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UN warns that 7.6 mil. Yemenis are just one step from famine
The director of U.N. humanitarian operations warned Tuesday that 7.6 million people in conflict-torn Yemen face severe food shortages and are "one step" from famine.
 
KABUL, Afghanistan -- At least 20 people were killed in flash floods that hit the northern Afghan province of Sari Pul, an official said on Wednesday.
 
BEIRUT - A regime air strike killed at least 13 members of the same family, including eight children, in central Syria on Wednesday, a monitor said.
 
Driving out Islamic State
A young supporter of the Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades), a group formed by Iraqi Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, holds a weapon and flashes the sign for victory in Iraq's holy city of Najaf as the pro-government paramilitary group prepare to reinforce government forces in the fight against the Islamic State group for control of Fallujah, east of the capital on Tuesday, May 17
 
Millions of refugees worldwide risk living on the streets due to a lack of funds for shelters, the United Nations warned Wednesday, urging the private sector to help amid surging displacement.
 
Pole position
Lebanese men cast their fishing poles from a rocky coastal area along the Beirut coastline, Lebanon, Wednesday, May 18. Beirut's coastline has been for thousands of years a vital source of sustenance for local residents, but privatization and pollution have now made it increasingly difficult to scrape by on catches from the Mediterranean Sea.
 
Bombs hit markets in Baghdad Shiite areas, kill at least 69
A wave of bombings struck outdoor markets in Shiite-dominated neighborhoods of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 54 people, officials said -- the latest in deadly militant attacks far from the front lines in the country's north and west where Iraqi forces are battling the Islamic State group.
 
World powers set modest goals for Syria
World and regional powers agreed Tuesday to try and turn Syria's shaky pause in fighting into a comprehensive cease-fire as a step toward ending the five-year war that left hundreds of thousands dead and fueled the rise of Islamic extremists.
 
Iran's parliament on Tuesday voted through a law obliging the government to demand damages from the United States for 63 years of "hostile action and crimes," state television reported.
 
IS attack and bombings leave 29 dead across Iraq
The Islamic State group launched a coordinated assault Sunday on a natural gas plant north of Baghdad that killed at least 14 people, while a string of other bomb attacks in or close to the capital killed 15 others, Iraqi officials said.
 
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