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Iraqi forces hunt Islamic State in Fallujah and set sights on Mosul
Iraqi forces hunted down holdout jihadists in Fallujah Saturday after retaking the city center and trained their sights on Mosul, the Islamic State's last remaining major hub in the country.
 
Islamic State group jihadists have launched a wave of suicide and car bombings to defend a besieged stronghold in northern Syria against U.S.-backed fighters, a monitor said on Saturday.
 
A man hugs his son after his release with other pro-government fighters in a prisoner swap between pro-government forces and Houthis in Taiz in central Yemen, Saturday, June 18.
 
British rock group Radiohead on Saturday condemned "violent intolerance" after Islamists brutally attacked customers at an Istanbul record store attending an album release party, angered that the event coincided with Ramadan.
 
The Palestinians said Friday they have started negotiations with Egypt to determine the boundaries of their undersea territory as a first step to determining the sea borders of a Palestinian state.
 
Iraqi PM says most of Fallujah retaken from IS militants
Iraq's prime minister says government forces have gained control over most of the city of Fallujah, except for pockets of Islamic State group fighters.
 
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.
 
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