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US' 'Mother Of All Bombs' kills 90 IS fighters
Afghan authorities Saturday reported a jump in fatalities from the American military's largest nonnuclear bomb, declaring some 90 Islamic State fighters dead, as U.S.-led ground forces advanced on their mountain hideouts.
 
British woman killed in Jerusalem: police
A Palestinian man stabbed a British woman to death on Friday near Jerusalem's Old City, where thousands of Jewish and Christian pilgrims were gathered for religious holidays.
 
Assad's denials over use of gas 'lies': France
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's comments that last week's chemical weapons attack was a fabrication to justify a U.S. military strike are "100 percent lies," French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Friday.
 
Massive US bomb kills dozens of IS militants
The U.S. military's largest non-nuclear bomb killed dozens of Islamic State militants as it smashed their mountain hideouts, Afghan officials said Friday, ruling out any civilian casualties despite the weapon's destructive power.
 
Buses evacuate hundreds from Syria towns
Hundreds of civilians and fighters who have been under crippling siege for more than two years left four Syrian towns in fleets of buses Friday under a delayed evacuation deal.
 
Iran's Rouhani registers to run for re-election
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the driving force behind a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, registered on Friday to run for reelection next month, state television footage showed.
 
US drops 'mother of all bombs' on Islamic State tunnel
U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Thursday struck an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with "the mother of all bombs," the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military, Pentagon officials said.
 
Surprise! Iran's Ahmadinejad to run for president
Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday stunned the country by unexpectedly filing to run in the May presidential election, contradicting a recommendation from the supreme leader to stay out of the race.
 
Fierce clashes rock Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon
Residents fled the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon on Sunday as clashes between security forces and radical Islamists intensified for the third day.
 
Iranian's Rouhani defends economic record ahead of presidential election
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani defended his economic record in a press conference on Monday but stopped short of formally announcing his candidacy for next month's presidential election.
 
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