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Syrian troops have found a mass grave containing the bodies of 42 people executed by Islamic State jihadists in Palmyra, as Washington warned the group's leader will eventually "taste justice."
 
Two Turkish journalists accused of spying remained defiant on the second day of their trial Friday, in a case seen as a test of press freedom under the increasingly autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
 
Son begins quest to bury IS-slain 'father of Palmyra'
The son of a Syrian archeologist who was beheaded by Islamic State group jihadists in ancient Palmyra is on a mission to give his father a "dignified" burial near the world heritage site.
 
Dozens of world leaders assembling Friday for a nuclear security summit will confront a disparate array of modern-day threats, ranging from government actors like North Korea to murkier groups like the Islamic State.
 
The closed-door trial of two Turkish journalists accused of espionage and aiding a terrorist organization resumed Friday in a case that has heightened concerns over press freedoms in Turkey.
 
Palestine's president reached out to Israel on Thursday saying he opposes near-daily Palestinian attacks on Israelis and suggesting the violence would stop if the defunct peace process resumes again.
 
Amnesty International says Turkey has forcibly returned hundreds of Syrian refugees to their homeland since mid-January. It said this practice exposes "fatal flaws" in an agreement between Turk and the European Union.
 
Amnesty alleges labor abuse at Qatar World Cup venue
Migrant laborers faced abuse that in some cases amounted to forced labor while working on a stadium that will host soccer matches for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, a new report released by Amnesty International alleged Thursday.
 
Syrian government air strikes killed at least 23 people including four children Thursday in the worst ceasefire violation yet in a key rebel bastion east of the capital, a monitoring group said.
 
An ex-wife of Islamic State group (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, with whom he had a daughter, wants to live in Europe "in freedom," she told Swedish daily Expressen in an interview published Thursday.
 
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