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March 19, 2017

The violence has triggered a dire humanitarian crisis in northeast Nigeria and the wider Lake Chad region, which has also been hit by the conflict. (AFP)
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Four people died when a suicide bomber attacked a village on the outskirts of Maiduguri in Northeastern Nigeria.
The 2013 protest came after what the syndicate says was a judge's handing down of a harsh sentence to some of the lawyers' clients without hearing the defence. (File/Photo)
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Strikers hope a strong message is sent that lawyers are united against the harsh verdict given to their Minya colleagues.
Yemen fell into civil war in 2014, when Houthi rebels and allied forces of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh overran capital Sanaa and other parts of the country. (File/Photo)
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A missile fired at the King Salman Air Base in Riyadh caused heavy losses.
Erdogan has repeatedly raised the idea that Turkey could restore capital punishment. (AFP)
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Erdogan announces that Turkish parliament are expected to approve restoring capital punishment after next month's referendum - a move which could end Ankara's bid to join the EU.
The PYD's armed wing, the YPG, is the main United States ally in the war against Islamic State in Syria, but Turkey also views this organization as a terrorist group. (File/Photo)
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Thousands of Kurds gather in Frankfurt for a demonstration against recent developments in Turkey.
Child refugees protest on the Greek island of Chios, April 3, 2016. (AFP/Louisa Gouliamaki)
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The EU-Turkey deal has turned Greece into a testing ground for European Union policies that are eroding the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, humanitarian agencies warned on Friday.
The United Nations special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed (AFP)
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United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen conducted a four-day visit to Europa during which he urged governments and the international community to promote a political settlement to the conflict and provide urgent humanitarian support.

March 18, 2017

The Arab League meeting over Syria. (AFP/Mohamed Hossam)
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The Arab League hosted a meeting on Saturday to discuss the raging conflict in conflict-ridden Libya.
US President Donald Trump speaks during the Friends of Ireland Luncheon for the visit of Taoiseach of Ireland Enda Kenny at the US Capitol on March 16, 2017. (AFP/Saul Loeb)
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The Trump administration on Friday appealed a Maryland court's block of its revised travel ban, aiming to reinstate the temporary halt to immigrants and visitor arrivals from six majority Muslim countries.
Syrian government forces stand guard as civilians and rebels began evacuating the district of al-Waer in the city of Homs. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
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Residents and fighters began leaving a rebel district in the central Syrian city of Homs, around a week after a ceasefire agreement was reached with the government, state media and a monitoring group reported.
Bahraini protesters run for cover from tear gas during clashes with police in the village of Sitra, south of the capital Manama, on January 29, 2016. (AFP)
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Bahraini police have clashed with the thousands of demonstrators who had turned out for the funeral procession of an activist who died in regime custody.
This image shows displaced residents of western Mosul fleeing their neighborhood on March 15, 2017, as Iraqi forces continue to advance in the embattled city against Daesh occupiers. (AFP)
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UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq Lise Grande has warned the UN would not have enough resources to confront a mass exodus from west Mosul.
A Palestinian protester throws a stone towards Israeli security forces during clashes 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 March 17, 2017. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
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The official resigned following pressure from the UN Secretary-General to withdraw the report.
A picture taken on March 17, 2017, shows bodies of people who were killed in a boat carrying Somali refugees arriving in the rebel-held Yemeni port city of Hodeida. (AFP/Stringer)
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The ship was carrying mostly people from Somalia and Yemen fleeing conflict.

