Washington Post /
Iraqi forces recapture historic Mosul mosque, now little more than rubble

Three years ago, the Islamic State caliphate, now in tatters, was declared from this mosque.

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Yemen hospital battles world's worst cholera outbreak

Sabaen Hospital in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, is treating hundreds of patients infected with cholera.

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Ehud Olmert, Israeli Ex-Prime Minister, Granted Early Release from Prison

He is expected to be freed on Sunday, after a parole board cut short his sentence for bribery, obstruction of justice, fraud and breach of trust.

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Death knell

Three years after IS proclaimed a "caliphate", Iraqi forces are ready to pronounce its death.

BBC News /
Ehud Olmert, Israel's jailed ex-PM, 'to be released early'

A parole board cuts the former leader's sentence for corruption by a third, his lawyer says.

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IS faces end game in Mosul - UK defence chief

The defence secretary also says more British troops will go to Afghanistan on training duties.

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Gaza is running perilously short of power. This time, it’s not all Israel’s fault.

Israel says the Palestinian Authority is starving Hamas and the coastal enclave of electricity. 

Washington Post /
U.S. risks further battles as it steps deeper into Syrian quagmire 

Tensions soar in 24-hour period that sees U.S. shoot down Syrian jet and Iranian strikes against ISIS in Syria.

Washington Post /
Mosul’s Old City waits for salvation amid ‘death, death, death’ 

In the last square mile the Islamic State controls, residents are bracing for the militants’ last stand.

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Syria took US chemical attack warning seriously - Mattis

The White House had warned President Bashar al-Assad his military would "pay a very heavy price".

BBC News /
Ethiopia asks for extension of Saudi amnesty deadline

Ethiopia asks Saudi Arabia for an extension of its visa amnesty for illegal migrants so more can leave.

Washington Post /
Israel hits Syrian military targets after errant fire reaches its side of the Golan Heights 

Syrian media said at least two people were killed in the strikes, which Israel defended as part of its clear policy.

Washington Post /
ISIS blows up historic mosque in Mosul, Iraqi military says

The Great Mosque of al-Nuri is the latest casualty in the war to wrest the city from the militant group.

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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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On first trip as envoy, Kushner wades into the Israel and Palestinian conflict 

Trump’s son-in-law leads a mission to see whether peace talks can be restarted. 

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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.

Washington Post /
How a 91-year-old imam came to symbolize the feud between Qatar and its neighbors

This hard-line cleric has riled neighbors for years. Will Qatar be forced to shut him down?

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