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Polish experts back in Palmyra to restore lion statue
When two Polish heritage experts first restored the famed lion statue in Syria's Palmyra in 2005, they never imagined they would see it smashed to pieces only a decade later.
 
Refugee baby Serbia Merkel heads across Europe
She has wide brown eyes, rosy cheeks and thick black hair. Her name is Serbia Merkel al-Mustafa.
 
Car bomb in southern Turkey kills 2 police officers
ANKARA, Turkey -- A car bomb struck the entrance of a Turkish police station Sunday in the southern city of Gaziantep, killing two police officers and wounding 22 other people in a day marred by violence and May Day protests.
 
Two car bombs in the southern Iraqi city of Samawah on Sunday killed 31 people and wounded dozens, the latest in a series of large attacks claimed by the Islamic State group as the country grapples with a worsening political crisis.
 
Some 33 people including five children have now died in central Pakistan after eating sweets accidentally tainted with insecticide, officials said Sunday.
 
US demands Assad forces halt Aleppo strikes as residents flee
ALEPPO, Syria - The United States Saturday demanded that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces halt their bombardment of Aleppo and help restore a nationwide ceasefire, with Secretary of State John Kerry due to head to Geneva for talks on the conflict.
 
Iran's moderates get most parliament seats after runoff
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian moderates and reformists who support last year's landmark nuclear deal have won the largest number of seats in parliament following runoff elections, marking a shift away from hard-liners and boosting moderate President Hassan Rouhani as he looks to secure a second term in office.
 
Thousands of angry protesters broke into Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone and stormed the parliament building after lawmakers again failed to approve new ministers.
 
Rouhani allies win Iranian parliament elections
Reformist and moderate Iranian politicians allied with President Hassan Rouhani won a big victory in second round parliamentary elections and capped a remarkable comeback Saturday after years of isolation.
 
Rising violence kills over 200 in a week in Syria's Aleppo
DAMASCUS, Syria -- The Syrian army and rebels unleashed deadly new attacks on each other Friday in Aleppo, with insurgents shelling a mosque during weekly prayers and government airstrikes hitting opposition neighborhoods in escalating bloodshed the U.N. decried as a "monstrous disregard for civilian lives by all parties."
 
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