March 17, 2017

Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, dig through the rubble of a mosque following a reported airstrike in the village of Al-Jineh in Aleppo province on March 16, 2017. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)
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The US military said it had instead carried out an attack on a building next door to the mosque where al-Qaeda militants were reportedly hiding.
The prisoners' fund makes monthly payments to about 35,000 families of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails. (AFP/File)
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The fund was set up in 1967 to support the families of thousands of Palestinian prisoners held for alleged anti-Israel activities.
Smoke billows following reported air strikes on a rebel-held area in the southern city of Daraa, on March 16, 2017. (AFP/Mohamad Abazeed)
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The Syrian air force fired a number of anti-aircraft missiles after Israeli jets entered Syrian airspace.
Syrian civil defense volunteers, known as the White Helmets, dig through the rubble of a mosque following an airstrike on a mosque in the village of Al-Jineh near Aleppo late on March 16, 2017. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)
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The planes, whose identity is not yet known, targeted a mosque during night prayers when over 300 people were inside.
Morocco's Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane, October 22, 2016. (AFP)
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In a highly unusual move, Morocco's king ousted the designated prime minister in an effort to settle a five-month deadlock over forming a new government.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, left, greets the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al Sabah in Tehran on June 1, 2014 (AFP/Atta Kenare)
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A message from Iran was delivered by its ambassador to Emir of Kuwait, representing a new episode in a series of enhancing intentions of Teheran to normalize its relations with Gulf States.

March 16, 2017

Vendors hunt for goods from under the rubble of their shops following an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition on the Yemeni capital Sanaa on 20 July 2015 (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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A leading human rights group has called on the United States not to approve pending weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, warning that such sales could implicate Washington in war crimes.
Syrian refugees are seen stranded at the Jordanian border. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
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In June 2016, a car bomb attack on an army post near Rakban refugee camp killed seven Jordanian soldiers, prompting the immediate closure of the Kingdom’s northern and northeastern borders, which remained closed ever since.
Jordanian Ahlam al-Tamimi hosting a talk show interviewing a Hamas member. (File photo)
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Ahlam Ahmad al-Tamimi assisted in a suicide bombing on a Sbarro restaurant that killed 15 people, and was allegedly conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction against US nationals.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry meets with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, March 6, 2017. (NATO)
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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has issued a presidential decree establishing a diplomatic mission to NATO.
Patients wait for treatment in a hospital in eastern Aleppo during the siege of 2016. (AFP/File)
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Patients suffering from chronic diseases requiring kidney dialysis have become among the most vulnerable as a result of supply shortages and medical facilities being targeted.
According to Deputy Chinese Foreign Minister Zhang Ming, the agreements cover a variety of issues, ranging from energy to space technology, but he did not provide further details. (AFP)
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China hosts Saudi Arabia's King Salman in Beijing in an effort to strengthen economic and diplomatic ties.
The raid came in response to a shall fired from the Gaza Strip that landed in an area of southern Israel Saturday evening. (File/AFP)
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Two sites in the Gaza Strip are struck by Israeli jets.
US President Donald Trump waves after he spoke at former president Andrew Jackson's Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee on March 15, 2017. (AFP/Nicholas Kamm)
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US President Donald Trump pledged to fight the ruling, which he called 'an unprecedented judicial overreach.'
Syrian security forces and journalists stand inside the old palace of justice building in Damascus following a reported suicide bombing on March 15, 2017. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
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Later in the day, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt inside a restaurant in northwestern Damascus in the neighborhood of al-Rabwa.
The UN report said Israel showed "beyond a reasonable doubt" that it was guilty of imposing an apartheid regime on the Palestinian people, which amounts to a crime against humanity. (AFP/File)
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The report found that Palestinians were subjected to a 'strategic fragmentation' that allowed Israel to impose 'racial domination' with different sets of laws by geographic regions.
Egyptians experience food insecurity. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
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Egypt ranks third place among Arab countries on the Global Hunger Index for 2016 and in 59th place among 118 countries surveyed, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization And Statistics (CAPMAS).
Syrian refugees living in dire conditions in Lebanon. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
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A ministerial committee for refugee affairs Wednesday reached an agreement on 80 percent of the government's policy toward Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

