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Germany's foreign minister says humanitarian aid is desperately needed in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo and that it may be necessary to start an "air bridge" to bring it in.
 
The majority of terrorism defendants in the United States who have been sentenced for supporting the Islamic State group received the maximum 15 years in prison, according to a summary filed Friday by federal prosecutors in Minnesota.
 
IS leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan killed in US strike
The Islamic State group's leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Hafiz Saeed, was killed last month in an airstrike in Nangarhar province, the Pentagon said Friday.
 
Turkish jets attack PKK in N. Iraq after attacks
Turkish jets raided suspected Kurdish rebel targets across the border in northern Iraq, Turkey's state-run news agency reported Thursday, following a wave of attacks that killed at least 12 people.
 
Afghanistan's chief executive has castigated his ally Ashraf Ghani as "unfit for the presidency," in a public outburst highlighting bitter internal divisions that threaten their U.S.-brokered power sharing agreement.
 
Fighting raged Thursday in Helmand after Afghanistan rushed military reinforcements to beat back Taliban insurgents advancing on the besieged capital of the southern poppy-growing province, as officials downplayed fears that the city could fall.
 
Iraqi Christians warn defeat of IS won't make country safe for them
As operations to retake the militant-held city of Mosul ramp up, Iraqi Christians displaced from the area by the Islamic State group say that even if the militants are defeated militarily, the country will not be safe for minorities.
 
The United States has approved the possible sale to Saudi Arabia of up to 153 tanks, hundreds of machine guns and other military gear in a deal worth US$1.15 billion, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
 
Israel on Tuesday said it indicted a Palestinian U.N. employee in the Gaza Strip, accusing him of assisting the territory's Islamic militant Hamas rulers, just days after it charged the Gaza manager of the international charity World Vision for allegedly funneling millions to the group.
 
Saudi-led coalition warplanes have resumed air strikes on Yemen's capital for the first time in three months, shutting the airport Tuesday nearly 72 hours after U.N.-brokered peace talks were suspended.
 
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