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Hassan Jamil, a Kurdish peshmerga fighter, with his infant son in his living room in Chrra, a town in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. The baby's name is Trump. <br>Peter Holley/The Washington Post

A baby named Trump and admiration for a new US president in northern Iraq

Hassan Jamil's love affair with Donald Trump began in the thick of the American presidential campaign, when he found himself glued to his television screen on the other side of the world each night, transfixed by the billionaire's "beautiful" hair, commanding presence and magnetic speaking style.

Bomb blast kill 20, wounds at least 50 in northwest Pakistan

A bomb exploded Saturday in a market in a northwest tribal region that borders Afghanistan, killing 22 people and wounding at least 50, officials said.

Afghan official says 2 foreign insurgents arrested in raid

An Afghan official says four Taliban have been killed and two insurgents, with suspected ties to the jihadist group the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, arrested in a raid in northern Afghanistan.

Blast in camp for displaced Syrians near Jordan kills 4

A large explosion rocked a camp for displaced Syrians along the Syrian-Jordanian border Saturday, killing at least four, and wounding many others, opposition activists and a resident said.

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Iraqi Kurdish president: Independent Kurdistan is 'neither a rumor nor a dream'

If the ongoing battle to liberate Mosul, once Iraq's second-largest city, from the Islamic State succeeds, it will be an important turning point in the war against the fundamentalist movement. Here's what the leader of the autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq had to say about prospects after Mosul.

UNESCO: 30 percent of Aleppo's ancient city destroyed

The United Nations cultural organization conducted an emergency mission in Aleppo from between Monday and Thursday this week to assess damage at the World Heritage Site and reported "extensive damage" at the Great Umayyad Mosque, the Citadel and other historic buildings.

Turkish assembly passes polemic bill to boost Erdogan powers

In an all-night session that ended early Saturday, lawmakers voted in favor of a set of amendments presented by the ruling party, founded by Erdogan.

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US bombers flew from Missouri and killed 80 Islamic State fighters in Libya

U.S. warplanes struck Islamic State encampments in Libya overnight, killing more than 80 terrorists and destroying their makeshift training camps near Sirte, a town the group once dominated, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday.

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