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Taliban kill 11 Afghan police in attack on checkpoints

The insurgents launch near-daily attacks across the country, mainly targeting security forces.

Saudi-led coalition airstrike kills 10 women in Yemen

The U.S.-backed coalition has been at war with Iranian-supported Shiite rebels since 2015.


Erdogan says Turkey will clear border of Syrian Kurds

Turkey's president slammed a U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militant group Sunday and said he'll clear his country's border with Syria of "terrorists."


Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan, killing 9

Two suicide bombers struck a church in Pakistani on Sunday, killing nine people and wounding more than 50 others, authorities said, in the first attack on a church claimed by the country's Islamic State group affiliate.


Egypt reopens ancient library in Sinai after renovations

Egypt reopened on Saturday an ancient library which holds thousands of centuries-old religious and historical manuscripts at the famed St. Catherine Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in South Sinai.

Syrian troops march into rebel-held province of Idlib

Syrian government forces entered Saturday small parts of the northwestern rebel-held province of Idlib in one of their deepest incursions into the area where President Bashar Assad's government has almost no presence.


AIM is dead, but it was once a critical lifeline for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan

AIM, the AOL messaging program first popularized in 1997 by shy kids chatting with their crushes before the age of smartphones, signed off for the last time Friday.


Top Iraqi Shiite cleric calls for scaling back militia influence, backing PM

Iraq's top Shiite cleric on Friday called on the powerful Shiite militias that helped conquer the Islamic State's territory to choose between politics and arms, backing a key demand of the prime minister.


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Pence’s Mideast trip shrinks after pushing Trump on Jerusalem

Vice President Mike Pence is set to receive a cooler reception from Arab leaders on a Middle East trip next week than he once expected, after pushing President Donald Trump earlier this month to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel.


White House signals Western Wall has to be part of Israel

Senior Trump administration officials outlined their view Friday that Jerusalem's Western Wall ultimately will be declared a part of Israel, in another declaration sure to enflame passions among Palestinians and others in the Middle East.


4 Palestinians killed in latest Jerusalem fallout clashes

Four Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire and dozens more wounded along with an Israeli officer in clashes across the West Bank and near Gaza's border on Friday as the fallout continued over President Donald Trump's announcement last week recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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