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UN chief slams 'brutal' IS killings in Iraq

Nusa Dua - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday slammed "brutal killings of civilians" by Islamic State jihadists in northern Iraq, saying the Sunni radical group was tearing apart whole communities.

Obama says 'no strategy yet' as IS executes Syrian troops

Damascus - US President Barack Obama admitted Thursday that he still does not have a strategy to fight Islamic State jihadists in Syria, as the militants boasted they had executed scores of Syrian troops -- the latest in a string of atrocities that have shocked t...

Obama says 'no strategy yet' as IS executes Syrian troops

Damascus - US President Barack Obama admitted Thursday that he still did not have a strategy to fight Islamic State jihadists in Syria, as the militants boasted they had executed scores of Syrian troops -- the latest in a string of atrocities that have shocked th...

Colombia arrests 32 politicians over paramilitary ties

Estanzuela - Colombian authorities have arrested 32 local politicians for alleged ties to right-wing paramilitary groups that fueled the country's 50-year conflict before being disbanded a decade ago, prosecutors said Thursday.

Aid flows into Gaza after Israel-Hamas truce

Gaza - Vital humanitarian aid poured into Gaza on Thursday as residents began rebuilding their lives following a devastating 50-day war between Israel and Hamas that experts say left no winners.

'Jihad recruiters' arrested in Netherlands, Germany

The Hague - Police in the Netherlands and Germany have arrested two men for allegedly recruiting jihadi fighters to go to Iraq and Syria, Dutch police said Thursday.

IS executes scores of Syrian troops in new atrocity

Damascus - Islamic State jihadists boasted Thursday they had executed scores of Syrian troops after capturing a key air base, the latest in a string of abuses that have shocked the world.

France rules out cooperation with Assad against Islamic State

Paris - France's president on Thursday rejected any cooperation with Bashar al-Assad whom he accused of being a "de-facto ally" of jihadists wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq, and urged a "humanitarian and military" response to the threat.

Iraq forces mass in bid to break jihadist siege of Turkmen town

Kirkuk - Iraq was massing forces Wednesday for an operation to break the two-month jihadist siege of the Shiite Turkmen town of Amerli, amid growing fears for residents short of food and water.

Israel closes Golan area as Syria rebels seize crossing

Jerusalem - Israel closed off the area around Quneitra on the occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday after an officer was wounded by stray fire as Syrian rebels seized control of the crossing.

Executions a 'common spectacle' in jihadist-held Syria: UN

Geneva - Public executions, amputations, lashings and mock crucifixion are a regular fixture in jihadist-controlled areas of Syria, a UN probe charged Wednesday, also accusing Damascus of repeatedly using chemical weapons against civilians.

A mother's appeal as fears mount for Syria hostages

Washington - The mother of a US hostage who has been threatened with death by jihadist militants pleaded for his life on Wednesday amid mounting fears for Americans captured in Syria.

U.S. rules out coordination with Syria as it spies on jihadists

Damascus - The United States has begun reconnaissance flights over Syria to track Islamic State jihadists but insisted it has "no plans" to coordinate with Syria on targeting the militants.

Life stirs in Gaza as ceasefire holds

Gaza - Life in Gaza resumed some semblance of normality Wednesday as a long-term truce took hold following a deal hailed by Israel and Hamas as 'victory' in the 50-day war.

American fighting for IS killed in Syria

Washington - An American fighting for the Islamic State was killed over the weekend in Syria, US officials said, underlining growing concerns about Westerners signing up for extremist groups in the Middle East.

American fighting in IS ranks killed in Syria: reports

Washington - An American was killed last weekend in Syria, where he was fighting for the Islamic State, US media reported Tuesday, in an account only partially confirmed by US officials.

FARC negotiator says disarming will be 'long process'

Havana - Colombia's FARC guerrillas will not give up their weapons at once, and need guarantees from the government to disarm, a negotiator said Tuesday as the peace process marked two years.

U.S. spies on jihadists — Rules out coordination with Syria

Damascus - The United States has begun reconnaissance flights over Syria to track Islamic State jihadists but insisted Tuesday it has "no plans" to coordinate with Syria on targeting the militants.

Gaza celebrates as long-term truce goes into effect

Gaza - Celebrations erupted in Gaza on Tuesday as a long-term ceasefire agreed by Israel and the Palestinians began, ending 50 days of the deadliest violence in a decade.

Islamic State shifts war plan, US at 'tipping point'

Washington - Signs the United States may strike Islamic State militants in their Syrian stronghold reveal a shift in the politics of foreign war in Washington, after the trauma of the post-Iraq era.

U.S. giving Syria intelligence on jihadists, sources say

Beirut - The United States has begun reconnaissance flights over Syria and is sharing intelligence about jihadist deployments with Damascus through Iraqi and Russian channels, sources told AFP on Tuesday.

Palestinians announce long-term Gaza truce

Gaza - The Palestinian leadership said Tuesday they had reached agreement with Israel on a "permanent" halt to seven weeks of bloodshed in and around Gaza although Israel was silent on the claimed deal.

Israeli warplanes hit Gaza City tower blocks

Gaza - Israeli air strikes on Gaza City killed two Palestinians early Tuesday, while scores more were wounded when warplanes bombed two high-rise residential blocks, medics and witnesses said.

US to track jihadists in Syria with spy planes

Damascus - The United States is poised to send spy planes into Syria to track Islamic State jihadists whose advances have sparked international concern and American air strikes in neighbouring Iraq.

Israel targets Gaza highrises, as sides weigh truce deal

Gaza - Israel upped pressure on Hamas Tuesday, with warplanes hitting two Gaza City highrises on day 50 of their conflict as the warring parties mulled a new Egyptian truce proposal.

Israel in deadly Gaza air raids, Egypt in new truce plan

Gaza - Israeli fire killed 10 Palestinians across Gaza on Monday, while Egypt proposed a new ceasefire that would open key crossings into the blockaded territory.

UN slams jihadist abuses in Iraq as US warns of threat

Baghdad - The UN on Monday accused jihadists in Iraq of "ethnic and religious cleansing" as the most senior US military officer warned they will soon threaten America and Europe.

Israel in deadly Gaza air raids, Egypt in new truce plan

Gaza - Israeli fire killed 10 Palestinians across Gaza on Monday, while Egypt proposed a new ceasefire that would open key crossings into the blockaded territory.

US hostage freed after 22-month Syria ordeal

Jerusalem - An American hostage held by rebels in Syria for 22 months has been freed after Qatari mediation, just days after a video showed a fellow US journalist being beheaded by jihadists.

Foley family celebrates his life, prays for hostages

- The family of murdered US journalist James Foley prayed for the safety of his fellow hostages as hundreds gathered for a mass to celebrate his life as a witness on the front line.
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Internally displaced people in North Kivu.
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