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Turkey's experienced transport minister Binali Yildirim, a steadfast ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was Sunday named ruling party chief and was set to be also appointed as prime minister in moves further consolidating the Turkish strongman's grip on power.
 
Iraq forces killed at least 2 protesters while dispersing protest, say officials
Iraqi forces killed at least two people while trying to disperse protesters who broke into the fortified Green Zone area in central Baghdad, officials said Saturday.
 
Moscow on Friday proposed that Russia and United States, which have been flying separate bombing campaigns in Syria, launch joint airstrikes against jihadists from next week, a proposal the U.S. swiftly rejected.
 
At least 60,000 people have died in Syrian government prisons over the past five years from torture or due to dire humanitarian conditions, including a lack of food, a monitor said Saturday.
 
Turkey's parliament on Friday approved a bill to amend the constitution to strip lawmakers of immunity, a move that paves the way for trials of several pro-Kurdish and other legislators.
 
Turkey OKs law scrapping immunity for MPs
Turkey's parliament on Friday adopted a highly controversial bill that would lift immunity for dozens of pro-Kurdish and other MPs and could see them evicted from parliament, sparking fresh domestic and international concern.
 
Iraqi protesters storm Baghdad's Green Zone, shooting erupts
Iraqi security forces fired tear gas and gunshots in the air as hundreds of anti-government protesters stormed Baghdad's heavily secured Green Zone on Friday. Several demonstrators, mostly supporters of powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, were wounded as the crowd rushed the prime minister's office and the parliament building.
 
Israel's defense minister resigned Friday, saying extremists had taken over the country, after he clashed with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the army's handling of a wave of Palestinian violence.
 
EgyptAir says plane carrying 66 has disappeared from radar
An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo carrying 66 people disappeared from radar early Thursday morning, the airline said.
 
Amnesty Int'l accuses Yemen rebels of a 'brutal' campaign
Amnesty International on Wednesday accused Yemeni rebels of carrying out a "brutal" campaign of arbitrary arrests and torture of opponents since they seized the capital Sanaa in 2014.
 
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