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Rebels begin evacuation out of Homs
Scores of Syrian opposition fighters and their families began leaving the last rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs on Saturday as part of a Russian-backed evacuation deal signed earlier this week.
 
Clashes break out in Syrian capital after insurgents attack
Fierce clashes broke out in the Syrian capital on Sunday after insurgents infiltrated government-held parts of the city through tunnels overnight, a rare if brief advance after months of steady losses at the hands of government forces elsewhere in the country.
 
US claims strike, denies hitting mosque
The U.S. said Friday it carried out an airstrike in Syria against an al-Qaida meeting but denied hitting a mosque where a monitor said 49 people were killed.
 
Military attack kills 42 Somali refugees off Yemen's coast
The boat packed with dozens of Somali refugees was more than 30 miles off war-torn Yemen's coast when a military vessel and a helicopter gunship swooped in, opening fire in the dead of night Friday, killing at least 42 people. The attack, which Yemen's Shiite rebels blamed on a Saudi-led coalition, highlighted the perils of a heavily used migration route running from the Horn of Africa to the oil-rich Gulf, right through Yemen's civil war.
 
Trump envoy meets with Israeli settler groups
A top adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump met Israeli settler leaders Thursday in an unusual move that may raise fresh concerns over prospects for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
 
Over 800 health workers killed in Syria: report
More than 800 health workers have died in "acts of war crimes" in Syria since 2011, in hospital bombings, shootings, torture and executions perpetrated mainly by government-backed forces, researchers said Wednesday.
 
'Horrendous conditions' for Iraqi detainees, says report
Iraq's interior ministry is holding over 1,200 men and boys suspected of ties to jihadists in "horrendous conditions" without charge at facilities south of Mosul, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tuesday.
 
Pakistan 'promises to be responsible' with nuclear arms
Pakistan vowed on Tuesday to work to prevent non-nuclear states from gaining the technology that would put them on the path to acquiring nuclear weapons -- even though both Islamabad and neighbor New Delhi have defied non-proliferation treaties to become competing nuclear powers.
 
2016 worst year yet for Syria's children
In Syria, last year was the worst yet for the country's rising generation, with at least 652 children killed in 2016, the United Nations' child relief agency said Monday.
 
Parade sees tributes to Israeli soldier convicted of killing
Israeli settlers celebrating a Jewish holiday in the occupied West Bank Sunday paid tribute to a soldier who shot dead a wounded Palestinian assailant, with some even dressing up as him.
 
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