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Afghan soldiers on patrol in Helmand province. (AFP/File)
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The attack was committed by a Taliban member who had infiltrated the ranks of the police officers.
Members of the Iraqi army's 9th Division fire a multiple rocket launcher from a hill in Talul al-Atshana, on the southwestern outskirts of Mosul, on February 27, 2017. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
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Wadi Hajar is the fourth neighborhood to fall since the operation began.
Nasr al-Hariri, the head of the Saudi-based High Negotiations Committee (HNC), the main opposition group at attending Syria talks in Geneva. (AFP/File)
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The UN-backed negotiations started out on Thursday between the Syrian government and the representatives of the armed and political opposition.
Refugees from Syria arrive at the Friedland shelter near Goettingen, central Germany, on April 4, 2016, after arriving from Turkey at the airport in Hanover. (AFP/Swen Pfoertner)
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Recent police statistics showed more than 3,500 attacks on refugees and asylum shelters occurred last year.
Islamist groups remain active in the south and east Algeria, largely targeting security forces. (AFP/File)
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The jihadist group said a number of people were killed and wounded in Sunday's attack.
The United Nations has warned that Yemen is facing a huge crisis. (AFP/File)
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“It really is outrageous and it is a war crime."
Syrian opposition activists posted this photo which shows the car targeted, they say. (Twitter)
07:09 GMT
Abu al-Khayr al-Masri, was reportedly killed after a missile fired from a drone hit the vehicle in which he was travelling.
Israeli soldiers stand guard at the Qalandiya checkpoint. (AFP/File)
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Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that a "suspicious" Palestinian woman entered the vehicle lane of the checkpoint "seemingly carrying an object."
The Evangelical Church in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya began receiving displaced citizens. (AFP/File)
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The request comes after hundreds of Egypt's Coptic Christians have fled the Sinai Peninsula following a number of killings in recent weeks by suspected militants.

February 27, 2017

Smoke billows in the background as Iraqi forces advance on Mosul airport during an offensive. (AFP/File)
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Iraqi forces are fighting to drive Daesh militants from western Mosul.
Palestinians run from tear gas smoke during clashes with Israeli security forces at the Qalandiya checkpoint. (AFP/File)
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Activists blocked the road with burning rubber tires and dumpsters lit on fire, sending black smoke billowing over the refugee camp as scores of commuters were stuck in traffic gridlock.
The hajj - one of the five pillars of Islam - which capable Muslims must perform at least once. (AFP/File)
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Tehran on Wednesday sent a team for talks in Saudi Arabia on the next annual pilgrimage
A Syrian man inspects the damage following reported government airstrike on the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 26, 2017. (AFP/Abd Doumany)
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Footage from Douma near Damascus purported to show the aftermath of a chemical attack.
Bahraini authorities have intensified their crackdown on opposition despite repeated appeals by international rights groups. (AFP/File)
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Those wounded are reportedly in a stable condition.
 Daesh group (IS) are planning "indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians," warns UK terrorism watchdog. (AFP/File)
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Max Hill QC - who recently became the British government's independent reviewer of terrorism legislation - compared the threat posed by IS to that of the IRA in the 1970s.
The Gaza-based al-Mezan Center for Human Rights expressed concern earlier this month in response to Israeli airstrikes that Israel could be leading up to a wide-scale military offensive. (AFP/File)
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No injuries were reported.
Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi faces charges of helping up to 20,000 people escape prison in 2011, including members of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, and Hezbollah. (AFP/File)
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Mohamed Morsi and other Muslim Brotherhood members were among the thousands of prisoners freed amid the chaos of the 2011 uprising.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met the leader of Iraq’s Kurdish region to discuss economic ties and Mosul. (AFP/File)
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The one-hour closed meeting between Erdogan and Masoud Barzani, president of the Kurdish Regional Government, took place in Mabeyn Palace on the European side.
Shifa Gardi is the first recorded killing of a journalist in Iraq this year. (Twitter/Rudaw)
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Female war correspondent Shifa Gardi, who worked for Rudaw Media Network, was known as one of its 'most daring journalists' who cracked the glass ceiling.
A Syrian girl, holding her stuffed toy, stands next to the rubble of buildings in the northwestern Syrian border town of al-Bab on February 25, 2017. (AFP/Nazeera al-Khatib)
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The clashes came days after Turkey announced that al-Bab had been seized by the FSA, pushing out the remaining Daesh fighters.
There was no immediate comment from Sisi's office. (AFP/File)
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Sisi, now 62, went on to win a presidential vote in 2014. He has not said whether he will seek re-election when his current term ends in 2018, but has made much of his popular mandate and promised to respect the will of Egyptians.
This handout picture released on July 30, 2016 shows Moroccan King Mohammed VI. (AFP/File)
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A statement from the Moroccan foreign ministry announced the country's intention to seek full membership and plans to meet all the required criteria.
Al Bawaba refers to the extremist group as 'Daesh'. (AFP/File)
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In English, the group's name was most commonly translated as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

