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'Horrendous conditions' for Iraqi detainees, says report
Iraq's interior ministry is holding over 1,200 men and boys suspected of ties to jihadists in "horrendous conditions" without charge at facilities south of Mosul, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tuesday.
 
Pakistan 'promises to be responsible' with nuclear arms
Pakistan vowed on Tuesday to work to prevent non-nuclear states from gaining the technology that would put them on the path to acquiring nuclear weapons -- even though both Islamabad and neighbor New Delhi have defied non-proliferation treaties to become competing nuclear powers.
 
2016 worst year yet for Syria's children
In Syria, last year was the worst yet for the country's rising generation, with at least 652 children killed in 2016, the United Nations' child relief agency said Monday.
 
Parade sees tributes to Israeli soldier convicted of killing
Israeli settlers celebrating a Jewish holiday in the occupied West Bank Sunday paid tribute to a soldier who shot dead a wounded Palestinian assailant, with some even dressing up as him.
 
Twin blasts in Damascus leave 59 dead
Twin bombs targeting Shiite pilgrims killed 59 people in Damascus on Saturday, most of them Iraqis, a monitoring group said of one of the bloodiest attacks in the Syrian capital.
 
Israeli Arabs protest move to silence mosque loudspeakers
Thousands of Arabs staged a protest march Saturday in northern Israel against legislation aimed at silencing mosque loudspeakers, an AFP reporter said.
 
Jordanian who killed 7 Israeli kids released
A Jordanian soldier who killed seven Israeli schoolgirls in a 1997 shooting rampage was released Sunday, after serving 20 years in prison.
 
Bereaved Palestinians, Israelis march together against occupation
Hundreds of bereaved Palestinian and Israeli women marched through the West Bank on Friday against the Israeli occupation, in an International Women's Day event.
 
Abbas receives
President Donald Trump invited Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to the White House to discuss resuming peace talks in their first contact since Trump took office in January.
 
Rubble and ash in Mosul after museum is retaken from Islamic State
The antiquities museum in the Iraqi city of Mosul is in ruins. Piles of rubble fill exhibition halls and a massive fire in the building's basement has reduced hundreds of rare books and manuscripts to ankle-deep drifts of ash.
 
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