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May 24, 2017

Iraqi Yazidis, who fled their homes when Daesh militants attacked the town of Sinjar, gather inside a building under construction where they found refuge on August 10, 2014. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
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When Daesh "the Islamic State group" attacked Iraqi Kurdistan in August 2014, it infamously subjected the minority Yazidi community there to a brutal campaign of genocide.
At least 22 people were killed on Monday night when a bomb went off at a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande in Manchester. (AFP)
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British minister says details about Manchester concert were leaked to the US media.
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His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has ordered the release of 1,014 prisoners of different nationalities from Dubai’s correctional and punitive establishments, ahead of Ramadan.
Philippine policemen check evacuees from Marawi aboard a van at a checkpoint by the entrance of Iligan City, in southern island of Mindanao on May 24, 2017. (AFP/Ted Aljibe)
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The militants burned a Catholic church, the city jail and two schools in Marawi, as well as occupying the main streets and two bridges leading to the municipality.
Pope Francis (R) exchanges gifts with US President Donald Trump during a private audience at the Vatican on May 24, 2017 (AFP/Alessandra Tarantino)
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Pope Francis received US President Donald Trump at the Vatican on Wednesday for a short private audience on the third leg of his overseas trip.
Fayez Sarraj addresses a press conference on May 16, 2016 in Vienna, Austria. (AFP/Leonhard Foeger)
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The US ambassador to Libya made a fleeting visit to Tripoli on Tuesday to endorse the UN-backed government based in the capital, and is the first such visit by Washington's envoy to the North African country in three years.
Police are investigating the circumstances of the explosion at Manchester Arena. (AFP/Paul Ellis)
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The investigation into Monday’s deadly Manchester suicide bombing continued full pace on Wednesday with police arresting three more suspects.
Palestinian protesters shout slogans and hold placards outside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem during a demonstration in support of prisoners refusing food in Israeli jails, on May 23, 2017, during a visit of the US president to the West Bank town. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
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Abbas stressed that 'the problem is not between us and Judaism. It is between us and occupation.'
The fake statement mentioned a number of sensitive issues including Iran's role in the region, Islamist groups Hamas and Hizballah, and the US President Donald Trump. (AFP)
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State run news agency 'QNA' published a fake statement attributed to Emir Tamim about a number of very sensitive regional issues including Iran's role in the region, Hamas and Hizballah.
Cadets from the Interior Security Forces of Raqqa, the first police force formed by the international coalition in charge of maintaining order in Syria's northern Raqa province, take part in a training in the courtyard of a school in Ain Eissa, some 50 kilometres north of Raqqa on May 23, 2017. (AFP/Ayham al-Mohammed
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Eight Daesh militants were killed as the battle kicked off in the region where the Syrian, Jordanian and Iraqi borders meet.
A Palestinian man hangs on May 22, 2017 in Gaza City a traffic sing with Arabic writing on reading "stand with our prisoners'' in solidarity with Palestinian hunger-striking prisoners in Israeli jails. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
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Gaza's 2 million residents have lived under a crippling Israeli blockade for the last 10 years.
Messages and floral tributes are seen in Albert Square in Manchester, northwest England on May 23, 2017, in solidarity with those killed and injured in the May 22 terror attack at the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena. (AFP/Ben Stansall)
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School-aged children and teens were among the victims when a home-made device exploded at Manchester Arena.
Smoke belows during clashes between Tunisian protesters and security forces outside the El Kamour oil and gas pumping station, in the southern state of Tataouine, on May 22, 2017, as locals stage a sit-in to demand a share of local resources and priority for jobs in the sector. (AFP/Fathi Nasri)
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A young man was 'accidentally' run over by a National Guard vehicle while he was participating in a labor demonstration in the southern state of Tatouine.
Dissidents accuse Sisi of having installed a repressive regime since the then army chief ousted the unpopular Morsi in 2013. (AFP)
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Khaled Ali was summoned by the prosecution for questioning on suspicion of having set up an unregistered political party.

