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Suicide bombing in Baghdad Shiite district 'kills 11'
A suicide car bomb ripped through an outdoor market in a Shiite-dominated northeastern district of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 11 people, officials said, as government forces deployed across much of the Iraqi capital in preparation for a major military parade later this week.
 
Hundreds of thousands of civilians in rebel-held areas of Aleppo risk starvation, the head of Syria's main opposition coalition said on Tuesday, accusing Damascus of trying to besiege the city into submission.
 
The Israeli parliament finalized a controversial law compelling NGOs that receive most of their funding from foreign state entities to declare it in official reports, a spokesman said on Tuesday.
 
Iran announced on Monday that three dual nationals and a foreigner held in the country have been indicted on unknown charges, part of a series of detentions in the wake of last year's nuclear deal with world powers.
 
Syrian opposition fighters launched a major assault on government-held districts of Aleppo city on Monday after the regime severed their only remaining supply route into the city, an AFP correspondent said.
 
Israeli and American families of victims of Palestinian attacks filed a US$1 billion lawsuit against Facebook, claiming the social network is providing a platform for militants to spread incitement and violence, their lawyers said Monday.
 
Pentagon chief Ashton Carter flew into Baghdad Monday for talks on the fight against the Islamic State group and the strategy to recapture Iraq's second city Mosul from the jihadists.
 
Receptionist, waiter, hairdresser, pastry-seller: these are the jobs of the ambitious young Syrians who abandoned their dreams in Damascus to start from scratch in Istanbul.
 
Syria rebels in failed bid to reopen Aleppo route
Syrian rebels fought fierce battles with regime forces in a failed bid to reopen their only supply route into Aleppo city overnight, losing at least 29 combatants, a monitor said Sunday.
 
Excavation of ancient Philistine grave could solve biblical mystery
With an excavation in southern Israel unearthing a Philistine cemetery for the first time, bones of the biblical giant Goliath's people can finally shed new light on mysteries of their culture.
 
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