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Twin blasts in Damascus leave 59 dead
Twin bombs targeting Shiite pilgrims killed 59 people in Damascus on Saturday, most of them Iraqis, a monitoring group said of one of the bloodiest attacks in the Syrian capital.
 
Israeli Arabs protest move to silence mosque loudspeakers
Thousands of Arabs staged a protest march Saturday in northern Israel against legislation aimed at silencing mosque loudspeakers, an AFP reporter said.
 
Jordanian who killed 7 Israeli kids released
A Jordanian soldier who killed seven Israeli schoolgirls in a 1997 shooting rampage was released Sunday, after serving 20 years in prison.
 
Bereaved Palestinians, Israelis march together against occupation
Hundreds of bereaved Palestinian and Israeli women marched through the West Bank on Friday against the Israeli occupation, in an International Women's Day event.
 
Abbas receives
President Donald Trump invited Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to the White House to discuss resuming peace talks in their first contact since Trump took office in January.
 
Rubble and ash in Mosul after museum is retaken from Islamic State
The antiquities museum in the Iraqi city of Mosul is in ruins. Piles of rubble fill exhibition halls and a massive fire in the building's basement has reduced hundreds of rare books and manuscripts to ankle-deep drifts of ash.
 
Insurgents attack Kabul military hospital
Explosions and gunfire rattled Kabul's diplomatic district Wednesday when insurgents dressed as doctors stormed Afghanistan's largest military hospital, officials said, as growing insecurity besets the war-battered country.
 
Iraqi forces clear bombs, hunt for Islamist fighters
Iraqi forces in west Mosul worked to clear bombs and searched for jihadist fighters in recaptured areas on Wednesday to set the stage for renewed offensive operations, officers said.
 
Report: Syrian children suffering 'toxic stress'
Syrian children show symptoms of "toxic stress" and are attempting self-harm and suicide in response to prolonged exposure to war, according to a report released Tuesday.
 
Tens of thousands flee clashes in Syria
Tens of thousands of Syrian civilians have fled ferocious fighting between Russian-backed regime forces and Islamic State group jihadists over the past week in the country's ravaged north.
 
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