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School bombing kills 41 children in Syria: monitor

Homs - At least 41 Syrian children aged under 12 were killed Wednesday in a double bombing by a lone assailant at a school in the government-controlled city of Homs, a monitor said.

Turkey pushes for more than 'dropping tons of bombs' on IS

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pressed the West on Wednesday to find a long-term solution to the crises in Syria and Iraq, saying dropping "tons of bombs" on Islamic State militants would only provide temporary respite.

Battle rages for Syria town as bombs kill 41 children

Yildiz - Kurdish fighters backed by US-led air strikes were locked in fierce fighting Wednesday to prevent a key Syrian border town from falling into the hands of Islamic State group jihadists.

IS fighters near Turkish border, despite US air strikes

Yildiz - Islamic State fighters were closing in Wednesday on a key Syrian town near the Turkish border, despite multiple US air strikes, as the Pentagon cautioned it "cannot bomb the militants into obscurity".

Turkey submits request to parliament for Syria, Iraq military action

Istanbul - The Turkish government on Tuesday said it has asked parliament to authorise military action in Iraq and Syria to halt the advance of Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

Algeria identifies suspects in Frenchman's beheading

Algiers - Algeria has identified suspects in the kidnapping and beheading of French tourist Herve Gourdel, the justice minister said Tuesday, as the North Africa country widened its probe into the brutal execution.

Balkans launch fight against jihadist recruitment

Pristina - With the world on high alert over foreign fighters joining jihadist ranks in Syria and Iraq, Balkan states are launching efforts to clamp down on recruiting in their region, considered fertile ground by Islamists.

Kurd troops attack Iraq jihadists on three fronts

Mosul - Kurdish troops backed by warplanes battled the Islamic State group on three fronts in northern Iraq Tuesday, clawing back land lost to the jihadists in recent months.

US, British strikes seek to reverse jihadist advances

Yildiz - US warplanes launched multiple strikes against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria Tuesday, seeking to turn up the heat, as Britain carried out its first air raids against the group.

IS jihadists close in on key Syria border town

Damascus - Islamic State group fighters closed in Monday to within only a few kilometres of a key Kurdish town on Syria's border with Turkey, despite new air strikes by the US-led coalition.

U.S.-led strikes hit Syria's Raqa, Aleppo provinces

Beirut - Fresh U.S.-led strikes hit Islamic State group targets in Syria overnight, both in its Raqa province stronghold and in Aleppo province further west, a monitoring group said on Monday.

Israel PM vows to refute Palestinian 'lies' at UN

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu headed to New York on Sunday, vowing to expose "slander and lies" laid out by Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in his UN speech.

US-led raids hit jihadists in Syria amid new Qaeda threat

Damascus - US-led coalition planes pounded oil sites in Syria Sunday that fund the Islamic State group, as Syria's Al-Qaeda branch warned that people in Europe and America will pay the price.

Turkey prepared for military role in anti-IS coalition: Erdogan

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey could take a military role in the coalition fighting Islamic State (IS) militants as Ankara moves to take a frontline position in the campaign, the Hurriyet daily reported Saturday.

France charges three suspected jihadists back from Syria

Paris - Three Frenchmen arrested in Turkey after travelling to Syria were charged Saturday with planning terrorist acts, one of their lawyers said.

Silent march for French slain hostage

Nice - Thousands of people joined a silent march Saturday in the southern French city of Nice in memory of Herve Gourdel, the hiker beheaded last week by Algerian militants linked to the Islamic State group.

US hits jihadists in Syria as UK bombers fly over Iraq

Damascus - The US-led coalition widened its air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria on Saturday as British warplanes took off for anti-jihadist missions over neighbouring Iraq.

Man returning from Mideast 'combat zones' held at French airport

Nice - A young man was detained Friday at an airport in southern France as he returned from Iraqi or Syrian "combat zones" via Turkey, a source close to the case said.

French minister presses Turkey to avoid repeat of jihadi bungle

Ankara - The French interior minister on Friday held talks with his Turkish counterpart aimed at improving intelligence and security communications after an embarrassing bungle allowed three suspected jihadists who fought in Syria to walk free.

U.S.-led strikes hit IS oil targets as coalition grows

London - Three more European countries on Friday promised warplanes to join the U.S.-led air armada battering Islamic State targets in Iraq, as coalition forces seek to destroy the jihadists' oil business.

Erdogan signals more active Turkish role in anti-IS fight

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday signalled Turkey would take a more active role in the coalition against Islamic State (IS) militants following the release of Turkish hostages held by the jihadists.

Britain votes to join US-led air strikes against jihadists

London - British lawmakers on Friday voted overwhelmingly to join anti-jihadist air strikes in Iraq as US-led raids in Syria disrupted the Islamic State group's lucrative oil-pumping operations.

Muslims gather in Paris to denounce IS 'barbarism'

Paris - Hundreds of people gathered in Paris Friday answering a call by Muslim leaders to denounce the "barbarism" of Islamic State militants, as flags across France flew at half mast after the beheading of a French national.

Turkey stance 'changed' on anti-IS fight: Erdogan

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday signalled Turkey would take a more active role in the international coalition against Islamic State (IS) militants following the release of Turkish hostages held by the jihadists.

Syria refugees leave cruise liner after Cyprus standoff

Limassol - Hundreds of mostly Syrian refugees rescued by a cruise liner in the Mediterranean agreed to disembark in Cyprus on Friday after a standoff triggered by their demand to go to Italy.

Iran leader slams West 'blunders' but eyes cooperation

New York - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wavered between criticism and engagement in a speech to the UN, slamming Western blunders in the Middle East but signaling commitment to securing a deal on nuclear power.

Muslim demo in Paris to denounce IS 'barbarism'

Paris - Muslim groups plan to hold a demonstration outside Paris's main mosque Friday to denounce the "barbarism" of Islamic State militants, as flags fly at half mast after the beheading of a French national.

British MPs vote on joining Iraq airstrikes

London - British lawmakers vote Friday on whether to bomb Islamic State militants in Iraq, joining United States-led air strikes against a group that has seized control of swathes of the war-torn country.

U.S. says not aware of alleged IS subway plot

New York - U.S. authorities said they had no knowledge of a supposed plot by Islamic State radicals to attack subway systems in the United States and Paris, following reported comments by Iraq's leader about such a threat.

Britain set to join US-led air campaign against IS

Damascus - British lawmakers are expected to vote Friday to join the international air strikes against Islamic State fighters, as the United States and its Arab allies turn up the heat on the jihadists.
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Rebel French soldiers at a barricade in 1960 in Algiers, Algeria, during the War of Algeria
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Internally displaced people in North Kivu.
Internally displaced people in North Kivu.
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Displaced children in Habban area in the south.
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A boy in the Central African Republic's Birao town largely burnt down during fighting in 2007
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Riot on May Day in Berlin
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President Ali Abdallah Saleh and his delegation meet US Secretary of Defence Donald H Rumsfeld and his staff at the Pentagon on June 8, 2004. The two met to discuss defense issues of mutual interest.
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Kurdistan Region - Iraq
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A soldier aims his weapon on rebel targets in the northwestern Yemeni province of Saada.
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Riot on May Day in Berlin
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A military unit in Yemen's Saada Province.
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Riot on May Day in Berlin
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Unemployment tops 37 percent and is widely seen as driving Yemen’s multiple security crises and instability.
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The Tunisia civil unrest was successfully predicted by the PSIR Domestic Political Violence Forecast model.
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Children collecting firewood in an area of the DRC.
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Protesters raising separatist flags in the southern Dhalea governorate.
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