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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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The al-Nouri mosque is where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the "caliphate" in 2014.

April 16, 2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech claiming victory in Turkey's constitutional referendum, Istanbul, April 16 2017. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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A state news agency reported that the "yes" vote had won with 51.4 per cent of the vote.
The wreckage of buses targeted by a car bomb in Aleppo, Syria, killing at least 112. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)
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Ahrar al-Sham, one of the opposition factions that had arranged the deal, said that many of its members were killed alongside civilians in Saturday's attack.
Israeli soldiers run down a road in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank, April 12 2017. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
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The two were briefly detained by Palestinian security forces before being returned to the Israeli authorities.
A boy stands in ruins in west Mosul, Iraq. (AFP/file)
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The figures were released by the UK government detail Britain's bombing of Daesh in the two countries.
Palestinian youths at a demonstration against the Palestinian President in Rafah, Gaza, April 14 2017 (AFP/Said Khatib)
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The electricity crisis in the besieged enclave continues to grow, with both sides blaming the other.
Christian Orthodox worshippers hold up candles during the ceremony of the "Holy Fire" as thousands gather in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City, on April 15, 2017, during Orthodox Easter ceremonies. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
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Thousands more pilgrims waited in the square outside to receive the flame, passed from candle to candle in a symbol of eternity, peace and renewal.
A wounded Syrian, evacuated from government-held Foua and Kefraya, is carried into a field after a car bomb targeted the buses carrying the evacuees. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)
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The bomb targeted a convoy of buses carrying evacuees from two villages in Idlib that had been besieged by opposition fighters.
A man and a woman hold each other a child by the hand as they walk on leaflets reading "yes" thrown on the ground at the Kadikoy district, in Istanbul, after the start of the election banning, on April 15, 2017, on the eve of the constitutional referendum. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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Turkey will be voting on proposed constitutional changes that would give President Erdogan sweeping new powers.

April 15, 2017

A member of the Libyan National Army (LNA) fires a machine gun mounted on the back of a Toyota pickup truck against jihadists in district of Suq al-Hut in the eastern coastal city of Benghazi, on March 26, 2017. (AFP/Abdullah Doma)
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Libya's southern desert region has been neglected as the GNA and LNA vie for control of cities in the north.
Buses carrying civilians from two government-held villages in Idlib wait in Aleppo, before the explosion. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)
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The civilians were from two government-held villages that had been besieged by the opposition in Idlib.
Afghan security force personnel take part in an ongoing operation against an Islamic State (IS) militant stronghold in Achin district of Nangarhar, eastern Afghanistan on April 14, 2017. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)
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Meanwhile, Daesh has claimed that not one of its fighters were killed in the massive bombing.
Egyptian Christians pray during the Good Friday procession at the St. George church in the town of Mohalla in the north of Egypt, on April 14, 2017. (AFP/Stringer)
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Ardous security checks are in place outside churches after the government declared a state of emergency.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (C), his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem (L) leave a hall after a joint press conference after their talks in Moscow on April 14, 2017. (AFP/Alexander Nemenov)
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Investigations in Turkey and elsewhere have suggested sarin gas was used in the attack that killed around 100 people.
An attempt by the rival government to seize ministry buildings by force failed, January 2017. (AFP)
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Libya's southern desert, long neglected by central authorities, risks becoming an arena for score-settling between rival governments vying for clout across the war-torn country, analysts say.
Palestinian prisoner Bilal Kayed's mother (C) demonstrates in support of her son outside the hospital where he is being held in Ashkelon on August 9, 2016. (AFP)
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Israel's decades-long policy of detaining Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza inside Israeli jails, and depriving them of family visits, is "cruel" and a violation of international law, Amnesty International has said.

