFP/file)
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Egypt's President is visiting Saudi Arabia in an attempt to repair a relationship that was recently shaken by a failed plan for Egypt to gift two Red Sea islands to Saudi.
Progressive Socialist Party MP Walid Jumblatt. (AFP/File)
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The proposed law is a compromise between proportional representation and a winner-takes-all system.
Israeli soldiers arrest Palestinian demonstrators amid clashes in the West Bank village of Beita, southeast of Nablus city, after a protest took place following Friday prayers in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, on April 21, 2017. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
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The violent, racist assaults began in December, with suspects using knives, batons, and crowbars to attack victims.
In a handout picture released by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Saudi Arabian air force pilot Prince Khaled bin Salman sits in the cockpit of a fighter jet at an undisclosed location on September 23, 2014. (AFP)
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Saudi Arabia on Saturday named an air force pilot son of King Salman as ambassador to its major ally Washington. President Trump who employs both his daughter and son-in-law at the White House, is likely to approve the nomination.
Lebanese soldiers at a checkpoint in Arsal. (AFP/file)
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The raid also led to the arrest of ten other fugitives in the border town of Arsal.
US Defence Secretary James Mattis (R) bids farewell to Israeli military dignitaries as he departs from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on April 21, 2017. (AFP/Jonathan Ernst)
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On Syria, James Mattis told a press conference, 'I can authoritatively say they have retained some [chemical weapons]. It's a violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions.'
Senior political leader of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, Khalil al-Hayya, holds a press conference on April 18, 2017, in Gaza City. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
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Suhail al-Hindi had denied being linked to Gaza's rulers when he was suspended in February.
A Palestinian throws stones towards Israeli forces during a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners in Bethlehem, April 17 2017. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
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The organization has called for clashes with Israeli forces on Friday, with a general strike also called for Thursday.
Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, has been hard hit by a recent slump in world energy prices. (AFP)
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King Salman bin Abdulaziz appointed his two sons as minister of state for energy affairs and Ambassador to the US.
Francis also paid tribute to an unknown Christian woman slain for her faith in front of her Muslim husband. (AFP)
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"These refugee camps -- so many are concentration camps, crowded with people... because international accords seem more important than human rights," said Pope Francis.
International medical charities say Syrian government forces target hospitals, clinics and ambulances in opposition-held areas. (AFP)
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Missiles struck a medical centre in Syria's northern rebel-held province.

April 22, 2017

Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed Momani says Jordan continues to push for a political solution in Syria. (File/AFP)
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Jordan has rejected as “baseless” claims that it plans to deploy troops in neighbouring Syria in coordination with the US.
26 Qataris and two Saudis released through hard and dangerous negotiations that included bargains and money in a cautious diplomacy. (AFP)
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The Qatari nationals who were kidnapped in Iraq might be released in the coming 48 hours, quoting a negotiator close to the issue.
Taliban militants in three military vehicles with forged documents launched the attack by shooting a rocket at the entrance of the army base. (AFP)
12:00 GMT
The attack took place at an army command centre a few kilometres from Mazar-e Sharif, the capital of Balkh province.
The loss of Mosul would be a death blow to the “caliphate” Daesh proclaimed after capturing the city in a massive offensive in June 2014. (AFP)
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Iraqi forces launch fresh push against Daesh-held villages as part of months-old operation to retake areas in western Anbar province.
Islamic Republic's President Hassan Rouhani (AFP)
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Campaigning for Iran's presidential elections scheduled for 19 May began on Friday, as "moderate" President Hassan Rouhani looks to defend his post from more conservative challengers.
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis (AFP)
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US Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Friday said there was "no longer any doubt" that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime still has chemical weapons.

April 21, 2017

A convoy of ambulances transporting wounded civilians and rebels from the villages of Fuaa and Kafraya, the last two regime-held villages in Idlib province, is guarded as it heads towards the Cilvegozu crossing with Turkey on December 28, 2015 (AFP Photo/Omar Haj Kadour)
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The evacuation of Syrian civilians and fighters from four besieged towns, part of a Qatari-mediated swap deal between the warring sides, resumed on Friday after a two-day halt.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (AFP/file photo)
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would meet US counterpart Donald Trump in May, a month after he won a contested referendum that will tighten his grip on power.
Police check passersby near the Champs Elysees in Paris after a shooting which left one officer dead and two wounded. (AFP/Franck Fife)
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French police have detained three family members of the attacker who was shot dead in Paris yesterday after killing a police officer on the Champs Elysees.
Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (Emmanuel Dunand / AFP)
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Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose diatribes against the United States and Israel made him a polarizing figure, was barred Thursday from running again.
Police officers frisk a man on the Champs Elysees in Paris after the deadly shooting. (AFP)
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Daesh "the Islamic State extremist organization" claimed responsibility for the shooting death of a French policeman on Paris' Champs-Elysees on Thursday, three days before the first round of the country's presidential election.
Daesh has a small but growing presence in Algeria. (Shutterstock)
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Daesh-affilitated outlets have become active in Algeria's eastern mountainous region.
Israelis barbecuing outside Ofer prison in the occupied West Bank. (Joe Dyke/Twitter)
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The group of settlers and soldiers set up outside Ofer prison, in the occupied West Bank, and grilled chicken and meat.

