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Explosions reported in Turkey's Istanbul

Two explosions have hit the Turkish city of Istanbul wounding at least 20 people, according to news reports and posts on social media.  Police have evacuated the area, which is home to the Besiktas football club and arena overlooking the … Continue reading

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Iraq army shifts forces to east Mosul as ISIL hits back

The Iraqi army has sent sent reinforcements to eastern Mosul after ISIL fighters launched a ferocious counterattack last week, pushing back government forces and further slowing a nearly two-month-old offensive to retake the city. Major-General Najim al-Jabouri told Associated Press … Continue reading

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Bangkok cleans up its act

Bangkok, Thailand – It’s the sort of statistic that will make most long-term residents of this city sit up and do a double take. In a comparison of air quality in popular tourist destinations, the Big Mango – as the … Continue reading

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ISIL claims suicide blast in Yemen's Aden

A suicide bomber from a local affiliate of ISIL has killed at least 50 Yemeni soldiers at a military base in the southern port city of Aden, in another major attack claimed by the group. A security official told Reuters … Continue reading

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ISIL fighters re-enter Syria's ancient city of Palmyra

Fighters from ISIL have re-entered Syria’s famed ancient city of Palmyra from which they were driven out nine months ago, according to a monitoring group. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq … Continue reading

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Philippines: Abu Sayyaf commander slain in Malaysia

Malaysian security forces have killed a key member of a Philippine armed group in a shootout in waters off Sabah in Borneo, according to the Philippine military. Abu Sayyaf commander Abraham Hamid had led the kidnapping of several foreigners from … Continue reading

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Syria and Russia pressed to end Aleppo onslaught

Diplomats meeting in Paris for talks on the situation in Syria have called for an immediate end to the violence in Aleppo and renewed talks with opposition leaders, even as air strikes continue to hit civilian areas in the city’s east. … Continue reading

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Iraq and the art of war

As Iraqi forces fight in an all-out battle to reclaim Mosul, taken by ISIL in 2014, we speak to two of Iraq’s most distinguished artists about the ongoing bloodshed and destruction in the country, home to what is considered one … Continue reading

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Colombia's Juan Santos receives Nobel Peace Prize

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has accepted the Nobel Peace Prize of 2016 at a ceremony in the Norwegian capital, Oslo. The Norwegian Nobel Committee decided to award the prize to Santos for his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long … Continue reading

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The Italian job: In the grip of economic uncertainty

Italy is in the grip of political transition and a slow-burning banking crisis. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned from his post this week, after losing a referendum on constitutional reform. But it’s not just political uncertainty that’s worrying ordinary Italians, … Continue reading

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