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Lebanon's parliament on Monday elected former general Michel Aoun president, ending a vacuum and political stalemate of more than two years.
 
Iraq launches bid to cut Mosul off from Syria
Iraqi paramilitary forces launched an operation Saturday to cut the Islamic State group's supply lines between its Mosul bastion and neighboring Syria, opening a new front in the nearly two-week-old offensive.
 
Bahrain's main Shiite opposition group has appealed against a court ruling that it should be dissolved over terrorism-related charges, a judicial official said Sunday.
 
At least 22 people were killed and 72 injured in flooding in parts of Egypt caused by torrential rains, authorities said Sunday, updating an earlier toll of 18 dead.
 
At least 38 people were killed in Saudi-led air strikes on rebel-held security buildings in Yemen's west, including a detention center, an official said on Sunday.
 
Four Egyptian soldiers have been killed in the Sinai Peninsula, where the local branch of the Islamic State group regularly attacks security forces, the army said on Sunday.
 
Coalition strikes kill at least 10 Yemen civilians
Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen killed at least 10 civilians in a battleground southwestern town on Saturday, according to the insurgents and a doctor.
 
At Afghan brick kilns, debt can last generations
Every day that Dil Agha works at his backbreaking job at a brick kiln on the outskirts of Afghanistan's capital Kabul, from before sunrise to well after sunset, he digs himself deeper into debt.
 
Iraqi forces explored a network of tunnels and uncovered a bomb-making facility on Thursday in a village near Mosul that was recently retaken from the Islamic State group, offering a glimpse of the challenge they will face as they move closer to the city.
 
Turkish prosecutors launched a probe Thursday into pro-Kurdish leader Selahattin Demirtas after he condemned the detention of two mayors of the country's biggest Kurdish city.
 
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