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Fallujah 'fully liberated' from Islamic State: Iraqi commander
A senior Iraqi commander said the city of Fallujah was "fully liberated" from Islamic State militants on Sunday, after a more than monthlong military operation.
 
JALALABAD, Afghanistan - Heavy fighting between Afghan forces and Islamic State fighters has killed dozens of people, officials said Sunday, raising fears the militant group is staging a comeback months after Kabul said they had been defeated.
 
Fighting between Yemeni government forces and Shiite rebels raged Sunday on several fronts, killing 41 people, officials said, as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon arrived in Kuwait to push forward peace talks.
 
An Israeli court on Sunday sentenced an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man to life in prison for killing a 16-year-old girl and wounding others during a stabbing spree at a Jerusalem Gay Pride parade.
 
Iranian security forces have clashed with Kurdish separatists who infiltrated a northwestern village, killing five insurgents, according to the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard.
 
In a first, Dubai eases liquor rules for Ramadan
Dubai,the Mideast's desert party town, has just gotten even wetter.
 
A Turkish court has rejected a legal bid seeking the release of two journalists and an academic being held on "terror propaganda" charges, media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders said Saturday.
 
A Turkish court has rejected a legal bid seeking the release of two journalists and an academic being held on "terror propaganda" charges, media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders said Saturday.
 
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis set off for a three-day visit to Armenia Friday, just over a year after he enraged Turkey by using the term genocide to describe the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire.
 
JERUSALEM, June 23, 2016 - Four Palestinians were on Wednesday handed life sentences for the killing of an Israeli couple as they drove in the West Bank with their children last year, the army said.
 
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