May 23, 2017

The blast occurred in the predominantly Alawite al-Zahra neighbourhood, located east of the city of Homs. (AFP)
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Daesh claims two blasts in Homs and Damascus, Syria,
Members of the Iraqi forces patrol streets in the western neighborhood of Tamuz in Mosul on May 23, 2017, after the area was retaken during the ongoing offensive against Islamic State (IS) group fighters. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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The Hashd al-Shaabi militia wrested control of the al-Qayrawan district from Daesh earlier in the day.
Police officers relocate floral tributes in St Ann's Square in Manchester, northwest England on May 23, 2017, laid as a mark of respect to those in killed and injured following a deadly terror attack at the concert at the Manchester Arena the night before. (AFP/Ben Stansall)
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Daesh has claimed the attack, but police are still trying to work out whether he acted alone or as part of a larger network in the UK.
Some 10,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley have been ordered to pick up and move elsewhere. (AFP/File)
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The Lebanese army has ordered the eviction of 10,000 refugees living in the Bekaa Valley, sparking fears that it could lead to forced returns to Syria - which would be a violation of international law.
"I will call them, from now on, losers, because that's what they are, they're losers, and we'll have more of them, but they're losers, just remember that'. (AFP)
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Trump sends deepest condolences to Manchester victims, and refers to those responsible as 'evil losers in life'.
British Prime Minister said the "cowardice of the attacker was met by the bravery of the emergency services and the people of Manchester". (AFP)
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The police said they believed a lone male attacker died in the attack after he detonated a home-made device in the foyer of the Manchester Arena.
Qassim is considered the spiritual leader of Bahrain's majority Shiite community. (AFP)
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Bahraini police open fire on a protest by supporters of Qassim, who is considered as the spiritual leader of Bahrain's Shia majority.
Afghan children walk past security force personnel as they leave a village during an operation against Islamic State (IS) militants in the Chaparhar district of Nangarhar province on May 21, 2017. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)
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The US has said it may send an additional 3,000 to 5,000 troops as the Taliban have stepped up their attacks in recent weeks.
US President Donald Trump (L) and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas shake hands during a joint press conference at the presidential palace in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on May 23, 2017. (AFP/Thomas Coex)
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When asked about a possible peace deal with the Palestinians, the ex-businessman said: 'I’ve heard it’s one of the toughest deals of all.'
Security forces ride on the back of a patrol truck escorting UN special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed upon his arrival at Sanaa airport on May 22, 2017. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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The United States has increased attacks against AQAP - which has taken advantage of the chaos in the impoverished country - since President Donald Trump took office in January.
Terrorism is fought on the frontlines in Syria and Iraq, Rouhani said at a press conference. "That's where the real fight is, not in Riyadh." (AFP)
08:59 GMT
Speaking after Trump's two-day visit to Riyadh, Rouhani said that 'the summit was a show and had no political value.'
Deaths, injuries after reports of explosion at Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena: Police
08:33 GMT
An Ariana Grande concert ended in tragedy when a suspected terrorist attack killed almost two dozen people and injured almost 60.
Police arrested a Syrian man accused of war crimes in April. (AFP/File)
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The accused allegedly led a group that tortured and killed supporters of Assad, suspected spies, and Kurds.
US President Donald Trump (L) and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deliver press statements before an official dinner in Jerusalem on May 22, 2017. (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
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Netanyahu, whose staunch opposition to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal led to an acrimonious fallout with president Barack Obama, praised Trump's reversal on US policy on Iran.

