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33 die in US-led Syria strike as coalition meets
A U.S.-led coalition strike is reported to have killed 33 civilians in northern Syria ahead of a Wednesday meeting of top officials in Washington focused on defeating the Islamic State group.
 
Iraqi forces gain ground, deploy snipers in Mosul
Iraqi forces gained ground from the Islamic State group in Mosul and have deployed snipers in the Old City to target the jihadists, officers said on Tuesday.
 
Syrian government retakes Damascus areas captured by rebels
Syrian government forces on Monday regained control of parts of Damascus that were attacked and captured by rebels and militants the previous day, with the two-day fighting leaving dozens dead on both sides, the military and an activist group said.
 
Lebanese protest in capital against proposed tax hikes
Several thousand people descended on the Lebanese capital Sunday to protest proposed tax hikes to cover a salary increase for teachers and other public servants.
 
Rebels begin evacuation out of Homs
Scores of Syrian opposition fighters and their families began leaving the last rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs on Saturday as part of a Russian-backed evacuation deal signed earlier this week.
 
Clashes break out in Syrian capital after insurgents attack
Fierce clashes broke out in the Syrian capital on Sunday after insurgents infiltrated government-held parts of the city through tunnels overnight, a rare if brief advance after months of steady losses at the hands of government forces elsewhere in the country.
 
US claims strike, denies hitting mosque
The U.S. said Friday it carried out an airstrike in Syria against an al-Qaida meeting but denied hitting a mosque where a monitor said 49 people were killed.
 
Military attack kills 42 Somali refugees off Yemen's coast
The boat packed with dozens of Somali refugees was more than 30 miles off war-torn Yemen's coast when a military vessel and a helicopter gunship swooped in, opening fire in the dead of night Friday, killing at least 42 people. The attack, which Yemen's Shiite rebels blamed on a Saudi-led coalition, highlighted the perils of a heavily used migration route running from the Horn of Africa to the oil-rich Gulf, right through Yemen's civil war.
 
Trump envoy meets with Israeli settler groups
A top adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump met Israeli settler leaders Thursday in an unusual move that may raise fresh concerns over prospects for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
 
Over 800 health workers killed in Syria: report
More than 800 health workers have died in "acts of war crimes" in Syria since 2011, in hospital bombings, shootings, torture and executions perpetrated mainly by government-backed forces, researchers said Wednesday.
 
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