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Attacks on hospitals since Syria's war broke out five years ago have left more than 700 doctors and medical workers dead, many of them in air strikes, U.N. investigators said Tuesday.
 
Nepalis among at least 23 dead in Afghanistan attacks
A busload of Nepali security guards were among 23 people killed in a string of bombings across Afghanistan Monday, days after Washington expanded the U.S. military's authority to strike the insurgents.
 
Syrian gov't forces advance on IS-held air base
Syrian government forces advanced to within six miles (10 kilometers) of the Islamic State-occupied Tabqa air base in the northern part of the country on Sunday, part of a push to try to unseat the extremist group from its de facto capital, Raqqa.
 
Turkish police fire tear gas at LGBT parade
Turkish police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse demonstrators who gathered Sunday for a gay pride rally in Istanbul despite a government ban.
 
Iranian intelligence officials have broken up one of the "biggest terrorist" plots ever planned to target Tehran and other provinces in the Islamic Republic, the country's state media reported on Monday.
 
Bahrain's government on Monday stripped a leading Shiite cleric of his nationality, a move that brought hundreds of protesters into the streets and prompted warnings of unrest.
 
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.
 
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