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Airstrikes, shelling kill at least 60 in Aleppo
A wave of airstrikes and shelling killed more than 60 people in less than 24 hours in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, monitors and activists said Thursday. The contested city is now one of the main battlegrounds of Syria's devastating civil war, with a cease-fire that has collapsed and peace talks in Geneva stalled.
 
Polls open in key runoff parliamentary election in Iran
Iran's parliamentary runoff elections got underway Friday, a key vote to decide whether hard-liners or moderate forces backing President Hassan Rouhani will control the legislature, state media reported.
 
An Istanbul court on Thursday sentenced two prominent Turkish journalists to two years behind bars for illustrating their columns with a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad published by French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.
 
Syria war souvenirs feature Assad, Putin, others
They stare at you from mugs, pins and fridge magnets in souvenir shops in Damascus.
 
UN envoy appeals to US, Russia to help Syria peace talks
The U.N. envoy for Syria appealed to the U.S. and Russia to intervene to help revive Syrian peace talks that sputtered to a pause Wednesday, saying a recent spike in fighting has overshadowed the talks and put an increasingly feeble truce in "great danger."
 
Plainclothes 'morality police' criticized in Iran
Tehran resident Sousan Heidari has stopped letting her headscarf slip casually down over her neck and shoulders while driving in the Iranian capital. These days, the 22-year-old with a taste for bold makeup makes sure to pull it tightly over her dark hair, fearful of running afoul of a newly established undercover division of the morality police.
 
"Four children is enough," says the young Afghan woman as she examines a box of contraceptive pills.
 
Israel gov't frees youngest Palestinian prisoner
A 12-year-old Palestinian girl, imprisoned by Israel after she confessed to planning a stabbing attack on Israelis in a West Bank settlement, returned home Sunday after she was freed early following an appeal.
 
United States to send 250 more troops to Syria
U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday said the U.S. would send up to 250 more military personnel including special forces to Syria to help rebels fight Islamic State group jihadists.
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Thousands of police were deployed Monday across the Egyptian capital in anticipation of demonstrations to protest the government's decision to surrender control of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.
 
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