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At least 13,000 hanged in Syrian prison since 2011: report
Syrian authorities have killed at least 13,000 people since the start of the 2011 uprising in mass hangings at a prison north of Damascus known to detainees as "the slaughterhouse," Amnesty International said in a report Tuesday.
 
Israel passes law legalizing thousands of settlement homes
Israel's parliament on Monday passed a contentious law meant to retroactively legalize thousands of West Bank settlement homes built unlawfully on private Palestinian land, a step that is expected to trigger international outrage and a flurry of lawsuits against the measure.
 
IS using drones to direct suicide bombers
Faced with a diminishing number of fighters, the Islamic State group is relying on retrofitted commercial drones to guide suicide car bombers to their targets and to launch small-scale airstrikes on Iraqi forces.
 
Israel evacuates West Bank settler outpost
Israeli forces uprooted this West Bank outpost on Wednesday, removing residents and hundreds of their supporters in sometimes violent clashes as they dismantled a community that has become a symbol of Jewish settler defiance.
 
Peace talks postponed as ceasefire takes hold
U.N.-led peace talks on Syria have been postponed until Feb. 20 to allow a ceasefire to take hold and to give the opposition time to present a united front, the U.N. envoy said Tuesday.
 
US raises alarm at UN over Iran missile test
The United States on Tuesday raised alarm at the United Nations over Iran's test-firing of a medium range missile, calling it "absolutely unacceptable," after Tehran warned the United States against fueling tensions.
 
Iran confirms missile test, denies breach of nuclear deal
Iran confirmed on Wednesday that it had tested a ballistic missile, but denied that was a breach of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
 
UN Security Council to hold urgent talks on Iran missile test
The UN Security Council will hold urgent talks Tuesday on Iran's test-firing of a medium-range missile, diplomats said. But Iran's foreign minister refused to confirm whether his country recently conducted a missile test, saying the Iranian missile program is not part of the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
 
Dubai investigates disabled center over Kim Kardashian visit
A state-owned newspaper in Dubai is reporting that authorities are investigating a center for the disabled after it hosted and publicized a visit by Kim Kardashian West.
 
A Syrian family returns home
The street looks as if it was hit by an earthquake and the bombed-out building in a former rebel-held northeastern neighborhood of Aleppo is deserted -- except for the second-floor apartment where Abdul-Hamid Khatib and his family are staying.
 
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