February 26, 2017

Trump will not be attending this years annual White House Correspondent's Association Dinner. (AFP/File)
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U.S. President Donald Trump, who has a rocky relationship with the media, announced Saturday he would not be attending an annual press dinner.
Tensions at the border of Israel and Lebanon. (AFP/File)
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The Israeli army dispersed dozens of Lebanese protesters with tear gas at the border between the two countries on Saturday.
A Syrian boy awaits treatment at a make-shift hospital following air strikes on rebel-held eastern areas of Aleppo. (AFP/Karam al-Masri)
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The oft-orphaned children, who have had members of their family blown apart by a regime barrel bomb or a Russian cruise missile or even a US airstrike, are suffering more than just post-traumatic stress.
A YPG fighter walks along the Turkish-Syria border wall. (AFP/File)
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Turkey shares a 900-kilometer (559 miles) border with Syria which has been embroiled in a civil war since 2011.
US President Donald Trump. (AFP/File)
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What if we were to declare "America First" in the Middle East?
The two-day event, dubbed "Conference for Palestinians Abroad,” kicked off on Saturday and brought together 5,000 Palestinians from 50 countries across the globe. (AFP/File)
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The conference was attended by more than 5,000 people.
Iraqi forces are making headway against Daesh in western Mosul.
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Iraqi rapid response teams reportedly managed to regain full control of Hawi al-Jawsaq area in the western outskirts of Mosul.
A series of suicide bombings hit Homs Saturday targeting Syrian government security personnel. (Twitter)
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The army’s retaliation comes shortly after a series of attacks by al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat Fatah al-Sham that claimed dozens of lives.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir. (AFP/File)
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Last year, Saudi Arabia reopened its embassy in Baghdad after 25 years.
A Syrian government forces member mans a checkpoint at the President square in Homs, the country's third city, on February 25, 2017 as security measures were tightened following a number of suicide attacks. (AFP/Stringer)
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The attack was claimed by al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, which is not party to the ongoing peace negotiations in Geneva.
Members of Afghan security forces patrol during an operation against Daesh militants in Kot district. (AFP/File)
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Nearly a dozen people have been shot dead in an ambush by Daesh extremists in northern Afghanistan, a local official says.
Until the July 2013 ouster of Egyptian president Muhammad Morsi, tunnels connecting the Gaza Strip to Egypt provided a vital lifeline for the small Palestinian territory. (AFP/File)
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The Civil Defense pointed out that the tunnel was blown up last week by Egyptian authorities, adding that the workers were attempting to renovate the tunnel again.

