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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.
 
In rare mass execution,Jordan hangs 15 inmates convicted of 'terrorism'
Jordan hanged 15 death row prisoners including convicted "terrorists" at dawn on Saturday, its information minister said, in a further break with a moratorium on executions it observed between 2006 and 2014.
 
A U.N. panel said Wednesday the evacuation of eastern Aleppo, after months of siege and aerial bombing by Russian and Syrian forces, was one of many war crimes committed by those fighting for control of the city.
 
Police begin demolition of 9 homes
Israeli police began Tuesday demolishing nine West Bank settler homes declared illegal by the Supreme Court, despite hundreds of protesters barricading themselves in them.
 
Russia called Tuesday for terrorism to be included on the agenda of U.N.-sponsored peace talks on Syria in Geneva, which have been overshadowed by violence on the ground.
 
Iraqi gov't forces reach key bridge in Mosul
Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State group in west Mosul reached the city's southernmost bridge Monday, a key step in efforts to defeat the jihadists in their stronghold, a spokesman said.
 
Syria's White Helmets rescuers will not attend Oscars
Rescue workers from Syria's White Helmets group -- the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary -- will not attend this weekend's Academy Awards ceremony because of intensified regime bombing and a rejected passport.
 
Twin attacks on Syrian security buildings in Homs leave over 30 dead
Twin attacks on two Syrian security offices in the central city of Homs Saturday killed at least 32 people, including a senior security official who heads the feared Military Intelligence services, state media and officials reported.
 
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