May 22, 2017

This killing makes for the fourth Islamic official linked to the government this month. (AFP)
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A pro-government religious official was shot dead on his way to a mosque in eastern Afghanistan.
A general view taken on May 21, 2017, shows the Dome of Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, a UNESCO heritage site, in the Old City of Jerusalem. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
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The US historically has not recognized Israel's claims over Jerusalem.
Members of the Libyan National Army (LNA), also known as the forces loyal to Marshal Khalifa Haftar. (Abdullah Doma/AFP)
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Last Thursday, members of the Third Force militia loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) attacked the base used by Haftar's self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA).
Turkish Gendarmerie escort defendants Akin Ozturk (3L) and others involved in last July’s attempted coup in Turkey as they leave the prison where they are being held, ahead of their trial in Ankara, on May 22, 2017. (Adem Altan/AFP)
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The trial comes as the Turkish authorities are under fire for their post-coup crackdown which has included sacking around 150,000 civil servants, teachers, judges, prosecutors, police and soldiers and shutting down around 150 media outlets.
The Saudi leader's speech came minutes before a highly anticipated address by Trump. (AFP)
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King Salman claims $100 billion deal with the US was aimed at 'countering malign Iranian influence'.
Trump's visit will be closely scrutinized as he seeks ways to restart peace efforts. (AFP)
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Lowdown on some key issues that will outline Trump's visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Iraqi commanders Abdul Ghani al-Asadi and Ma'an al-Saadi check a weapons store left by Islamic State (group) fighters in a house in western Mosul on May 21, 2017, during the ongoing offensive to retake the area from the jihadists. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP)
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Assailants detonated suicide belts at the center in Diyala province on Monday morning.
US President Donald Trump (L), First Lady Melania Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) and his wife Sara are seen upon Trump's arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on May 22, 2017, as part of his first trip overseas. (AFP/Jack Guez)
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Some Israeli ministers and military officials have expressed concerns about Trump's massive arms deal with Riyadh.
Heavy security in churches in Jordan on Easter Sunday following the bombings in Egypt. (File/Mo'taz Sulaiman)
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Egyptian authorities have handed over to the military dozens of suspected militants to be tried in military courts over recent church bombings.
The deal will see Riyadh gain some of the world's most sophisticated military equipment. (AFP)
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Israel voices concern over $110 billion arms deal between the US and Saudi Arabia.
Israeli borderguards and undercover police detain a Palestinian protester during clashes at the entrance of the West Bank city of Bethlehem on May 19, 2017. (AFP/Musa al Shaer)
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The seven-year-old underwent surgery after sustaining serious injuries, but is said to be in stable condition.
US President Donald Trump speaks during the Arabic Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
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Donald Trump's speech in Saudi Arabia struck a somewhat softer tone than previous remarks in which he stated, 'I think Islam hates us.'
Israeli security forces stand guard near Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock in the Al Aqsa mosque compound. (AFP)
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Israel has announced "special procedures" for the entry of Palestinians from the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip into Israel and occupied East Jerusalem during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan gives flowers to his supporters upon his arrival at the Extraordinary Congress of the ruling AKP (AFP)
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Delegates of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) reappointed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as leader at a gathering at a sports arena in the capital Ankara.

