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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
A Turkish news agency says at least nine migrants -- two of them children -- have drowned in a new boat sinking accident off the Turkish coast.
Suicide bombing in Afghan capital kills at least nine people
A suicide bomber killed at least nine and wounded 12 in an attack on a police base in Kabul on Monday, an Afghan official said.
Turkey's historic Grand Bazaar set for restoration
Turkish authorities say Istanbul's historic Grand Bazaar, one of the world's oldest and largest covered markets, will undergo restoration work.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Iran said Monday it now has access to more than US$100 billion worth of frozen overseas assets following the implementation of a landmark nuclear deal with world powers.
Monday, February 1, 2016
Top Yemeni Salafi cleric killed in Aden
The lifeless body of Yemen's top Salafi cleric in the southern port city of Aden was found disfigured on Sunday hours after he was abducted following an anti-extremism sermon, security officials told The Associated Press.
A triple bombing claimed by the extremist Islamic State group killed at least 45 people near the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday, overshadowing an already shaky start to what are meant to be indirect Syria peace talks.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pushed forward Sunday with a far-reaching plan to allow non-Orthodox Jewish prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a move advocates say would mark unprecedented government support for liberal streams of Judaism.
Israel's cultural class is increasingly alarmed by what many see as a tightening noose on freedom of expression, as a hard-line government minister seeks to cut off funding for artists who are critical of the state and activists accuse them of outright treason.
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Syrian opposition vows not to participate if demands not met
The main Syrian opposition delegation vowed Saturday not to participate in U.N.-sponsored peace talks with the government unless their demands are met, including lifting the siege imposed on rebel-held areas and an end to Russian and Syrian bombardment of regions controlled by opposition fighters.
33 migrants drown as boat sinks off Turkey coast
A boat smuggling migrants to Greece slammed into rocks off the Turkish coast Saturday and capsized, killing at least 33 people including five children, as the choppy Aegean Sea continued to claim asylum seekers' lives this month at an appalling pace, officials said.
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