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Tears as evacuation starts in besieged town
Syrian rebels and civilians, many in tears, began Friday evacuating the Syrian town of Daraya after a four-year army siege, in a blow for the beleaguered opposition.
 
Barrel bombing kills 11 children in Syria's Aleppo
Eleven children were killed on Thursday in a barrel bomb attack carried out by government forces on a rebel-held neighbourhood of Syria's Aleppo city, a monitor said.
 
Deadly attack by militants on American University in Kabul
At least 12 people were killed after militants stormed the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, officials said Thursday, in a nearly 10-hour raid that prompted anguished pleas for help from trapped students.
 
Attack on American University in Afghanistan leaves 7 dead
An attack on the American University of Afghanistan has ended, a senior police officer said Thursday, after at least seven people were killed and more than 30 were wounded.
 
Prestigious European Union scholarship becomes victim of coup
Turkey has cancelled a major EU-funded scholarship scheme after the July 15 botched coup bid, leaving in limbo dozens of Turkish students dreaming of studying in the European Union.
 
Iraqi special forces led an operation on Tuesday aimed at retaking the jihadist-held town of Qayyarah, a key staging base for operations to attack Mosul, military sources said.
 
Turkey backtracks on 'IS child bomber' claims
Turkey on Monday went back on claims that a child bomber linked to Islamic State (IS) jihadists carried out a deadly suicide bombing close to Syria, saying it had no clue who was behind the attack.
 
The Israeli air force struck a Syrian army target Monday in response to what the military said was stray fire into its zone of control on the Golan Heights.
 
Police nab child who attempted a suicide attack in North Iraq
A boy would-be suicide bomber was apprehended in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk before he was able to detonate his explosives belt, Iraqi police said Monday.
 
Palestinian rocket strikes Israel, draws reprisal
The Israeli military carried out a series of airstrikes in the Gaza Strip late Sunday, targeting Hamas positions in response to a Palestinian rocket attack that hit an Israeli border town earlier in the day.
 
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