April 20, 2017

Gabriele Del Grande pictured at the 71st Venice Film Festival in September 2014. (AFP/File)
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Gabriele Del Grande, who writes for a blog and has made documentaries on human rights issues, says he has not been charged but has had his phone confiscated and been denied access to a lawyer.
Supporters of the "no" vote protest what they say was vote-rigging in Turkey's constitutional referendum, April 18 2017. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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Turkey's justice minister doesn't think much of attempts to oppose the result of the country's constitutional referendum.
Egyptian President Sisi (L) and US President Trump (R) talk at the White House, 3 April 2017. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)
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Aya Hijazi was acquitted of all charges on Sunday after spending three years in pre-trial detention.
A Yemeni militiaman loyal to the Saudi-backed President, Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, during clashes with Houthi rebels in Taiz, April 16 2017. (AFP/Ahmad al-Basha)
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Yemenis have suffered more and more since the war in the country intensified two years ago.
Jordanian security forces on patrol in the southern city of Karak. (AFP/File)
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The suspect is accused 'promoting the ideologies of Daesh' by posting photos, videos and news about them on Facebook.
A Palestinian woman helps her son study, by candlelight, at their makeshift home in the Khan Yunis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip on April 19, 2017. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
11:00 GMT
The mother of Hadar Goldin, killed by Hamas during the 2014 Gaza war, took Israel's Prime Minister to task for what she said were his failings.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson claims "An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea, and take the world along with it.' (AFP)
10:00 GMT
Tiller son's statement bizarrely came hours after the State Department confirmed that Iran continue to comply with the terms of the nuclear deal.
Yemeni protesters take part in the "march for bread", calling for an end to the civil war. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
09:04 GMT
Both sides are disappearing political opponents in Yemen's brutal civil war.
The Revolutionary Guards' Qods Force has military advisers in Iraq and Syria. (AFP)
08:00 GMT
General Iraj Masjedi was formally the senior adviser to Major General Qassem Soleimani, who oversees Iranian operations in Iraq and Syria.
Anti-referendum protests in Turkey. (Yasin Akgul/AFP)
07:00 GMT
Around 1,500 people protested the outcome of Turkey's referendum in central Istanbul late Wednesday, the fourth night since the vote on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. (AFP)
06:00 GMT
US President Donald Trump will host Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Washington next month, the White House announced on Wednesday.

April 19, 2017

Earlier this week, the Afghan officials also claimed to have eliminated the militants’ shadow governor for Takhar province. (AFP)
16:00 GMT
Local media also reported a few civilian casualties in the raid.
Turkish police detained 38 people in Istanbul over peaceful street protests that took place after Sunday's referendum. (AFP)
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Turkish minister to OSCE, "You cannot come to Turkey and interfere in its politics."
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis (L) and US Central Command Commander Joseph Votel take part in a briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, DC on April 11, 2017. (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
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Following the US attack on a Syrian government airbase earlier this month, many allies of the US will want to know how the Trump team intends to approach Syria.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Moscow, Russia, April 12, 2017.
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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that although Iran is complying with the nuclear agreement, the Islamic republic is still a "leading state sponsor of terror."
Civilians from besieged government-held villages Fuaa and Kafraya wait to be handed over from opposition to government forces near Aleppo, April 19 2017. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)
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Civilians from government-held Fuaa and Kafraya are again waiting at Rashideen, where a car bomb struck last week, killing over 100.
Last week President Michel Aoun suspended parliament due to the electoral law crisis. (AFP/File)
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If parliament's term is not extended, parliamentary vacuum will threaten the work of the country's constitutional institutions.
Protesters take part in a rally in Gaza City to show their suppport to the Palestinians detained in Israeli jails who launched a hunger strike on April 17, 2017. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
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Fatah's delegation visiting Gaza was tasked with taking steps toward forming a unity government with Hamas in Gaza and the West Bank.
Supporters of the "No" march at Besiktas to submit their petition calling for the annulment of a referendum that approved sweeping constitutional changes boosting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers, claiming blatant vote-rigging had swung the result, on April 18, 2017 in Istanbul. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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Opponents to the referendum have continued to protest, saying that blatant vote-rigging took place to swing the result.
Approximately 32,800 asylum seekers have made it to Europe since the beginning of 2017. (AFP)
08:00 GMT
28 asylum seekers were found after sunset by the fishermen who towed the vessel to shore.
A picture taken on April 16, 2017 shows a general view of the Monastery of St. Catherine in Egypt's south Sinai, where a policeman was killed and three others wounded on April 18, 2017. (AFP/Pedro Costa Gomes)
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St. Catherine's is part of the Eastern Orthodox Church and a UNESCO World Heritage site visited by thousands of tourists and pilgrims each year.
The causes of the incident are still being investigated. (shutterstock)
06:00 GMT
Twelve Saudi soldiers were killed when their helicopter went down in Yemen.