May 21, 2017

Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa takes part in a bilateral meeting with US President Donald Trump at a hotel in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP)
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A Bahrain court sentenced a prominent Shia cleric and two others to one-year suspended prison sentence on Sunday and seized their assets.
US President Donald Trump told Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the Saudi capital on Sunday that he would soon visit Egypt. (AFP)
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Trump praised US relations with Egypt, describing the talks with Sisi as "very, very important".
A man watches an image of US President Donald Trump as he speaks during the Arabic Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh on May 21, 2017.  (MANDEL NGAN/AFP)
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US President Donald Trump told dozens of Muslim leaders on Sunday that he brought "a message of friendship and hope and love", in a keenly awaited speech on Islam in Saudi Arabia.
A refugee looks through a window at the arrival centre for refugees near the town on Kirkenes in northern Norway on Nov. 11, 2015. (AFP/Jonathan Nackstrand)
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A year after reaching a safe haven, refugees are suffering breakdowns as PTSD and depressive disorders go unaddressed.
Trump will attend a Saudi-led summit with leaders of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council. (AFP)
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Trump discusses security and military deals with Gulf leaders on his second day in Riyadh.
Tawfiq Abu Naim (2nd L), head of Hamas-run security forces in Gaza, speaks during a press conference on the killing of senior Hamas official Mazen Faqha, in Gaza City, on May 16, 2017. (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
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The military court ordered two of the accused to be hanged and one shot to death, following a four-day trial into the killing of Mazen Faqha who was shot dead outside his home in the Gaza Strip.
Egyptian army destroys two cross-border tunnels linking Egypt's Sinai to the blockaded Gaza Strip. (AFP)
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Egyptian army forces have destroyed a total of 27 cross-border tunnels along the border with Gaza since January.
The scandals have put Trump's approval ratings at the lowest level since he became president in January. (AFP)
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As Trump landed in Saudi Aarbia, recently fired FBI chief James Comey agrees to testify about Russian interference in US elections.
Palestinian protesters hold a large national flag as they take part in a protest marking the 69th anniversary of Nakba, near the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 15, 2017. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
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Trump's plans for his first diplomatic visit abroad have been fraught with the chaos and controversy that has come to define his presidency.
Afghan volunteers move a body from the scene of a suicide attack that targeted the national television station in Jalalabad on May 17, 2017. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)
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Other branches of the New Kabul Bank have previously been the target of attacks.
Supporters of newly re-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hold a placard bearing a portrait of him as they take to the streets to celebrate his victory in downtown Tehran on May 20, 2017. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)
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President Hassan Rouhani's landslide re-election is a victory for moderates seeking to bring Iran out of isolation.
US President Donald Trump joins dancers with swords at a welcome ceremony ahead of a banquet at the Murabba Palace in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
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The military deal will stretch over the coming ten years, while other agreements focused on economic cooperation.

May 20, 2017

An Iraqi man inspects the wreckage of a bus, that was damaged following a car bomb attack, in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on May 20, 2017. (AFP/Haidar Mohammed Ali)
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A series of bombings struck Baghdad and the southern city of Basra.
Iranian women hold their ID as they wait in line to cast their votes for municipal and presidential elections at a polling station at the Massoumeh shrine in the holy city of Qom, 130 kms south of Tehran, on May 19, 2017. (AFP/Ali Shaigan)
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Rouhani had an insurmountable lead with 58.6 percent of the vote, compared with 39.8 percent for his main challenger hardliner Ebrahim Raisi.
US President Donald Trump (L) is welcomed by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (2nd-L) upon arrival at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on May 20, 2017, followed by First Lady Melania Trump (R). (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
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The meetings are expected to solidify several military and economic agreements between the two countries.
US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine General Joseph Dunford hold a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, May 19, 2017. (AFP/Saul Loeb)
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The US-led coalition maintains that it conducted the airstrike to prevent government forces from proceeding inside a de-escalation zone.
A Yemeni child suspected of being infected with cholera receives treatment at a hospital in Sana'a on May 6, 2017. (AFP)
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More than 240 people died from cholera in the past three weeks in Yemen, according to the World Health Organization on Friday.
US President Donald Trump and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman shake hands at the White House on March 14, 2017. (AFP/ Ian Timberlake)
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US political opinions varied on the visit of US President Donald Trump to Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

May 19, 2017

US soldiers inspect the site of a separate roadside bomb blast at Abed Kheel near Charikar district of Parwan province on May 19, 2017. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP)
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Killing at least 11 people, a suspected roadside bomb was detonated targeting a wedding convoy in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, an official said.
Yemeni men suspected of being infected with cholera receive treatment at a hospital in Sanaa on May 12, 2017.  (AFP)
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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz has ordered the Kingdom to respond urgently to the cholera outbreak in Yemen.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) casting his vote in Tehran. (AFP)
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Iran was voting Friday in presidential elections that will determine whether the country will continue on the path of opening up to the West.
Syrian Peace Talks in Astana. (AFP/ Krill Kudryavtsev)
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The UN says Syria’s warring parties have agreed to set up expert committees to discuss "constitutional issues” as part of efforts to facilitate a political resolution of the deadly conflict in the Arab country.
Archive photo of US F-18s flying operations over Iraq against Daesh (AFP)
10:00 GMT
At least eight people died when US-led coalition forces carried out an airstrike against Syrian government allies near the Iraqi border on Thursday, a monitoring group has said.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ruled out any dialogue with Iran. (AFP)
08:00 GMT
On Sunday, the US president will join Saudi King Salman and other Muslim leaders for the Arab Islamic American Summit.
A Daesh militant (file photo, image for illustrative purposes only)
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More than 50 people were killed in an Islamic State group assault on two regime-held villages in central Syria on Thursday including women and children, according to reports.

