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Turkey bans gay pride parade in Istanbul amid security fears
The governor of Istanbul has banned gay, lesbian and transgender individuals from holding pride parades at their usual venue, citing security concerns.
 
A search team on Thursday recovered the cockpit voice recorder from the EgyptAir plane that crashed into the Mediterranean last month in a major step towards establishing the cause of the tragedy.
 
A British-Iranian woman who was arrested in Iran in April was accused on Wednesday of seeking to "overthrow the regime," according to a statement from the powerful Revolutionary Guards.
 
Iraq's offensive to retake the jihadist bastion of Fallujah has displaced 43,000 people in just over three weeks, the International Organization for Migration said on Tuesday.
 
Lebanon blast aims to rattle stability: banks
Lebanese banks on Monday warned that the country's financial sector was at risk after a bomb blast outside a major bank in a western part of the capital.
 
Syria market raids kill 21, hundreds flee IS bastion
Air strikes on a market in Syria's al-Qaida-held city of Idlib killed at least 21 civilians Sunday, as hundreds fled a besieged Islamic State group bastion near the Turkish border.
 
IS massacre of Iraqi Yazidis documented in personal endevour
The walls and even the windows of Bahzad Farhan Murad's office are covered with lists. They name the thousands of people who were killed or are still missing after the Islamic State group launched an attack on unarmed Yazidi communities in northwestern Iraq nearly two years ago.
 
JERUSALEM - Israel has extended the detention without trial of Palestinian circus performer Mohammad Abu Sakha for another six months, his circus school said Monday.
 
In Syria's Aleppo, divided locals share fears as prospect of a total siege looms
Syria's largest city, Aleppo, used to be the country's economic locomotive, but four years of grinding battles have rendered it almost uninhabitable. Pummeled by bombs and rocket fire, residents on both sides of this divided metropolis have experienced severe water and power shortages, soaring living costs, and collapsing public services.
 
A Dutch woman held in Qatar for nearly three months after telling police she had been raped there was released on Monday after receiving a one-year suspended prison sentence, a Dutch diplomat said.
 
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