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Thursday, January 21, 2016
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.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Almost 19,000 civilians killed in Iraq in under 2 years: UN report
At least 18,802 civilians were killed and another 36,245 were wounded in Iraq between the start of 2014 and Oct. 31 of last year as Iraqi forces battled the Islamic State group, according to a U.N. report released Tuesday.
Nine top executives at Israeli travel agents have been arrested on suspicion of inflating prices of student visits to Auschwitz and other former Nazi concentration camps in Poland, investigators said Tuesday.
Iran will receive US$32 billion of unfrozen assets after sanctions were lifted under its nuclear deal, the central bank said Tuesday, in a boost to an economy sapped by years of isolation.
Companies operating in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank contribute to "an inherently unlawful and abusive system" violating Palestinian rights and should halt activity there, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.
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