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Analysis of a windfall of data from inside Islamic State shows fighters of more than 70 nationalities joined the ruthless jihadist group, researchers said after examining thousands of records.
 
Syrian opposition leaders started leaving Geneva after airstrikes on markets in the northwest killed at least 44 people, saying they could not take part in peace talks while civilians were dying daily.
 
At least 30 people were killed and hundreds wounded when a Taliban truck bomb tore through central Kabul and a fierce firefight broke out Tuesday, a week after the insurgents launched their annual spring offensive.
 
A bomb blast ripped through a bus in Jerusalem on Monday and sparked a fire, wounding at least 21 people, Israeli police said, in an apparent escalation in a wave of violence.
 
An Egyptian policeman shot and killed a Cairo street vendor on Tuesday after an argument over the cost of a cup of tea, the interior ministry said.
 
Oil meeting in Qatar collapses as Iran absent
A meeting of oil-rich countries in Qatar that had been expected to boost crude prices by freezing production fell apart Sunday as Iran stayed home and vowed to increase its output despite threats by Saudi Arabia.
 
Syrian rebels launch offensive against gov't
Syrian opposition fighters launched a new offensive against government forces on Monday in a number of areas in the country's northwest, further straining a fragile cease-fire as peace talks resume in Geneva.
 
Remembering the Kunduz hospital attack 1/2 year on
On Oct. 3, 2015, a trauma hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, run by international medical organization Doctors Without Borders or Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) was destroyed by precise and repeated U.S. airstrikes. The attack killed 42 people, including 14 MSF staff members, 24 patients and four caretakers, and wounded dozens more.
 
Turkish police on Monday detained at least 105 people, including top construction executives, in a new crackdown on supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's arch foe, the U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gulen.
 
U.S. Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter visited Baghdad Monday for talks on stepping up the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq, where the U.S. has deployed troops to fight the jihadists.
 
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