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A suicide bomber who targeted a hospital in a Syrian coastal city the previous day killed 43 people, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, as an activist group raised the overall death toll from the day's unprecedented wave of attacks on government strongholds to 161.
 
Blasts in Syria gov't strongholds kill 80; IS claims responsibility
A series of explosions rocked two normally quiet coastal government strongholds in Syria Monday, killing more than 80 people and wounding 200 others, state media and opposition activists said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks.
 
Leaders seek to defy sceptics at Istanbul summit
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday the burden of handling the world's crises should be better shared, as leaders and aid groups sought to defy skeptics at an unprecedented aid summit in Istanbul.
 
Hospital attack shows cost of ongoing Syrian war
In the final minutes of his life, Dr. Mohammed Wassim Maaz was making late-night rounds at the children's ward at Quds Hospital in Syria's northern city of Aleppo. Closed-circuit video showed him padding down a corridor in his green scrubs before disappearing off-camera.
 
Gaza 'Spiderboy' seeks to storm Guinness records
Mohammed al-Sheikh is only 12 and feels trapped in Gaza but he dreams of a Guinness world record for a series of stunning backflips and his almost unbelievable body contortions.
 
Syria regime is relentless on siege of 'thorn in side' Daraya, rejecting aid
Under international pressure, Syria's government has agreed to partial aid access for thousands of civilians living under regime siege but one town near Damascus remains a "thorn in its side": Daraya.
 
Iraqi government forces fight Islamic State militants outside of Fallujah
Iraqi government forces on Monday pushed Islamic State militants out of some agricultural areas outside Fallujah as they launched a military offensive to recapture the city from the extremists, officials said.
 
A pair of suicide bombings carried out by Islamic State militants killed at least 45 people in Yemen's southern city of Aden on Monday, security officials said.
 
Private cement deliveries to the Gaza Strip resumed on Monday after Israel lifted a nearly two-month ban it imposed over the alleged diversion of materials by an official in the Palestinian territory.
 
Israeli media on Sunday published amateur video appearing to show an Arab supermarket worker being savagely beaten by policemen in Tel Aviv and witness accounts saying the attack was unprovoked.
 
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