April 18, 2017

Syrians, who were injured in a suicide car bombing that targeted buses carrying evacuees from besieged government-held towns, sit in a tent on the Syrian-Turkish border in Idlib province on April 17, 2017. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)
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The US previously said the strike targeted al-Qaeda militants believed to be gathering at the mosque.
The tomb contains tens of statues, coffins and mummies. (shutterstock)
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Egyptian Archaeological Mission announces that it has discovered a major tomb.
The United States says a final decision has yet to be made on how and when Raqqa will be captured. (AFP)
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Civilian council to be formed after the planned recapture of Raqqa from Daesh.
The news comes two days after Erdogan claimed victory in a referendum granting his office sweeping new powers and reducing the role of parliament. (AFP)
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State of emergency in Turkey to be extended by the country's parliament.
Trump also congratulated Erdogan over the Yes win in the constitutional referendum on Sunday. (AFP)
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Trump meets Erdogan to discuss anti-terrorism strategy and co-operation on Syria.
A Palestinian protester holds a picture of Marwan Barghouti during a rally to support the prisoners' strike in the West Bank town of Hebron, April 17 2017. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
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The imprisoned Fatah leader published a piece in the New York Times laying out the reasons for a mass hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners.
Asma al-Assad greets a Syrian woman, 21 March. (Syrian Presidency)
11:00 GMT
Two British MPs have said that the threat of stripping the citizenship of the Syrian President's wife should be used as leverage in attempts to end the war.
An architectural reconstruction of the mosque hit in a March 16 US airstrike in Aleppo province. (Forensic Architecture)
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The airstrike in Aleppo province on March 16 killed dozens of civilians.
Turkish protesters who supported "no" in the country's constitutional referendum demonstrate in Istanbu;, April 17 2017. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
10:00 GMT
The Turkish President said that the referendum was more democratic than any election in the west.
Egyptian soldiers on patrol in the Sinai. (AFP/file)
09:00 GMT
Three people have been wounded in the clashes, with conflicting accounts of why they started.
Displaced Iraqi men arrive at a processing center in western Mosul on April 14, 2017, before they are transported to refugee camps. (AFP/Christophe Simon)
07:00 GMT
'The sheer volume of civilians still fleeing Mosul city is staggering,' said Lise Grande, humanitarian coordinator for Iraq.
Palestinian protesters take cover during clashes with Israeli security forces following a weekly demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kfar Qaddum, near Nablus, in the occupied West Bank on April 14, 2017. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
06:00 GMT
Fatah veteran Barghouti is serving out five life sentences on murder convictions.

April 17, 2017

A picture taken on April 16, 2017, shows the damage inside a bus a day after a suicide car bombing attack in Rashidin, west of Aleppo, targeted busses carrying Syrians evacuated from two besieged government-held towns of Fuaa and Kafraya. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)
16:00 GMT
The evacuees were being moved in a so-called population swap between government and rebel-held towns.
Supporters of Turkish President Erdogan wave Turkish national flags and flags reading "yes" as they celebrate during a rally on April 16, 2017 in Istanbul after the results of a nationwide referendum. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
14:00 GMT
The opposition has vowed to challenge some 37 percent of ballots for lacking official seals.
Under the new constitution, the president would have strengthened executive powers to directly appoint top public officials including ministers. (AFP)
12:00 GMT
What will change under the proposed 18-article draft constitution for the nation of 79 million?
Mosul, Iraq’s second biggest city, was captured by the terrorists in 2014, but government forces have retaken much of it during a six-month operation. (AFP)
10:00 GMT
Iraq’s federal police moved forces 200 meters deeper into the Old City.
American aid worker Aya Hijazi at her trial in Cairo, Egypt, 16 April 2017 (AFP/Mohamed el-Shahed)
08:00 GMT
The charges against Aya Hijazi, her husband and six others were thrown out by a judge after they spent three years in pre-trial detention.
A member of the Iraqi forces stands next to an armored vehicle in Mosul, April 16 2017. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
06:00 GMT
The al-Nouri mosque is where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the "caliphate" in 2014.