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Iran votes in first presidential election since nuclear deal
Iranians voted Friday in the country's first presidential election since its nuclear deal with world powers, as incumbent Hassan Rouhani faced a staunch challenge from a hard-line opponent over his outreach to the West.
 
Militants stormed the national television and radio station in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Wednesday, triggering a gunfight as journalists remained trapped inside the building, officials and eyewitnesses said.
 
Afghan forces on Tuesday regained control of a strategic district close to the restive northern city of Kunduz that fell to the Taliban earlier this month, official said.
 
This fierce Afghan woman is trying to become the youngest pilot to fly round the world
She's 29 years old, was born in a refugee camp and has already started her record-challenging trip.
 
Syria activists say civilians killed in strike on IS village
Several civilians were killed in an airstrike on an Islamic State held village in northern Syria, activists reported on Monday.
 
Conservative drops out of Iran election to back hard-liner
A conservative candidate dropped out of Iran's presidential election on Monday to back a hard-liner, state television reported, narrowing the field of those hoping to unseat moderate President Hassan Rouhani.
 
West Bank polls underscore Palestinian split
Palestinians in the occupied West Bank voted Saturday in municipal elections that underscored deep rifts between President Mahmud Abbas's Fatah party and Islamist rival Hamas which runs the Gaza Strip.
 
Iraqi boys recount horrors of captivity and training by Islamic State
They made the captive children, weak from hunger, fight over a single tomato. Then the Islamic State militants told them that in paradise they could eat to their hearts delight, but they could only get there by blowing themselves up.
 
Syrian Kurds welcome US arms, Turkey objects
Syrian Kurdish fighters on Wednesday welcomed the Trump administration's announcement that it will provide them with heavier arms in order to battle the Islamic State group, but NATO member Turkey, which views the main Syrian Kurdish militia as terrorists, says every weapon the Americans give them is a "threat."
 
Abbas ready to meet Israel PM in Trump peace efforts
Mahmud Abbas said Tuesday Donald Trump was expected to visit the Palestinian territories "soon" and that he was ready to meet Israel's prime minister as part of the U.S. president's peace efforts.
 
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