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ISIS leader abandons fight for Mosul, is now hiding in the desert

U.S. and Iraqi officials believe the leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has left operational commanders behind with diehard followers to fight the battle of Mosul, and is now hiding out in the desert, focusing mainly on his own survival.

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Is Turkey’s European history coming to an end?

The accusation by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey that Germany perseveres in “Nazi practices,” after a Turkish minister was forbidden from campaigning in Germany, is the latest instance in the perennially tense bilateral relation between Turkey and Europe. The incident also happens to take place one year after the European Union struck a landmark…

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Israel moves forward with plan to mute Muslim prayer calls despite protests

A law to muffle mosques’ amplified calls to prayer in Israel and occupied East Jerusalem won preliminary approval on Wednesday in a charged parliamentary session where Arab legislators denounced the measure as racist.

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Yemen air raid kills eight women, child at funeral

An air strike killed eight women and a child at a funeral reception near the Yemeni capital, witnesses said Thursday, adding to the conflict’s mounting civilian death toll.

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Israelis unsure about what Trump just said about the future of their country

Just minutes after President Trump made his first detailed remarks on the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, Israelis began debating exactly what the new American leader meant.

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At least 45 people killed in bombing at popular car market in Baghdad

At least 45 people were killed and dozens more ­injured when a bomb detonated Thursday evening at a popular car market in southwestern Baghdad, the deadliest in a series of recent attacks in the Iraqi capital blamed on the Islamic State ­militant group, the Interior ­Ministry said. 

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Islamic State blast at famed Sufi shrine in Pakistan kills at least 73

At least 73 people were reported killed and up to several hundred wounded Thursday when a suicide bomber struck inside a famous Sufi shrine in southeastern Pakistan while devotees were performing a weekly ritual dance, police and medical officials said.

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East Jerusalem Approves 153 New Settler Homes

Israeli authorities have given the final approval to the building of 153 settler homes in the occupied East Jerusalem and plan to provide permits for thousands more in the upcoming months, Jerusalem’s deputy mayor has said.

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Syrian Rebel Groups Agree to Attend Peace Talks

Delegation of opposition factions to attend peace talks but others, including Ahrar al-Sham, plan to stay away.

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