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Fighting between Iraqi forces and militants affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) group close to Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, has displaced over 2,000 people in the past week.
 
"Daddy, where are you now? In Turkey or Sweden?" a Syrian girl asks her father in her first voice message to him since he joined hundreds of thousands fleeing the war.
 
Heavy fighting erupted Saturday between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan said 12 of its soldiers were killed and claimed to have inflicted heavy casualties on the Armenian forces.
 
Syrian troops have found a mass grave containing the bodies of 42 people executed by Islamic State jihadists in Palmyra, as Washington warned the group's leader will eventually "taste justice."
 
Two Turkish journalists accused of spying remained defiant on the second day of their trial Friday, in a case seen as a test of press freedom under the increasingly autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
 
Son begins quest to bury IS-slain 'father of Palmyra'
The son of a Syrian archeologist who was beheaded by Islamic State group jihadists in ancient Palmyra is on a mission to give his father a "dignified" burial near the world heritage site.
 
Dozens of world leaders assembling Friday for a nuclear security summit will confront a disparate array of modern-day threats, ranging from government actors like North Korea to murkier groups like the Islamic State.
 
The closed-door trial of two Turkish journalists accused of espionage and aiding a terrorist organization resumed Friday in a case that has heightened concerns over press freedoms in Turkey.
 
Palestine's president reached out to Israel on Thursday saying he opposes near-daily Palestinian attacks on Israelis and suggesting the violence would stop if the defunct peace process resumes again.
 
Amnesty International says Turkey has forcibly returned hundreds of Syrian refugees to their homeland since mid-January. It said this practice exposes "fatal flaws" in an agreement between Turk and the European Union.
 
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