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Pope Francis heads to Cairo for peace mission after spate of church bombings, as Isis proclaims Christians its favourite prey Rami Yasser Labib was at home when he heard gunshots in the street. His friend Wael Youssef, the owner of the downstairs grocery store, had been targeted by Islamic State militants. Three bullets killed him […]

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In a departure from the administrations previous stance, US ambassador to the UN suggests regime change is now one of its priorities Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, has said that she sees regime change in Syria as one of the Trump administrations priorities in the country wracked by civil war. Defeating Islamic […]

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President has touted an America first policy, but his staff gave plenty of hints that the administration was at least considering a direct response to the atrocity Donald Trumps our priority is no longer to sit and focus on getting Assad out. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had argued the Syrian presidents future will be […]

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Twenty million people face starvation without an immediate injection of funds in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria, warns Stephen OBrien The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the second world war with more than 20 million people in four countries facing starvation and famine, a senior United Nations official has […]

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Clintons first appearance since the election was at the launch of Yitzhak Rabin biography, where he drew parallels to Israel turmoil that led to his assassination Bill Clinton, the former US president, has warned that America, Britain and other parts of the world are embroiled in an identity crisis as nationalist movements carve divisions within […]

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Inquiry details war crimes by pro-Assad forces and rebel groups in Aleppo including use of chemical weapons The United Nations has accused the Syrian government of used its veto for a seventh time to protect Syria from UN security council sanctions over allegations of chemical weapons use throughout the six year war. Syrian forces have […]

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Protest vote against Donald Trumps travel ban suspected to be partly behind Iranian director Asghar Farhadis surprise victory Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has won the best foreign language Oscar in Los Angeles, for a second time, for domestic drama The Salesman. Farhadi, 44, did not attend the ceremony because he said that the conditions that […]

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Thousands take to streets of West Bank and Gaza to watch and celebrate the win in the hugely popular pan-Middle East show Palestinians have taken to the street to celebrate the victory of their compatriot Yaqoub Shaheen in the hugely popular Middle East television talent show Arab Idol. This years final, filmed in Lebanon, was […]

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Body of Ryan Lock, who was fighting alongside Kurdish forces near Raqqa, is due to be repatriated to UK in the next few days A British man who died fighting alongside Kurdish forces in Syria killed himself to avoid being taken hostage by Islamic State militants. Ryan Lock, 20, from Chichester, West Sussex, body of […]

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Iraqi forces have been trying to oust Isis since October but they must fight among, protect and win over the many thousands of civilians in the city, finds Ghaith Abdul-Ahad in a report made in collaboration with PBSs Frontline Rasoul, a 26-year-old radio operator, stood in a narrow street in east Mosul a mile from […]

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