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The Turkey representative for media rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has been held in custody on "terrorist propaganda" charges, media reports said Monday.
 
UN says 65 million people displaced in 2015, a new record
The U.N. refugee agency says persecution and conflict in places like Syria and Afghanistan raised the total number of refugees and internally displaced people worldwide to a record 65.3 million at the end of last year.
 
Iraqi troops seize Fallujah hospital, clear mines
Iraqi forces gained control of the main hospital in Fallujah on Saturday and were clearing mines after driving the Islamic State group from most of the city, one of its last remaining strongholds in the Anbar province west of Baghdad, a military official said.
 
Afghan refugees 'forgotten' before migrant crisis: UN
Displaced Afghans had already been "forgotten" by the international community before they began arriving in Europe en masse last year, U.N. refugee chief Filippo Grandi said on Saturday in Iran.
 
QAMISHLI, Syria - Three people were killed in northeast Syria on Sunday when a suicide bomber attacked an event commemorating the massacre of Christians more than a century ago, state media and a security source said.
 
Istanbul police break up demonstration against Radiohead album launch attack
Turkish police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets late Saturday to disperse hundreds of people protesting after Islamists attacked Radiohead fans for attending an album launch during Ramadan.
 
Aid workers scrambled Sunday to cope with a massive influx of Iraqi civilians who fled Fallujah after government forces retook much of the city from the Islamic State group.
 
The Russian military on Sunday rejected the Pentagon's accusations that it had deliberately targeted U.S.-backed Syrian opposition forces, arguing the U.S. had failed to warn about their locations.
 
Iraqi forces hunt Islamic State in Fallujah and set sights on Mosul
Iraqi forces hunted down holdout jihadists in Fallujah Saturday after retaking the city center and trained their sights on Mosul, the Islamic State's last remaining major hub in the country.
 
Islamic State group jihadists have launched a wave of suicide and car bombings to defend a besieged stronghold in northern Syria against U.S.-backed fighters, a monitor said on Saturday.
 
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