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Turkey quashes coup; Erdogan vows 'heavy price' for plotters
Forces loyal to Turkey's president quashed a coup attempt in a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire that left dozens dead Saturday. Authorities arrested thousands of people as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed those responsible "will pay a heavy price for their treason."
The family of one of the most notorious Islamic State jihadist group commanders, Omar al-Shishani, on Friday received condolences from locals in his home village in ex-Soviet Georgia, apparently confirming reports of his death.
Assad says Moscow 'never' spoke of departure
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Thursday he has never faced pressure from Russia to step aside, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry headed to Moscow seeking to revive stalled peace efforts.
Iraq marks national holiday with military parade
Iraq on Thursday marked the anniversary of the 1958 overthrow of the monarchy and recent victories over the extremist Islamic State group with a military parade staged in central Baghdad amid tight security.
Airstrikes killed at least 12 civilians including children in two rebel-held neighborhoods of Syria's Aleppo city on Thursday, a monitoring group said.
A leading international rights group said Thursday that an estimated quarter of all Afghan children work for a living yet the government fails to protect them from injury, death or exploitation.
Russia has conducted more than 50 airstrikes since Tuesday against Islamic State (IS) jihadists near the Syrian city of Palmyra, the defense ministry in Moscow said.
A year later, Iran nuclear deal is holding but fragile
The Iran nuclear accord is fragile at its one-year anniversary.
A major crossing point between Gaza and Israel is set to reopen for the first time in nine years, the Israeli government announced Wednesday.
Suicide bombing in Baghdad Shiite district 'kills 11'
A suicide car bomb ripped through an outdoor market in a Shiite-dominated northeastern district of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 11 people, officials said, as government forces deployed across much of the Iraqi capital in preparation for a major military parade later this week.
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