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Saudi Arabia says it has executed a prince who fatally shot another man in a melee, a rare death sentence carried out against a member of the kingdom's extensive royal family.
Iran said on Wednesday it would accept no U.S. "interference" after Washington demanded the release of a dual national and his 80-year-old father given 10 year sentences for espionage.
IS trapping civilians in Mosul, Pentagon says
The Pentagon Tuesday accused Islamic State jihadists of barring civilians from leaving Mosul and using them as human shields, as President Barack Obama warned of the potential for "significant" displacement.
Russia, Syrian planes halt Aleppo airstrikes leading up to truce
Russian and Syrian warplanes on Tuesday halted their airstrikes on Syria's besieged city of Aleppo in preparation for a temporary truce that Moscow has announced for later in the week, the Russian defense minister said.
Iraqi forces make gains in push to retake IS-held Mosul
Iraqi forces were making gains as tens of thousands of fighters advanced on Mosul Tuesday in an unprecedented offensive to retake the city from the Islamic State group.
Russia announces Aleppo truce as EU warns of 'war crimes'
Russia has announced an eight-hour "humanitarian" ceasefire in Aleppo later this week, as the EU warned that the Syrian regime's Moscow-backed assault on the city could amount to a war crime.
Iraqi and Kurdish troops launch operation to drive out IS
Iraqi government and Kurdish forces, backed by U.S.-led coalition air and ground support, launched coordinated military operations early on Monday as the long-awaited fight to wrest the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State fighters got underway.
Iraq forces advance on IS stronghold of Mosul
Iraqi forces are "ahead of schedule" in an offensive aimed at retaking Mosul and dealing a death blow to the Islamic State group, but the battle will be difficult and protracted, the Pentagon has said.
'Disaster' as residential blocks bombed in Aleppo
Dozens of civilians were killed as air strikes flattened residential buildings in rebel-held east Aleppo Monday, despite Western warnings of sanctions against Syria and Russia over attacks on the city.
Far from front line, Syrian doctor prepares for the end of war
Khaled Almilaji coordinated a campaign that vaccinated 1.4 million Syrian children and risked his life to provide medical care during the country's civil war. Now he's in the Ivy League, learning about how to rebuild Syria's health system when the war finally ends.
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