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A flotilla of Russian warships is now in the eastern Mediterranean off the Syrian coast after being sent to reinforce Russia's military in the area, a naval commander said on state television.
 
Six dead and dozens wounded as Taliban blast German consulate
The death toll from a powerful Taliban truck bombing at the German consulate in Afghanistan's Mazar-i-Sharif city rose to at least six Friday, with more than 100 others wounded in a major militant assault.
 
Iraqi troops inched ahead in their battle to retake the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State group on Friday, as the U.N. revealed fresh evidence that the extremists have used chemical weapons.
 
Two dead as Taliban attack German consulate in Afghanistan
A powerful Taliban truck bomb struck the German consulate in Afghanistan's northern Mazar-i-Sharif city late Thursday, killing at least two people and wounding more than 100 in a major militant assault in the war-torn country.
 
Interactive Arafat museum opens in Ramallah
The Yasser Arafat Museum opened Wednesday in Ramallah, shedding light on the long-time Palestinian leader's life and offering a glimpse of history -- along with a number of his trademark black-and-white keffiyehs.
 
Iraqi Kurds take key IS-held town near Mosul
Iraqi Kurdish forces have seized the town of Bashiqa near Mosul from the Islamic State group, an official said Tuesday, as U.S.-backed militia forces advanced on the jihadists' Syrian stronghold Raqa.
 
A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli soldier with a screwdriver before being shot and wounded at a checkpoint in the northern West Bank on Wednesday, the Israeli army said.
 
US-backed forces push closer to IS 'capital'
A U.S.-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance pushed closer to Raqa in Syria while Iraqi forces seized a key town near Mosul as offensives progressed against the two Islamic State group strongholds.
 
A court in southeastern Turkey on Tuesday acquitted a Turkish professional footballer born in Germany on charges of making terror propaganda for Kurdish militants.
 
The United Nations is investigating claims that up to 32 civilians were killed in a U.S. airstrike in the volatile Afghan province of Kunduz last week, calling any loss of civilian life "unacceptable."
 
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