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JERUSALEM -- Egypt's foreign minister is set to arrive in Israel Sunday for the first such visit in nearly a decade, reflecting the warming ties between the former adversaries.
 
The Islamic State group lost 12 percent of the territory it holds in Iraq and Syria in the first half of 2016, according to an analysis by British think-tank IHS.
 
Militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) killed five Turkish soldiers and a member of a village guard in two separate attacks on Sunday, the army and local media said.
 
Lahore fruit market
Pakistani farmers gather at a fruit market to sell watermelons in Lahore on April 21.
 
Islamic State's Twitter traffic down 45 percent
The Islamic State group's Twitter traffic has plunged 45 percent in the past two years, the Obama administration says, as the U.S. and its allies have countered messages of jihadi glorification with a flood of online images and statements about suffering and enslavement at the hands of the extremist organization.
 
Lonely elephant suffering 'mental illness': experts
Pakistan's lonely elephant Kaavan has become the subject of a high-profile rights campaign backed by music icon Cher, but efforts to improve the pachyderm's lot appear limited.
 
Iran said Saturday it will continue its ballistic missile program, after the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said that the missile tests aren't in the spirit of the country's landmark nuclear deal with world powers.
 
Up to 300,000 Syrian refugees living in Turkey could be given citizenship under a plan to keep wealthy and educated Syrians in the country, a Turkish newspaper reported on Saturday.
 
Iraq PM fires Baghdad security head after attack
An attack on a Shiite shrine -- claimed by the Islamic State group -- killed 37 people, officials said Friday, as Iraq's prime minister reacted to mounting public anger over government security failings by firing Baghdad's security chief.
 
At least 22 civilians including a child were killed in airstrikes on an al-Qaida-held town in northwest Syria on Friday, a monitoring group said.
 
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