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Friday, January 22, 2016
Taliban attack on TV staff widely condemned
A deadly Taliban attack on a bus carrying employees of Afghanistan's biggest TV station drew widespread condemnation on Thursday as an attack on freedom of speech and the country's young and fragile media sector.
Turkey security forces are subjecting residents of Kurdish-dominated southeastern Turkey to "collective punishment" with military operations backed by curfews, Amnesty International said on Thursday, accusing the army of "recklessly" using excessive force.
Islamic State razing of Iraq monastery condemned
The Obama administration and the Vatican condemned the Islamic State (IS) group Wednesday for razing Iraq's oldest Christian monastery, a 1,400-year-old structure that survived assaults by nature and man for centuries before it was deliberately destroyed by extremists.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
A powerful suicide car bomb struck near the Russian Embassy in downtown Kabul Wednesday, with casualties feared from the latest attack in the Afghan capital, the interior ministry said.
Iraqi Kurdish forces are deliberately destroying Arab villages under their control, according to an Amnesty International report released on Wednesday. The human rights group said these actions could amount to war crimes.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday launched a blistering attack on academics who criticized his policies in the Kurdish-dominated southeast, warning they would pay a price after falling into a "pit of treachery."
The Islamic State group late Tuesday released 270 of more than 400 civilians it had abducted during its assault on the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, a monitor said.
The Islamic State group has acknowledged the death of the masked militant known as "Jihadi John," who appeared in several videos depicting the beheadings of Western hostages, in an article in its online English-language magazine Dabiq.
Oldest Christian monastery in Iraq razed by IS
Satellite photos obtained by The Associated Press confirm what church leaders and Middle East preservationists had feared: The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been reduced to a field of rubble, yet another victim of the Islamic State group's relentless destruction of heritage sites it considers heretical.
In besieged Syrian city, residents sell gold for food
In Syria's eastern city of Deir el-Zour, supplies are running so short that desperate residents are selling their gold, valuables and even their homes for food or an exit permit allowing them to escape a siege by both government troops and Islamic State militants.
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