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Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi on Sunday relieved Prime Minister and Vice President Khaled Bahah of his duties due to what he called government "failures."
 
Between a rock and a hard place: safe from war, Yemenis struggle
Under a scorching sun, refugees who fled Yemen's war struggle on in a camp on Djibouti's rocky shores, a year after Saudi-backed air strikes began devastating their homeland.
 
Azerbaijan on Sunday announced a unilateral ceasefire after the worst outbreak of violence in decades over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region, but Armenian forces insisted clashes were continuing despite international pressure to stop the fighting.
 
Syrian troops on Sunday seized the key Islamic State group bastion of Al-Qaryatain, dealing the jihadists a new blow in the country's centre a week after expelling them from Palmyra, state television said.
 
Just weeks ago, thousands of migrants a day were streaming into northern Europe. Now the influx has been dramatically crimped and Austria is claiming much of the credit.
 
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said he took offense at U.S. President Barack Obama slamming eroding press freedoms in Turkey, expressing sadness that the comments were made behind his back.
 
Fighting between Iraqi forces and militants affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) group close to Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, has displaced over 2,000 people in the past week.
 
"Daddy, where are you now? In Turkey or Sweden?" a Syrian girl asks her father in her first voice message to him since he joined hundreds of thousands fleeing the war.
 
Heavy fighting erupted Saturday between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan said 12 of its soldiers were killed and claimed to have inflicted heavy casualties on the Armenian forces.
 
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."
 
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