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Executions reported as Aleppo battle nears end
The U.N. said Tuesday it had credible reports of pro-government forces in Syria's Aleppo executing dozens of civilians including women and children as the crucial battle for the city neared its end.
 
Rebels near total defeat in Aleppo
The Syrian military said on Monday it has gained control of 98 percent of eastern Aleppo, previously a rebel-held enclave, reducing the rebel territory to a small sliver packed with civilians and fighters squeezed under fire.
 
Two blasts in Istanbul killed 38 people and wounded 155 others near a soccer stadium. Turkey declared a national day of mourning and began to bury its dead on Sunday.
 
Seven-year-old tweets the tragedy of east Aleppo to the world
Seven-year-old Bana al-Abed's Twitter account has offered a poignant daily glimpse into the hell of life in Syria's Aleppo, so when she fell silent for 24 hours it sparked worldwide concern.
 
The ibex code: Iran's ancient rock art offers clues on early human traditions
An Iranian archaeologist has spent years in an almost single-handed quest across the country's hills and desert plains to uncover ancient rock art that could be among the oldest in the world.
 
US defense secretary arrives in Iraq to assess Mosul fight
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has arrived in Baghdad to meet with American commanders and Iraqi leaders and to assess progress in the fight to retake the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State group.
 
The Islamic State jihadist group recaptured Palmyra on Sunday after Syrian armed forces pulled out of the desert city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
 
Thousands flee Aleppo as Assad nears victory
Some 50,000 civilians have fled eastern Aleppo over the past two days in a "constant stream," Russia said Saturday, as Syrian government forces close in on the last pocket of opposition control in the northern city.
 
Syrian army pounds Aleppo rebels as Russia vows no letup
Syrian government artillery pummeled fast-shrinking rebel territory in Aleppo on Friday as key regime backer Russia vowed no end to the bombardment while opposition fighters remain in the battleground city.
 
A bombing killed six policemen at a checkpoint in Cairo on Friday, the latest in a series of attacks in the capital targeting security forces and officials, the interior ministry said.
 
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