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Iraqi forces fight their way into the narrow streets of Mosul’s historic center

Intense gunbattles broke out in the Islamic State’s last redoubt.

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U.S.-backed Syrian fighters reach Old City walls in ISIS-held Raqqa

ISIS calls for attacks on Europe, U.S., Russia, Middle East, Asia during Ramadan.

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ISIS Destroys Al Nuri Mosque, Another Loss for Mosul

The episode is a blow to the city’s cultural heritage and its plethora of ancient sites that have been damaged or destroyed during three years of ...

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Trump seems to undercut Tillerson’s remarks on Qatar

The secretary of state had called on a Saudi-led bloc of Arab nations to ease their blockade on Qatar.

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Thirteen days in the history of the accused leader of the Benghazi attacks

Secret boats, a special warship cell and diplomacy figured in the capture of Abu Khattala, a court hears.

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Saudi king names son as new crown prince, upending the royal succession

The surprise move could have with deep ramifications for the monarchy and the broader Middle East.

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U.N. Leader Softens His Predecessor’s Criticism of Iran Missile Tests

Secretary General António Guterres’s relatively mild language in a report to the United Nations Security Council could complicate American efforts to punish Iran.

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On the wall

An Arab folk dance - with a twist - has become a viral craze.

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King Salman replaces the sitting prince with his son

Saudi Arabia's king deposed the sitting crown prince Wednesday and replaced him with Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the deputy crown prince, the state news agency reported.

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Saudi Arabia Rewrites Succession as King Replaces Heir With Son, 31

The removal of the crown prince is a stark upheaval in the leadership of the wealthy kingdom, a key ally of the United States and the Arab world’s largest economy.

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Polio Paralyzes 17 Children in Syria, W.H.O. Says

The outbreak of the crippling disease — the second so far in Syria’s six-year-old war — was described by the World Health Organization as “very ...

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Taliban attacks key Afghan police base, killing at least five officers

The assault began with a suicide car bomb outside the base just before the start of the morning’s rush hour.

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U.S.-led airstrikes on Syria’s Raqqa cause ‘staggering’ civilian deaths, U.N. says  

As ground forces advance, airstrikes intensify, and residents trapped in the city suffer the consequences, an official said.

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Iran’s top diplomat calls Trump’s statement on Tehran attacks ‘repugnant’

The country’s intelligence service identified five of the attackers as Iranian members of the Islamic State.

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Thousands of Iraqis have fled Mosul, but this American family moved in

When they aren’t helping civilians fleeing ISIS, the three kids are home-schooled in the war-torn city. 

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A historic wrong?

Leah Aharoni was told one of her twins died at birth – 50 years later, could her daughter still be alive?

BBC News /
Mideast Trumplomacy

BBC's Barbara Plett Usher looks at what lays behind US moves to flood the region with weapons.

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Syria conflict: US jet 'downs Iranian-made drone'

Tensions in the region are rising as a battle develops for control over eastern Syria.

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Opinion: Qatar must stop changing the subject

In the two weeks that have passed since the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain decided to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, Doha's response has been to try to change the subject. But what needs to happen is a change in behavior.

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Syria: Australia suspends air operations

Australia has suspended all air operations over Syria in the wake of US forces downing a Syrian jet and a warning from Russia that US-led coalition planes are now targets for its forces in parts of the country.

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Syrian conflict takes chaotic turn as rivals fight towards Raqqa

A new phase of the Syrian conflict has begun, one in which outside powers are stepping up their involvement as the pressure gathers on ISIS' last redoubts.

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Israeli Dies as Palestinian Attackers Stage Assaults in Jerusalem

The three assailants were shot and killed at the scene of the attacks, which ended a period of relative calm in the Old City.

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World Refugee Day: What to know

Tuesday June 20 is World Refugee Day, with more people impacted than ever before.

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Israel starts work on first new West Bank settlement in 20 years

Prime Minister Netanyahu tweeted a photo of a bulldozer and digger breaking ground on a hilltop.

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French and Kurdish journalists killed in blast

Two journalists have died following a blast in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

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Mosul battle: Mine blast kills French and Iraqi journalists

Stephan Villeneuve and Bakhtiyar Haddad were embedded with Iraqi forces battling IS militants.

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Syria conflict: Australia suspends military air operations

The decision comes as Russia warns that it will treat US-led coalition jets as potential targets.

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