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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.
 
Lebanese headed to the polls for the first time in six years on Sunday for municipal elections including in Beirut, where a new grassroots campaign is taking on entrenched parties.
 
Displaced families returned home and schools reopened in rebel-held districts of Syria's Aleppo on Saturday after a truce was extended for 72 hours in the battleground northern city.
 
Israeli Arab Muslim leader Raed Salah started a nine-month prison sentence on Sunday for fomenting riots at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque.
 
Saudi Arabia on Saturday announced the ouster of its longtime oil minister as part of a larger ongoing government shakeup.
 
Turkey opposition journalists jailed in trial
An Istanbul court on Friday jailed two opposition journalists on charges of revealing state secrets, in a trial that has become a lightning rod for concerns about the erosion of press freedom in Turkey.
 
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.
 
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