March 15, 2017

US President Donald Trump and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince And Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman Speak to the media in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 14, 2017. (AFP/Nicholas Kamm)
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US President Donald Trump hosted Saudi Arabia's powerful Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman al-Saud at the White House Tuesday, for talks expected to focus on the economy and rolling back Iranian influence in the Middle East.
Turkish European Union Affairs Minister Omer Celik addresses ongoing tensions between the EU and Turkey over refugee deal. (AFP/File)
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Turkish European Union Affairs Minister Omer Celik says time has come for the Ankara government to reassess its controversial refugee deal with the 28-nation bloc.
Smoke from an earlier airstrike is seen in Sanaa, Yemen. (AFP/File)
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It comes a day after another round of Saudi airstrikes killed 28 Houthis in northern Yemen.
Syrian security forces cordon off the area following a reported suicide bombing at the old palace of justice building in Damascus on March 15, 2017. (AFP/Stringer)
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A suicide bomber detonated his explosives as police tried to search him outside a court building in central Damascus.
An Egyptian man embraces his parents following his release from prison in Cairo on March 14, 2017, along with 202 other prisoners who received a presidential pardon. (AFP/Aly Fahim)
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A crackdown on Morsi's supporters after the July 2013 coup saw hundreds of demonstrators killed and thousands jailed, including secular dissidents.
Syrian security forces cordon off the area following a reported suicide bombing at the old palace of justice building in Damascus on March 15, 2017. (AFP/Stringer)
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State owned media reports the attack targeted the Palace of Justice in central Damascus.
A ship, believed to be registered under a company in the UAE, was hijacked off the coast of Somalia. (Shutterstock)
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The pirates took control of the vessel and are holding eight Sri Lankan crew members hostage.
Russia have deployed special operations forces to an air base at Sid Barrani, which is located about 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of the Libyan border.
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Russian special operations forces have been deployed to an air base at Sid Barren, 100 km east of the Libyan border.
The state is now saying the deaths were caused by ammunition that was stored in the building, stifling the justice process. (AFP)
10:00 GMT
A Palestinian doctor is demanding an apology for the deaths of his three daughters when their home was shelled by Israeli forces.
A Turkish women walks in front of the Turkish Consulate in Rotterdam on March 14, 2017. Turkey rejected EU criticism of its stance in the intensifying crisis with the Netherlands as having "no value", after Ankara downgraded relations with The Hague and banned its ambassador from returning. (AFP/John Thys)
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He was referring to a Dutch battalion of UN peacekeepers who failed to stop the slaughter of thousands of Muslim men and boys in the Bosnian war in 1995.
At least a dozen children were reported to have been beaten, burnt, and sexually abused. (file/photo)
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Social specialist arrested amid ongoing investigations into accusations of torture in Dar Ishraqa orphanage in Egypt.
The EU has consistently backed UN efforts to end the conflict in Syria which has cost some 320,000 lives and displaced millions since 2011 when protests against Assad descended into all-out civil war. (File/AFP)
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The EU releases an ambitious plan to support the reconstruction of war-torn Syria,
According to the officer, three gun-mounted pickup trucks were captured during the melee, along with a number of light and medium weapons. (File/Photo)
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At least four Iraqi soldiers and 16 Daesh terrorists were killed in Tuesday clashes near the Nineveh Train Station and the Baghdad Garage district in western Mosul.

March 14, 2017

Syrians walk past a water fountain that is running dry as shortages leave over 5 million people with little to no running water. (AFP/File)
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The report meanwhile dismissed regime allegations that rebels had contaminated the water.
The European Court of Justice has ruled that employers are allowed to ban religious headscarfs at the workplace under certain circumstances. (Shutterstock)
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The ECJ ruling refers to the Belgian case of Samira Achbita, a Muslim, who was employed as a receptionist by security company G4S in February 2003.
"Use of chlorine by Syrian forces follows a pattern observed in 2014, 2015 and 2016," the commission said in its report to the UN Human Rights Council. (AFP)
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UN investigators have reported recent use of chemical weapons, such as chlorine gas, by Syrian regime forces.
The killings are alleged to have occurred as Moroccan security forces cleared the camp near the city of Laayoune after a riot had broken out. (File/Photo)
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Trial resumed of 25 Saharwis accused of killing 13 people in November 2010.
During their meeting in Washington D.C. last month, Trump told Netanyahu to "hold back on settlements for a little bit." (AFP)
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Trump’s aide is expected to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday.