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Top Lebanese Hezbollah military commander killed in Syria
Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group said Friday that its top military commander Mustafa Badreddine was killed in an explosion in the Syrian capital of Damascus, a major blow to the Shiite group which has played a significant role in the conflict next door.
 
A car bombing claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group killed at least 64 people Wednesday at a market in a Shiite area of Baghdad, in the single deadliest attack this year in the capital.
 
Three people killed in bomb attack in Turkey's Diyarbakir: official
Three people were killed Tuesday and 42 others wounded when a car bomb attack blamed on Kurdish militants struck a police vehicle in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, officials said.
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Son of former prime minister freed
Abdul Qadir Gilani, center, elder brother of freed Ali Haider Gilani, son of former Pakistani premier Yousuf Raza Gilani, receives flowers from supporters outside his residence in Multan, Tuesday, May 10. U.S. and Afghan forces freed the kidnapped son of a former Pakistani prime minister during a counter-terrorism mission in eastern Afghanistan, NATO said on May 10, three years after he was kidnapped in a hail of bullets.
 
The U.S. government has suspended millions of dollars in funding to several organizations providing aid for Syria after discovering they were systematically overpaying Turkish companies for basic goods with the collusion of some of their staff.
 
Saudi Binladin Group, which has laid off tens of thousands of employees because of financial difficulties, said on Monday it has begun paying delayed wages to its remaining staff.
 
Iran test-fired another ballistic missile, the latest in a spate of tests following the implementation of the nuclear deal with world powers earlier this year, according to a report Monday by the country's semi-official Tasnim news agency.
 
Haqqanis unifying Taliban spells trouble
A shadowy, Pakistan-based militant faction is on the rise within the Taliban after its leader was appointed deputy and played a key role in unifying the fractured insurgency.
 
Separate attacks in and around the Iraqi capital on Sunday killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens, officials said.
 
At least 73 people were killed Sunday when two passenger buses and an oil tanker burst into flames in a head-on collision in eastern Afghanistan, health officials said, in one of the worst road accidents in the war-battered nation.
 
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