May 18, 2017

This is not the first time an Ethiopian court has sentenced individuals for al-Qaeda or al-Shabaab links. (AFP)
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The convicts had planned to establish a so-called theocracy in addition to robberies and killings.
It is also hoped the company will contribute $3.7 billion annually to the economy, and will be part of the kingdom's Saudi Vision 2030 diversification plans. (AFP)
19:00 GMT
Saudi Arabia is set to establish a state-run arms manufacturing company leading to military industry sector to increase local content.
Tyga; pensive as ever.
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The acts will close the season with gigs from Thursday to Saturday
A wrecked car sits in the intersection of 45th and Broadway in Times Square, May 18, 2017 in New York City. (DREW ANGERER / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)
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An 18-year-old girl has been killed and 22 other people injured after a speeding car ploughed into pedestrians in New York’s Time Square.
A Kurdish YPG fighter in Karamah outside Raqqa (Delil Souleiman/AFP)
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Turkey has called for the removal of the US official coordinating the international coalition fighting Daesh in Iraq and Syria amid growing tensions between Ankara and other members of the Washington-led alliance.
Saudi officials confirmed that al-Bashir had been invited to the meeting, which will see the US president gather with over 50 dignitaries from the Arab world in his first visit to the region. (AFP)
14:00 GMT
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for war crimes will attend a summit in Saudi Arabia where Trump will also be present.
A man reacts next to the body of a young Palestinian protester shot dead on Thursday (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)
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Israeli settlers shot and killed a 23-year-old Palestinian and injured another in the village of Huwwara in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus on Thursday.
Six children were killed, said the agency, adding that six other people also died in the attack but their bodies were burned beyond recognition. (AFP)
10:00 GMT
A suspected raid by the Saudi-led coalition intervening in Yemen killed 23 including women and children.
"The number is just the tip of the iceberg," UNICEF’s deputy executive director Justin Forsyth said. (File/Photo)
09:06 GMT
UNICEF report outlines the number of unaccompanied child refugees has increased five-fold since 2010.
The decision, which came two days before Iran heads to the polls to vote for a new president, is thought to be a boon for President Rouhani, who originally approved the nuclear deal with the US. (AFP)
08:11 GMT
In continuation of its 2015 deal with Tehran, the US will no impose fresh sanctions against Iran's nuclear programme.
Many civilians who are affiliated with the tribe have paid a heavy price when they were killed by the terrorist group. (File/Photo)
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Prominent tribe in Northern Sinai officially declare war on Daesh.
Iraqi forces, backed by air cover provided by a U.S.-led coalition, are currently engaged in a massive offensive aimed at driving Daesh out of Mosul. (AFP)
06:00 GMT
Dozens of people were killed and scores injured in a spate of suicide bombings and a coalition airstrike in Mosul.