February 25, 2017

Al-Qiq was one of a number of prominent Palestinian hunger strikers in 2016, who included the Balboul brothers who went without food for 77 and 79 days, Malik al-Qadi for 68 days, Bilal Kayid for 71 days. (AFP/File)
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Al-Qiq declared a hunger strike for the second time on Feb. 6 after being sentenced to administrative detention -- an Israeli policy of internment without charge or trial based on undisclosed evidence and used almost exclusively against Palestinians.
Even as the new UN talks began, the death toll in a suicide bombing near the Syrian town of Al-Bab rose to 51, the latest atrocity in a six-year war which has killed more than 310,000 people. (AFP/File)
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The UN sought on Friday to get a new round of Syrian peace talks off the ground, but there were few signs of progress amid dozens more civilian deaths.
Rebel Shia Houthi fighters in Yemen. (AFP/File)
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A suicide bomber killed eight people at a Yemeni army base Friday as clashes between pro-government forces and Houthi rebels left 35 dead, while another five civilians died in shelling.
Several Christian families have fled their homes in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after receiving death threats. (AFP/File)
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Seven Christians have been killed in Arish between Jan. 30 and Thursday. Daesh, which is waging an insurgency there, claimed responsibility for the killings, five of which were shootings. One man was beheaded and another set on fire.
Responsibility for the Saturday attacks was later claimed by the al-Nusra Front group.(AFP/File)
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Simultaneous bombings have targeted separate areas across the western Syria city of Homs, claiming a total of 42 lives.
Jordanian women shout slogans as they protest in Amman on January 25, 2014. (AFP/File)
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Jordanians took to the streets to demand the government resign after the cabinet imposed a new sales tax on telecoms use, bread, fuel, cigarettes and fizzy drinks.
Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters take position during their advance in the city of Al-Bab, 30 km from the Syrian city of Aleppo. (AFP/File)
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A suicide bomber detonated the vehicle outside a Syrian rebel command centre in Suesian, north of al-Bab city.

February 24, 2017

Pakistani soldiers patrol at the Torkham crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan. (AFP/File)
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The reduced US troop presence in Afghanistan makes air power even more crucial in the fight against the Taliban and Daesh. But the numbers of dead and injured civilians are climbing fast.
De Mistura is due to hold meetings on Friday with the delegations. He says it would be his "dream" to bring them back together for direct talks, but there is still work to be done. (AFP/File)
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Describing the negotiations as an uphill task, the UN's special envoy called for a joint effort.
Egyptian security forces on their Armored Personnel Carriers. (AFP/File)
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The 40-year-old man was shot in the neck at his home in El-Arish, the provincial capital of restive North Sinai.
The incident comes a day after Turkish-backed rebels claimed full control of the city from the Daesh extremist militia. (AFP/File)
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The incident comes a day after Turkish-backed rebels claimed full control of the city from the Daesh extremist militia.
Houthis ride a truck while patrolling a street in Sana'a January 21, 2015. (Twitter)
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Six staff and a contracted driver, all Yemeni citizens, were detained earlier this week by Houthi rebels in the Red Sea coastal district of Hodeida.
Sirte was recaptured from Daesh last December by forces loyal to the national unity government. (AFP/File)
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Some 5,325 families have reportedly returned to eight districts of the city
A Palestinian family, whose house was demolished by Israeli bulldozers, walk past a tent on April 21, 2015 in the southern West Bank. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
“Khan al-Ahmar is one of the most vulnerable communities in the West Bank, struggling to maintain a minimum standard of living in the face of intense pressure from the Israeli authorities to move to a planned relocation site.”

