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Lebanon blast aims to rattle stability: banks
Lebanese banks on Monday warned that the country's financial sector was at risk after a bomb blast outside a major bank in a western part of the capital.
 
Syria market raids kill 21, hundreds flee IS bastion
Air strikes on a market in Syria's al-Qaida-held city of Idlib killed at least 21 civilians Sunday, as hundreds fled a besieged Islamic State group bastion near the Turkish border.
 
IS massacre of Iraqi Yazidis documented in personal endevour
The walls and even the windows of Bahzad Farhan Murad's office are covered with lists. They name the thousands of people who were killed or are still missing after the Islamic State group launched an attack on unarmed Yazidi communities in northwestern Iraq nearly two years ago.
 
JERUSALEM - Israel has extended the detention without trial of Palestinian circus performer Mohammad Abu Sakha for another six months, his circus school said Monday.
 
In Syria's Aleppo, divided locals share fears as prospect of a total siege looms
Syria's largest city, Aleppo, used to be the country's economic locomotive, but four years of grinding battles have rendered it almost uninhabitable. Pummeled by bombs and rocket fire, residents on both sides of this divided metropolis have experienced severe water and power shortages, soaring living costs, and collapsing public services.
 
A Dutch woman held in Qatar for nearly three months after telling police she had been raped there was released on Monday after receiving a one-year suspended prison sentence, a Dutch diplomat said.
 
A Syrian independent media activist working in southeast Turkey survived an assassination attempt Sunday that was claimed by the Islamic State group.
 
Bahraini police detained a prominent activist during a raid on his home early on Monday morning, rights groups and the activist's family said, part of a wide crackdown on dissent more than five years after the Arab Spring.
 
Israel has reopened Palestinian crossing points from the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip following a three-day closure put in place after last week's deadly Tel Aviv shooting, the army said Monday.
 
Hopes lost, some Syrians pay smugglers to go home
Europe seemed like the promised land, worth risking their lives to reach. But in a muddy field on the northern edge of Greece, their dreams died. Now, dozens of Syrian refugees are risking their lives again but in the opposite direction -- paying smugglers to take them back to Turkey, and heading home.
 
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