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Turkey won't change anti-terror law for sake of visa deal: Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the European Union Friday that Ankara will not change its anti-terrorism law, despite it being a condition laid down by Brussels to ensure visa-free travel for Turks.
 
Russian orchestra performs in Syria's war-scarred Palmyra
Leading Russian musicians on Thursday staged a classical concert in the ancient theater of Syria's ravaged Palmyra in a show by the Kremlin to herald its successes in the war-torn country.
 
Afghan poppy crop could fuel new Taliban attacks, says a US general
A bumper poppy crop in Afghanistan will help fund the Taliban and likely lead to fresh attacks on Afghan security forces after the harvest, a U.S. general said Thursday.
 
Russia's military on Friday insisted no aircraft flew over a Syrian refugee camp the day it was hit by deadly strikes, suggesting al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front could have shelled the location.
 
The 120-nation Nonaligned Movement headed by Iran accused the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday of violating international law by ruling that nearly US$2 billion in frozen Iranian assets can be paid to victims of attacks linked to the country.
 
Turkish PM announces decision to step down
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced his resignation on Thursday, paving the way for the country's president to pursue a tighter grip on power.
 
IS routed from Ramadi at a high cost: city destroyed
This is what victory looks like in the Iraqi city of Ramadi: In the once thriving Haji Ziad Square, not a single structure still stands. Turning in every direction yields a picture of devastation.
 
Global gender gap in politics wide: women MPs
Encouraging women to enter local politics, setting quotas in parliaments and pushing legislation on gender equality help narrow gender gaps in politics, participants at a conference of women lawmakers said Wednesday.
 
Air raids wound 4 in Gaza as violence flares
Territories Israeli airstrikes hit four targets in Gaza overnight, wounding four people, three of them children, medical and security sources said on Thursday, as violence surged on the border.
 
A car bomb exploded in the main square of a central Syrian village on Thursday and once people gathered to help the victims, a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle detonated his explosives belt nearby, killing at least 10 people and wounding scores, state media and the regional governor said.
 
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