February 23, 2017

Syria's United Nations ambassador and head of the government delegation Bashar al-Ja’afari (2nd L) leaves after a meeting with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura during the first day of a new round of Syria peace talks in Geneva, Switzerland, on February 23, 2017. (AFP/File)
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UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura is convening his first morning meeting with the delegation of Syrian government envoys.
Russian President, Vladimir Putin. (AFP/File)
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Russia began a bombing campaign in Syria in September 2015 in support of President Bashar al-Assad.
The Syrian town of Deraa, which has seen intensified shelling and aerial bombardment, is just a few kilometers away from Jordan's border town of Ramtha. (AFP/File)
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Jordan's Ministry of Education announced that government and private schools would temporarily be closed as a result of the heavy clashes going on in Deraa.
Abu-Zakariya al-Britani, a British-born militant joined Daesh after being released from Guantanamo in 2004. (Twitter)
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Abu-Zakariya al-Britani, believed to also be known as Jamal al-Harith, blew himself up earlier this week at a military base near Mosul.
King Abdullah II of Jordan and Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. (File photo)
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The comments come as the US has seemingly pivoted away from the two-state solution.
A member of the Iraqi security forces poses from inside an armored vehicle in the village of al-Buseif, south of Mosul, during an offensive by Iraqi forces to retake the western side of the city from Daesh on February 22, 2017. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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The commander in charge of Iraq's Federal Police Forces said much of Daesh's fortifications had already been destroyed.
A Palestinian boy sits on the rubble of a destroyed building following an Israeli air strike in the center of Gaza City on July 22, 2014. (AFP/file)
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Five European parliamentarians said Wednesday that Israeli authorities had prevented them from entering the Gaza Strip.
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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Protesters described the decision as 'unjustifiable,' arguing most of Afghanistan is not safe for return.
Salem al-Meslet (R), spokesman for the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), speaks to journalists on the eve of resumption of peace talks on Syria, on February 22, 2017 in Geneva. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
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Salem al-Muslat criticized the Syrian government, saying peace talks were just a way to buy time and continue 'committing more crimes' in Syria.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull shake hands. (AFP/File)
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In an editorial published in The Australian newspaper, Malcolm Turnbull said on Wednesday that he would never back "one-sided UN resolutions", as he welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Down Under.
Pro-government Iraqi forces south of Hawijah, on 10 October 2016 prepare to retake Mosul. (AFP/File)
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The attack by the pro-government Popular Mobilization group is aimed at seizing areas west of Mosul, Daesh's last key stronghold in Iraq.

February 22, 2017

An Israeli F-15 jet fighter takes off from the Negev desert in December 2015. (AFP/Jack Guez)
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The Lebanese armed forces report the airstrikes were made from Lebanese airspace in order to bypass Russian air defences in the south of Syria.
Bahraini youth holding signs calling for the boycott of the parliamentary elections, during a rally in the village of Diraz, west of Manama on November 21, 2014. (AFP/Mohammed al-Shaikh)
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After a lengthy session attended by officials of the military judicial system, the parliament approved the amendment of Item (b) of Article 105 of the constitution concerned in granting military judiciary broader authority.
A general view taken on May 16, 2016 shows graffiti in Gaza City commemorating the "Nakba" or "catastrophe" in Arabic in reference to the establishment of Israel 68 years ago. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
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The fisherman was hospitalized after being shot in the back while out at sea.
Since March 2015, coalition forces in Yemen have imposed an air and sea blockade of rebel-held areas., patrolling the Red Sea to prevent what it says is attempted arms smuggling to the rebels by Shiite Iran. (AFP/File)
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The Yemeni army has yet to confirm the claim.
The UN’s High Commission for Refugees is now concentrating its efforts on constructing camps for those who’ll be displaced in Mosul fighting. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
It is estimated that up to 250,000 people could be displaced.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
The deal stipulates the two state companies will establish a joint working committee to explore possible cooperation in various fields.
A supporter holds a portrait of Figen Yuksekdag, the detained co-leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples' Democratic Party, during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Nov. 8, 2016. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
The move comes just a few weeks before a referendum on extending the president’s powers
Trudeau's administration has welcomed 40,000 Syrian refugees so far. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Canada's latest plans welcome the "highly vulnerable" group of survivors, with some 400 having already been airlifted to the country.
Muslim Brotherhood supporters rally in Amman in 2014. (AFP/File)
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The rallies were planned by activists, unionists, and youth leaders in response to the government's recent economic measures.
This file photo taken on October 21, 2015 shows Selahattin Demirtas, leader of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democracy Party (HDP), delivering a speech during an election campaign in Istanbul. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
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More than a dozen Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputies were arrested on terror charges last November.
The fire severely damaged the Kungalv Islamic Cultural Center in western Sweden. (Twitter)
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The fire severely damaged the Kungalv Islamic Cultural Center in western Sweden. Until recently the building had been used by the Union of European Turkish Democrats (UETD).
The image shows soldiers from the Pakistan Army. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The attack was claimed by the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) faction of the Pakistani Taliban, which carried out a series of apparently coordinated assaults last week including a powerful bomb blast in Lahore which killed 14 people.