May 17, 2017

Somali security forces and civilians gather at the scene of a car bomb attack in Mogadishu on May, 15, 2017 (Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP)
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Three Somali soldiers were killed in the capital Mogadishu on Wednesday while attempting to defuse a car bomb.
I vote, therefore I am by Iranian graffiti artist 'Black Hand' (Facebook)
20:30 GMT
Supporters of hardliner Raisi are not what you may think.
A new Syrian constitution is one of four separate "baskets" that U.N.-backed talks are focused on. (AFP)
20:00 GMT
Syrian opposition pledge not to walk away from a new round of peace talks in Geneva.
Women walk by Syrian Red Crescent vehicles in Damascus' north eastern al-Qaboun suburb on May 16, 2017, after the formerly rebel-held neighbourhood was retaken by Syrian government forces. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
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Housing and Construction Minister Yoav Galant went on to say that Assad's actions in Syria amounts to nothing less than a 'genocide.'
t is not the first time that Erdogan's security detail have violently attacked protesters. In 2016, his bodyguards attacked Turkish journalists and staff outside an event at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. (YouTube)
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Witnesses to the mass fight said that clashes erupted when Erdogan's security detail attacked protesters carrying the Kurdish PYD flag.
Many of the deaths are caused by suicide or through botched escape attempts. (shutterstock)
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According to Lebanon's intelligence agency migrant workers are dying at a rate of two every week.
At least two civilians have been killed and 14 others wounded so far. (AFP)
14:00 GMT
Suicide bombers stormed the national television station in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Wednesday.
Rukban refugee camp, northern Jordan (File photo)
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It is not yet known how many have been injured in the latest attack on the refugee camp.
Pro-Erdogan supporters wave Turkish flags during a rally in front of the White House in Washington,DC on May 16, 2017. (AFP/Olivier Douliery)
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Turkey's President Erdogan has called for the US' decision to arm the YPG to be reversed.
The villages of Dalhis, Hodley, Halaney and Hul-adur were hard hit by the outbreak. (AFP)
10:00 GMT
Over 13 out of 18 Somali regions have been hit by the outbreak.
Trump will address a gathering of Muslim leaders on his "hopes for a peaceful vision of Islam." (AFP)
09:00 GMT
US President Donald Trump is set to give a major speech on the Islamic faith during his upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia.
UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura gestures as he speaks during a press conference on the eve of a sixth round of Syria peace talks on May 15, 2017 at the United Nations office in Geneva. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
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On Tuesday US officials claimed up to 50 prisoners a day were being executed and their bodies disposed of at Saydnaya Prison.
changing dynamics on the ground could lead to the decision to move the corridor 140 miles south for Iran. (AFP)
08:00 GMT
Iran is diverting the course of a land corridor it aims to carve through Syria ultimately linking Tehran, through Iraq, to the Mediterranean coast.
There is a possibility some detainees may die as a result of the announcement. (AFP)
06:00 GMT
More than 800 people are currently languishing in the centre, which was deemed illegal by Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court last year.

May 16, 2017

Ghalibaf encouraged his voters to back Hardliner candidate Ibrahim Raisi in order to ensure the ‘preservation of the interests of the people, the revolution and the country’. (twitter)
20:43 GMT
Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf has withdrawn from the presidential race, but what will this mean on election day?
Palestinians want the capital of their future independent state to be Jerusalem, which is home to the al-Aqsa Mosque - the third-holiest site in Islam. (File/Photo)
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A diplomatic spat has erupted between the US and Israel after a US official said the Western Wall "was not part of Israeli territory".
The Astana track produced a May 4 deal to create four "de-escalation" zones across some of Syria's bloodiest battlegrounds. (AFP)
19:00 GMT
New round of Syria peace talks in Geneva is the latest push by the UN to resolve a six year conflict that has killed 320,000 people to date.
The recapture came after Afghan forces launched a major operation against Taliban positions early in the morning and engaged the militants in fierce battles. (AFP)
18:00 GMT
Afghan forces recapture key district in Northern province of Kunduz from the Taliban.
The deaths came after another strike by the US-led coalition in Raqa province on Sunday that killed 12 women. (AFP)
16:00 GMT
US led airstrikes kill 23 civilians in a Syrian town on the border with Iraq.

His appointment comes a week before Trump is due to visit Israel on May 22 and 23, with the US president seeking ways to restart the moribund peace process. (AFP)
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US ambassador to Israel David Friedman, a staunch backer of illegal settlements, arrives in the country to take up his post.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (AFP/File)
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A report by Amnesty International in February outlined various abuses by the Syrian government at Sednaya and called the prison a 'human slaughterhouse.