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ISIS now controls just 700 square meters in Syria, says SDF

ISIS now controls an area of Syria measuring just 700 square meters, a commander with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said Saturday.

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Islamic State: 'Thousands of civilians' still trapped in Baghuz

US President Donald Trump had said on Friday the defeat of IS would come "over the next 24 hours".

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UK family of pregnant IS teen plead for return

Shamima Begum's family urge her return to the UK, as she tells of fears her baby will be taken away.

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Abdul Fattah al-Sisi: Egyptian president may rule until 2034

Rights groups condemn parliamentary moves to extend the president's term in office by 12 years.

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Shamima Begum: IS teen's return to UK 'could be prevented'

The home secretary says those who left Britain to join IS were "full of hate for our country".

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El-Sisi May Rule Egypt Until 2034 Under Parliamentary Plan

Lawmakers approved measures that would allow the president to stay in power for an additional 12 years, enshrining the military’s dominance in ...

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Russia, Turkey and Iran agree to coordinate on Syria amid potential U.S. vacuum

As northeastern Syria braces for a pending U.S. pullout, key power brokers say they will coordinate.

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British Woman Who Joined ISIS in Syria Wants to Come Home

Shamima Begum, 19, who says she is nine months pregnant, faces an uncertain future, with no clear answers about whether Britain would try to prosecute her.

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Iran warns neighbours after bombing kills Revolutionary Guards

A Sunni militant group said it killed 27 Revolutionary Guards on a bus in the south-east.

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Spy Betrayed U.S. to Work for Iran, Charges Say

Prosecutors say Monica Elfriede Witt gave the Iranians the code name and mission of a secret Pentagon program involving American intelligence ...

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Apple and Google Urged to Dump Saudi App That Lets Men Track Women

Both tech giants’ app stores carry Absher, which lets male “guardians” track women’s movements — or even stop them from getting on a plane.

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Germany Arrests Syrian Intelligence Officers Accused of Crimes Against Humanity

In a joint investigation, German and French authorities arrested three former Syrian intelligence officers accused of torturing thousands of victims in detention centers in Damascus.

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Anti-Iran Message Seeps Into Trump Forum Billed as Focusing on Mideast Security

Some American allies are anxious about mixed signals and ad hoc arrangements for the gathering — the first of Middle East states, Europe and the United States in years.

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Our sign language romance

Habib and Carole, a deaf couple from Lebanon, say they hope their children will be born hearing so they don't have to face the challenges they did.

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Afghanistan's young Lionel Messi fan is now a Taliban target

In January 2016, a photo of young Murtaza Ahmadi went viral, thanks to his makeshift version of an Argentinian football shirt of his idol Lionel Messi. Today, plenty of people now may recognize Ahmadi -- but he's on the run, wishing they didn't.

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Iran marks 40 years since Islamic Revolution with nostalgia and threats

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stood before a big crowd celebrating the Islamic Revolution's 40th anniversary on Monday and vowed to boost his ...

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Bombing in Iran Kills 41 Revolutionary Guards, Iranian Media Say

The bombing happened in southeast Iran, a restive part of the country near Pakistan. The Revolutionary Guards quickly blamed the United States.

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Ex-US Air Force officer Monica Witt charged with spying for Iran

Former counter-intelligence officer Monica Witt allegedly sought to hack her colleagues' computers.

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Iran suicide bombing 'kills 20 Revolutionary Guards'

A Sunni militant group says it was behind the attack on a bus in the south-east of the country.

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Apple to investigate Saudi app

An app that can be used by men to stop women leaving the country will be investigated by Apple.

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Syrians held in Germany for suspected crimes against humanity

Two men said to be former intelligence officers are suspected of torturing thousands of people.

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A close call makes clear that ISIS won't give up easily

Cornered and outnumbered, ISIS launched a counterattack Monday as Kurdish militias fight to uproot the terrorist group from its last stronghold. CNN ...

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German teenage ISIS wife wed at 15. Two children later she faces uncertain future

Hundreds of foreign ISIS members, including German national Lenora Lemke, are being held by US allies in Syria. When the US pulls out, it's unclear ...

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US-backed forces face fierce resistance from ISIS in 'final battle'

Fighters from the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have launched an assault to oust ISIS from its last remaining enclave in Syria, the final ...

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Trump Tweeted a Photo of Iranian Protest. He Didn’t Ask the Journalist Who Took It.

Yalda Moayeri, a photojournalist from Iran, said that she felt “cheated and abused” when she saw that President Trump had used one of her images without permission.

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Paul Conroy: 'They were being slaughtered, I wanted to tell their story'

In 2012, photographer Paul Conroy entered Syria and was trapped in the besieged city of Homs.

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Iranian protesters defiant in the face of 'worst' crackdown in a decade

As Iranian security forces step up their crackdown, dissidents have continued to protest throughout 2018.

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