February 21, 2017

A record 5,079 people died in 2016 during the journey to Europe. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Pictures on IFRC's Twitter account showed the bodies lined up along the shore covered in white and black bags.
Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the "buffer zone" which lies on both land and sea sides of Gaza, have long been a near-daily occurrence. (Twitter)
14:00 GMT
The head of the union of Gaza fishermen, Nizar Ayyash, told Ma'an that Israeli forces had detained Umran Saber Bakr, Mahmoud Saber Bakr, Abdullah Saber Bakr, Thabet Abd al-Raziq Bakr, and Omar Muhammad Bakr, and took them to the port of Ashdod in southern Israel.
Iraqi forces, supported by the Popular Mobilization paramilitaries, prepare to advance advance towards the village of Sheikh Younis, south of Mosul, on February 19, 2017. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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Iraqi troops and paramilitaries fought Daesh militants to clear the way to the airport on the second day of the ground offensive to recapture the western half of Mosul.
Israeli soldier Elor Azaria, who has been charged with manslaughter for shooting an incapacitated Palestinian stabbing suspect in Hebron, is seen in a military court, March 29, 2016. (AFP/File)
12:08 GMT
20-year-old Israeli soldier Elor Azarya executed Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif as he lay injured on the ground.
Flames billow following a reported car bomb explosion at a Syrian pro-government position in Daraa on February 20, 2017. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Regime warplanes struck the Damascus suburb of Barza in violation of a ceasefire deal between the Assad regime and opposition forces.
Egyptian security forces inspect the scene of a bomb explosion at the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo on December 11, 2016. (AFP/Kaheld Desouki)
11:00 GMT
At least 28 people were killed in December when a bomb exploded in a chapel adjoining St Mark's Cathedral in Cairo.
This file photo taken on October 11, 2016 shows a mother breastfeeding her child who suffers acute malnutrition at the clinic run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Aweil, northern Bahr al-Ghazal, South Sudan. (AFP/Albert Gonzalez Farran
10:00 GMT
100,000 people have already been impacted by the famine, while the UN has warned of potential genocide and ethnic cleansing.
US President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to take Iraq's oil. (AFP/File_
09:00 GMT
President Donald Trump has made repeated calls to 'take their oil'.
A large number of civilians are forced to flee their homes every day as Turkish-backed militants make advances in the city. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
At least 110 civilians have been killed by Turkish airstrikes in the Daesh-held Syrian city of al-Bab over the past two weeks
Russian soldiers in the Syrian city of Aleppo. (AFP/File)
06:59 GMT
The four deaths raise the number of Russian military officially reported killed in Syria to 26 since September 2015.
France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
During the meeting, Aoun said he hoped that the future would bring the people of Lebanon and France closer.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi poses during a meeting with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls at the presidential palace in October. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
While not denying participation in the meeting, the presidency said that "Egypt spares no efforts to reach a just and permanent solution to the Palestinian issue, based on the two-state solution and the Palestinians' right to establish an independent state along the June 4, 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, without any political outbidding."

February 20, 2017

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)
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)
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.
Amnesty accuses Tunisian security forces of 'brutal abuses'. (AFP/File)
13:35 GMT
Six years after the country's revolution, such abuses pose a real risk of jeopardising gains made in the North African country.
Donald Trump poses for a photo with retired general James Mattis and vice-president-elect Mike Pence. (AFP/File)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.

February 19, 2017

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)
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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)
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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 "Enough excuses! Let's welcome them now" in a street of Barcelona during a pro-refugee demonstration on February 18, 2017. (AFP/Josep Lago)
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)
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.