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Jordan election touted as step toward reform
Jordan's parliament election on Tuesday is being touted as proof that the pro-Western monarchy is moving forward with democratic reforms despite regional turmoil and security threats.
 
Palestinian shot after stabbing two officers in Jerusalem: police
A Palestinian assailant stabbed two police officers outside Jerusalem's Old City early on Monday and was shot, police said, following a bloody weekend that shattered weeks of relative calm.
 
Syria's nearly week-old cease-fire was facing a crucial deadline on Monday as the Syrian army said the truce could expire later in the day after a particularly bloody weekend.
 
The U.S. military said it may have unintentionally struck Syrian troops while carrying out a raid against the Islamic State group on Saturday, threatening an already fragile U.S. and Russian-brokered cease-fire that has largely held despite dozens of alleged violations on both sides.
 
In Aleppo, residents convinced truce will not last
Residents in the rebel-held districts of Aleppo now have a reprieve from the incessant bombings by Syrian government warplanes. They have a promise of an end to the crippling siege that has left produce stalls bare.
 
IS sex slavery survivor named United Nations goodwill ambassador
A young Iraqi woman who survived rape and abuse as a sex slave of Islamic State fighters on Friday became a U.N. goodwill ambassador for the dignity of survivors of human trafficking.
 
Residents begin return to Iraq's Fallujah: official
Families have begun returning to Fallujah three months after the Iraqi city was declared fully liberated from the Islamic State group, an Iraqi official said Saturday.
 
Death toll from suicide blast at Pakistan mosque rises to 28
A Taliban suicide bomber killed at least 28 people and wounded dozens more as they attended Friday prayers at a mosque in a northwestern Pakistani tribal area, officials said.
 
Coalition raid aimed at IS 'hits Syria army' as truce wavers
The US-led coalition admitted it may have hit a Syrian army position Saturday as Russia called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the air strikes it said killed at least 62 soldiers.
 
A coalition air strike in Syria has killed a senior Islamic State operative considered the group's information minister, a week after another raid eliminated a top IS strategist, the Pentagon said Friday.
 
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