April 14, 2017

Israeli medics carry an injured man following a Palestinian stabbing attack near the Herod's Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. (Menahem Kahana/AFP)
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A "mentally unstable" Palestinian man was detained Friday after committing a stabbing inside the Jerusalem Light Rail, leaving one Britsh woman in her twenties dead, according to official Israeli sources.
An undated image shows the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb. (AFP/US Air Force)
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The "Mother of All Bombs" dropped by the US Air Force Thursday in Afghanistan killed 36 Daesh "Islamic State" militants, the Afghan Ministry of Defense said.
Buses enter Foua and Kefraya. (File photo)
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Civilians and militants begin leaving four Syrian towns in the provinces of Idlib and Rif Dimashq under a deal reached between the Damascus government and militant groups last month.
Security personnel and residents walk at the site of a car bomb blast that targeted the CARE International compound at Share Naw in Kabul. (AFP/Wakil Kohsar)
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Kabul appears to have softened its stance on Russia’s alleged support for the Taliban as Moscow prepares the stage for an international conference on Afghanistan on Friday.
Syrians ride on the turret of a moving tank in the rebel-held area of Daraa, in southern Syria, on April 12, 2017. (AFP/Mohamad Abazeed)
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The Syrian Democratic Forces is a US-allied coalition fighting Daesh in Syria.
Both Rouhani and former hardline Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are expected to run for the upcoming May 19 elections. (AFP)
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According to local Iranian media, the Telegram accounts were shut down after the activists were arrested.

April 13, 2017

Afghan security personnel stand guard at the site of a suicide attack near the Ministry of Defense in Kabul on April 12, 2017. (AFP/Wakil Kohsar)
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The massive bomb was dropped on an area occupied by a large amount of Daesh fighters.
Members of the joint Palestinian security force walk in Ain al-Hilweh camp, Lebanon's largest Palestinian refugee camp, near the southern coastal city of Sidon, on April 12, 2017, after clashes that took place earlier in the week between an extremist group and the security force. (AFP/Stringer)
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Palestinian security forces launched an offensive against al-Qaeda-linked extremists in the camps al-Tiri neighborhood.
Syrian children play outside their homes in the Ismetpasa neighbourhood in the Turkish capital Ankara on April 11, 2017. (AFP/Adem Altan)
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The 21 migrants, all men, had their asylum applications rejected by Greece.
People carry an injured man near the site of an explosion at the police headquarters in Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, on April 11, 2017. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)
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Turkish authorities initially said no foul play was suspected in an explosion at a police headquarters.
Destroyed buildings in west Mosul, April 12 2017. (AFP/Christophe Simon)
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A new generation of unknown commanders have taken over Daesh after two-thirds of its founding leaders were killed.
At least 46 people were killed and dozens injured on Sunday morning, when two blasts ripped through the two churches in Tanta and Alexandria. (AFP)
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30-year-old Mahmoud Hassan Abdullah has been identified as the suicide bomber responsible for Sunday's deadly attack.
As a Muslim, Abdus-Salaam made history in 2013, when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated her to serve on the state Court of Appeals. (twitter)
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The 65-year-old judge’s body was found floating on the on the Manhattan side of the Hudson River.
Supporters of the Houthi rebels at a rally in Sanaa, March 26 2017. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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Yahia Abdulraqeeb al-Jubaihi is the first person to be sentenced to death by the Houthis on charges of spying for Saudi Arabia.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun. (AFP/file)
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The move came as Parliament was about to extend its term due to a lack of agreement over an election law in a country that has not gone to the polls since 2009.
Russian Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vladimir Safronkov holds up his hand as he votes against a Draft resolution that condemns the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria at the Security Council on April 12, 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York. (AFP/Kena Betancur)
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They used their veto to oppose a Security Council resolution to investigate a chemical attack in Syria's Idlib province last week.
Hamid Baghai (left) and Mahmud Ahmadinedschad (middle). (AFP)
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Iran's former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has registered as a candidate for the May 19 presidential elections, despite being told not to by the country's supreme leader.
New prefabricated homes are seen under construction in the West Bank between the Israeli outpost of Amona and the settlement of Ofra (background), north of Ramallah, on January 31, 2017. (AFP/Thomas Coex)
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The Israeli Supreme Court has issued a temporary stop-work order against the construction of an illegal Israeli outpost in the central occupied West bank district of Ramallah.