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Monday, January 18, 2016
Islamic State abducts over 400 in eastern Syria after deadly assault
Jihadists from the Islamic State group have abducted more than 400 Syrian civilians after capturing new ground in a major assault on the city of Deir Ezzor that left dozens dead.
Iran hails 'new chapter' as nuclear sanctions lifted
Iran has "opened a new chapter" in its ties with the world, President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday, after sanctions were lifted under its historic nuclear deal with global powers.
Suicide bomber kills 13 in attack on Afghan family
A suicide bomber targeting a gathering in a volatile eastern province of Afghanistan killed 13 people, including seven members of a prominent pro-government clan, Afghan officials said.
A United Nations report published Saturday finds that the ongoing battle for the city of Ramadi has damaged or destroyed more than 4,500 buildings. The findings, gathered by comparing satellite imagery of the city collected in July 2014 to imagery collected in December, reveal that nearly 1,500 buildings have been completely destroyed, the report said.
The father of a drowned Syrian toddler wept when he saw a cartoon depicting his son as an adult involved in sexual harassment, and said Saturday that the family is "in shock."
Jordan's Queen Rania has hit back at a cartoon in French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo depicting drowned Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi as a grown-up refugee committing sexual offences in Germany.
Qatari housing project in Gaza Strip concludes first stage
More than 1,000 Palestinian families took possession of new apartments Saturday as part of a large Qatari-funded housing project in the Gaza Strip.
PKK apologizes following the killing of children in a car bombing in Turkey
Kurdish PKK rebels while claiming responsibility Saturday for a car bombing in southeast Turkey this week apologized for having killed civilians and especially three children in the attack.
Israel's brittle relationship with its Arab minority is under strain after a deadly Tel Aviv shooting rampage this month by an Arab man from the north of the country.
Sunday, January 17, 2016
'Implementation Day' for Iran nuclear deal as prisoners freed
The historic nuclear accord between Iran and major powers entered into force Saturday as the UN confirmed that Tehran has shrunk its atomic programme and as painful sanctions were lifted on the Islamic republic.
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